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Reinventing Phoenix’s Departments: Starting From Square One

Reinventing Phoenix’s Departments: Starting From Square One

By Ed Zuercher  It has been 132 years since Phoenix, Arizona was incorporated as a city. Since then, the city has grown in so many ways. Population has increased from…

Building Governmental Cooperation for Development

By William Hatcher and Matthew Howell Last month, the column discussed the importance of social bonds in communities, and how communities that fail to work together also fail to develop.…

Stay Out of the Brain Stem – Part I

Stay Out of the Brain Stem – Part I

The Effects of Brain Science on Organizational Culture  Part one of a two-part series in understanding the implications of how our brains perceive social interactions in the workplace By Troy…

Congressional Refusal to Fund Obamacare — An Act of Civil Disobedience?

Congressional Refusal to Fund Obamacare — An Act of Civil Disobedience?

By David Schultz Under what occasions, if any, are members of Congress permitted to disobey a law as a matter of conscience?  This is the question posed by House Republican…

Static or Dynamic? It’s a Choice

Static or Dynamic? It’s a Choice

By Laree Kiely, PhD Recently, we have seen many organizations and whole industries become obsolete over night.   Of course, organizations are living systems and living systems, just like the human…

According To Plan

According To Plan

By Sheila Suess Kennedy A colleague informs me that the military has a saying: Prior planning prevents piss-poor performance. Well, batten down the hatches, because piss-poor performance is on its…

Race in America: The Content of our Character

Race in America: The Content of our Character

By Lorenda Naylor This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing. On September 15, 1963, four young black girls (Addie Mae Collings, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and…

How to Turn the Budget into a Good Management Tool

How to Turn the Budget into a Good Management Tool

By Scott Lazenby Decades of research have confirmed the importance of delegating both authority and responsibility, of empowering employees, and of ensuring that staff members have the resources they need…

Border Checkpoint: Crossing the Different Human Resources Frontiers of Global Public Service

By Horace Blake Global public service continues to take on new meaning as well as creating a variety of challenges for human resources managers.  Although borders seem to be muted…

Getting Past, “Huh?” The Not-so-Straight Line from Data to Decisions

Getting Past, “Huh?” The Not-so-Straight Line from Data to Decisions

By Thomas Miller A guy from Denver walks into a bar in San Francisco and is about to order his drink of choice – a Guinness Black – when he…

We Are All Connected

We Are All Connected

How the Science Behind Human Connectedness Impacts Organizational Culture By Troy Holt Why does a negative person poison the emotions of everyone around him/her?  How can a wonderfully charismatic person…