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What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

Changing the culture of a regulatory agency isn’t easy, especially when staff morale is low. Yet, it’s not impossible. Our leadership team and staff worked hard through the recession, layoffs,…

The Nation’s Top Seven Percent

The Nation’s Top Seven Percent

They are America’s veterans – and we need to support them much better than we have as Americans. The Top Seven Percent are not a monolithic group. Each veteran is…

The Value of Federal Government Data in Transforming Government Agencies

The Value of Federal Government Data in Transforming Government Agencies

The U.S. federal government is probably one of the biggest (if not the biggest) producers of data. Every day, thousands of federal workers collect, create, analyze and distribute massive amounts…

The Wrecking Crew – Time Magazine’s Provocative November 6 Story

The Wrecking Crew – Time Magazine’s Provocative November 6 Story

The cover of the November 6 issue of Time shows three large wrecking balls with the title: “The Wrecking Crew – How Trump’s cabinet is dismantling government as we know…

The MPA Advantage

The MPA Advantage

This fall, I started my journey to attain a Master of  Public Administration (MPA) degree - the professional degree for public management. Students who pursue a Master of Public Administration…

A National Veteran Policy Field of Study to Guide Policy Development, Program Investments and Improve Outcomes

A National Veteran Policy Field of Study to Guide Policy Development, Program Investments and Improve Outcomes

The nation’s veteran and family ecosystem is dynamic, complex and resource rich. The policy landscape includes 1,300-plus federal and state policies, executive orders and agency directives that impact—directly or indirectly—veterans…

What A Leader Must Do

What A Leader Must Do

There are thousands of books on leadership; someone once suggested that as many as 500 new titles relating to leadership appear every year and there as many articles in journals…

Open Wide — I Want to Check Your Heart

Open Wide — I Want to Check Your Heart

My dentist knows the condition of my teeth, gums and tongue. My doctor is familiar with my tongue too, but concentrates on the back of my throat as well as…

Moral Courage in Public Service: Lessons from the Life of Susan B. Anthony

On June 17, 1873, the trial of Susan B. Anthony for voting in the 1872 election began in Canandaigua, New York. The jury was all male, though that would not…

From Here to Tomorrow

From Here to Tomorrow

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) spoke to a Kansas City crowd on October 13, 1936. He described his vision, “To a greater degree than any other peoples, we have sought…

The Public Service Renaissance: The Only Door That Stays Open

The Public Service Renaissance: The Only Door That Stays Open

I believe governmental structures the world over are in a renaissance. You're probably reading this and thinking I give public service way too much credit if I dare to compare…