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Searching for Talent in a Web 2.0 World – Succession Planning Offers Adaptability

Public services can be potentially transformed using succession planning and Web 2.0 tools.  When both tools are combined, government services can be made more transparent, collaborative and interactive.  Without incorporating…

Improving the Federal Workforce Through Increased Employee Engagement

This is not an easy time to be a public servant. Heated budget battles and rhetoric about the size, function, scope and effectiveness of the public sector have generated criticism…

Utilizing Feedback to Improve Employee and Organizational Performance

Feedback is critical for the performance of an employee and their organization. To be effective, employees must receive timely and substantive information about their performance and, to be both competitive…

A Lesson in Listening

It was storming early one morning in Nashville. There for my nephew’s graduation, I was headed out for the day’s events when I met Gail. In her mid-50’s, Gail had…

What May Strengthen the Federal Workforce

On January 20, 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous and inspirational inaugural address in which he implored Americans to “ask not what your country can do for…

Diversity: Strengthening the Federal Workforce with a Variety of Viewpoints

I was given a great gift. A colleague disagreed with me. I was expressing my satisfaction on a piece of work that I consider a signature accomplishment. She reflected on…

Public Sector Supervision and Retaining Good Employees

Just this past June, Gallop reported that 70 percent of American workers hate their jobs. Along with this headline, it was reported that while the vast majority of Americans hate…

Promising Practices on the Homeless Front

Despite the bleakness of the situation with the homeless in the United States, where e-snap computer snafus have disrupted U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding and sequestration…

The Evolution of Nonprofit Finance in the United States: Earned Income, Enterprise Strategies and Social Enterprise

The Evolution of Nonprofit Finance in the United States: Earned Income, Enterprise Strategies and Social Enterprise

The United States has a rich history of nurturing nonprofits and thus has a nonprofit sector that is among the most dynamic and wide-ranging in the world, both in terms…

Environmental Nonprofits: Sharing with Government, Serving the Public

Environmental Nonprofits: Sharing with Government, Serving the Public

As the third sector, after the government and the private sector, the nonprofit sector is able to focus on specific concerns without the constraints of either bureaucracy or the perverse…