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From Mindfulness to Meaningfulness

From Mindfulness to Meaningfulness

Bringing mindfulness into the challenges we encounter as public administrators is important. But mindfulness also needs to be complemented and augmented by another concept—meaningfulness.…

Why Put Meaning First?

Why Put Meaning First?

By putting meaning first, government service will be able to regain its proper standing as a noble calling. In this way it will be able to recruit and retain individuals…

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Meaning

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Meaning

It has become increasingly common to associate the phrase, “Kick the can down the road,” with lawmakers at all levels of government when dealing with budget shortfalls, mounting public debt…

Finding Meaning in the Chaos

Finding Meaning in the Chaos

How can people in all walks and stages of life — regardless of their personal circumstances — find meaning in and, at the same time, build their capacity to deal…

Meaning First: Government Service at a Crossroads

Meaning First: Government Service at a Crossroads

I have long argued that there is a “crisis of meaning” in government, one that poses significant implications for engagement and resilience, well-being and health, and performance and innovation. …

The Deeper Meaning of Authentic Dialogue

The Deeper Meaning of Authentic Dialogue

This is what the ancient Greeks meant by employing a common education to create a spiritual community, which would allow the “soul” and true nature of government to become manifest.…

Rediscovering the “Soul” of Government

Rediscovering the “Soul” of Government

Americans in large numbers today seem not only to distrust but also resent their government. “They have become convinced that government, especially the federal government, is wasteful, oppressive, and insensitive,…

The Crisis of Meaning

The Crisis of Meaning

When employees don’t feel valued and don’t feel their work is valued, or can’t see how their work ties into the bigger picture, they lose meaning. Because work feels like…

Putting First Things First: Integrity, Purpose and Purposing

Putting First Things First: Integrity, Purpose and Purposing

The “heart” of a public service organization—what animates people to serve others and promote the common good—isn't discovered as people perform their jobs and achieve organizational goals. No, this heart…

Opa! It’s a Lifestyle and Workstyle, Part 2


HAPPY NEW YEAR! In the spirit of starting 2012 with a fresh and positive outlook for both work and life, we at PA TIMES Online felt the following…

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