Avoiding Complacency Risks: Make SMART Goals SMARTer

Most organizational leaders have come across the concept of SMART goals at some point in time. SMART is widely touted in government agencies, private sector companies and academia. Even organizations...

Professional Development for the Innovative Organization

When employees in government hear “professional development,” the term often becomes synonymous with training. If there is a perceived knowledge gap, train it away. If there is a new topic...

World War G: How to Cure Zombie Government Executives

A recent article on Forbes.com, entitled World War E: How to Cure a Zombie Entrepreneur, discussed the dangers posed by an increasing number of zombie entrepreneurs at the helm in the private sector....

Why a Transformation Commission is Good for Feds

The Senate and the House have each introduced bills in recent weeks that would establish a Government Transformation Commission. The bills' purpose is to assess, transform and demonstrate results in...

Rethinking the Accountability Culture – Partnership Matters

“Accountability” has become a four-letter word in the Federal Government; when it is uttered, people shudder, and when it is assessed, people prepare to be mentally beaten. Accountability...

Know the Real-time Pulse of Your Workforce

There is no large-scale survey effort in government with a more sweeping impact on employee time and attention than the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FedView). Agencies and sub-agencies...

Analysis: Addressing the Fiscal Cliff is Not Enough

Change Will Take Place Other than raising some taxes, Congress and the White House have done little to fix the fiscal crisis by December 31, 2012, and have kicked the can down the road to the new...