Attrition as a Workforce Strategy: Supporting or Sabotaging Organizational Strategic Goals

A former boss of mine used to say that when you hire a government civilian, “you’ve got what you’ve got and you’re stuck with them.” In 2011, a USA Today analysis of the job security of...

COE Promotes Rob Schildwachter to Vice President of Finance and Operations

The Center for Organizational Excellence, Inc. (COE) announced today the promotion of Rob Schildwachter to Vice President of Finance and Operations. In his new role, Rob will be responsible for all...

Recapture Your Agency’s ‘Why’

How often do you stop to ask why your organization exists? Agencies often forget their identity in the midst of everyday work. The answer usually lies somewhere between "providing jobs for federal...

Imagining an On-Demand Government in an Uber World

The public sector changes slowly. We all know this. But the glacial pace of government is even more evident in its inability to adapt to the new on-demand world. Need a ride? Connect to Uber. Need a...

An Rx for OPM

The beleaguered Office of Personnel Management (OPM) continues to wind its way through its current challenge while it also assimilates a new leader. I have no doubt that Beth Cobert will do the job...

Defining and Achieving Efficiency in Government

Inefficient and ineffective federal agency programs have been chronicled for eons. Most of the discussions center around making government cost less, cutting budgets, or holding hearings on perceived...

COE Talks Telework Webinar Series

Telework is a strategic means to further agency priorities and mission, yet increasing participation in telework is a complex undertaking. It requires close collaboration between telework...

Simplifying Performance Management Webinar Series

Accountability has come to mean "performance" in the federal sector. The truth is that emphasizing accountability can undermine an agency's ability to perform at its best. It encourages a focus on...

Batter Up: 5 Things Workforce Planners Can Learn From Fantasy Baseball

It's that time of year again. Baseball superfans know what I'm talking about. It's time to draft your fantasy baseball team. If you're like millions of Americans, you're grabbing your peanuts and...

Public Managers and Politically Driven Change: A Retrospective

COE Principal Consultant, Dr. Paul Eder, co-authors a featured piece for The Public Manager titled "Public Managers and Politically Driven Change: A Retrospective" with Blaine R. Young of the Board of...