Strategic planning during uncertain times
This past February, few strategic plans could have taken into account the challenges we’re facing today. While we can’t predict the future, we can improve the effectiveness of our planning efforts by creating strategic plans based on personal and professional values and investing in an adaptable workforce.
The Sammies Series: Q&A with MITRE and finalist David Gray
2020 Service to America Medals finalist David Gray, acting group manager for Communications, Information, and Networking Programs at the Federal Aviation Administration, spoke with MITRE’s Dennis Sawyer, managing director of national airspace system evolution and system engineering, about his work transforming aviation radar systems.
Inspiring stories from this year’s Service to America Medal awards
The Partnership hosted the first-ever virtual Service to America Medals awards program. Revisit highlights from the program and watch the winners receive congratulations from many luminaries from the political and celebrity worlds.
How to set up agency supervisors for success
Formal supervisor training does not always cover the practical experience that supervisors need to deal with personal issues such as employee grievances, poor performers and low morale. One team of EIG participants decided to tackle this challenge by creating a way for new supervisors to get feedback through peer-mentoring groups with other supervisors.
Acquisition professionals get motivated to manage
Participants in the spring 2019 Leadership Excellence for Acquisition Professionals program focused on motivating and managing others in their most recent session. See what lessons they learned through activities including an alumni panel and “Shark Tank” experience.
Empower your employees to question your expectations
Ideally, employees will solve problems. But too often, they work around them, resulting in more problems, low employee morale and angry customers. Find out why this might be happening on your team and how to respond to it.
Your employees probably don’t realize what you have done to engage them
Most of the time, agency leaders listen to and act on the feedback provided in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey—but the workforce doesn’t know it. The disconnect between what employees say in the survey and what the leaders do in response can drive a wedge between the workforce and agency leadership. To bridge that divide requires a change in communication.
The importance of federal acquisition
It can be easy to overlook federal acquisition, one of the many support functions that helps the government run. These federal employees need leadership skills so they can negotiate the best government contracts, attract new service providers and more, writes Rachel Verlik, a coach with the Leadership Excellence for Acquisition Professionals program.
A closer look into our 2018 government-wide employee engagement score
At the end of the day, our government’s most important asset is its people. This year’s Best Places to Work findings demonstrate that collectively we have a lot of work remaining to support and strengthen the federal workforce.