Four lessons that shaped my path to the Senior Executive Service
James-Christian Blockwood, the Partnership’s executive vice president, previously served as senior executive leader in the federal government. He shares four lessons he learned about leadership and relationship-building during his public service career.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: failure
Failure, while scary and painful, can also be instructive and lead to self-awareness. Failure happens to all of us, and it can provide important benefits in the long run.
Providing feedback is critical to your employees’ personal and professional growth. Here’s how to do it well.
Giving constructive feedback to your employees and co-workers is difficult. Fortunately, a commonly used tool—the Situation-Behavior-Impact model—can help you provide more actionable and continuous feedback moving forward.
Leading change in uncertain times
The current environment demands more effective change management and change leadership. The Public Service Leadership Model’s “Leading Change” competency includes five key skills that help leaders manage the challenges of conducting the day-to-day work during a global pandemic and presidential transition effectively.
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.
How to build a results-oriented culture
Federal leaders recognize the importance of moving toward a results-oriented culture, and the Partnership agrees. Our Public Service Leadership Model identifies five key competencies that leaders can develop to continue to achieve results in their workplaces.
Three tips to work through turbulent times
Thanks to dedicated civil servants, the federal government has continued to provide important services during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are three tips for federal leaders to help their employees continue to push through these challenging times.
Why internal customer experience helps agencies deliver on their mission
To deliver on mission and operate smoothly, federal agencies require mission-support employees to provide high-quality internal customer experience. The Partnership’s new Mission Support Leadership Program aims to provide these employees with the leadership skills they need to support their colleagues and the government as a whole.
Three tips government leaders can use to communicate effectively
In order to work well with our colleagues, we need to ask ourselves regularly, “How well am I communicating?” Building these three communication skills will help you work with others more effectively.
The importance of emotional intelligence and communication in a virtual world
Developing emotional intelligence can help you improve your communication skills and create more effective virtual relationships. To develop emotional intelligence, you’ll need to be self-aware and empathetic with an understanding of how to engage others.