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Ask the Fedcoach: July, 2011

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 07/02/2011

Measuring your leadership success

A federal manager from the U.S. Department of the Airforce asks about the best ways to keep track of your leadership effectiveness.

By Tom Fox  |  11:51 AM ET, 07/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 06/29/2011

National Weather Service Director Jack Hayes on his organization’s atmosphere

National Weather Service Director Jack Hayes on leading a staff trained to predict the unpredictable.

By Tom Fox  |  11:37 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 06/28/2011

Closing the gap between managers and staff at your federal agency

Too often, managers assume that employees know or understand the reasons why certain policies or approaches are being taken, when in fact they do not.

By Tom Fox  |  09:34 AM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Rocking the boat in federal agencies

I wanted to share some of the great comments readers have sent me about their favorite leadership books, the importance of retain good government workers and the hands-off management they’ve witnessed in agencies.

By Tom Fox  |  12:01 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Summer reading suggestions for federal leaders

In between eating fried food and riding roller coasters, I plan to catch up on some new leadership books. Here are the five that top my list.

By Tom Fox  |  11:39 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Of cigarettes, rats and trans fats: CDC Director Thomas Frieden on leading in public health, when success is what you don’t see

Thomas Frieden, CDC director and former NYC health commissioner, on cigarettes, rats, trans fats—and success that’s invisible.

By Tom Fox  |  12:25 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 06/17/2011

How to become a great federal leader — without senior leadership support

A federal manager from the Department of Homeland Security asks, “What suggestions do you have for being an effective leader when you don't have support from your leadership?”

By Tom Fox  |  12:36 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Alice Rivlin on being aggressively apolitical

Alice Rivlin, founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, on the lessons she’s taken from her roles in government.

By Tom Fox  |  01:08 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Will you be ready when your leaders hit the road?

Staff turnover is as inevitable as death and taxes, and for government it looms on the horizon. By the end of 2015, more than 50 percent of the senior executives in place at the beginning of 2011 will have left government.

By Tom Fox  |  12:08 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Avoiding a Weiner scandal: Social media tips for federal workers

Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this past week , but fed workers shouldn’t shy away from using them.

By Tom Fox  |  12:08 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 06/08/2011

NIST Director Patrick Gallagher on leading an organization of scientists

NIST director Patrick Gallagher: “A scientific organization is almost by definition an elitist organization.”

By Tom Fox  |  02:47 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Horrible bosses, and how to deal with them

“My problem is a manager that is constantly trying to run me into the ground. It is hard to prove harassment, but this supervisor is definitely doing things that interfere with my career,” said the disgruntled federal employee.

By Tom Fox  |  12:12 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 06/03/2011

Getting a boss to communicate better

This week’s question is about how to approach senior leaders who could use some help in communicating with their teams.

By Tom Fox  |  12:36 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 06/01/2011

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on leadership: “At NASA, we do big things”

Administrator Charles Bolden talks about how he went from a childhood in the segregated South to running the nation’s space program.

By Tom Fox  |  11:51 AM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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