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Ask the Fedcoach: August, 2011

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/22/2011

Take a break! To disconnect or not to disconnect on vacation

Do you want to completely avoid thoughts of work, or will vacation give you the flexibility needed to develop innovative ideas to problems you’ve been unable to solve? Here’s my advice.

By Tom Fox  |  08:00 AM ET, 08/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 08/19/2011

Pitching young employees on your federal agency

The first line of one job announcement on reads: “Reviews and assess the efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of programs….” Good luck getting young people in the door like that.

By Tom Fox  |  10:52 AM ET, 08/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Librarian of Congress James Hadley Billington on leading the nation’s library

The Librarian of Congress on how “there's no point in having endless theoretical discussions without being involved.”

By Tom Fox  |  01:16 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 08/15/2011

Developing the leadership skills of high-potential employees

This week’s question comes from a federal manager in the Army who wants to know about leadership development for junior staff.

By Tom Fox  |  03:46 PM ET, 08/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 08/12/2011

Want to drive innovation in your federal agency? Start with leaders at the top

It may be described as ‘the need to innovate’, ‘continuous improvement’, ‘process reengineering’ or some other buzzword. Whatever the label, the definition is the same: Do more with less and do it better.

By Tom Fox  |  09:54 AM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 08/10/2011

Michele Leonhart on leading the DEA

“I thought as you go up the ladder your management style needs to be tweaked a bit and that things change. They really don't.”

By Tom Fox  |  04:17 PM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 08/08/2011

What are battered feds to do? Don’t worry, be happy

What are battered federal workers to do amid the steady drumbeat of bad budget news?

By Tom Fox  |  03:22 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 08/05/2011

Young federal leader development

This week’s question comes from a young federal manager at the EPA who just completed a formal leadership training program.

By Tom Fox  |  05:20 PM ET, 08/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 08/03/2011

HUD Chief of Staff Laurel Blatchford on risk taking and engaging employees

I have a much greater tolerance for chaos than I used to, but I also know when to...pull the plug.

By Tom Fox  |  02:17 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 08/02/2011

Preparing for new talent? Leadership lessons from the family stork

While leading a team is vastly different than leading a family, I’m beginning to see some similarities for senior federal leaders preparing for the entry of new talent.

By Tom Fox  |  04:35 PM ET, 08/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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