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Ask the Fedcoach: October, 2011

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Washington Capitals and leadership: The puck stops here

What the Caps have been doing so well, and what other great sports teams in history have done, is operate as a seamless unit.

By Tom Fox  |  04:35 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Leading on the dotted line

I once heard that 90 percent of project management is communication. For dotted-line managers, this may be actually closer to 100 percent.

By Tom Fox  |  10:23 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Preparing for what the supercommittee has in store for federal agencies

As a federal manager in this environment, you are faced with a serious challenge.

By Tom Fox  |  02:17 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Can’t promote someone who deserves it?

One federal supervisor asks, “How can I inspire a staff person who is angry about not getting a promotion? I know he deserves it, but I have no control over getting an upgrade during these hard fiscal times.”

By Tom Fox  |  11:44 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Poor performers — Dealing with performance issues in federal government

According to new Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey data, only 30 percent of federal employees think their leaders take steps to deal with poor performers. 

By Tom Fox  |  09:39 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Steve Jobs and your leadership legacy

It’s important to remember that all leaders operate in a fish bowl. What’s the legacy you want to leave?

By Tom Fox  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Jacqueline Berrien on leading the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Jacqueline Berrien, chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on managing her agency—and the leadership lessons of music ensembles.

By Tom Fox  |  10:03 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 10/10/2011

How to overcome bureaucracy so you can innovate

Agencies often feel a legitimate pressure to implement and scale programs quickly. Unfortunately, that’s an approach fraught with risk.

By Tom Fox  |  01:44 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Robert Reich on bringing tenacity to public leadership

“The biggest enemy we have right now is cynicism about government,” says Robert Reich, former secretary of labor.

By Tom Fox  |  01:18 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Looking to grow as a leader? Then look to the past

No time has been more turbulent for leaders than the present. At least that’s what we like to think.

By Tom Fox  |  06:56 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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