Closing the Federal Data Skills Gap

Big Data and data analytics can contribute greatly to success of organizations, both public and private sectors alike. Data has the potential to affect workforce efficiency, decision making processes, reduce waste and improve organizational productivity. Blocking progress to realization of these, and other benefits in the public sector, is the data … [Read more...]

Developing the Federal Acquisition Workforce

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy reports that the Federal Government pays contractors more than 1 in every 6 dollars spent. With contract expenditures being a significant portion of the U.S. Federal budget, it is imperative that the continuous development of the Federal acquisition workforce be a high priority. A recent memorandum from … [Read more...]

Getting the Most Value from Virtual Decision-Making Tools

Multiple decisions occur every day in most organizations, and in a variety of contexts, from budget prioritization, to sequencing of project tasks, to the best wording for an advertisement. Often these decisions occur in the context of corporate meetings, which tend to be viewed as wasteful and unproductive at least 25% of the time. Virtual … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Apply E-Learning in the Public Sector

Over time, changes in technology have made it less costly and more feasible to codify, demonstrate, and share best practices among busy staff members across locations. Today’s e-learning offers to further simplify and greatly improve many of these processes—from capture to presentation to participation. More important, e-learning can … [Read more...]

Technology Can be a Facade for Civic Innovation

Until recently, executives have struggled to integrate innovation offices into the changing landscape of government operations. With innovation departments being highlighted as a means for engaging open dialogue and solving problems between governments and the populations they serve, the concept of including an innovation office within a government … [Read more...]

Are the Most Valuable Events Virtual or Personal?

Bloomberg Businessweek has highlighted the pros and cons of virtual conferences and training as compared to face-to-face conferences and seminars. With the cost of transportation, event attendance fees, lodging, and other travel expenses skyrocketing, while budgets for training and collaborative events plunge, the financial benefits of virtual … [Read more...]

Chief Innovation Officer Tools: Developing a Socially Balanced Strategy

The identification of chief innovation officer roles in both the public and private sector is becoming commonplace. Governments and private organizations alike are creating new position descriptions with corresponding innovation-oriented priorities to be balanced and strategies to be fulfilled. Often, when the terms "balance" and "strategy" are … [Read more...]

Conversations that Improve Organizational Culture

Conversations in organizations generally happen because we need to provide or seek information or give and receive feedback. As knowledge workers, conversation is how we get our work done, how shared meaning is developed, and how knowledge is generated and shared. Conversations also influence the degree of organizational innovation. The way leaders … [Read more...]

The Ladder of Inference: Improve Communications and Relationships in the Workplace

Have you ever stopped to think about the things that you just inherently know and how you know them? Have you ever wished that the people you work with could just inherently know what you know too? Wouldn’t working together be easier if you could be on the same page and pull from the same set of experiences all of the time? The Ladder of … [Read more...]

World War G: How to Cure Zombie Government Executives

A recent article on, entitled World War E: How to Cure a Zombie Entrepreneur, discussed the dangers posed by an increasing number of zombie entrepreneurs at the helm in the private sector. The article described the criteria for diagnosis as a zombie to include: the lack of a clear picture, entrepreneur Attention Deficit Disorder, lack of … [Read more...]