The Importance of Dealing with Problem Employees

Whenever I teach a class to government managers, I pose the following question: What does the government do with a problem employee?” Immediately, members of the audience answer either, “they move him” or “they promote him.” In essence, the people who are responsible for managing the government’s employees believe that the best way (or the […]

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Challenges Facing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Part 6: Dedicated Servants & Temptations to Go Rogue

This is the sixth post of a seven-part blog series that chronicles and attempts to dissect and explain the recent and growing issues and challenges negatively affecting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Why have so many dedicated civil servants felt compelled to do things that are clearly inappropriate and perhaps illegal? I do not […]

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Challenges Facing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Part 3: VA’s Goals Are Unrealistic; Its Metrics Need to Be Revised

This is the third post of a seven-part blog series that chronicles and attempts to dissect and explain the recent and growing issues and challenges negatively affecting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Goals Set by the VA Are Unrealistic Given VA’s workload and the resources it has received, the goals that have been set […]

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Challenges Facing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Part 2: Resources Have Not Kept Up With the Workload

This is the second post of a seven-part blog series that chronicles and attempts to dissect and explain the recent and growing issues and challenges negatively affecting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Why Has VA Fallen So Far in the Eyes of So Many? Many factors contributed to the current state of affairs of […]

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Challenges Facing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Part 1: A Brief History of Growing Troubles

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Practical Management Advice for Government Shared in New Book

Set Adrift Among Scandals It’s here … the publication of my new book, 98 Opportunities for Improving Management in Government, (Management Concepts, August 1, 2014.) This proudly marks the fifth book I have written specifically geared to government management. It is particularly timely. Scandals and challenges recently have been compromising our government. Undoubtedly, many of […]

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How to Write an Effective Report in the Federal Government

Working in the Federal Government means you read reports. You’ll read hundreds, if not thousands, during your tenure. The reports no doubt vary in quality. Many may be difficult to follow. Others are full of bureaucratic language. Most reports are probably read by no more than a couple of people, and have little if any […]

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How to Circumvent Long Hiring Delays in the Federal Government

Posted by Judd Seida in Federal Job, Government | Comments Off on How to Circumvent Long Hiring Delays in the Federal Government

If you’ve ever worked in government, you know how frustrating it can be to bring on your new hires within a reasonable time frame. Trying to alleviate backlogs by hiring new people should be simple enough, but there always seems to be delays. How can you get around those delays and manage efficiently and effectively? […]

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Why I Enjoyed Working for the Federal Government

Posted by Judd Seida in Government | Comments Off on Why I Enjoyed Working for the Federal Government

So many people are miserable at their jobs. And these days, the Federal Government doesn’t exactly have the greatest reputation as an employer. In fact, 41% of the government employees surveyed in OPM’s 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey indicated they were dissatisfied with their organization. This doesn’t paint a pretty picture. But if we look […]

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