Don’t get too excited by the title. No, I am not advocating for the mass retirement of men. Instead, I am making a case for retirees mentoring replacements before they retire. Take my retirement in 2014. After 36 years within state and local government (and in many roles) I filed retirement documents about 90 days… Read More HR Innovation: Mentirement
If you answered yes, congratulations. You’re having fun! If you answered no, congratulations. You’re part of the global and national workforce that is the majority. So how do you create a happy workplace? The blindingly obvious answer is, “To have a happy workplace, get rid of the unhappy people.” There’s a lot of truth in… Read More Is Your Organization Happy?
Whether for a nation or even an organization, the nomination process is crucial in determining who gets elected. William “Boss” Tweed famously figured this out when he ran New York City from Tammany Hall in the 1860s. Tweed said that he did not need to care who got elected, as long as he controlled who… Read More Who Gets Elected?
Poet Robert Frost once said, “The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.” Then again, there are those who are willing to work but can’t find a job. Photo Credit: Vermont Public Radio Today’s job market stands dramatically changed from what it was during Frost’s idyllic… Read More The Human Touch
Horrible derailments are not reserved for commuter trains. Americans’ trust of the two major candidates for president has crashed, too. The good news is that not everything believed about national candidates or national conditions is believed about local government. Across America, we have tested how much or how little tens of thousands of residents trust… Read More Local Government’s Public Trust Puzzle
I’m not sure if it’s because I am a millennial and tend to “overshare” on the internet or if it’s because after several blog posts I feel like we know each other, but I wanted to share that this past weekend I got married! To my excitement, the first presidential debate coincided with the first… Read More Selecting a Partner, Selecting a President
How do you measure an election year? Theodore Roosevelt noted in his autobiography, “A vote is like a rifle: Its usefulness depends on the character of its user.” Before assuming the American presidency, this reputed hunter had also served as New York City police commissioner, governor of New York, and vice president. Photo Credit: A&E… Read More Seasons of Words
Amid this time of chaos and questions about social injustice and inequitable treatment, it remains important for our emerging leaders to acknowledge the evolving demographics of the workforce, and recognize the benefits of hiring and nurturing a diverse team of employees. The research seems to agree that the variety of backgrounds, experiences and expertise of… Read More Hope and Justice
Does this scenario sound familiar? Jack’s agency was targeted by a Congressional subcommittee for failing to deliver results. To show improvement, the agency director dictated each division would send a team of a midlevel managers to a two-week seminar, “Delivering Results through Innovative Leadership.” With airfare, lodging and meals, and conference fee, Jack’s division invested… Read More Leadership and Supervisory Training: A Waste of Time and Money?
One morning, at two government offices, the day begins for two people. A male, enters the office late and gets reminded at the front door by his supervisor that his 15-minute tardiness is noted. Across town, a young woman enters the office after the official start time. She does with event as her supervisor sees… Read More One Morning at the Office