Sunday, December 28, 2008

Training Games: Anne Laurent interviews Ralph Chatham

On December 8th, thirty-nine Senior Fellows and Friends gathered to learn about the design and use of virtual-world training games to augment the tactical and cultural training of young soldiers who are deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Anne Laurent, who has been reporting technological innovations that are ushering in permanent changes to the way government operates, contributed her considerable talent and business acumen by interviewing Ralph Chatham. A former Naval Officer and private industry consultant, Ralph created the DARWARS initiative in training technology.

Ken Sosne (Department of Education) and Pam Piper (OMB, retired) provided the following notes to convey the flavor of the discussion:

“Training can require a large investment with a small increase in proficiency. Ralph was looking for way to leverage training resources by developing an electronic platform that can provide training with enormous cost savings and run scenarios over and over to increase learning. Ralph decided that ‘I wanted to make sure no one rides blind into a culture again.’”

“Anne complemented Ralph's story telling with her experiences on virtual issues. The overall interplay between the two was interesting to watch. The audience was quite interactive and someone asked if there was a way one could build a game for executive leadership and meetings so that managers could have simulation similar to the soldiers.”

“A lightweight and agile training approach compared to pilot training models/simulation, features an underlying gaming ‘engine’ with ‘story’ content that can be adopted to the immediate need.”

Later, Ralph generously provided several attachments so that participants could think about the potential transferability of this approach: a report on “Training Superiority and Training Surprise,” that resulted from a Defense Science Board task force he co-chaired, and two chapters that will appear in an upcoming book, Development of Professional Expertise, edited by K. Anders Ericsson, 2009, Cambridge University Press.

Ordinarily, members of this multisector network convene in a small-ish banquet room near L'Enfant Plaza. That provides a comfortable container for dinner and dialogue among highly motivated individuals who RSVP early and make a point of showing up. However, there was so much interest in this topic, and its potential transferability to civilian government challenges, that we moved up Seventh Street to a larger space at the National Academy of Public Administration. Academy staff members Frank DiGiammarino, Dan Munz, Bryna Helfer, Susan Jacobs, and Jeanne Smith were instrumental to the evening's success.

Steve Ressler, co-founder of Young Government Leaders and creator of the new social network, GovLoop (www.govloop.org), dropped in from Tampa to join us, as did the founders of Conversations About Leading, 13L, NAPA’s Collaboration Project, and several other heavy-duty innovators for good government. Participant affiliations included:

American University
ARPA Consultant
Atlantic Media Company
Center for Radical Improvement
Department of Commerce
Department of Education
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Navy
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury
Environmental Protection Agency
General Services Administration
Government Accountability Office
Kahler Communications
Library of Congress
NASA
National Academy of Public Administration
Office of Management and Budget, Retired
Partnership for Public Service
PMI Education and Training SIG
Senior Executives Association

As usual, work experience levels ranged from intern to senior executive. If you are interested in participating, please send a note to kittywooley5@gmail.com, introduce yourself, and ask to be added to the mailing list so that you begin receiving evites as they are issued. Basic courtesy and a constructive approach are hallmarks of each gathering and make this discretionary effort fun. If that appeals to you, then please join us in 2009.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Re-Inventing the Practice of Leadership for the Public Good

We are once again in a time of great leadership transition and I find myself hopeful about the possibility of bringing focus to the importance of public leadership as a profession. I believe that this election cycle’s results are indicative of a world hungry for a new model of public leadership, one that embodies new competencies and skills that are appropriate for the challenges we face and for the global stage on which all leaders are now measured. Our president-elect and his team have modeled many of these new practices during the long campaign process as well as during the post-campaign work of selecting the new cabinet.

Given the global capacity to see and hear each other 24/7 I believe we are more conscious than ever of the terrible price citizens throughout the world pay for our laissez-faire approach to the practice of leadership. Unlike other professions -- medicine, law and accounting spring to mind -- as a society we have never agreed on the conventions for measuring successful performance as a public leader. Never in my lifetime has it been more obvious how heavily we depend on the performance of public leaders (not only those active in our country), in ways that affect every aspect of our lives.

Over a thirty-year career as a Federal employee and manager my job required me to support the development of public leaders. As the current Director of the Public Sector Consortium (www.public-sector.org) it has become a full-time avocation.

My hope is that the Consortium can help facilitate a shift in citizen focus and consciousness about what is really required of public leaders in terms of competency and performance. With this shift we might bring about the commitment to select and develop people who are prepared to take on the responsibility of public service. We would like to see leaders skilled in Systems Thinking, Facilitative Leadership, Sustainable Leadership Practices, and Organizational Learning (to name just a few) before they take on the mantle of public leadership.

I believe that the purpose of healthy governance systems is to protect and sustain the commons for the citizens who depend on shared resources. Public leaders implement the purpose of governance and their work requires foresight and the courage to intervene on the tragedy of the commons when necessary. This is what it means to serve the public good. Every country and culture has a different definition of their commons, and consequently our governance systems serve different purposes. This is at the heart of our dislocation within many of the global issues we are currently facing. Examples of the commons in this country might be access to health care, access to clean air, access to education, access to safe food sources, and personal safety.

Our collective inadequacy to articulate what is required to do the most important work in our society has cost all of us a great deal.

I have great hope that together we can agree on what is required in this newly defined profession of public leadership; together we can articulate and recognize the essential practices involved. Together we can invest in developing the competencies before people enter the profession of public service and invest in those who are already hard at work and in need of new skills. We can create measures of successful performance, and implement these performance measures when we promote or elect. Together we can identify the naturals within our society and nurture them early for this noblest of professions.

Georgie Bishop,
Director, The Public Sector Consortium
www.public-sector.org

Monday, December 15, 2008

Guest Post by Dan Slattery

Work Transition in Retirement & My Pursuit of Excellence in Government

Like many people who anticipate the transition from a full-time career in government or business to the life of retirement, I thought I was well prepared. Two years later I now know the truth: no plan, no matter how comprehensive, can ever prepare you for every surprise, challenge, or opportunity that you will face in your new life. When I planned my retirement and relocation to a small town in Rhode Island after 30 years in Washington DC, I thought I had a defined plan that would result in financial security, happiness, and fulfillment. My financial plan has been successful despite the downturn in the economy and I am happy with my new lifestyle and the opportunity to engage in a variety of recreational activities and hobbies. Yet there is still a real transition to make from a full-time work career into a new life that may not include full-time employment.

If you don’t have a new job lined up when you retire, you may find this part of retirement unsettling, or maybe just challenging. While there is a host of retirement literature to help you, there is no roadmap that works for everyone. My choice was to take a break and not work full-time. However, I knew that I had a need to work with people and be involved in something that benefitted others. I must admit that despite being a meticulous planner my approach to finding work in retirement was pure serendipitous. My focus was part-time work, and money was not as important as my desire to stay active and fulfilled as a person.

My first job opportunity in retirement was non-paying. I volunteered my time to a fledging political watchdog group that was founded on promoting good government in response to a highly dysfunctional town government. My next job came by way of networking; the president of our volunteer group recommended me to a friend of his who needed someone to work part-time and do financial abstracts. As it turned out I hated this job. The boss was nice, the pay was good, but it was boring and I left after two months. Next, I found my dream summer job -- I became a golf ranger. For the uneducated, a ranger rides in golf cart and acts as a mobile host for the golf club. My reward was $8 an hour and unlimited free golf, so as an avid golfer this was my best summer job ever. As autumn approached I found myself unemployed once again and followed my wife’s suggestion and became a substitute school teacher. This job has its rewards and frustrations but I am now in my second year of being a sub and it’s OK. Sometimes there are moments with the kids I really cherish.

After two years in retirement, I must admit my most rewarding job has been the volunteer job. I am now the president of that fledging grass roots organization, known as the Charlestown Citizens Alliance. We have a steering committee of 20 volunteers that I oversee. Our e-mail list includes about 1,500 residents in a town of 8,000 and our website at Charlestowncitizens.org has been an effective political tool. We became a Political Action Committee, and in November 2008 all 9 of our local candidates won with a two-thirds majority vote. I am not sure about my next job, but recently some businesspeople and political party representatives asked me if I would apply to be the new town administrator. I plan to apply because I think my skill set matches up well with the position and it’s an opportunity to serve the town, make a positive difference, and pursue excellence in local government. If I don’t get the job, I will continue to look for other opportunities to work with people where I can make a positive difference.


Dan's final post was at the U.S. Department of Education, where he served as Budget Officer and Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Education Statistics. During a concurrent term as Chairman, Excellence in Government Senior Fellows Board of Leaders, Dan was instrumental in developing the Senior Fellows Awards Program. He is one of the most collegial people on the planet, which makes us look forward to future updates - and maybe even a visit from Rhode Island.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Gators, Gourdheads, and Pufflings



Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Su Jewell's new book is now available at http://www.buybooksontheweb.com/product.aspx?ISBN=0-7414-4961-7.

Su is an accomplished wildlife biologist, administrator, and environmental writer who currently works in the D.C. metro area. She spent twelve years studying wildlife in the Everglades and Florida Keys with the Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and National Audubon Society. Her Exploring Wild South Florida, an incredibly beautiful paperback, distills her experience there and is an interesting, articulate guide to finding natural areas and wildlife. It will be the first thing in the suitcase, the next time I head to Florida! I expect this new book to be equally entertaining and have ordered a copy.

Those who attended the 7/24/07 Senior Fellows and Friends event with Andy Schoenback and Sandi McCabe (Budget Formulation and Execution Line of Business) have met Su already. You'll be pleased to know that she's likely to be back in 2009, to sign books and lead a discussion of her choice.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Giving the right tools for Young Feds to succeed

I like most of my fellow Young Feds are very energetic and passionate about public service and are truly looking to make a difference at our respective federal agencies. For some of us, the events of 9/11 inspired this drive for public service.

Unfortunately, many agencies have yet to step up in helping the Young Feds achieve this goal. So what exactly are we asking for? Well here is just a snippet:

· Mentorship: We desperately need the support of the Older Feds to help us navigate the behemoth that is the Federal Government and to encourage and guide our career path to where we want it to be.

· Proper Operating Procedures: A lot of agencies’ ways of doing things are not properly documented. The retirees leave, taking a chuck of legacy knowledge with them. A Young Fed entering into this situation is left to fend for themselves most likely resulting in mistakes.

· A chance to think outside the box: I always hear… “This is how we doings things here” and never… “Okay I see where you are coming from, why don’t we try this.” Agencies need to greatly empower the Young Feds to take risks and think outside the box.

· Continuing Education and Student Loan Repayment: I know this might be tied to the amount of funding an agency receives, but I believe this is one of the best retention tools an agency can give a Young Fed. Education either towards a certificate program or a graduate program improves the chances of a Young Fed to be promoted. Student Loan Repayment increases the chances of a Young Fed to stay longer at an agency.

This by no means is a complete list but these are some of the tools I believe if given to Young Feds will help us succeed at our agencies.

Ms. I.J Ezeonwuka
Chapter Liaison 2008-2009
Young Government Leaders


I.J works for the Department of Homeland Security/United State Coast Guard as a Contract Specialist. She is on the Executive Board of Young Government Leader and is also a Community Leader on GovLoop.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Jim Trinka on "High Impact Leadership"


Jim Trinka and Les Wallace - whom some of you met when he was here for the January 29th book signing dinner - had an article published in Leadership Excellence this year. About the article, which has been made available at http://www.signatureresources.com/?p=47, Jim says,

"It speaks of not only the effect of a high impact leader on the organization, but also some thoughts on how to act like one. You know that I’m always bold to suggest these types of topics, but sometimes I certainly admit that I fall short of my own recommendations. I think it might be interesting to talk about how we measure up to these standards ourselves and if we observe some of these characteristics in our leaders. If the answer is painfully no, then let’s discuss why. Looking forward to your responses."
--Jim Trinka

Comments, anyone?

Leadership, by Lora Allen



This guest post originally appeared at http://younggovernmentleaders.blogspot.com/ on Wednesday, April 9, 2008. Permission to reprint it here was given because many individual posts share one link on that page. Lora ably coordinates the PMF Program at the U.S. Department of Education.


LEADERSHIP

While my fellowship experience in the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is coming to a close (graduating this summer!), I will carry with me important life lessons on leadership. In fact, I keep them posted at my desk as daily reminders. They originated from daily observations of federal leaders and mentors that I deeply admire and respect. These extraordinary folks taught me that…

The workplace ought to be the most creative place on the planet;

Everything is an experiment;

Expect the unexpected;

Everyone is invaluable and irreplaceable;

Give people respect when they least expect it and least deserve it;

Playing it safe is risky (never be afraid of change – don't become complacent);

but Maturity does not equal conformity;

Go the extra mile; and

Leadership is an action, not a position or title.

Young feds, what are you learning about leadership? How will you apply those lessons in your life and career? Whether surrounded by good or bad leaders in the workplace, I encourage you to write down your observations on leadership. You'll be surprise by your list, and hopefully inspired and transformed.


Lora L. Allen

Young Government Leaders, Membership Committee Chair, 2007-2008

Presidential Management Fellow, 2006-2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

An Astonishing Lack of Urgency

John Kotter expresses what I've been sensing lately about the danger of complacency. In "An Astonishing Lack of Urgency (And What You Can Do About It)," he says,
True urgency is a set of emotions, a gut-level feeling that we need to get up every single day with total determination to do something to deal with those hazards and opportunities and make some progress, no matter how modest, and do so today.

The remainder of the column may be found at http://conversationstarter.hbsp.com/2008/10/an_astonishing_lack_of_urgency.html. If we haven't already, I think that we who are in government must consider this right now. No matter where we're placed, there is something that is ours to do. Are we doing it?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Founder's Intention

My intention in starting this blog - as with the in-person events, is to foster a useful network by holding a space for civil dialogue among people who want to improve government. As participants expend the energy to submit guest columns for posting, or to comment constructively, we'll begin to see signs of the untapped possibility of the multisector government workforce. Perhaps we will hear from public stakeholders as well. There are many phenomenal human beings who are working to make life better on Planet Earth; some are public servants. In my opinion, that designation is determined, not by one's e-mail domain, but by the focus of one's attention.

No matter what one does for a living, it's very easy to become insulated and isolated. However, I think we'll get a better result for the public if we consciously do the opposite, stretching to connect with those who are unlike us along many dimensions. With that diversity comes some anxiety, greater potential for innovative solution and powerful accomplishment, practice in overcoming misunderstanding and overlooking fault, recognition of our common humanity, and an infusion of energy, strength, and joy - a mixed bag that drives out boredom, accelerates our development, enhances collaborative potential, and positions us for greater confidence and accomplishment. Would you like to come along?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Recap of a 2008 Event

Georgie Bishop and board members of The Public Sector Consortium joined us for dinner at Vie de France a week ago. The Consortium began as a project team of seven federal agencies focused on a request from the President’s Management Council to re-think the profession of employee development for the federal government. The project team evolved into a long standing (since 1995) community of practice and now has become a nonprofit and community of practice that is dedicated to reinventing the practice of public leadership.

During the evening, we had the opportunity to briefly review their research and formal learning programs which have evolved over the last thirteen years. Rooted in the work of the Organizational Learning Center at MIT and the practical work experience of the founding members who were/are public leaders, the Consortium strives to re-define the essentials of public leadership and make transparent the systems that affect the capacity of leaders to lead.

We participated in a Systems Thinking exercise that used one of the systems maps from a report entitled "The Leadership Dilemma in a Democratic Society." That report is available at Don Jacobson's web site, http://www.govleaders.org/leadership_dilemma.htm. Participant groups were encouraged to define the systems map for themselves, locate the point of leverage for change, and define the competencies necessary for leaders at the point of leverage. There was considerable concentration on that task, and subsequent discussion, until late in the evening.

Georgie invites you to participate in the monthly First Friday dialog group which the Consortium offers as a way for public leaders to continue their learning together and share best practices. This is an opportunity to engage with phenomenal people via monthly conference call. Anyone interested in participating may connect by visiting http://public-sector.org/.

A list of participant affiliations follows:

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
Department of Justice
Dept of Education
Dept of Homeland Security
Dept of Labor
Dept of State
Dept of Transportation
Dept of Treasury
EDS
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Trade Commission
General Services Administration
Kahler Communication Inc.
Office of Management and Budget
Office of Personnel Management
Public Sector Consortium
Veterans Administration

Work experience levels ranged from intern to senior executive. Please consider joining us in the future.

Recap of a 2007 Event

Last week, a wonderful group enjoyed remarks by GAO’s Chief Learning Officer, Carol Willett. Carol explained the work she has been tasked to lead: to build consensus around the importance of learning and mechanisms that will ensure that incoming people not only “get” the culture, but develop capabilities that will support their aspirations and enable them to deliver substantial value.

This renewal, or “rejuvenation of the guild,” was necessitated by a multi-year hiring freeze that began around 1994. Over the past few years, Carol and others she enlisted have recruited GAO experts to serve as highly respected adjunct faculty and have collaborated on the development of curricula that target specific organizational needs. Tuesday’s dinner was one where “you really had to be there,” so further description won’t be forthcoming, other than to say that all participants were paying maximum attention!

Speaking of the group, our photos document that all generations now alive were in the room. Everyone was engaged and no one appeared to be feeling left out. One could conclude that:

o Having an effective workforce turns on mutual respect above all
o Some baby boomer feds, like some young government leaders, are learning and developing untapped potential continually - their own and others’

I raise these propositions because several of us have noticed a rising focus on generational differences and recruiting and retaining youth. However, the quality of attendance by seasoned colleagues at these events tells me that government may be failing to leverage all the talent it has. When one looks at the challenges the country is facing, it’s pretty clear that we need “all hands on deck.”

A list of participant affiliations follows:

Department of Education
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Labor
Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
General Services Administration
Government Accountability Office
Kahler Communications
Library of Congress
Pacific Consulting Group
Recent OMB retiree
Robbins-Gioia
SAIC
Touchstone Consulting/SRA
U.S. Marine Corps
Veterans Administration

Finally, Carol left us with an old Arab proverb for understanding what you have, and what to do with them:

They who know not, and know not that they know not are asleep. Wake them.
They who know not and know that they know not are students. Teach them.
They who know and know not that they know are unaware. Bestir them.
They who know and know that they know are teachers. Tap them.

Until we meet again, best wishes.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Participant Affiliations and Events to Date

This page is updated continually.  Onsite host was Kitty Wooley unless otherwise noted.

The Network:

3 degrees consulting
Acquisition Solutions
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Air Traffic Solutions
American Society for Training and Development, DC Chapter
American Clean Skies Foundation
American Psychological Association
American University
ARES Corporation
Army Corps of Engineering
Army War College
ARPA* Consultant (*Advanced Research Program Analysis)
Association for Talent Development - Pikes Peak Chapter
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Atlantic Media Company
B3 Solutions
Booz Allen Hamilton
Business Objects
Center for Radical Improvement
Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art Gallery
Cisco Advisory Fellow
City and County of Denver
City Hall Fellows
Consultant, E-Learning Development
Consultant, I.T. Workforce Issues
Consumer Finance Protection Bureau
Corp. for National and Community Service
Council for Excellence in Govt
Court Services Offender Supervision Agency
Creatures of Imagination
Crowley & Co.
The Cummings Group
Cyber Trust
DC Government
Defense Acquisition University
Defense Information Systems Agency
Defense Security Service
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Department of Commerce
Department of Education
Department of Education Intern - U of CO
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security-Retired
Department of Housing and Urban Devel.
Department of Interior
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of State Intern - U of MI
Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs
Duke University
E Pluribus Partners
Éclat Transitions
EDS
The Educe Group
e-Execution, LLC 
e.l.solutions
Environmental Finance Consultant
Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency-Retired
ESL Teacher
Evans Incorporated
Excellence in Government Senior Fellows Board
Export-Import Bank of the United States
FDIC-Dallas
Federal Management Partners, Inc.
Federal Practice Group, LLC
Federal Trade Commission
Fulcher Consulting LLC
Gartner, Inc.
General Services Administration
George Washington University
GovCurve
GovDelivery
GovLoop
Government Accountability Office
Homeland Security Institute
Hudson Financial Solutions
Infragard - New Orleans
Inspirion, Inc.
Jack Welch Management Institute
Kahler Communications, Inc.
Kennedy School of Government
Lambert Consulting Group
Library of Congress
Lisa Gardner Consulting
Long and Foster
Lynda.com
MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
Management Concepts
McCaffery Associates
Merit Systems Protection Board
Millenium Challenge Corporation
MITRE
Monster Government Solutions
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Academy of Public Administration
National Institutes of Health
National Geographic
National Journal
National Science Foundation
Naval Postgraduate School
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Office of Management and Budget
Office of Management and Budget-Retired
Office of Personnel Management
Office of Personnel Management-Retired
Oncologist
Pacific Consulting Group
Partnership for Public Service
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Pentagon Memorial Foundation
Performance Institute
Performance Partners
Podiatrist
Procurement Pros Group - LinkedIn 
Professional Managers Association
Project Management Institute-Silver Spring Chapter
Public Leadership Education Network
Public Sector Consortium
Pyxera Global
Ricks Eagle LLC
Robbins-Gioia
SAIC
Securities and Exchange Commission
Senior Executives Association
Signature Resources
Small Business Administration
Social Security Administration
Storyteller – Voices in the Glen
STG International Inc.
Syracuse University
Temple University
Teracore
The Community Roundtable
The Mind to Lead
The North Star Company
TMP Government LLC
Touchstone Consulting/SRA
U.S. Army
U.S. Marine Corps-Camp Pendleton
U.S. Navy
University of Colorado
University of Maryland
USDA Grad School-retired
Vigilant Watch Integration, Inc.
Virginia Department of Transportation
Washington Post
Working with Congress
Writer and instructor


The Events:

06/28/17 Peak Performance: Brian Elms, Denver Peak Academy, City and County of Denver (DC)
03/18/17 Video conversation: Dr. Elena Rapisardi on how scripts help in making videos
(Santa Luce, Italy | DC Metro Area | Los Angeles | Colorado Springs)
01/28/17 Boiling Frog conversation about boundary spanning in Reston (VA)

09/15/16 Sparking Gov Innovation and Improvement: Lab@OPM hosted by Lora Allen (DC)
04/08/16 Breakfast: Asking for Forgiveness, not Permission hosted by John Sporing (DC)
02/09/16 Using the Dinner Salon Format to Advance Talent Development Objectives (CO)

11/09/15 Nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center leaders - CoP kickoff (CO)
09/16/15 Carol Willett: The Art of Reinvention (DC)
09/24/15 Postponed: Leadership conversation at Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art Gallery (DC)

09/09/14 Breakfast with John Sporing, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

08/12/13 Aloha Celebration and "Building the Enterprise" Discussion
03/11/13 Al Malinchak and Maria Chaloux, Public to Private/Career Transition Lab

12/03/12 Gail Williams, Leadership Innovator at NASA Goddard
09/18/12 Rachel Happe and Ayelet Baron, The Business of Community
06/18/12 Doug Krug, e.l.solutions - The Missing Piece in Leadership
05/21/12 Doug Krug (postponed/replaced by "un-dinner")
04/20/12 Duva/Diva and Leadership Conversation at Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art Gallery
02/07/12 City Hall Fellows with Bethany Rubin Henderson (rescheduled)

12/12/11 City Hall Fellows with Bethany Rubin Henderson (postponed/replaced by "un-dinner")
11/14/11 Getting Things Done in Government: Winona Varnon
08/30/11 Finding the Motivation: Kelly and Bill Matthews, Body Shop Fitness by Design
08/10/11 Breakfast with Anne Kelly, Organizational Consultant and Executive coach
05/02/11 Conversation and Skype with Don Jacobson, U.S. Embassy New Delhi
03/21/11 Joe and Judy Pauley with Major General (Ret.) Gale S. Pollock
01/24/11 Holly Anderson: Deliberately Happy

11/08/10 Early Career Highlights, Judge Richard Slippen, Department of Education
06/22/10 Susan Parker, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor
04/06/10 Jeff Pon and John Salamone
01/16/10 Transatlantic Webconference with Elena Rapisardi: Civil Protection 2.0

12/07/09 Dinner with Kathryn Parker, National Park Service
09/21/09 Norman B. Cummings, Political Strategist
07/27/09 Dave Lengyel, NASA and Phil Mongan, ARES Corporation: Process 2.0
04/14/09 Michael Lee Stallard, Fired Up or Burned out
01/27/09 Free Play, including readings by Su Jewell, Fish and Wildlife Service

12/08/08 Training Games: Anne Laurent interviews Ralph Chatham
09/20/08 Richard Phillips: Seeing Systems – Saturday overflow session
09/09/08 Richard Phillips: Seeing Systems
07/29/08 Executive Branch Focus Group - MAX Federal Community
06/24/08 Grace Cummings, Working With Congress, and Richard McCaffery
04/08/08 Georgie Bishop, Public Sector Consortium
01/29/08 Jim Trinka, FAA, and Les Wallace book signing party

12/10/07 Senior Fellows and Friends R and R / wrap shoebox gifts for S.O.M.E.
10/30/07 Gary Klingler, Cleveland Federal Executive Board during 9/11
09/11/07 Carol Willett, Chief Learning Officer, GAO
07/24/07 Andy Schoenbach, OMB, and Sandi McCabe, Education: BFELoB Update
06/04/07 Hannah Sistare, National Academy of Public Administration
05/14/07 David Pachter, Library of Congress
03/26/07 Jon Desenberg, Performance Institute
02/26/07 Midcareer Feds Dialogue
01/17/07 Lee Lambert, Lambert Consulting Group, Dublin, OH

11/13/06 Shelley Metzenbaum, U-MD, on Performance Accountability
10/27/06 Breakfast: Patterson Clark-Washington Post, with Brenna Maloney
09/26/06 Breakfast: Joe and Judy Pauley on Process Communications
09/18/06 The “un-Thompson Dinner" (which happened anyway, despite our speaker's emergency cancellation)
08/22/06 Breakfast: Just Us
05/23/06 Brian Friel, Government Executive (now at Bloomberg Government)
03/14/06 Chris Mihm, Government Accountability Office

10/24/05 Kirke Harper, USDA Graduate School
07/21/05 Jim Trinka, FBI
05/17/05 Jim Laychak, Pentagon Memorial Fund and Accenture
02/23/05 Roz Kleeman, Coalition for Effective Change

06/29/04 Dave McClure and Roz Docktor, Council for Excellence in Government
03/10/04 Mike Frenz, Ginnie Mae

11/20/03 Monika Harrison, SBA
07/29/03 Jim Trinka, IRS


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