Federal Coach: Leadership books for volatile and uncertain times
Leaders – especially those in the federal government – are facing some extraordinary challenges these days. Our volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous world, or VUCA as the military and intelligence communities call it, seems to be running at a fever pitch.
Federal Coach: Sen. Thom Tillis on why he expects his staffers to apply for other jobs
Sen. Thom Tillis (R.N.C.) was a management consultant before entering elective politics, and has used this background to help inform his decision-making as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel and to manage his Senate staff. In a conversation with Tom Fox, Tillis talked about how he promotes professional development of his employees and the approach he takes to ensure staff accountability.
Federal Coach: Leadership lessons from 40 years in the Coast Guard
Admiral Paul Zukunft has been the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard since May 30, 2014, leading 41,700 men and women on active duty, 7,800 reserves, 8,300 civilians and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists. In an interview with Tom Fox, Zukunft discussed the times that have tested his leadership skills, the lessons he has learned during 40 years of service and his 4:30 a.m. exercise routine.
This USDA administrator’s leadership style?: ‘Good or bad, I’m authentic’
Chavonda Jacobs-Young has been the administrator of USDA's Agricultural Research Service since 2014. Tom Fox discussed the importance of communicating with the workforce, her leadership approach and her athletic accomplishments of many years ago.
Federal Coach: A week to publicly recognize the good work of federal employees
While praise from the public would be welcome, it is critically important that political and career federal leaders take the time during the week of May 7 to let their employees know they are valued and that the work they do is important.