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Posted by on Mar 13, 2017

Put Your Data Visuals on a Diet: No More Pie Charts!

Put Your Data Visuals on a Diet: No More Pie Charts!

Happy Pi Day! To celebrate, I will be discussing one of the most widely-used (but not widely useful!) data visualizations: the Pie Chart. While charts and graphs are invaluable tools for easily and quickly communicating a complex message to an audience, if they aren’t wisely designed, they can also be misinterpreted, misleading, or even deterrents to action. And pie charts—despite their deceptively simple style and popularity—often lead viewers astray, or lead nowhere at all.

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2017

Federal Spotlight: Doris Sartor

Federal Spotlight: Doris Sartor

Dr. Doris Sartor serves as Course Director for the Air Force Civilian Associate Degree Program at Maxwell Air Force Base, and is national president of Blacks In Government (BIG). Here’s our Federal Spotlight interview.

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Posted by on Feb 24, 2017

Hiring Freeze? Time to Thaw the Organization’s Human Capital Plan

Hiring Freeze? Time to Thaw the Organization’s Human Capital Plan

HR staff and leadership at all levels can benefit from viewing this freeze as an opportunity to take an internal assessment of the programs that present the greatest human capital need. This will further prepare organizations to manage through the workforce reduction plan requested by the January 23 Presidential Memorandum (which, according to the PM, is due from OMB within 90 days of January 23).

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2017

Finding Stability and Opportunity through Uncertainty

Finding Stability and Opportunity through Uncertainty

Perhaps your organization or team feels like it is in the middle of a crisis with an uncertain future and shifting leadership, and is caught in the mire of the Federal hiring freeze. If so, here are a few things you can do to help take advantage of the “crisis” and use a planned approach to organizational change to bring stability to your work environment.

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Posted by on Feb 8, 2017

To Overcome Anxiety in the First 100 Days, Coaching Is Clutch

To Overcome Anxiety in the First 100 Days, Coaching Is Clutch

As someone’s boss, you likely influence the psychological safety a person experiences, even if you cannot change the objective uncertainty of the present moment. How you demonstrate transparency, trust, and yes, even care, for your employees can influence how they experience a sense of security at work.

Your role is even more critical in steadying your team while they work through fears, anxiety, confusion, apprehension, and other negative emotions that can be brought on by significant transitions in the workplace.

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Posted by on Feb 6, 2017

How Your Career Moves Forward in Chaotic Times

How Your Career Moves Forward in Chaotic Times

What actions can you take to further your career in this chaotic, uncertain environment? We have several ideas about what helps and hinders talent development in the public sector in our latest research report—Unleveraged Talent: Exploring Gaps in Federal Workforce Management—but we’ll focus here on just a few of our tips.

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