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Insights Gained from Today’s Talent Management Approaches for the Workforce of the Future

Posted by on Oct 24, 2019 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Insights Gained from Today’s Talent Management Approaches for the Workforce of the Future

This week, Management Concepts had the honor of co-sponsoring Today’s Talent Management Approaches for the Workforce of the Future, hosted by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) where a panel of Federal workforce experts shared their experiences and insights on ways to recruit, engage, and retain talented people for public service. After the initial introductions, Debbie Eshelman, Managing Director of Management Concepts, facilitated the panel discussion. Highlights include:

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How Important are Soft Skills when Recruiting for Federal IT Positions?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Human Resources, IT, Workforce Management | 0 comments

How Important are Soft Skills when Recruiting for Federal IT Positions?

It might seem that every Federal agency is searching for potential IT candidates. Not only does the President’s Management Agenda call for modernizing IT and optimizing data utilization, but also raising standards for the government workforce. This combination creates a tall order for HR professionals who support Federal agencies. While each agency remains laser-focused on its mission, it must also find the time and financial resources to upskill, reskill, and recruit people who will be facilitating their IT modernization transformation.

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Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part V: Measuring Success

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Human Capital, Human Resources, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part V: Measuring Success

In this five-part series, we talked about how you can help identify and assess leadership gaps within your organization and through introspection. We also covered how Federal Agencies can best avoid mission-critical leadership gaps through effective succession planning. In each discussion, we highlighted the importance of setting specific goals and emphasized that maintaining flexibility is crucial to achieving those goals. Now, in this final installment, we will discuss ways gap-closing success can be measured and potentially improved.

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Qualities of the Ideal Federal Leader

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Human Capital, Human Resources, Leadership, Project Management, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Qualities of the Ideal Federal Leader

One of the three key drivers of transformation named in the 2019 President’s Management Agenda (PMA) is realigning human capital to serve America’s priorities for the 21st century. While there is a significant focus on filling technology gaps, several authorities have defined ideal qualities for leaders in the Federal Government.

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The Secrets of Successful Workforce Planning

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Human Capital, Human Resources, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

The Secrets of Successful Workforce Planning

A significant segment of our workforce is becoming eligible for retirement as birth rates are at an all-time low. Add to that a wave of uncertain budget and economic conditions in our future. This combination presents a very real challenge for public and private industry. Let’s explore the ways we can ensure our success through workforce planning:

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What is the Origin of Labor Day?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2019 in Human Capital, Human Resources, Workforce Management | 2 comments

What is the Origin of Labor Day?

September 2, 2019, marks the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a national holiday. This celebration originated with acknowledging the contributions and achievements of American workers associated with labor unions. Today, many people view Labor Day as a day off, time for barbeque picnics, and a parade. For most of us, it marks the end of summer when the swimming pools close, kids go back to school, and let’s not forget the Labor Day sales!

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Mentoring is Essential for Career Growth

Posted by on Aug 22, 2019 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Mentoring is Essential for  Career Growth

Over the past ten years, I have facilitated more than 50 speed mentor pairing sessions for government and nonprofit organizations. I’m always amazed at the way these short interactions often lead to lasting connections that contribute to tremendous growth opportunities for participating mentors and mentees.

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Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part III: Within Your Organization

Posted by on Aug 9, 2019 in Human Capital, Human Resources, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part III: Within Your Organization

Although leaders may be quite effective in their current roles, they may not be well equipped to handle changes that occur due to new requirements. As each Administration introduces initiatives, there is a need to identify and address gaps between current skills and knowledge and future leadership requirements. In the first part of this series on leadership gaps, we discussed the process of identifying and assessing leadership gaps. In the second part, we dove into the process of identifying and addressing your leadership gaps. Now, in part three, we will explore ways to close leadership gaps within your organization.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Prohibited Professional Practices

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in Human Capital, Human Resources, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

5 Tips for Avoiding Prohibited Professional Practices

In the private sector, we see companies soar or plummet after a crucial management decision becomes known. Their mere survival is closely tied to the public perception of difficult choices. For the Federal Government, the stakes are even higher because American taxpayers finance their work. Each agency or organization has a specific purpose. If any of them fail to succeed, we all lose. Here are a few tips to help you avoid HR compliance missteps.

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Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part II: Introspection

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019 in Human Capital, Human Resources, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part II: Introspection

In part I of this series, we talked about how to identify the skills required to fulfill your agency’s mission, determine to what extent these qualities exist among your leaders, and define the difference between the two in preparation for addressing leadership gaps. And most likely, as you reviewed the competencies that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) considers essential, you may have recognized that you, as a leader, or prospective leader, can improve in certain areas. In this part, we will look at ways to identify and address your own strengths and weaknesses related to leadership.

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3 Challenges to Modernizing Federal Government IT

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in Coaching & Mentoring, Consulting, Human Capital, Human Resources, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

3 Challenges to Modernizing Federal Government IT

Unlocking untapped potential within Federal data will help grow the economy, increase efficiency in government, and better address complex problems using data-driving approaches. To stay competitive globally, it is imperative that we make data more usable and accessible.” Suzette Kent, Federal chief information officer.

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Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part I: Identify and Assess

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Human Capital, Human Resources, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part I: Identify and Assess

Nothing is constant but change. While the qualities and skill-levels of your organization’s leaders may have been top-rate when they were appointed, constant innovation and evolving priorities can transform a well-equipped leadership team into one that struggles to meet basic requirements. On which end of the spectrum does your agency’s leadership reside? Let’s explore the process of identification and assessment.

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Four Characteristics of an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Human Resources, Leadership, Workforce Management | 4 comments

Four Characteristics of an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

The value of Emotional Intelligence (EI), or “the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others,” is increasingly being used as a cognitive leadership tool to enhance the effectiveness of communication in the public and private sectors. In our recent webinar, Emotional Intelligence, The Use of Emotional Intelligence for Effective Relationships, we defined EI and described ways it impacts our daily lives. Let’s take a closer look at four of the characteristics that are common among emotionally intelligent leaders and explore steps we can take to improve our own EI as leaders:

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How to Make the Most of the New OPM Federal IT Hiring Authorities

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

How to Make the Most of the New OPM Federal IT Hiring Authorities

Last month, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a new final rule giving Federal Government agencies guidance for delegating the authority to hire new talent for high-demand and critical-shortage positions in IT and cyber talent quicker and faster through a new Direct Hire Authority (DHA).

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The Future of Federal Workforce: Reskilling, Automation, & Hiring Practices Part III: Federal Workforce Culture

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Culture, Human Resources, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

The Future of Federal Workforce: Reskilling,  Automation, & Hiring Practices  Part III: Federal Workforce Culture

As we discussed in Part I and Part II, the onslaught of technological advances we have experienced in recent years has forever changed the way we live and work. In this final part of our series, we will examine how panel experts have addressed workplace culture issues that directly impact the Federal workforce.

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The Future of Federal Workforce Reskilling, Automation, & Hiring Practices: Part I

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

The Future of Federal Workforce Reskilling, Automation, & Hiring Practices: Part I

Reskilling and upskilling is a practice that involves training employees to complete their job to the best of their ability. It can take many shapes and forms. In the manufacturing workplace, it could be training staff to use new computers to improve manufacturing efficiency and standards. In an office setting, it could be sending employees to conferences and classes to learn new skills.

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Federal HR Skills Tested in 2017

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Federal HR Skills Tested in 2017

The Year 2017, is now in our rear-view mirror and for Federal Human Resource practitioners, it was a year of highs and lows. At the end of 2017 HR practitioners were still trying to create innovative ways to deal with leadership turnover, technology upgrades, the streamlining administrative systems, labor and management concerns, and employee demographics shifts, employee retention/engagement, to highlight a few.

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Time to Thrive: Empowering Millennials in the Workforce

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Human Resources, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Time to Thrive: Empowering Millennials in the Workforce

Every day there are countless articles and studies casting aspersions on millennials. This cohort of young adults has been blamed for the declining viability of chain restaurants, gyms, diamonds, and even the National Football League.

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Federal Spotlight: Kimberly Steide

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 2 comments

Federal Spotlight: Kimberly Steide

Kimberly Steide serves as Human Capital Planning and HR Stat Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Treasury. Here is our Federal Spotlight interview…

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Workforce Planning Turns Uncertainty into Stability and Mission Success

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Workforce Planning Turns Uncertainty into Stability and Mission Success

How can HR professionals impact positive change with hiring restrictions and budget cuts on the horizon? The fact of the matter is: now’s a better time than ever for Federal HR in each agency to find (or create) opportunities to re-engage and re-focus the workforce for mission success.

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Keep a Proactive HR Approach in the Face of Reform

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Keep a Proactive HR Approach in the Face of Reform

Regardless of what guidance comes from OMB this fall, agencies stand to benefit from taking a refreshed, proactive approach to workforce planning. With workforce reductions (aka reduction in workforce, or RIF) on the way, it becomes even more critical to retain and develop talented employees, and developing personnel from within ensures strategic initiatives are kept on track.

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

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

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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The Presidential Transition and Beyond: HR Skills for an Even Stronger Federal Workforce

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Human Resources | 0 comments

The Presidential Transition and Beyond: HR Skills for an Even Stronger Federal Workforce

With the Presidential transition approaching, change is around the corner for over 4 million civilian and military employees in the Federal government. As in any organization, HR’s function is to support transitions in a way that maintains a ready and productive workforce. The Presidential transition, like other leadership transitions, presents both opportunity and uncertainty. Here are 5 challenges and opportunities for leadership and HR to take on in the coming months.

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3 Keys to Applying for a Federal Job

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Human Resources | 1 comment

3 Keys to Applying for a Federal Job

With more than 2 million jobs, the Federal government is the largest US employer with many thousands of vacancies at any time. The average annual Federal workers …

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Federal Spotlight Recap: OPM’s Rebecca Ayers and Your Next Career Decision

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Human Resources | 0 comments

Federal Spotlight Recap: OPM’s Rebecca Ayers and Your Next Career Decision

In her Federal Spotlight interview in November, OPM’s Rebecca Ayers shared her insights on a rewarding career and building a satisfying career in the Federal …

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Performance Review Season

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Human Resources | 0 comments

The national conventions have wrapped up but campaign season is far from over. Everywhere you turn you are inundated with the latest breaking political news…

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FLSA Update: Overtime Pay

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Human Resources | 0 comments

FLSA Update: Overtime Pay

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governs minimum wage and overtime pay for full and part-time employees in the public and private sector. On May 17, 2016…

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Do You Have What You Need for Succession Planning?

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Human Resources | 0 comments

Do You Have What You Need for Succession Planning?

31 percent of Federal employees will be eligible to retire by 2017. Succession planning is complex, though, and retirement is only part of the picture…

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Hiring Excellence: Using Four Hiring Authorities to Attract Top Talent

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Human Resources | 0 comments

Hiring Excellence: Using Four Hiring Authorities to Attract Top Talent

Finding and taking a prospective applicant through an organization’s hiring process is no easy task. So, in what ways can human resource professionals and managers…

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Talent Analytics: 2016 Hot Spots

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Human Resources | 1 comment

Talent Analytics: 2016 Hot Spots

While each HR or human capital department must focus on the needs of their specific agency, in 2016 several factors point to the need for quality data analytics in HR…

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What Would It Take for HR to Be a Role Model for Culture Alignment in Your Agency?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Human Resources | 0 comments

What Would It Take for HR to Be a Role Model for Culture Alignment in Your Agency?

Undoubtedly, you have heard the expression “HR is a critical strategic partner to the success of a Federal organization.” Yet, in reality, you find many HR policies…

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How to Recruit and Retain the Best Talent with the 3Rs

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Human Resources | 0 comments

How to Recruit and Retain the Best Talent with the 3Rs

For Federal HR professionals and managers planning their staffing, there is good news to help you ensure that highly-qualified employees fill key government positions…

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Can Federal Agencies Get Ready for HR Tech?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Human Resources | 0 comments

Can Federal Agencies Get Ready for HR Tech?

The beginning of the New Year is a chance to kick off fresh initiatives that benefit the Federal HR workforce. Emerging HR technologies are focused on supporting…

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Strengthen Your Nontraditional HR Skills

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Human Resources | 0 comments

Strengthen Your Nontraditional HR Skills

HR is changing, and organizations are discovering new needs, new functions, and new responsibilities in this field—not that anyone rightly thought it was a field…

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Ask the CHCO: SSA’s Dr. Reginald F. Wells

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Ask the CHCO: SSA’s Dr. Reginald F. Wells

The latest “Ask the CHCO” interview with Dr. Reginald F. Wells, the Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Human Resources of the Social Security Administration…

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How HR Can Support Better IDPs

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Human Resources | 5 comments

How HR Can Support Better IDPs

Although Individual Development Plans (IDPs) are used throughout the Federal government, their usefulness varies greatly based not only on how they are used …

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Ask the CHCO: GSA’s Antonia Harris

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Ask the CHCO: GSA’s Antonia Harris

Federal News Radio recently interviewed Antonia T. Harris, Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) for General Services Administration (GSA), as part of our Ask the CHCO…

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The New Meaning of Jobs and Careers

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

The New Meaning of Jobs and Careers

I grew up in a small town in central Florida with an economy driven, in large part, by agriculture – cattle ranching, farming, and citrus growers were the economic…

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From QUIET to LOUD: Military Personnel Reform

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

From QUIET to LOUD: Military Personnel Reform

A Military Times article published last month reported that the Pentagon is quietly pushing for military personnel reform. While this is an exciting development…

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Ask the CHCO: FLRA’s Vicki Barber

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Ask the CHCO: FLRA’s Vicki Barber

On this week’s edition of Federal News Radio’s Ask the CHCO series, reporter Lauren Larson interviewed Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)’s Chief Human Resources Officer Vicki Barber. Ms. Barber took…

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The Future Generation Workplace

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 1 comment

The Future Generation Workplace

Last Friday, I attended the session, The Future Generation Workplace, led by Mika Cross, Director of Work/Life and Flexible Workplace Strategy at the Consumer Financial…

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Considerations for Building a Strong Coaching Culture

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Coaching & Mentoring, Human Resources, Leadership | 0 comments

So you’re thinking about bringing coaching into your organization, but not sure where to start. How do you know what kind of coaching is…

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Individual Talent Acquisition Skills Key to Solving the Government’s Recruiting Woes

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Human Resources, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Individual Talent Acquisition Skills Key to Solving the Government’s Recruiting Woes

On Monday, The Office of Personnel Management Director, Katherine Archuleta, revealed an ambitious, data-driven approach to “untie the knots” in Federal hiring and…

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Managing the Diverse Needs of Expecting and New Parents in the Workplace

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Human Resources, Leadership, Workforce Management | 2 comments

Managing the Diverse Needs of Expecting and New Parents in the Workplace

A few weeks ago, the President issued a memorandum “Modernizing Federal Leave Policies for Childbirth, Adoption and Foster Care to Recruit and Retain Talent…

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Achtung!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Human Resources | 1 comment

The kind of attention we pay is as important as whether we pay it or not.

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The Role of Fairness in the Workplace

Posted by on Jun 4, 2010 in Human Resources | 0 comments

Fairness activates the reward center in our brains. Inequity activates disgust and an automatic threat response in our brains. What role do you play as a leader to create the optimal conditions for success as it relates to your staff’s perception of fairness in achieving the team’s objectives?

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