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Go On, Thank a Federal Worker

Tom Fox | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

This year's theme for Public Service Recognition Week is "Proud to Serve," a fitting reminder that federal employees are highly motivated and dedicate...

It's Feedback Time

Tom Fox | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Sheila Heen, a leadership coach who focuses on negotiation and decision-making in the workplace, recently co-authored the book "Thanks for the Feedbac...

Lessons From 25 Tears at the Treasury Department

Tom Fox | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

David A. Lebryk has held numerous positions at the Department of the Treasury since 1989. In 2012, he was named the first commissioner of the Bureau o...

Leadership Lessons From the Olympics

Tom Fox | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Like many of you, I love watching the Winter Olympics for both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Beyond witnessing these incredible athle...

Tips for how fed leaders can avoid messes like

Tom Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Government works quite well most of the time, but, as federal executives know, efforts to implement federal policies can sometimes encounter obstacles...

New Year's Resolutions for Federal Leaders in 2013

Tom Fox | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

As part of my 2013 resolutions, I plan to set some management goals, and I encourage you to do the same.

Using Data to Improve Government Performance

Tom Fox | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Based on interviews and focus groups with federal employees -- managers, program staff and analytics staff -- we identified strategies for using data to make informed assessments of how programs are working and how to achieve better results.

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Meeting With Your Federal Employees

Tom Fox | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

While agencies have their own performance management systems and timetables for employee reviews, these conversations should be occurring throughout the year.

What Makes a Great Federal Leader? The Stand-out Traits of This Year's Service to America Honorees

Tom Fox | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

As a general rule, successful federal leaders are highly motivated by a public service mission, clearly articulate a vision of what they want to accomplish, are persistent, collaborative and often have bosses who provide them with strong support.

Leadership Is a Walk in the Dark

Tom Fox | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Michael Harvey is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Business Management at Washington College. His work and research focuses on how leaders communicate.

How to be Successful Before Breakfast

Tom Fox | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Laura Vanderkam is a nationally recognized writer whose focus is on helping her readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more meaningful lives.

Forest Service Chief on Managing 193 Million Acres of National Forest

Tom Fox | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Tom Tidwell is chief of the U.S. Forest Service, the agency that manages the nation's 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands that encompass 193 million acres.

HR Leaders Make Inroads Amid Turbulent Times in Government

Tom Fox | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government's human-resources community has its hands full dealing with declining budgets, looming workforce reductions, employee retirements, widening gaps in leadership skills and a host of other challenges.

New Presidents: How to Make a Smooth Transition Into the White House

Tom Fox | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Martha Joynt Kumar is a professor of political science at Towson University and the author and coauthor of several books on White House-related subjects.

The Threat of Sequestration: What Federal Leaders Should Be Doing Right Now

Tom Fox | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

There is a general assumption, or at least the hope, that reasonable heads will prevail and sequestration will be avoided after several dramatic rounds of brinksmanship.

From the Hill to the Highway: David Strickland's Leadership Road Map

Tom Fox | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

David Strickland is the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency dedicated to reducing automotive crash-related injuries and fatalities while ensuring safety on the nation's roadways.

How to Get More Great Leaders Into Government

Tom Fox | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Geoff Smart is the chairman and CEO of ghSMART, a leadership firm for CEOs and investors. He is the author of leadership books and a social entrepreneur who sees his mission as creating, communicating and putting into practice useful ideas about leadership.

Young Government Leaders President Dave Uejio on Public Service's Next Generation

Tom Fox | Posted 09.15.2012 | DC
Tom Fox

Dave Uejio is president of Young Government Leaders, a professional association for young public servants, and the lead for talent acquisition at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

How to Avoid Negative Headlines and Stay Out of Trouble

Tom Fox | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

No one sets out to get in trouble, but they end up there nonetheless. If you're interested in avoiding negative public attention and keeping your neck off the chopping block, here are some rules for federal leaders to live by.

Smart Leadership Can Ease Federal Workers' Dissatisfaction With Pay

Tom Fox | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Federal employee satisfaction with pay was down 6.1 percent during 2011, the most significant drop in almost 10 years. As a federal leader, your initial reaction might be to throw your hands up in air.

Improving Your Agency's Leadership Clout Among Employees

Tom Fox | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

I've got some good and bad news for federal leaders. On a positive note, federal employees' views of their leaders have been on the upswing since 2003 based on an analysis of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings.

Love, Leadership and Facebook Privacy Settings

Tom Fox | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Jon Leibowitz is the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to his tenure at the FTC, Leibowitz served as the democratic chief counsel and st...

Convincing a Cynical Workforce That Change Is Necessary

Tom Fox | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

To some public servants, the call to do even more with even less may sound all too familiar. It's especially difficult if your employees see it as a call to work even harder to achieve the same results with fewer resources.

How to Be a Successful Federal Leader

Tom Fox | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

There are three attributes that I think best enable a leader to maximize the efforts of the 21st century workforce: realistic optimism, subservience to purpose and finding order in chaos.

Tips to Help You Stop Stressing Out

Tom Fox | Posted 02.25.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

Managing workplace stress requires focusing on the issues that you can control. Here are a few ideas I've picked up from colleagues and executive coaches over the years that may offer some benefit during these crazy times.