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.
We've experienced a three-decade long attack on government. While this may have had the effect of constraining unchecked power, it has also started to destroy critical government capacities. This has been especially true at the local level.
Despite a dire economic situation with enormous odds stacked against us, our government is seriously dumbing-down its own financial prowess, as evidenced by the recent minimum qualification standards set by the Office of Personnel Management.
In an already struggling economy, government employees are going to have to serve more people with fewer and fewer resources. Can public servants find a silver lining by using budget cuts to streamline the government operations?
Someone who likes their job 75 percent of the time is probably doing vastly better than average, so here are a five ways we can keep public sector employees -- and, really, anyone in the workforce -- interested, happy and productive.
The real casualties of a government shutdown are the civil servants who wake up every morning on a mission to make a difference for our country. They want to go into the office -- and many would do so without pay.
The "Pledge to America" proposing to "freeze hiring" for all "non-security related" federal employees is short on details, but it is not that hard to do the math, and the results show some major shortcomings.