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Great Leadership Books for Your Holiday Shopping List

Tom Fox | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
Tom Fox

As the holiday shopping spree begins, consider picking up a gift that's professionally useful -- a good book to help you or someone on your list gain insight on leadership and work-related issues.

Critiques of the Presidential Management Fellows Program

Tom Fox | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

A number of federal employees responded to my recent column about the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program, largely reinforcing the flaws that recent surveys found in the way agencies manage this premier initiative.

Shaping the Environment Inside the EPA

Tom Fox | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Gina McCarthy, a former assistant EPA administrator and head of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, discusses her leadership philosophy and how she manages an agency of 15,000 employees.

Problems and Fixes for the Presidential Management Fellows Program

Tom Fox | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The government deeply needs to attract a new generation to federal service as well as groom future leaders, which happens to be the dual purpose of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.

What the Secret Service Needs to Do Now

Tom Fox | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Low employee morale can hinder the ability of agencies to effectively carry out their missions on behalf of the American people. With federal agencie...

The Deep-rooted Problems With Government

Tom Fox | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University and author of Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do B...

Bleeding the Federal Workforce

Tom Fox | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

After 17 terms serving in Congress, Rep. Frank R. Wolf announced plans to retire at the end of this year. Wolf, a Republican from Northern Virginia, h...

Leadership lessons from baseball

Tom Fox | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The principles of managing a baseball team can apply to leaders in all sorts of fields. That's the conclusion, at least, drawn by Howard C. Fero, the ...

How NASA Keeps Innovating

Tom Fox | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Rod Pyle, the author of Innovation the NASA Way, has led leadership trainings at NASA's Johnson Space Center for its top executives and has also train...

Treating Citizens Like Customers

Tom Fox | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Providing services to citizens, businesses and other organizations is integral to the missions of most federal agencies, but many are falling short. ...

Building an emergency health response

Tom Fox | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Dr. Nicole Lurie is the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she leads federa...

How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

Tom Fox | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal workforce is shrinking, as more and more employees leave government and the rate of hiring declines. Unfortunately, this also comes at a t...

Leadership Lessons From Science

Tom Fox | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Tom Fox

France A. Córdova is the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is responsible for advancing scientific discovery and technological...

Being Seen and Heard at Work

Tom Fox | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Nick Morgan is a communication coach and the author, most recently, of "Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maxim...

Rep. Jim Moran on Leadership and Scapegoats

Tom Fox | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) has served in Congress for almost 24 years and is well-known for his efforts on behalf of federal employees and military retire...

Amanda Terkel

Federal Employee Morale Hits Record Low

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Budget cuts and forced furloughs have taken a toll on federal workers, with job satisfaction at a record low in a new government-wide su...

Tips for hiring STEMM talent into government

Tom Fox | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government's demand for talent in the science, technology, engineering, mathematical and medical (STEMM) fields is growing, but is often i...

The Science of Leading Scientists: An Interview With the National Science Foundation's Subra Suresh

Tom Fox | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Subra Suresh, an engineer and scientist, became director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in September 2010.

How to Attract the Best Young Graduates to Your Agency, Despite the Government Bashing

Tom Fox | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

The steady negative drumbeat regarding government appears to be taking its toll on student attitudes toward federal service.

Great Awards for Federal Workers -- And a Good New Year's Resolution for Their Leaders

Tom Fox | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

While winning is always nice, the old cliché that "it's an honor just to be nominated" is true as well. I encourage you to click on a few of these links, find a program that fits your employees and team, and submit a nomination.

Sharing Best Practices Across an Agency

Tom Fox | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

The most high-performing organizations I've worked in or witnessed develop best practices as a result of their senior leaders setting clear expectations that employees should be sharing their knowledge across their agency.

Improving Your Agency's Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Ranking

Tom Fox | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Organizations struggling to improve their rankings would be wise to understand what successful agencies have done, and then adopt those strategies to build a more engaged and, ultimately, a more effective workforce.

Scientist Wins Award For Helping Gulf With Crucial Calculation

AOL Government | By Partnership for Public Service | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

Paul Hsieh provided critical scientific information that proved to be a turning point in ending the worst oil spill in our nation's history....

How to Be a Great Boss

Tom Fox | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

"The challenge for new managers is understanding you are no longer an individual contributor but responsible for the performance of others," says Linda A. Hill, professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School.

What Are Battered Feds To Do? Don't Worry, Be Happy

Tom Fox | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

There's been a steady drumbeat of bad news for federal employees for more than a year, and the stories are likely to get worse before they get better.