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.
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.
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.
"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.
As history shows, any small, short-term budgetary gains from work force cutbacks are likely to be offset by serious regulatory missteps, more after-the-fact finger-pointing and a continuation of the cycle of failure and mistrust.
We need to reconnect Americans to their government. People need to better understand that public servants are their friends and neighbors who are helping address our collective challenges here and abroad.