Millennials + Managers Blog

Create a Culture of Continuous Learning on a Dime

As millennials begin to dominate numbers in the workforce, it is vital that leaders recognize the value of continuous learning opportunities for career growth. It can feel overwhelming to create a culture of learning, or even impossible with tightening budgets. Remember that the growth valued is not necessarily always about higher paychecks or job titles. […]

How Are You Celebrating #PSRW 2018?

Public Service Recognition Week (May 6-12, 2018) has always been an exciting week for those working in or around the public sector. It’s one designated week where we can all celebrate and honor the men and women across the country, at all levels of government, for the work they do every day. We invite you […]

How to Create a Philosophy on Leadership

Here’s how I came to the topic of how to create a philosophy on leadership. There is a wonderful line in the movie “Invictus,” where President Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) is speaking to Matt Damon, who is the Captain of the South African Rugby Team. He asks “What is your philosophy on leadership?” It […]

The Power of Storytelling

One of my friends was talking me through a presentation that he is putting together for PowerBI. He shared a story of how he is using data to influence decisions. It was stunning. In contrast, how many times have we sat in a presentation where it feels like Death By Powerpoint? This is the power […]

Successfully Leading Through Transitions

In your lifetime, you will go through dozens of transitions. Whether you relocate for a job, get a promotion, move to a different team or organization, or get a new boss, we all have to navigate transitions. As a leader, successfully leading through transitions can make or break your career and will most definitely influence […]

Unveiling the NextGen Public Service Award Finalists

It’s time to roll out the red carpet, because the NextGen Public Service Award Finalists have just been named! Each year, our NextGen Public Service Awards recognize public servants who have gone above and beyond to serve their communities and organizations. This year, over 400 public servants were nominated by their peers. A selection committee of current […]

Professional Development: How to Get the “Yes”

We all know the runaround associated with getting a manager’s approval to attend an in-person professional development training or event. You find a training that meets your needs, check out the details, put a good argument together why it’ll benefit you and your team, send it all over in an email and then…you wait. The […]

Is Your Leadership Conversational Style Keeping up?

I asked well over a 100 federal workers what kinds of leadership skills are needed today. Overwhelmingly, they stated leaders today need the ability to communicate, actively listen, create a vision, build trust, be flexible, collaborate with others, trust others, be accountable, lead with heart and mind, coach others and demonstrate competence. Since times are […]

Lessons Learned: Understanding How to Be a Mentor

No matter your career level, there are always opportunities to be a good mentor. I stress the word good because it’s important to take the role seriously. After all, someone thought highly of you and asked you to be their mentor. I offer the following recommendations: You’re not perfect. You have spent a considerable amount of time […]

4 Benefits of Continuing Education

“The growth for education and training will be in continuing adult education. Online delivery is the trigger for this growth, but the demand for lifetime education stems from profound changes in society. We live in an economy where knowledge, not buildings and machinery, is the chief resource and where knowledge-workers make up the biggest part […]

Play to Your Employee’s Strengths

HOW HAVING VISION AND FLEXIBILITY CAN EMPOWER YOUR STAFF During the hiring process, an organization does its due diligence to align a potential employee’s skills and strengths with the needs of the organization. How is it then that organizations consistently miss empowering staff to meet their fullest potentials? I believe we approach many aspects of […]

3 Ideal Leadership Dimensions

I recently attended this great free training for women to develop their communication and leadership skills, with tips on how to navigate their career. One of the useful discussions we entered dealt with traits of the best leader and team member. The three most important dimensions of a good leader were: Technical Competence Trustworthiness Being […]

Are You Ready to Join NextGen Nation?

Government employees and contractors know how important professional development events and resources are. Not only can they help you do your job better, but they can also drive your career forward. You’re invited to join NextGen Nation, a community built for government employees to get the training and resources necessary to be a rock star public […]

How Conflict Can Be Good for Your Team

Conflict is inevitable. Organizations are built for conflict. Equally true is that by effectively managing conflict, you can lead your team to better collaboration and performance. If you were asked to define conflict, what would you say? Most people would say something along the lines of “differences of positions,” “we don’t see it the same,” “disagreement on […]

Employee Engagement: What Successful Government Leaders Do

What do government supervisors say they do when they want to motivate staff members? Okay, I didn’t ask ALL government supervisors, only about 50 from a variety of departments and agencies. First, what is the cost of poor and good engagement? Gallup states that poor engagement has resulted in “70 percent of American workers “actively […]