Millennials + Managers Blog

Performance Appraisal: Partnering With Your Team

It’s annual performance appraisal time for the management team at my agency. Time to think about rating scales and SMART goals. And time to try to remember what everybody did all year. Many managers dread this time of year. In the past I have felt that way, too. Over time I have found a few strategies that […]

Which Sessions Should You Attend at NextGen?

So many sessions, so little time. The Next Generation of Government Training Summit is all about inspiring innovation by providing professional development and leadership opportunities for public servants. With incredible keynote speakers, office hour experts, 30+ trainings and slots for headshots, NextGen is where you want to be to make your dreams about professional development a reality. […]

Meet Your 2018 NextGen Keynote Speakers

The Next Generation of Government Training Summit is officially less than two months away! We’ve been hard at work curating a speaker line up that will leave you invigorated, inspired and re-energized to do your very best as a public servant. So, without further ado, check out some of your NextGen keynote speakers! (We’ll make […]

10 Tips to Help You Get the Budget You Need for Trainings

Training can be a tough sell in today’s environment. Between government shutdowns and tight fiscal budgets, it can almost seem impossible to find the time and money to go to trainings. Even our own GovLoop community members have expressed that their biggest deterrents to attending trainings are a lack of leadership buy-in and a small […]

Essential Training Tips for the Non-Trainer

As a subject matter expert (SME), you know your stuff. But you’re not trained in instructional development or delivery. How do you begin? Even if you are not a trained facilitator, you may be asked to create learning content in order to share your expertise. As a SME, it is understood that you have a more advanced, technical […]

10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Mentorship

As our NextGen Summit continues to grow closer and closer, and its plethora of networking opportunities, we thought it would be best to share our best tips to getting your mentorship started off right! Yesterday afternoon we introduced the new 2018 cohort of our NextGen Leadership Program to two amazing speakers, James Miceli (CFO Strategic […]

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 […]