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Department of Defense

Prioritization Training

It is a byproduct of our multitasking culture that many managers, especially middle managers, don't know how to prioritize workload. To many people prioritizing means multitasking, do everything but do it in a random if convenient order. The difference between what is important and what is merely urgent is frequently lost, and nice-to-do's get as much attention as anything else. No thought is given to actually restricting... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Too Many Bosses

I suggest you...Save taxpayer dollars by cutting the number of supervisors and "program analysts" at many federal agencies. There is something wrong when the average underpaid high school teacher is expected to manage and evaluate 180 students or more on a daily basis (without the aid of supporting "program analysts"), but many federal frontline managers have fewer than 25 adults to manage and evaluate on a daily basis.... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Lessons Learned

Require all new and existing federal supervisors, managers, and agency leaders to complete three specific management training classes every 4 years in order to continue to receive performance awards, cash bonuses, and future promotions. The 3 specific management training classes would include areas in: Diversity management, Effective performance evaluations, and Federal workplace ethics.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Meeting Cost-Benefit Gadget/Tool

I suggest you develop a (Google-like) gadget in which meeting administrators can enter the number of participants and an estimated average salary burn rate. Like a timer, the gadget tool would display the number of tax dollars being spent. Although simplistic in form, meeting chairpersons could use this information to improve meeting efficiency with quick and visible cost/benefit assessments. The ability to determine... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

"Servant Management"

I suggest that the federal government consider adopting a “servant management” approach. This “bottoms ups” organizational management philosophy has been implemented by many companies, included some government contractors. The crux of this management style is based on the manager “working” for the employees. In this capacity, the management ensures that their employees have the resources, working conditions, and respect... more »

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Department of Commerce

Teamwork versus Individual Awards

I would like to see a teamwork culture in the federal government. The individual awards pits employee against employee. It seems to create an every person for themselves atmosphere. Some strengths aren’t valued by all managers. I have worked for managers that highly valued my strengths and other managers that could only focus on my weaknesses. I recommend awards are group and team oriented. We should develop process’s... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

A Trial & Error Approach Always Pays Dividends

Most of my career was spent in the private sector and I once owned a small business; so I come to the fed'l gov't with a different lense and unique perspectives. Such experience becomes available only as a result of having faced and survived many challenges (true story: a Fedex truck loses your package to the printer in the middle of nowhere and you are told to reconstitute its contents during your weekend in order to... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Unnecessary Levels of Supervision

Long ago, when I worked for a regional Bell System company in the midst of down-sizing to save money, it was made known to all of us that: "If you're not in a job directly serving customers, or in a job directly supporting those serving customers, then you should be looking around to find one of those jobs." In other words, lots of money could be saved by eliminating unnecessary levels of management or supervision. Many... more »

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Department of Commerce

Survey to Uncover Incompetant Managers and Improve Productivity

Survey line office employees to understand the problems they face. Many managers in government are great. But federal jobs can also be a refuge for incompetance. When that incompetance gets into management it is devastating to productivity. Survey the lowest common demnomenator in federal jobs to find out what they are collectively thinking. The benifit will be improved productivity and morale.

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Department of Defense

Flatter not fatter

Often when cuts come, managers and high-ranking officials eliminate at the bottom. If the employees at the bottom aren't performing it is because there is bad management and hardly any leadership. We need to stop hiring weak and incompetent manages, but rather we need to hire managers who can manage, lead, and have vision for moving an organization forward -- they must be change agents.

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate Duplicate Mgmt Structures

Eliminate duplicate management structures. Some agencies have redundant mgmt structures imposed upon them by MEO type agreements, resulting in additional expense and overhead, as well as confusing authority chains. If a particular manager or dept has a legitimate need for a mgmt consultant to assist with mgmt, or suggest process or efficiency improvements, that's one thing. But to duplicate an entire tree of mgmt for... more »

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