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10 Ways to Tell Your Boss What a Great Job You’re Doing

10 Ways to Tell Your Boss What a Great Job You’re Doing

10 WAYS TO TELL YOUR BOSS WHAT A GREAT JOB YOU’RE DOING By Lily Whiteman Federal Times columnist and author of How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job As your work projects progress, ask yourself whether your boss knows what you are doing.  I mean really knows what you are doing, as in all of the trouble-shooting, barrier-busting and going [...] [...more]

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Why Initiative Beats Inertia

Why Initiative Beats Inertia

Even if you have the best boss in the world, you will never be more than your boss’s second most important priority.  Indeed, no matter how kind and caring your boss is, how much camaraderie you share with your colleagues and how loving your family is, you’re the only person in [...] [...more]

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Dealing with Failure

Dealing with Failure

When you are early in your career, mentors have often told me “you should take risks” and “if you aren’t failing, you aren’t trying.” While I understand their advice, it is still really hard to fail for the perfectionists out there. One of the best talks I’ve been to recently was Karen Evans from OMB addressing [...] [...more]

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How Gov’t Really Works

How Gov’t Really Works

Recently, I finished the book How Washington Really Works. It is just one book in a series (Bureacracy, Case for Bureaucracy, Hardball) I’ve been reading trying to understand the government space where I work. Since my master’s is not in public policy, a lot of this is still new to me and I am basically trying [...] [...more]

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Top 10 Reasons to Be Nice to Admin

Top 10 Reasons to Be Nice to Admin

Times have changed and roles have changed along the way. While the days of the personal secretary may no longer be around, each office usually has a person that serves in an administrative role to keep the office running whether it is a secretary, administrative assistant, or even executive assistant. To kick off my new series of Top 10 lists, here is: [...more]

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The Gov Gurus

The Gov Gurus

Welcome to The Gov Gurus.  At your service.  To help you navigate the world of government service. Who are we?  We are your gurus.  Your guide along the search for a government jobs.  Or your swamis here to help you navigate gov’t life - getting a raise, a sweet detail, or a promotion. Our bios are somewhere [...] [...more]

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