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The FedUpward Podcast gives federal employees and friends of feds strategies and tips for navigating everyday problems. This is a place for federal employees to network, share ideas and get better.
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FedUpward Podcast Love Rutledge

    • Government
    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

The FedUpward Podcast gives federal employees and friends of feds strategies and tips for navigating everyday problems. This is a place for federal employees to network, share ideas and get better.
Don't get fed up. Get FedUpward!

    Rekindling Mid-Career Motivation

    Rekindling Mid-Career Motivation

    Meet Mr. Darrell Williams, veteran, coach, federal employee, discusses how to bust your mid-career motivation slump. He recommends finding an accountability partner and figuring our what training or learning opportunities might be hidden in plain sight. The one thing we DIDN'T discuss in this episode that I find motivating is working with younger feds whose enthusiasm rubs off on me.
    You an find Darrell at the links below:
    www.allianceseminars.org
    https://speakerhub.com/speaker/darrell-williams
    https://www.facebook.com/allianceseminars

    • 18 min
    How Do You Deal With Uncivilized Civil Servants

    How Do You Deal With Uncivilized Civil Servants

    Greg Brinkley, former fed and a coach to black federal employees, describes a few of the archetypes he wrote about in Uncivilized: How Government Workers Behave and What to do to Help Them. He delivers advice on how to deal with these folks (trust me, you definitely work with the people he's describing). My personal favorite is the arsonist - the ones who are ready to figuratively burn it all down. You'll recognize the behaviors he outlines in our discussion, and his advice on how to stay motivated and succeed can help all federal employees.
    Greg graciously offered a code to save $300 on his most recent course for public servants. Use NOMISTAKE at checkout on his site, reachtheapex.org 
    You can find his book, Unciviliized, at uncivilizedbook.com
    #notanad

    • 22 min
    For Your Benefit: This Tool Calculates Your Best FEHB Fit

    For Your Benefit: This Tool Calculates Your Best FEHB Fit

    The friendly folks from Consumers Checkbook, a nonprofit that rates local service providers, talk us through their benefits calculator. For some agencies, access is provided for free. If  you don't work for a part of the federal government that offers it, you want to sign up, you can save 20% by using the code "fedupward." For less than $20, you can take the  pain out of deciding which healthcare plan suits your family's needs. Open season starts November 8th. Be ready! Sign up here: https://www.checkbook.org/newhig2/hig.cfm
    This is NOT an ad. Consumers Checkbook didn't pay me to have them on the podcast. I heard great things about the site and asked them to talk about it so you can take advantage of this tool. 

    • 20 min
    What a Chief Learning Officer Does; Advice on Development Plans

    What a Chief Learning Officer Does; Advice on Development Plans

    Matisha Montgomery serves as the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) at HUD. In this episode, she explains what a CLO does, what you should know about learning and development in general, and gives tips on establishing your individual development plan. You can find her here:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/matisha-montgomery-b214412/
    She mentions the IDP templates on the OPM website. You can find them here.

    • 25 min
    Are You Part of the Federal Family (FedFam)? 22K Are

    Are You Part of the Federal Family (FedFam)? 22K Are

    If you haven't joined the FedFam Facebook group, you should. I know, I'm not a huge FB fan either, but this group is SO helpful, supportive and just what you need as a federal employee in need of info. I sat down with Jason Coleman, founder of the group/non-profit, and current federal employee who wants to ensure you have a safe space to ask your toughest questions.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/236110660657869/

    • 22 min
    Setting Boundaries

    Setting Boundaries

    Mark Sachs is an organizational development expert and coach who works to bring out the best in his clients, many of whom are feds like us. In this episode, he delivers tips for setting boundaries in our professional lives. 
    You can find his website here.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Rjbdc ,

Love Love and Love Fed Upward!

I love Love’s easygoing yet super-informative style. Love wants to help us figure out federal life and she is doing it well!

Colonel Candid ,

If you work in government this is a MUST listen

Love does a fantastic job with her guests to add value to the discussion about working in or with the government. Worth your time to subscribe and listen to her podcast. I feel like I am a better employee after listening to her podcast.

kwooleyy ,

Very useful resource for current feds

Love Rutledge has created a constructive podcast series that is not only value-added for federal employees but offers endless possibility. In the sessions I’ve heard so far, the value has consisted of increased savvy about major players in the good-government ecosystem (GAO, Partnership for Public Service) - what they’re doing and why - which will help the big-picture thinkers understand and navigate. These interviews have the added benefit of enabling astute listeners to identify potential career opportunities for themselves. Other titles show that helpful advice is another stream of value.

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