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What is Federal Executive Institute?
Dr. Heath Harding of the Office of Personnel Management's Center for Leadership Development, described what the Federal Executive Institute is and why you want to attend. FEI, located in Charlottesville, VA, offers leader development and networking opporunities you should know about. I attended many years ago and had a great exerpience that included working in teams with representatives from agencies and departments across the government. Listen to learn more.
You NEED this Tool For Open Season - AND get a discount code only for you
Consumers' Checkbook, a non-profit organization that helps youi make better financial decisions, offers a fantastic tool to compare FEHB plans. With open season coming mid-November, you should explore changes to your current plan, what other plans offer, and how much premiums are changing (spoiler - rate increases are NOT uniform across plans). Kevin Moss explains how you can leverage the tool and save a few dollars using a code available only to FedUpward listeners. The comparison tool will be available in the next week. Right now, you can check out the website and sign up to use it as soon as it's available.
So What Exactly Is AI and How Can Govvies Use It?
Tom Davenport, an AI/machine learning expert who also happens to be my first cousin once removed (yes, I said it), discussed what AI is, how feds might leverage it. If you feel like you *should* already understand AI but you don't, this is a great place to start.
Tom is a world-renowned thought leader and author, is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, a Fellow of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and an independent senior advisor to Deloitte Analytics.
Tom's written TONS of articles and books on this topic, and you can find his latest here:
And you can find him on LinkedIn here:
You're the Manager and it's Return to the Office Time
What should you be thinking about when higher level leadership says it's time to return to the physical office? If you're facing questions and resistance from your team, this episode is for you. FEDS Protection CEO and founder Tony Vergnetti reminds us of the liability coverage his company, a proud aponsor os this podcast, offers federal employees. Tony runs through many considerations you should have top of mind as you navigate through the return to work mine field (and yes, many of us are STILL going through this saga).
Learn more about professional liability insurance at the link below.
Considering an EEO or IG Complaint? Start Here
Something awful happened at work and you're considering an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint, or maybe you should go to the Inspector General (IG) in your agency/department. Or maybe your supervisor's supervisor could help. Where do you even start?
Enter Kevin Shehan.of Shehan Legal. He's worked in federal employment law for a federal agency and served as a fed. Now he serves folks like us and delivers advice you'll find helpful if you're considering a filing a complaint, helping an employee going through it, or you had a complaint lodged against you.
This episode is NOT an ad.
You can find Kevin and his team at the links below:
How to Hack Your Bureaucracy
Wish there was a playbook on how to work more efficiently in a federal agency or department? Look no further. Marina Nitze and Nick Sinai wrote the book on strategies you can use in your daily work to get things done. They've worked at the highest levels of the federal government and were both known for getting the job DONE.
Marina joined me on the podcast to discuss why they wrote the book, what's in it, and how you can make it work for you.
I am super jealous I didn't write this book first!
Find info on where to buy the book and any upcoming author events at this link:
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!
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.
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.