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Aug 25, 2020

Your boss asks you to write a speech for him/her on a topic in your lane. What are your first steps and what questions should you ask to ensure you're on the right track? Maria DeFazio has the answers. She wrote speeches for the highest ranking leadership at HUD and now serves as the Executive Director of the...

Aug 19, 2020

Jen Choi and Dan Ward of MITRE explain what MITRE is (an operator of FFRDCs...and what FFRDCs are...and give us insight into the free resource they created for feds. It's a suite of tools to spark innovation - no training required. You can find them here:

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Aug 13, 2020

Colonel Candice Frost provides advice on dealing with toxic bosses, how to manage up and keep your sanity. She's also an expert on finding mentors and providing effective mentorship. Listen to her tips here and in her new podcast, Candid Leadership at the link below.

Candice truly leads by...

Aug 9, 2020

If you've ever thought about making the jump from GS to SES or you're wondering why more talented people don't consider it themselves, listen up. There are many unexpected downsides to getting promoted to the SES corps that are, frankly, counterintuitive. Our system isn't set up to financially incentivize those of us...

Aug 5, 2020

If you work around or with contractors, there are a few basic terms and principles you should know. Most of us don't get a crash course unless we manage contracts. That's where Paul Schauer comes in. He is the co-host of the Contracting Officer's podcast.

Don't be fooled by the title. This show offers tons of...