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Nov 29, 2021

Dr. Chaveso (Chevy) Cook, co-founder and executive director of Military Mentors, Army Officer, and mentor to many, joins us on the podcast to offer tips to make mentoring relationships better. His tips apply to military and civilians - anyone interested in getting the most benefit and connection possible from...


Nov 20, 2021

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...


Nov 10, 2021

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...


Nov 2, 2021

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...


Oct 30, 2021

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: