Tag: workplace behavior

Championing Federal Employees

Congratulations are due to Katherine Archuleta, who stepped in to her role as director of the Office of Personnel Management on November 4.  Her main objective: to champion federal workers. A noble goal and, as with most things worthy, not easy. Let’s face it, it’s been tough to be a federal worker over

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The Honor of Public Service and the Need For Civility

As federal workers struggle with the aftereffects of the shutdown, challenges to their organizations’ budgets – let alone existence, pay freezes, hiring freezes, and potential staff cutbacks – it’s a good time to recall what President John F. Kennedy said about government employment more than 50 years ago. Let the

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Jocks, Profs and Docs

There’s a locker room full of facts yet to surface surrounding Jonathan Martin’s departure from the Miami Dolphins. The second-year lineman claims to have been bullied, threatened, and harassed by Richie Incognito, a veteran teammate who played next to him on the offensive line. Martin is 320 pounds, a powerful

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Engaged and Committed: Who is Responsible?

Last week I overheard a conversation between my two teenagers.  My son told his sister that he was an A-student in Spanish these days.  “Having a great teacher makes all the difference,” he explained.  Preparing to insert myself into their conversation to point out that he had a great teacher

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Can Ethical Behavior Be Taught?

Recently, I’ve found myself speaking to several professional groups about whether and how ethics and professionalism can be taught. The good news is that yes, these subjects can be — e.g., the content can be delivered to students through instruction.  But, there’s more to consider than simply teaching these concepts.

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