Vote Today! And Every Day!

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In anticipation for this week’s major election, TED Radio Hour hosted a podcast called Democracy on Trial. Eric P. Liu,  founder of Citizen University and former Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy was one of several people interviewed in this podcast. Eric presented some really important thoughts around the demos of democracy. Demos means people, … Read more

Intrapreneur Vs. Entrepreneur

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Many organizations want to experience the benefits of an internal culture that is entrepreneurial in nature. What they really want is what many refer to as intrapreneurialism. When it comes to entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, there are differences and similarities. For purposes of this blog post, I’m focusing not on the funding, capitalization, ownership issues, as … Read more

What Is and Isn’t Entrepreneurship

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Organizations talk more and more about creating a culture of entrepreneurship. I thought I would share my thoughts about what is and isn’t entrepreneurship–at least how I see it. Consider the following: This is more than just engaging people—and it’s far beyond employee satisfaction. But it does create those fruits. This is not about empowering … Read more

Curious George–as well as Margret and Hans

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You’re probably familiar with this storybook character: Children for generations have loved the Curious George books and have treasured not only reading them but ultimately to their children and grandchildren. The stories open up to adventures that allow children to explore–and ultimately develop their curiosity. We would do we to have more curiosity in the … Read more

Customer Advocacy: A Tale of Theme Parks

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In my last previous article I spoke of customer advocacy in government. I spoke of different ways you could create greater advocacy. I also spoke about the need for feedback from customers. Allow me to further the case for why advocacy matters through a tale of several theme parks. Those living in DC for some … Read more

Customer Advocacy in Government

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It’s difficult for most bureaucratic structures in government to think of serving constituents as customers, much less giving customer advocacy serious consideration. Customer advocacy is the effort to build support and momentum for the products and services you provide them. This should be important to government. If for only selfish reasons, it should be critical … Read more

Defining Award, Reward, and Recognition

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Accountability never succeeds without making work consequential. And part of making performance matter is in providing for reward, award, and recognition. For our purposes, we define these terms as follows: Reward: The benefits obtained as a result of an action taken or a job well performed. Such rewards can be both extrinsic (such as a … Read more