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Here are my final thoughts…
And today represents a change for me. I’m moving on.
For the past three years, we’ve been able to spend the afternoons together here on this magical medium called radio. A lot has happened during that time. No, budgets never got passed… And yes, there were government shutdowns — but they were thanks to snowstorms rather then any budget battle.
When I came here three years ago, Federal News Radio was JUST moving to a new frequency — 1500 AM. And at that time, Federal News Radio was building it’s platform. The management team here made a key decision to hire a number of people who have deep roots covering government — Mike Causey, of course, Tom Temin, Jason Miller… and me. When I came here, I had never produced a radio show before. So my goals were to learn as much as I possibly could… but also to help make Federal News Radio a presence. And I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. The station is vital source of news and information for the federal government here in Washington.
One of the great things about this radio station is that it is so innovative. It is the first radio station to move from the dot-com world… to a frequency. Ten years ago, Jim Farley, John Meyer and Joel Oxley decided to create a Web radio station for feds. And look what has come of it. And in many ways, I think it is a model for the evolution of media.
All of that being said, it is time for me to move on. Now let me be very clear — I’m not disappearing. I may not be here in the afternoons, but I’m not done. I’ve been thrilled to cover the government for nearly 20 years, and I think I have a few more years left. And, in fact, that is part of the reason that it is time for me to move on. On this program, each and every day, we have tried to keep our focus on six words — helping you do your job better. (Yes — it’s six! I counted!) And we have tried to focus on innovation, lessons learned, better-faster-cheaper…
And I’m going to continue doing that… Again, in a different way.
A number of people to thank…
- Federal News Radio program director Lisa Wolfe, who gave a print guy with no experience in radio, an opportunity to fulfil a dream.
- Mike Causey, who invented covering the operations of government. All of us walk in his footsteps. He is a remarkable journalist — and a good friend.
- My colleagues Amy Morris, Francis Rose… and my producers Emily Jarvis, Ruben Gomez, and Internet editor Jolie Lee… what can I say but thanks.
- And to my spouse and amazing family. When you’re trying something new, you need good, you need a great support structure… and I’m blessed.
But most of all, I want to thank you… for listening… for reading… for participating… for doing what you do.
These are odd times… challenging times. There are pay freezes and continuing resolutions… and yes, therea are still no budgets approved.
Many people out there think you’re overpaid… under-qualified… under worked… Many people out that the government isn’t innovative.
We know that isn’t true — and on this program, we’ve had the opportunity to talk to the creators of the Internet. (Most organizations would be thrilled creating something as all-altering as the Internet.)
We know there is good — and bad — in government. But there is no doubt in my mind that accomplishing the mission of government is exceedingly challenging… and, in many ways, much more challenging then most jobs the private sector.
And I wake up each day thrilled because Ihave the best job on the planet. I have an amazing opportunity to talk to smart people — in most cases, very spart people — each day. And I get to help you do your job better.
And I get to do that for people who have actually done this work … People who know how complex it is… how really difficult it is. They don’t worry about whether it is like the private sector or not. They understand the very real differences… and quietly they understand that their jobs are MUCH more challenging. But they are passionate about getting that job done.
I continue to believe these are remarkable times… And yes, times to make real change. These days, everything is on the table. That can be scary — but it also presents real opportunities.
So… Go do it. Be innovative. Try. Make mistakes even. And if there is anything I can do to help you… let me know… I’m easy to find… DorobekINSIDER.com.
Thanks for hanging with me. I hope we can continue to spend time together, albeit in a different way.
In the first week of the new year, we looking back – and look forward… by looking at what you determined were the big stories.
All week, I’m highlighting the most read items across Federal News Radio’s programs. Monday, we focused on the 100 most read items on the DorobekINSIDER in 2010; on Tuesday, the most read posts from Mike Causey’s Federal Report in the past year. Coming up on Thursday, we’ll look at top items on FederalNewsRadio.com; and Friday for In Depth.
Today, the most read items for the Federal Drive:
In the first week of the new year, we looking back – and look forward… by looking at what you determined were the big stories.
All week, I’m highlighting the most read items across Federal News Radio’s programs. Yesterday, I posted the 100 most read items on the DorobekINSIDER. Tomorrow, we’ll post the most read items for the Federal Drive; Thursday for FederalNewsRadio.com; and Friday for In Depth.
Today, the most read posts by Federal News Radio’s senior correspondent Mike Causey:
Happy New Year! What a great time to look back – and look forward… and to think about fresh starts.
The coming months are going to be interesting, no doubt.
All week, I’ll bring the most read items across Federal News Radio’s programs – Mike Causey tomorrow; the Federal Drive on Wednesday; FederalNewsRadio.com on Thursday; and In Depth on Friday.
But today, the 100 most read items on the DorobekINSIDER:
It’s back — the Federal News Radio Book Club. In fact, we haven’t had a “meeting” since April when we discussed Daniel Pink’s book Drive.
For newcomers… Think of the Federal News Radio Book Club as a wonky version of the Oprah book club. Unlike most book clubs, we don’t meet in a physical location. We’ll hold the book club “meeting” right on the air on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s DorobekINSIDER and/or online at DorobekINSIDER.com. And during the hour, we will be joined by the authors of the book… and by a few other people who can spur the discussion… and we’ll take questions and comments about the book.
All of that being said, let me give you the details…
When: Friday, November 12, 2010 at 3p ET
Where: On Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s DorobekINSIDER… and online at DorobekINSIDER.com.
And the book: The New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media by Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner. Bingham [Twitter] is the is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). Conner Bingham [Twitter] is a partner at Altimeter Group, which creates strategies for collaborative culture, social business, and workplace learning with enterprise leaders and technology providers who serve them.
Why this book?
Regular readers and listeners probably know that I am fascinated by what I call collaborative tools. (I am not a fan of the term “social media” — and I think it is more then just a question of semantics.) I continue to believe that these tools are fundamentally altering the way we have done business along a whole array of areas — government being one of them for a number of reasons.
This book fascinated me because… the authors spoke to government… and it focuses on doing business better. But in the end, it is about change — and change management. We all talk about how difficult it is to change government. (I actually think government gets a bad rap — it is difficult to change large organizations, and federal agencies are large organizations.)
One of my favorite pull quotes from the book so far:
Training often gives solutions to problems already solved. Collaboration addresses challenges no one has overcome before.
I have to say up front that I have not finished the book yet — my Kindle tells me I’m 39 percent of the way through. (There are no page numbers in an e-book — because you can change the font size.)
That being said, I get the gist — and there is enough there already to make it worth some time.
This book is specifically not about marketing using social networking… or building your brand. It is about training — and learning, where there is so much evolution going on.
Here is how the authors describe the focus of the book:
Many employers see it as simply a workplace distraction. But social media has the potential to revolutionize workplace learning. People have always learned best from one another, and social media enables this to happen, unrestricted by physical location and in extraordinarily creative ways.
Again, I will share my thoughts about the book as I’m reading it. I hope you will too… here… on GovLoop… on Facebook… or Tweet using #DIbookclub. We’ll use all of the comments as part of our discussion on Nov. 12.
I look forward to your thoughts.
Previous Federal News Radio Book Club “meetings”:
* The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey. Read more and find a link to the book club session here.
* What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis. Read more and find a link to the book club session here.
* Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World by Don Tapscott. Read more and find a link to the book club session here.
* Fired Up or Burned Out: How to reignite your team’s passion, creativity, and productivity by Michael Lee Stallard. Read more and hear the book club meeting here.
* Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation by James P. Andrew, Harold L. Sirkin, and John Butman. Read more and hear the book club “meeting” with Andrew and Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra find a link to the book club session here.
* Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. Read more and hear the book club “meeting” here.
What stories made news for the month of June?
Here are the most read stories across Federal News Radio 1500 AM … on the DorobekInsider.com … for Mike Causey’s Federal Report… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris… and for FederalNewsRadio.com…
…from the DorobekInsider.com…
- Obama orders cuts in federal building costs
- Why there’s been a backlash against feds lately
- How to make that performance review work for you
- Most TSP funds suffer losses in May
- Why continuous monitoring is gaining popularity
- Government still faces numerous teleworking challenges
- Elective deferrals for your TSP explained
- Dorobek Must Reads – June 2
- How to get more minorities, women to participate in TSP
- Causey: How agency budget cuts will affect you
- How to get your TSP questions answered
- Comments needed for TSP beneficiary designation
- Federal contracts: How many is too many?
- Dorobek Must Reads – June 11
- DorobekINSIDER: An open letter to OMB: Stop the public sector bashing
- Federal pay raises safe … for now
- Is DoD ignoring lessons learned from insourcing?
- Fed invents most accurate clock in the world
- How to create the best federal cybersecurity workforce
- Why there’s still worry about the Conficker worm
- Dorobek Must Reads – June 3
- Mobile devices can leave you open to cyber attacks
- In budget crisis, states take aim at pension costs
- FISMA one step closer to overhaul
- Influence others and change your office culture
- Off Topic: What your email address says about you
- Military Health System works out e-record kinks
- DorobekINSIDER: Treasury’s Gross to be deputy CIO at Interior
- Web inventor discusses importance of open data
- DOJ sues Oracle for alleged overcharging
- Agencies to crack down on waste, fraud, abuse
- Census reports it has reached almost all households
- Health 2.0 Conference, HHS hope to change the practice of medicine
- SSA makes rural America accessible to all
- How government will eliminate user names & passwords
- Google Apps could help agencies move to the cloud
- Chances good for passage of TSP/annual leave bill
- TSA’s Secure Flight program faces some challenges
- Agencies to compile ‘do not pay list’
- The impact of the Federal Workforce Reduction Act
- Senate unanimously confirms TSA head
- Dorobek Must Reads – June 7
- Are Katrina/Deepwater comparisons appropriate?
- DorobekINSIDER: Helping out a Postal employee in a time of need
- U.S. Navy Considering Wii Fit and DDR For Boot Camp
- Report endorses pay for performance for Intel community
- Many issues surround federal ID management
- Software remembers passwords for you
- Preview: Your monthly TSP Snapshot
… for Mike Causey’s Federal Report …
- Federal Pay Freeze: A November Surprise?
- Retirement: You Can Go Home Again!
- The Smartest Fed Investors Work For…
- TSP Warning: Cover Your Assets
- Pay Freeze? We Need To Talk
- Pay Freeze: Everybody in the Pool!
- Pay Freeze as Union Recruiting Tool
- Six Ways to Beat the Bear Market with Your TSP
- The $3 Million G-Man
- Travel, Training, Hiring Hit List
- Feds in Heat: The Misery Index
- About Those Buyout Rumors
- Hot Enough For You?
- TSP: Investing in Where You’ve Been
- Payoff the Boss’s Credit Cards?
- Time is Running Out for FEHBP Dependents
- Show Me The Buyout!
- Federal Unions: Dynamos or Dinosaurs?
- Feds: Global warming is real!!!
- Sick Leave Phase In
- Bill would give DHS emergency cyber powers
- Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 1st
- Cyberthreat of Joe Biden leads to arrest
- Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 8th
- Postal Service finds $75B dollar overpayment
- Federal retirees should consider the Roth IRA
- Defense furlough fears heat up
- How to avoid a June swoon with the TSP
- Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 14th
- Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 29th
- Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 4th
- Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 18th
- Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 10th
- Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 28th
- Private concerns about Booz Allen going public
- Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 21st
- Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 25th
- NSPS move cuts raises of the ‘best and brightest’
- Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 3rd
- Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 2nd
- Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 23rd
- Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 8th
- Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 24th
- Google goes ABW: Anything But Windows
- How to succeed in the SES
- Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 22nd
- Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 15th
- ‘Shady’ porn site practices pose cyber risks
- Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 7th
- How, and why, to modernize the legacy of COBOL
- OMB redefines performance expectations
- NIST offers Continuous Monitoring FAQ
- Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 30th
- Incumbent rage leaves budgets in limbo
- Voinovich: hiring reforms will take an act of law
- Cybersecurity box claims to block threats
- GAO: Agency rules allow conferences at resort locations
- Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 17th
- Analysis: Should DoD cut benefits or guns?
- War zone corruption allegations rise
- Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 11th
- Cyber chief Schmidt set to name senior director
- The ten biggest errors federal employees make, pt. 3
- The ten biggest errors federal employees make, pt. 2
- The ten biggest errors federal employees make
- Beware the mobile cyberattack
- GPO reassures your passport is secure
- MSPB to survey feds about personnel practices
- Who is spying on your cellphone?
… and from FederalNewsRadio.com …
- Federal pay freeze proposal defeated
- OPM wants to settle the fed salary debate
- Postal unions offer alternative to five-day schedule
- GOP lawmakers pitch fed workforce reduction bill
- Bill would put DHS in charge of all civilian networks
- Exclusive: OMB to propose major changes to financial management systems
- White House asks agencies to cut spending by 5 percent
- DoD vows to become a leaner organization
- TSP Snapshot: What goes up does go down
- GSA plans to take e-mail, collaboration to the cloud
- OMB must sell Congress on budget cuts
- Senate’s newest cyber bill on fast track to passage
- OPM freezes transfer of employee files, for now
- GSA, DHS approve first governmentwide cyber provider
- OMB to transform performance reviews
- Navy CIO Carey leaving
- OMB pressing agencies to get IT projects on track
- White House tells agencies to use data analysis to reduce improper payments
- House bill would require manager training at all agencies
- Telework success depends on clear expectations
- DoT’s Patillo moving to VA
- No federal pay freeze for now
- Cybersecurity bill clears Senate hurdle
- Air Force saves cash by changing cell phone rate plans
- OPM clears up category rankings process
- OMB vows to end out of control IT projects
- DoD shows off health IT progress
- OMB preparing performance management dashboard
- White House to give identity management a push
- Agencies get ready for FISMA changes
- OPM shaping future leaders in a new way
- DISA launches BRAC relocation FAQ page
- Census troubleshoots broken software
- Information sharing challenges ahead for Paul
- GAO finds limited burrowing during Bush years
- Support snowballs early for Senate cyber bill
- HHS creates process to certify health IT systems
- VA tries to speed claims processing for vets
- Navy declares war on sexual harassment & assault
- SBA CIO Naylor resigns
- Cybersecurity bill gets first Senate hearing
- OMB Watch says Orszag ‘made budget cool’
- OMB’s Werfel plugs financial modernization
- DoD has limited cyber situational awareness
- DoD sees change in cyber culture
- Federal News Radio Reports
- DHS women convene inaugural diversity forum
- National Archives CIO Martha Morphy retires
- DHS promotes tech from workbench to market