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About 'The Federal Coach'

Are you a seasoned federal government manager trying to bring excellence to your workplace? A contractor trying to navigate an unfamiliar bureaucracy? An aspiring leader who wants to change the world through federal government service?

The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post's On Leadership site welcome you to our three-times-a-week feature, The Federal Coach, hosted by Tom Fox, director of the Partnership's Center for Government Leadership.

Our goal is to engage, inspire and learn from you, the federal worker, whether you are a new hire, a contractor or a manager at the highest departmental level. Because the public sector has unique -- if sometimes frustrating! -- leadership challenges, we believe our content here will also be relevant to anyone seeking to become a better leader.

Here's what you can expect:

On Mondays we'll bring you "Getting Ahead," a short, motivational column from Tom with actionable advice on "leading up," overcoming obstacles and breaking through bureaucracy.

On Wednesdays Tom will bring you the "View from the Top Floor," in which he interviews leaders in the federal space, people who are innovating and bringing federal performance to a new level.

Fridays, Tom will respond to your questions. Do you have a difficult boss? A need to motivate your team? Pressures from above? You can write in anonymously to The Federal Coach's dedicated email address or simply leave your question in the comments section. And of course we hope you'll add your advice to the questions at hand. Send us your suggestions of who Tom should talk to, or be in touch with other suggestions via email.

We envision The Federal Coach as a water cooler and a classroom, a place to vent frustrations, learn something new and find inspiration for the work ahead. We look forward to hearing from you.

About the Partnership for Public Service:
The nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. Based in Washington D.C., the Partnership offers a wide variety of research, training opportunities and leadership development for federal government workers.

About the Washington Post's On Leadership
: Launched in 2008, On Leadership is an online discussion of what makes for great leadership. Expert panelists and readers analyze and comment on leadership as it is unfolds in real time in government, the military, business, sports and entertainment. The On Leadership team interviews major national leaders in our video series, allowing viewers to get an inside look at the personalities who run the globe.

By Andrea Useem

 |  March 22, 2010; 5:00 AM ET |  Category:  Federal government leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Kudos to the Partnership and the Post for establishing this column! As a graduate of the Excellence in Government program, I am very excited about this additional venue to support the many dedicated federal employees who continue to strive for excellence! I look forward to the columns and being an active participant!! Many thanks to the Partnership and staff for a great experience!

Posted by: Marilyndiaz | March 25, 2010 9:38 AM

As a federal employee who retired after 33 years of service I am proud of the dedication and morale of federal employees. I worked for an attraction with a "world class" reputation for customer service here in Orlando for the past six months. I found the work force at the attraction to be lazy and poorly motivated. Most of the work force would not succeed in the Army intern program.

Posted by: mmatsunaga1 | March 23, 2010 11:28 AM

As a proud vendor who has served federal leaders for the past 25 years, I can't agree more. I have found federal leaders to be the incredibly dedicated, compassionate, caring, and purpose-driven. I look forward to your column!

Posted by: pcchost | March 22, 2010 5:32 PM

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