Resilience: The Art of Failure, Recovery, and Success

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In an ever-changing, uncertain work environment, resilience is a must. Optimism, a positive attitude, emotional intelligence, and the ability to embrace failure positions managers and leaders for success. The impact on mind, body, and organization is not only important, it’s measurable. When managers are able to engage in accurate self-assessment and a clear analysis of potential decisions, they are poised … Read More

Talking to Decision Makers: What to Say and How to Say It

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Government employees, as protectors of the public health, are required to communicate effectively. Working under time constraints, they must present the relevant issues and challenges of a situation and the proposed next steps. They need to speak succinctly and support their conclusions with evidence, so their words will not be misinterpreted. During a high energy, interactive session, Nancy Singer, a … Read More

The Current State of Congress

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In this Professional Development Session, join Dr. Joshua Huder, Senior Fellow of the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, as he discusses Congress, the presidency, its effects on the Federal workforce and American politics in 2019 and what’s in store for 2020 and beyond. This session promises to very informative, engaging and top of mind for many Federal employees as … Read More

CLO Panel: The State of Federal Training

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A Chief Learning Officer (CLO) is the highest-ranking corporate officer in charge of learning management.  CLOs may be experts in corporate or personal training, with degrees in education, instructional design, business or similar fields. The TOC Professional Development Program on Tuesday, November 12, featured three Federal CLOs: Mark Kern, Federal Trade Commission Dustin Norwood, US Patent and Trade Office Suzannah … Read More

Illustrating Ideas: Simple Drawings with Big Meaning

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Illustrating Ideas: Simple Drawings with Big Meaning

In order to “light the torch” we need a spark! This session is designed to spark ideas through simple drawings. Many people say they can’t draw, claiming, “I can’t even draw a stick figure!” But drawing is a skill everyone can learn. Best of all, it’s a skill that integrates visual, motor, and semantic information which can help you: Explain … Read More

Not Enough Time, Too Much Technology, and No Real Relationships

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Have we thought much about time in the digital age? What about its impact on relationships? How about technology? Does tweeting, facebook, etc equate to face-to-face exchange? What about when you combine all three? Do they sum up to engagement? This engaging and dynamic session discusses the complex interplay of these dynamics on human behavior, trust, and compassion with practical … Read More

Brand You – For the Leader in You!

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Everyone wants a promotion sooner or later in their career. Lots of federal employees have become “content” on the job and really reduced themselves down to just the status quo. Why is it that some employees climb the ladder of success much faster than others? It’s not just about your resume or how well you interview anymore. Branding plays a … Read More

Connecting Strengths to Concrete Career Development

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In this session, Adelle J. Dantzler, M.S.Ed. will introduce to some and refresh others on Strengthsfinders 2.0 and how training professionals, especially in government, can use it to connect the strengths of workers to concrete ways to focus and develop their career plans. Using a collaborative approach, Adelle will use Strengthsfinders to explore innovative ways to focus an employee on … Read More