Government needs to change to deal with populism — here’s how

We’re living in a populist moment. But with so much energy devoted to the question of how politics is — or isn’t — addressing this challenge, less attention has been paid to how civil servants should adapt.  The cost of inaction is high, as only a third of Americans trust their government to do what’s right and just 18% of Americans trust it to do the right thing most of the time. Trust in government has also declined across OECD countries.

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What Can Public Servants Learn from The Incredibles?

In The Incredibles 2, a media mogul offers to rehabilitate the image of superheroes.  He explains that because the average person only sees one side of the story—the bad news—they don’t support the work these heroes do.  As he puts it: “If we want to change people’s perceptions, we need you to share your perceptions with the world.”

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Preparing to Be a Supervisor? Get Away.

At this point in my career, I am contemplating what skills I need to best serve my program and prepare myself for a supervisory role in the future.  I knew that I needed to find an environment where I could connect with other professionals who had recently moved from non-supervisory to supervisory roles in the federal government, and to learn as much as possible about what I can cultivate that will help me do the same.  This year I was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship by Young Government Leaders and their scholarship sponsor, GEICO, which supported my attendance at the 2018 NextGen Summit.

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