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A Shout Out to Civil Servants on Tax Day

April 16, 2010 by Jonathan Gilburg

Along with everyone else, I paid my taxes yesterday, and this morning was greeted with a refreshing blog post by Paul Levy, CEO of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Blog Post by Paul Levy). Paul references another blog by James Tracy, Headmaster at Cuching Academy that speaks to his profound pleasure every year when he pays his taxes. James reflects on the many services and benefits he has experienced as a direct result of funding government programs. His story is a good reminder about the responsibilities and benefits we enjoy in this country.

Professionally, I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of federal and local civil servants in many fields and I have yet to encounter the jaded, system milking bureaucrat who does nothing but squander our hard earned tax dollars. In fact I agree with James in that the vast majority of civil servants I have encountered bring a certain passion and mission focus to their work which is ultimately about serving the American people in one form or another.

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Reclaiming our Human Capacity!

April 6, 2010 by Jonathan Gilburg

I always struggle when people ask me what I do, because I do not sell a “thing”, or teach a specific subject. Throughout much of my life, when posed with this question, I have conveyed my title, the company, and/or a recognizable concept (e.g. consultant) that helps to translate my vocation. Just recently I have been able to distill an answer to this “simple” question. I help folks to reclaim our human capacity for the benefit of humanity. See how much clearer that is… I know this sounds a little far out, but when I really stop to consider the “product” I strive to deliver, this is it.

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Useful Articles on Generational Differences

March 16, 2010 by Jonathan Gilburg

As a follow up to “Millennials are Taking Over”, here are some articles written by GLI that explain a little more about the different generations in the workplace. These were published on CIO.com and are free to access. Enjoy!

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How do I get my team to go from Good to Great?

March 12, 2010 by Jonathan Gilburg

Why would any team make the effort to go from good to great? What is the motivation?What will sustain and drive the team members to higher levels of performance with each other? Once this question is answered it is easier to explain and understand how a team might go about elevating its performance.

Let's look at sports teams for understanding:great teams know what their greatness is for to win a championship. This sense of shared purpose provides the motivation to do all the practices, drills, meetings, and all the other small disciplines that elevate performance and lead to greatness. The pay-off is unknown and in the future, but enough of the individuals on the team believe in the possibility of success to maintain their investment and commitment to the team disciplines. And greatness is ultimately the result of adherence to routine, focused disciplines.

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Millennials are Taking Over… It’s Inevitable!

March 5, 2010 by Jonathan Gilburg

As an organization and family we have been talking about generational diversity for a long time and we have frequently referenced the work of Strauss and Howe.

Now the Pew Research Center has done a study on the new arrivals to the generational scene, the Millennials or Generation Y. (Pew research study on Millennials)

I think there are great awareness points to take from this research, but the one that captures my interest is that this generation is much more trusting of institutions and authority (public and private). This information is tremendous leverage for current leaders. How do you lock in to what this demographic wants and then provide it? You have the potential to recruit and retain a highly educated, technologically savvy generation as your workforce and future leadership bench.

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Calling All Gen X Leaders

February 28, 2010 by Jonathan Gilburg

We want to hear stories, anecdotes and ideas from fellow Gen X leaders (roughly 30-50 years old) who are trudging along in their organizations and ready to launch, if only…

We believe that many of us are feeling ready, discouraged, unsure, wanting more from our workplaces and unsure how to make an impact on the systemic dysfunction. I am sure we could all list a littany of creative work-arounds that allow us to personally navigate the organizations we are in to get things done.

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