21 08, 2020

Virginia 2020 Special Session

2020-08-21T20:58:45+00:00August 21st, 2020|

“This is no ordinary year,” Governor Ralph Northam announced with his signature smile to the House Appropriations, House Finance, and Senate Finance Committees as he convened Virginia’s General Assembly for the 2020 Special Session. Governor Northam continued, “The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives, our economy, and our budget.” The [...]

14 08, 2020

Chaos as a catalyst for Change

2020-08-14T20:37:11+00:00August 14th, 2020|

Seriously, take this Pandemic. The Covid-19 health crisis has brought chaos, upheaval, and a caustic level of transparency that has upended millions of lives. Yet, even in the middle of chaos, governments, industries, and individuals are taking a deep look at the way they operate and creatively finding solutions to [...]

7 08, 2020

When the Office Comes Home: Adapting to Telework

2020-08-07T19:37:42+00:00August 7th, 2020|

My first teleworking experience came in late March of this year as I, along with many state employees, transitioned to full-time remote work. Back in March I was not too worried about this transition. In the early days of the pandemic, the initial shock and uncertainty of everything unfolding was [...]

31 07, 2020

Promoting Psychological Health: The Need for Green During Quarantine

2020-07-31T12:56:33+00:00July 31st, 2020|

Aristotle says that “man is by nature a social animal.” Driven to engage with others, humans tend to thrive in environments where they are capable of interacting with their surroundings. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, humans have been removed from their typical day-to-day interactions—whether it be the office, running group, [...]

24 07, 2020

Creating Community During COVID-19

2020-07-24T16:19:41+00:00July 24th, 2020|

Research shows that small, interpersonal connections matter to building a sense of belonging and organizational culture. As Grace mentioned in her post last week, a central thesis of Daniel Coyle’s The Culture Code is that successful groups are created and not innate to the organization. One of the ways [...]

17 07, 2020

Building Safety in Organizations – a How-To

2020-07-17T16:51:12+00:00July 17th, 2020|

Hello all – congrats on  making it through another week. We at VMF are privileged enough to participate in the Virginia Public Sector Leaders course (VPSL), a leadership development certificate program through the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs. In response to COVID-19, we’re doing some certificate work remotely, [...]

10 07, 2020

Part of a Community: How 2020 Should Open Our Ears

2020-07-10T15:49:04+00:00July 10th, 2020|

June 10th, 2019 was my first day working for the Commonwealth of Virginia. I, along with the rest of the cohort of Virginia Management Fellows, relocated to Richmond, entered our rotations with various state agencies, and began our careers with high hopes. A year later, we, like most everybody else [...]

26 06, 2020

Public Servants as Wielders of Influence: Using Your Expertise as a Tool for Change

2020-06-26T17:30:59+00:00June 26th, 2020|

*The views espoused belong solely to the author and should not be attributed to the Virginia Management Fellows program, nor the Commonwealth. A second disclaimer follows the initial disclaimer provided directly above (is it obvious that I have a law degree?), though this one has no legal bearing—the “topic” of [...]

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