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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Building A Great Place For People To Work

A Blueprint for Successful Human Capital Leadership

How do you build a great public service organization that meets the intensified expectations of governing in today’s environment? How do you energize the people in it to produce consistently excellent results? This seminar is for
leaders who need answers to these key questions. The course provides a design for “people practices” that make a difference—recruiting, developing, motivating, and succession planning approaches that work for your employees and your organization.

You will begin at the foundation: a comprehensive
assessment of your organization’s health to see how it compares with the latest in human capital management. Then you will look at the framework of agency culture and dynamics to identify opportunities for transformation. Discussing the principles of building a great people organization with seasoned executives will complete the structure. As a special bonus, a group of new recruits will share perspectives on what is meaningful to them, what drew them to the Federal workforce, and what inspires them to become our next generation of leaders.

How Will You Benefit
Appreciate the importance of a comprehensive approach to transforming Federal human capital practices
Learn how to launch and implement a succession and
leader-development strategy
Develop your organization’s culture as the framework for a healthy and successful public service agency
Devise strategies to develop a climate of encouragement and learning
Learn from other
leaders who have successfully retooled their workforces
Gain special insights from high-potential recruits who have recently chosen public service as a career


Saturday, March 22, 2008


A recent reader review of Leadership: Texas Hold ‘em Style:

Raymond Foster has demonstrated his knowledge of leadership very thoroughly in this book. Coming from the LAPD, he draws upon his experience as a mid-level manager by using humor and anecdotes so aspiring supervisors and managers can develop their individual skills. I am a retired police captin from Newark, NJ and wish I had the book during the promotional testing process. Now, I am using the book in my consulting practice--very relevant, very practical and an easy read!”

About the book
poker as analogy for leadership, Captain Andrew Harvey, CPD (ret.), Ed.D. and Lieutenant Raymond Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA found the right mix of practical experience and academic credentials to write a definitive book for leaders. Working together, Harvey and Foster have written Leadership: Texas Hold em Style. Most often leaders find they are given a set of resources people, equipment, funds, experience and a mission. As Foster noted, "You're dealt a certain hand. How you play that hand as a leader determines your success."

More than a book: A fun and entertaining journey through
leadership that includes an interactive website to supplement knowledge gained from the book.
Proven and Tested: Not an academic approach to
leadership, but rather a road-tested guide that has been developed through 50-years of author experience.
High Impact: Through the use of perspective, reflection, and knowledge, provides information that turns
leadership potential into leadership practice.
Ease of Application: Theory is reinforced with real-life experience, which results in accessible and practical tools
leaders can put to use immediately.
High Road Approach: Personal character and ethical beliefs are woven into each
leadership approach, so leaders do the right thing for the right reasons.
Uses Game of
Poker: Rather than a dry approach that is all fact and no flavor, the game of poker is used as a lens through which to view leadership concepts.

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