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Celebrating Service and Resiliency on This Fourth of July 2021

Independence Day is an opportunity to reflect on the courage, compassion and resiliency that so many public servants exhibited over the last year.  Many of you have been working over-time in stressful situations for more than a year.  Our wish for all of you this summer is the time to restore your energy and re-connect with family and friends.

Since last July we have shared  a number or relevant topics on our website. Feel free to go back and read all the monthly updates and take advantage of some of the recommended books and videos as well.

Click the links to view the following topics from 2020:

Click the links to view the following topics from 2021:

Public Sector Consortium is a national nonprofit dedicated to “re-inventing the practice of public leadership for the public good.” We are committed to developing Sustainable Leadership skills through learning and practice. Systems Thinking skills are a cornerstone of our work. We help public leaders to have the courage and foresight to anticipate future events and be proactive. Having a structural understanding of any system will help leaders practice foresight and appropriately intervene on behalf of the public good.

Summer reads that are interesting and hopeful

Neither Snow Nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service by Devin Leonard
In Neither Snow Nor Rain, journalist Devin Leonard tackles the fascinating, centuries-long history of the USPS, from the first letter carriers through Benjamin Franklin’s days, when postmasters worked out of their homes and post roads cut new paths through the wilderness.

The Story of More… How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren
Hope Jahren is an award-winning geobiologist, a brilliant writer, an inspiring teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth. “Hope Jahren asks the central question of our time: how can we learn to live on a finite planet?”

The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner  
“Fun and thought provoking” The Geography of Genius reevaluates the importance of culture in nurturing creativity and “offers a practical map for how we can all become a bit more inventive.”

“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.”
— Rosa Parks

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination
and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
— Harry S. Truman

Please take a moment to share our work with others who may be interested in the development of public leaders. Your efforts in reaching out and broadening our base will have an exponential impact on our success. You can find more information and testimonials about the work of the PSC on our website, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. I would be pleased to connect with you in these forums.

Thank you for all you do for public service at whatever level of public service in which you work.  We are proud to work with such skilled and dedicated leaders. 

May 2-8, 2021 Public Service Recognition Week

A version of this article was also published by Thrive Global.

Public Service Recognition Week is dedicated to honoring our public servants. This past year has been a time that we all truly depended upon public leadership during a prolonged crisis. During May and June, we want to encourage everyone to say thank you to the thousands of public servants in cities, towns, schools, states and the federal government who have worked tirelessly to implement communication, testing, tracking and vaccination systems under stressful circumstances while doing their pre-pandemic jobs.

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Earth Day 2021, Restore Our Earth

The Public Sector Consortium is a national non-profit which is dedicated to reinventing the practice of public leadership through “sustainable leadership practices”. These leadership skills and practices can be learned and applied by all public leaders. There is no better time to turn our attention to sustainability than April when we celebrate Earth Day on April 22. This year’s theme Restore Our Earth focuses on ways that we can green our planet.

You can learn more about this year’s Earth Day and activities here. If you have 5 minutes of time this video explains the history of Earth Day and could easily be used to start a staff meeting or in a classroom to remind people in your state, city or schools about the importance of Earth Day.

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Facilitation Leadership Practices: the Fundamental Skill Set for all Leadership Transitions

There is no more challenging branch of government to lead and manage than the US executive branch with over 2.2 million Americans in civil service, another 2 million working with the Department of Defense, and 15 executive departments. It is a large complex ship to steer (OPM and OMB Federal Workforce Statistics). The challenge is even more daunting during periods of leadership transition with the political appointees or elected officials learning their new jobs and attempting to build partnerships with the existing civil servants. This particular transition is far more complex with the continuation of the pandemic and subsequent humanitarian and economic challenges.

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Public Services Affect Almost Everything in Our Daily Lives

We often only think about government when we pay taxes, attend jury duty, vote in an election or watch news about a new political conflict or something that has gone wrong. Government services are so much a part of our lives they often go unnoticed or unappreciated until they are not there. Let’s take a look at a day in the life of most Americans.

We wake up in our residence and we live where we do because of zoning laws that local governments establish for where residential and commercial buildings can be built and receive services (water, roads, trash removal, electricity, sewer and gas etc.).  Every act that we take throughout the day using; clean water to drink and bathe, electricity, eating the food in our cabinets, wearing clothes, using soap, riding in the car, train, ferries or bus, using the roads and sidewalks, are the result of laws which ensure the safety of the product or resource. Additionally, we have laws which protect the safety and well-being of the citizens who work in the production and delivery of these resources and products we depend on. 

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