March 20, 2017

SES modernization plan should include risks, on and off ramps, roles for millennials

Source: Federal News Radio

Journalist: Meredith Somers

Would you nominate Edward Snowden as Employee of the Month?

The answer might be yes if you’re part of the future federal workforce, and that’s something current senior executive service members need to accept if they want to successfully lead a modern government.

“In 10 years, you will be faced with creating within a generation that admires Edward Snowden and believes him to be a national hero, and to get that cohort to be meaningful contributors — disruptive contributors — to a new style of federal bureaucracy,” said Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA. “I’m trying to suggest, in an airmen’s fight you don’t want to get yourself in a tail chase. In other words getting better and even better technique to improve a cohort that has generational values of the greatest generation, the Boomers, the X-ers, the Y-ers. The word there is future. You’re going to have to do this with millennials, who have a different — not better or worse — but a different approach to just about everything. And how then do we create that cohort going forward.”

Read the full article at Federal News Radio.


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