Nobody needs to tell you that hiring the right people for the right roles is one of the most important and most challenging tasks you face as a leader or recruiter. While it’s not a zero-sum game, there’s a tricky balancing act between focusing on culture and hiring for fit, or focusing on technical capability and hiring for skill. It’s a candidate’s market. Is there more reward or risk in focusing on hiring people with top-tier experience or degrees from certain caliber schools?

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There’s no one answer and it takes time to determine the best approach, but great examples exist…


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I’ve spent the better part of the last 15 years working with teams that have been challenged to solve hard problems. These teams have included state, local and national level government leaders, managers and team members. They have included chief scientists and technical teams. They’ve included military, police, and intelligence officers. And they’ve included executive teams from leading private companies. Even as the problems have varied across sectors, industries, and organizations, one thing has been apparent — leadership is hard and we leaders often make it harder.

Most leaders are well-intentioned. They work tirelessly to build strong teams, solve hard…


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Innovation is everywhere in government these days — pitch days, ‘shark tank’ style events, innovation offices, and alternate contracting opportunities. Seeing government organizations trying to harness the innovation that comes from non-traditional contractors is great and the sheer act of trying these efforts has the potential to provide a much-needed boost of creativity.

Ideally, the new behaviors will prompt agencies and organizations to be more comfortable with risk, uncertainty, and change, which will lead to a more flexible and agile way of doing government business.

But what if it doesn’t?

What if the flurry of innovation activity doesn’t lead to…

Tyler Sweatt

I help organizations scale awesome technology. Sometimes that means breaking organizations. I write about technology, change, security, and leadership.

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