Leadership Development Programs and ecq-based Readings

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Leadership Development Programs and ECQ-based Readings

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.

Abraham Lincoln
The success or failure of any endeavor depends on leadership. Now, more than ever before, we need leaders in our organizations and in our world. Great leaders create and communicate a vision and move people into action to achieve it. They ignite our passion and inspire us to do our best.
Government leaders in the 21st century are experiencing change at a more rapid pace than previous generations. Rapid advances in technology have expanded the quantity of work we are capable of accomplishing, and also where it’s accomplished. We have a more highly educated workforce, yet face diminishing resources with an increased demand for productivity, and the essential services we provide to the American public. To be successful at navigating these challenges leaders must develop the essential skills to motivate their employees, effectively communicate with others, fine-tune critical thinking skills, and build and leverage partnerships. Future leaders must also be visionary; i.e., possess the ability to identify trends and the courage to be innovative. Being technically adept in your field will no longer be enough. In response to these demands on senior executives, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) identified five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) that all aspiring government leaders and executives must possess. These ECQs and Fundamental Competencies were developed by OPM after extensive research on the attributes of successful executives in both the private and public sector. The ECQs represent the best thinking of organizational psychologists, human resources professionals, and members of the federal Senior Executive Service (SES).

How to use this catalog:

The “Leadership Development Seminars July 2013-2014 Edition” and Readings by ECQ is a comprehensive, (although not all-encompassing) list of training opportunities intended to assist all current and aspiring Federal leaders grow in the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Fundamental Competencies. The resources listed will facilitate your growth and development as both a Federal employee and as a person; and will be helpful to all levels of leadership in preparing an Individual, Leadership or Executive Development Plan.

This Catalog lists over 550 courses offered by the OPM as well as 75 universities, colleges and private industry organizations throughout the continental United States and more than 700 leadership readings, by ECQ. Each listing includes a brief description of the course, as well as its date, location, cost, and contact information. Further information can be found on the institution’s website which is provided inside each course description. Before making final plans to register, please be sure to check their website or call the contact number provided to confirm all information. Please note, the listing of these courses does not constitute endorsement of their content by the Department of Energy or any agency of the Federal Government.

We are happy to announce that, with this edition of the Leadership Catalog, we can direct you to a wide range of online learning resources including e-learning courses, online books, targeted portals, on-demand videos, live Web events, digital job aids, case studies, and mentoring.  Now, more than ever before, when considering learning investments, federal agencies must weigh options for training effectiveness and cost efficiency.   E-learning offers a compelling financial advantage through reducing costs associated with travel, lodging, and absence from the office.   Without a doubt, it will be a critical part of advancing the future development of Executive Core Qualification Leadership skills.  Today’s e-learning is experience-rich, multi-media, and comprehensive across a range of topics.  E-learning assets and blended learning programs offer greater reach, measurable results, more timely “anytime/anywhere” access through mobile/social learning, and faster application to the job. The best news is that, in many cases, federal agency personnel already have access to Skillsoft online learning resources through their enterprise Learning Management Systems.  We encourage you to explore your in-house options by contacting your agency learning program manager.  Or send an email to LeadershipTraining@Skillsoft.com for details and access instructions).

To make it easier for you to locate courses specific to your developmental needs, the table of contents is organized by ECQ and each course has been matched to an ECQ. Certain courses may fit the parameters for more than one ECQ. When you find a course in the table of contents that interests you, press CONTROL and CLICK on the title of the course which is a hyperlink that will take you to the course listing to view a full course description and the link to the course web page. We have also provided an extensive list of suggested readings for each ECQ in the suggested readings section.

To view the Master Course Index or the list of readings, DOUBLE CLICK on the charts. Information on how to use each specific table will be provided later in this document

Career Planning:

Inside the catalog is a Career Planning section which provides information and helpful tools that will start you thinking about your career outlook and begin setting or refining career goals that will help you progress in your chosen career path or put you in a new career direction that you believe may be more challenging and rewarding. These tools will help you as you prepare your Individual Development Plan, identifying your specific career goals and how you’ll acquire the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to achieve them. Career planning and professional/leadership development is critical to finding out what makes you happy and setting a course that will bring you that happiness. So, we hope you take the time and opportunity to look through this section and begin thinking about your future.

Additions to the July Edition:

After the great feedback we received from the Career Planning section from the previous January’s Edition of the catalog, we wanted to provide more tools for career development. In this version of the catalog we added an Interview Skills Module, a Federal Resume Module, Career Interest Surveys, and Online Leadership Articles.

The Interview Skills Module provides tips and advice on how to prepare for an interview and how to succeed in the many different types of interviews

The Federal Resume Module provides insight on what to include in your resume and responds to many myths about Federal Resumes.

The Career Interest Surveys are free online tools that have been proven to introduce more career options, increase satisfaction in one’s career plan and increase understanding of oneself.

The Online Leadership Articles that help teach practical skills you need to excel in your career. The articles will help you become a better leader, show you how to advance in your career, and teach you how to work more efficiently to get the most out of your career

Acknowledgements: We are in our fourth year of producing this catalog and could not be more pleased with the quality of support and efforts by the federal staff and university student volunteers listed below.
For the July 2013 Edition, many thanks to project lead Kyle Adams, who was very capably assisted by Ali, Baker, David Dinh, and Joseph Park.
We also wish to remember and thank students who were instrumental in creating the earlier editions:

Joyce Chiang, Gerri French, Kaitlin Greco, Nathan Horowitz, Mickey Jackson, Patti McMullen, Mapricionne McQueen, Jaafar Ouardi, Russ Ryan, and Renee Reynolds.

Please let us know of any recommendations for additional course providers or other leadership readings that should be included.

Additional segments needed?

With this edition we added segments for Career Planning (great work by the Dept. for Veterans Affairs) and templates for preparing Individual, Leadership or Executive Development Plans. In the future, we are planning to add information about resume building, ECQ preparation and getting ready for job interviews. What else would you recommend?

Please advise of any non-working links or links that take you to the wrong location.

If you are aware of other federal distribution lists that would be appropriate to use in making this catalog and future updates available to current or aspiring leaders, please send us a link and permission-to-use contact information. We have also been requested to begin making this catalog available to interested State and County Government offices. Information about State/County distribution lists would also be appreciated.

Please send any recommendations or information about corrections to: david.rosenmarkle@hq.DOE.gov
David Rosenmarkle

SESCDP Program Manager

Executive Learning and Development

Learning and Development Program Management Division

United States Department of Energy

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