COB-15: young government leaders

Naturing leaders is important for any bureaucracy. This month the Carnival of the Bureaucrats encourages government bureaucrats to join Young Government Leaders:

YGL is a professional organization of young men and women employed by the Federal Government. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and transform the current and future leaders of the Federal Government. … Our organization is committed to serving as a coordinated voice for the current and future generations of young government leaders by providing a community of leadership through professional development activities, networking opportunities, social events and seminars.

YGL’s About Us page adds:

This organization will advocate for the unique needs of young government employees and provide value, structure, resources, and a voice to the next generation of Federal Government employees.

Here at the Carnival of the Bureaucrats, we have been providing a voice to all bureaucrats. As numerous studies submitted to federal government agencies indicate, Federal Government employees are especially important bureaucrats. We are proud to support the Young Government Leaders in that organization’s ongoing efforts to further our common mission of advancing and deepening our efforts to highlight the importance of skilled and talented bureaucrats taking the initiative to create next-generation networks and bureaucracies for twenty-first century communication needs.

The form for joining YGL is available online. The FAQ page describes qualifications required for membership:

Young Government Leaders (YGL) does not have a specific age limit to be eligible for the group. YGL identifies potential members as those that identify themselves as “young government leaders.” Generally, our members range from 22-40, but we accept members of all ages.

Thinking of oneself as a young leader can be self-affirming and empowering. Everyone should take that first step to joining Young Government Leaders!

Among other entries this month, Goddess discusses workplace burnout. She remarks, “What’s really the cause of workplace burnout? Here’s how to tell if you are symptomatic and how to do something about it!” Burnout could happen to young government leaders. Don’t let it happen to you!

TinkerX discusses writing, which is a bureaucratic function second in importance only to attending meetings. The author produces hand-crafted love sonnets, wedding toasts, previous life bios for cats, long, harsh insults, as well as short insults. At least some bureaucrats would like to deploy on occasion a long, harsh insult, but professional bureaucratic decorum prohibits said deployment.

Eric Michael Johnson at The Primate Diaries explains The Downstream Effects of Biopiracy. The header for this blog depicts a primate typing on an old-fashioned typewriter. Given the history of insulting bureaucrats as hidebound buffoons (which I believe are related to baboons), I initially decided to reject this submission as violating the spirit of Rule 6 of the Carnival of the Bureaucrats’ regulations. However, on reconsideration, the image at issue appears to refer to the creator of the blog. It does not appear to be intended as an insult to bureaucrats. Thus this submission has been tentatively accepted into this month’s Carnival.

Matt Waite at discusses the development of project ideas. He declares, “A demo gets a lot farther than a memo.” This silly idea probably comes from Mr. Waite’s youthfulness. With more experience in a traditional media bureaucracy, Mr. Waite is sure to learn that only editing memos advances one’s career further than writing them.

That concludes this month’s Carnival of the Bureaucrats. Submit your blog article to the next edition using our Carnival submission form. Submissions should conform to the Carnival regulations. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the Carnival index page.

2 thoughts on “COB-15: young government leaders”

  1. I hope your comment regarding Matt Waite’s opinion on project development is in jest. Truly, when muddling through the corporate nonsense, having a demo running is a beautiful way to escalate your project’s importance.

    We developed a very rough version of an idea we had at a company I used to work for. I won’t name names, but they’re regarded as leaders in the CRM industry, with well over 600 employees. Within days of showing our demo, the project was escalated to the CEO, and ended up being the primary focus for an entire development team.

    The short version: Code speaks.

  2. Mason, thanks for your comment. I fully agree with your point about demos and running code. I also think that Matt Waite is truly insightful. Anyone who want to try to understand where the communication industry is going should read Matt’s blog and think about what he’s doing.

    Check out Mason’s blog, too. He also has skills that are likely to be of growing importance to media companies. But only if they start looking for young, smart programmers who don’t like red tape and sitting around.

    I feel honored to have had Mason join us here at the Carnival of the Bureaucrats.

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