Tag: professional development

How can you mobilize across generations to transform public service?

How can you mobilize across generations to transform public service?

A beginning…

(1 of 3)  Four years ago NxtGov was an ambition. It was born out of a government improvement initiative and the need for a space for public servants to feel like they belong.

Over the years, I have seen several iterations of this movement. These iterations include a few name changes and failed experiments, but most importantly, they have included the names and faces of the people that have each contributed to the growth of NxtGov.

As the national political environment has questioned the role and efficacy of the public sector, we have been inspired and determined to uplift our public sector ethic and make permanent important spaces like NxtGov. Today, NxtGov is a reality that continues to grow, with the dedication of our members and brave leaders that step up when opportunity calls. 

Opportunity is calling:

We are recruiting leaders that will help us lead NxtGov through its next chapter- NxtGov as a non-profit!  

We are looking for leadership in the following open roles:

  • Board Position
  • Council Positions:


  • 10/11: Nominations Opened!
  • 11/4 @ lunch and 11/5 after work: info sessions!
  • 11/8: Nominations Closed
  • 11/19: Board Member Announced & Endorsements for Director Positions Close
  • 12/1:  Directors Announced


  1. Full description of the roles and timeline can be found here: http://bit.ly/NxtGovExecElectionPositions
  2. The Nomination form can be found here. (CLOSED) http://bit.ly/2019NxtGovNominations
  3. RSVP for Election Event: RSVP
  4. Meet the Candidates and Vote! 

READ ON… How did we get here? [2 of 3]; What is next? [3 of 3]

For any questions about the upcoming opportunities and changes, don’t hesitate to contact us at collaborate@nxtgov.org

Servant Leadership: Still Relevant in the 21st Century Workforce

Servant Leadership: Still Relevant in the 21st Century Workforce

Guide Civil Service Leadership Forward Using Servant Leadership

By Tonia Burgess, NxtGov’s Director of Professional Development


“The only test of leadership is that somebody follows” – Robert Greenleaf

Change is imminent in the government workforce. According to the 2018 Gallup poll 66 percent of employees in the United States are unhappy, and 13 percent of the remaining 34 percent are disengaged with their jobs.  Emerging leaders should consider conducting a self-examination of their personal “why” before taking a job that can negatively influence the work experience of others. 

As individuals prepare to lead, it is important they assess their intent and motive to lead others.  Ask yourself, who will you lead and how will you lead? The way you answer this question will shape organizational culture.

Traditional leaders lead from a hierarchical perspective that is top-down focused on the executive level, to middle managers, employees, and lastly customers.  Servant leaders take the opposite view.  A servant leader functions from an inverted triangle where customers are at the top, employees next, management, and lastly executive leadership. 

Servant leadership embodies an inverted triangle. A servant leader devotes himself/herself to serving the needs of others; focuses on meeting the needs of those they lead; develops others and brings out the best in them: coaches, mentors, and encourages others; facilitates growth; and builds a sense of community that engages individuals. All of these factors demonstrate the characteristics of a servant leader. 

Funnel Visual of Servant Leadership

Robert Greenleaf a landmark leader introduced the concept of servant leadership during the 20th century. The tenets of his work continue to lend themselves to the discipline of organizational leadership and development. Greenleaf identified three significant organizations he believed were appropriate to facilitate servant leadership and they were: churches, universities, and businesses. And yes, Greenleaf expressly considered government, as a large organization or business. Greenleaf stated, “all holders of power are suspect and all actions that stem from authority are subject to question. Who and how does it serve?” Moreover, he postulated “whoever will be great among you must be your servant.” 

Greenleaf’s, style of leadership may seem unorthodox to many, especially in government.  However, as government evolves in the 21st century with variations in technology and a diverse workforce, the next generations of civil service leaders would do well to explore and adapt key principles of servant leadership to guide government forward.   

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July: Sun, Professional Development, and More!

July: Sun, Professional Development, and More!

Summer is here! And we are excited to share what’s new. ​

Have a fun and safe holiday!


Opportunities to Get Involved


Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents
Apply by July 20!
Scholarship Available

Cal-IPGCA Cohort 2018 is seeking state government employees who see themselves as Leaders, Innovators and Change Agents…is this you?

  • Do you want to cultivate your good ideas into solutions that give value?
  • Do you want to team innovative pathways to California’s most challenging enterprise problems?
  • Do you want to create a culture that can sustain, advance and accelerate services to society?

Consider registering for the California Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents (Cal-IPGCA) 2018 Series. From August 9 – December 6, Cal-IPGCA provides a unique leadership training opportunity that includes an innovation laboratory. NxtGov is pleased to support this one of a kind opportunity. Our NxtGov Ambassadors developed one of the Innovation Priorities for the innovation trainees to work on during this Cal-IPGCA cohort so that the concerns of NxtGov members can be represented at this high profile program.

Want more information? Attend the Informational Workshop on July 12 from 11:30 – 12:30 at DGS. Register here for the informational workshop.

A scholarship will be available for one NxtGov member!
We are grateful to have Cal-IPGCA offer a scholarship to a NxtGov member! Simply indicate you are a member of NxtGov on the registration form and you’ll be considered for the scholarship. Application deadline is July 20. Register today! Cal-IPGCA Program Registration Form

NxtGov Ambassador Program – Now Accepting Applications!


As a platform of change in government, NxtGov is re-opening applications to the Ambassador Program to increase our community of rising stars from across California state government. These stars represent the next generation of leaders and are a resource to incoming and current civil servants that are looking to make a difference.

As a NxtGov Ambassador, you will be active in connecting public servants you know with all the opportunities NxtGov has to offer. In this role, you will represent your organization at inter-departmental roundtable discussions on issues, concerns, questions, and ideas to strengthen our workforce and better serve California.

Attend an Information Session to learn more or apply today. Applications will be accepted through July 22.

Can’t make it to an info session? Check out the ambassador program informational presentation here!

Monthly Happy Hour

Our last happy hour brought new faces and fresh dialogue around public service. Thanks to everybody who came out and we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did!

We are excited for what’s to come this month and we hope to see you all for Happy Hour on July 26!

Project Birthday Party was a Success!


Thanks to everyone for making our Project Birthday event on June 30 a big success! Through the support of countless NxtGov members, donors, and volunteers, we were able to host a birthday party at the Salvation Army Transitional Home. We had a blast and look forward to future collaboration with Project Birthday!

To help plan or participate in future community engagement events, please contact meagantokunaga@gmail.com about joining the Community Engagement Committee!

Next Week  – “Personal Budgeting and Finance 101, Made Fun” Lunchtime Workshop


When: Wednesday, 7/11, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Where: California Department of Social Services – Room 205 Auditorium OB9 or online via webinar
Cost: Free
Audience: Current civil service employees
Join Brian Diamond as he helps you reduce some stress in your life by teaching you how to get in control of your finances. 
  • Learn how to create a BUDGET and be in control of your finances
  • Understand where your MONEY goes, and why a budget is necessary
  • Discover things we do in our daily life that sabotages our FINANCES
  • Tips for you to decrease your monthly SPENDING and live beneath your means

Save the Date!  – “Managing Your Boss” Workshop


When: Wednesday, 8/1, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: The Urban Hive
Cost: $12 (includes refreshments)
Audience: Current civil service employees
Register Here

NxtGov and Upgrade Training are joining forces to provide a series of workshops that make careers in the civil sector easier, more effective, and ultimately more rewarding.

This first workshop is a combination educational and networking event where participants will form alliances and share experiences on working with demanding and difficult bosses.  Attendees will walk away with a task list of tangible actions they can take to improve their most important working relationship.

This two hour workshop will be presented by Bo Tyler who has trained over 3000 state employees and 700 state managers.

Space is limited so register as soon as possible! Registration is required to attend the event.


NxtGov has partnered with various organizations to administer Demystifying State Jobs or How to Get a State Job 101 workshops and speaking engagements to encourage civic-minded people and young adults to consider a career in public service. As these partnerships continue to grow, we hope to promote internship and mentorship opportunities. Contact us about the Recruitment Program for more information.

DISCLAIMER: This is an unofficial organization that is not connected to any one government entity.