As 2020 draws to a close, in this end of year post I recap last week’s NCSC eCourts Virtual Conference and share some thoughts on this past, unprecedented, year. The eCourts Conference (https://e-courts.org) was a slimmed down, online version of the annual event held in Las Vegas. There was the usual good content, and here … Continue reading eCourts Highlights and Reflections on 2020
Court Leadership – the Competency of Workforce Management
Courts operate through the contributions of all court staff. Court managers are responsible for the important topic of workforce management.
Kip, the Moving Guy! A Lesson on Keeping a Positive Attitude
Kip, the Moving Guy is an inspirational story about how keeping a positive attitude and taking ownership of your circumstances get great results in life. Kip says: "If I let my job upset me, I will ruin my day."
Fulfilling the Public’s Trust: Valuing Diversity & Inclusion in 2020 (Part 2) — What actions can court administrators take to make Diversity & Inclusion a reality in the administration of their courts?
In this time of attention to systemic discrimination in our justice systems, it is critically important to make Diversity & Inclusion a priority in court administration. This article outlines the actions that court administrators can take to make Diversity and Inclusion a reality.
Courts and Covid-19: where are we, and where are we going? [part 2 of 2]
What will the future hold for the courts in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic? This post outlines the significant challenges and recommends what should be done. We can succeed by using Adaptive Leadership to create a new future reality that is people-centered, maximizes access, and increases personal safety. The new normal is one we create!
Workplace Civility — How is Your Court Doing?
September 30, 2019 news headline: “Kansas federal judge reprimanded for sexual misconduct.” The Judicial Council of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued the public reprimand (the most severe sanction it could impose) after an extensive investigation of employee complaints. Closer to home, a local court administrator was terminated recently after many years of inappropriate … Continue reading Workplace Civility — How is Your Court Doing?
Hey, where is everybody?
With the advent of the summer season, one must plan ahead to ensure that your organization has adequate staffing when staff greatly increase their leave use. Here are some tips on how to be prepared.
NACM-Core Workforce Management Review — Help is Welcome!
I am participating in a National Association for Court Management Workgroup that is reviewing and recommending updates to the NACM-Core "Workforce Management" curriculum (https://nacmcore.org/curriculum/workforce-management/). The workgroup will be editing sections of the curriculum over the next couple of months. In case you are not familiar with the scope of the Workforce Management, it primarily covers … Continue reading NACM-Core Workforce Management Review — Help is Welcome!
‘Tis the Season for Holiday Gift Ethics Issues!
Happy holidays to all – here’s wishing everyone a joyous and peaceful end of 2018. At this time of year many of us want to give back to others in our lives, be they family, friends, or professional relations. In the courts we often receive expressions of appreciation, often from well-meaning attorneys who practice in … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Gift Ethics Issues!
I am preparing to write a blog post about interview questions and techniques -- focusing on not only the good ones, but also when things went badly or even humorously. I will take examples from my own career (let's see, I had six court administrator jobs, so got lots of practice interviewing from both sides … Continue reading Interviews help!