PHOENIX -- A Social Security Administration motivational management conference held at a high-end Valley resort last week cost $700,000, the SSA told the ABC15 Investigators.
Costs for the conference at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa included airfare, hotel entertainment, dancers, motivational speakers, and food, an administration official said.
I have been there. It is indeed a classy joint. Just the place our rulers would select for:
This was a training conference. The location was selected through the government's competitive bidding process. The facility that was selected was the lowest bidder, and we paid well-below the prescribed government rate.
-Leslie Walker, Regional Communications Director, Social Security Administration
As a public service I have translated these into normal American speech.
This list was provided to ABC15 by the Social Security Administration)
Multigenerational Communication - What you need to know to effectively manage four generations at work
People of different ages see things differently.
RelationsShifts - Techniques to empower you to change the way you relate to your work, your colleagues, our organization and our customers
When you become angry, count to 10. Better yet, walk away.
A Leadership Role in Strategic Management Planning - Learn how to be a strategic leader
Pay attention to what the boss says and how to nod wisely as the boss says it.
Managing Diverse People - Forum to discuss diversity and management for all employees
People from different races have different views. Try not to claim Tiger Woods isn't the greatest golfer of all time.
eServices in SSA - Learn about new and innovative agency initiatives and how they will change the face of SSA and help us to meet the workload challenges ahead
Knock off the personal email and blogging.
Mentoring the Generations - Will help you engage effectively across all dimensions of diverse thoughts, ideas, attitudes, beliefs, behavior and values of all generations
People of different ages see things differently. Try not to gush over Jane and Peggy's wedding.
Emotional Intelligence - Learn to "lead from where you stand" and focus on a wide array of competencies and skills that drive leadership performance
You have to work with what you have, not with what you want to have.
Policy Perspectives - Learn what's driving SSA in terms of programs, staffing and beneficiaries, how we change policy, hot policy issues
Silly you! I bet you thought you were supposed to be doing what the law required.
Reasonable Accommodation - Learn how to recognize potential Reasonable Accommodation issues and what actions are needed when certain indicators are present
If the other person is big and mad or your boss... count to 10 and/or walk away.
Health Information Technology - SSA plans for and use of health IT to improve our disability program
Typing isn't like driving a truck.
Improving Organizational Performance Through Employee Engagement - The effectiveness of engagement in improving organizational operations as well as the supervisory behaviors which foster greater engagement
If we had some ham we'd have some ham and eggs if we had some eggs.
Removing the Barriers - Learn a hands-on problem solving process that gives employees the opportunity to identify areas of conflicts and concerns in the workplace and options or solutions to address them.
Also see Psycho Babble 101.
Interest Based Bargaining - Learn a collaborative process used for contract negotiations and daily problem solving that will benefit the organization as a whole
Take turns getting the coffee.
Leading at a Higher Level - Join a panel of current Senior Executive Service (SES) Career Development Program Associates and learn
Don't nod off no matter how bad the speaker is. Nod wisely and tell everyone what a great meeting it was and how pumped up you are.(Also known as Brown Nosing 101
As the sign says, your tax dollars at work.
ANY EMPLOYEE THAT DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW ANY OF THE ABOVE ITEMS SHOULD BE FIRED.