Martha (Austin) Wilson

Martha (Austin) Wilson is a retired CIA Operations Officer, leadership instructor, transformational coach and the founder of Greatness In Government, a leadership and personal development firm that specializes in re-energizing mid-career government employees. Organizations that are struggling with complaints about bad leaders, discrimination, bullying and other symptoms of employee dissatisfaction hire her when they are ready for a fresh approach to leadership training. She also provides private coaching to high-potential government employees who have decided to assume responsibility for their own personal and professional development.

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Beatings Will Continue Until Performance Improves

By on February 8, 2018 in Leadership with 0 Comments
Beatings Will Continue Until Performance Improves

“Accountability” often means that somebody needs to be fired. The author says a more productive approach in the workplace is to instead celebrate incremental progress.

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The Personal ROI of Happy in Government

By on January 24, 2018 in Leadership with 0 Comments
The Personal ROI of Happy in Government

Happy employees make for more engaged employees. The author explains how this applies to federal employment.

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Why You'll Never Have Work/Life Balance

By on December 22, 2015 in Leadership with 36 Comments

Many people struggle with achieving a balance between work and their personal lives. The author explains why she believes this struggle exists.

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How To Get Rid of a Problem Employee… FOR GOOD

How To Get Rid of a Problem Employee… FOR GOOD

The biggest challenge government supervisors face seems to be dealing with problem employees. The author provides some suggestions for dealing with these types of employees, and more specifically, ones that don’t involve firing them.

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'I Don’t Want Your Sacrifice, I Need Your Gift.' Signed, A Grateful Nation

By on October 29, 2015 in Leadership with 10 Comments

The author says that sacrifice is the one thing that is not needed, or even wanted, from federal employees. She explains what she means and what she thinks is a better approach in terms of motivating federal workers.

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Sacrifice Serves Nobody – And Martyrdom Isn’t Attractive

By on August 20, 2015 in Leadership with 20 Comments

The author says that she is tired of hearing people say that sacrifice is required to get ahead in the workplace. She explains why she thinks this is a problem and as well as an alternate approach to use instead.

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Is 'Failure' a Bad Word In Your Workplace?

By on July 8, 2015 in Leadership with 20 Comments

The author says that a common approach to failure in organizations is to pretend that it didn’t happen, but she says that it’s actually important to embrace and integrate failure and what can be learned from it to improve going forward.

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Do Your Performance Objectives Set You Up to Win?

By on June 9, 2015 in Leadership with 3 Comments

The author says that regardless of your role within your agency, having clear criteria for exactly what success looks like in the context of your overall mission is the single most powerful tool you can use to achieve satisfaction at work.

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Situation-Behavior-Impact: Why Feedback Isn’t Working!

By on May 7, 2015 in Leadership with 28 Comments

Within our organizations, most of us have classes on how to provide feedback with or to each other. Supervisors in particular are given instructions on how to provide feedback – and many are actually mandated that they give feedback to their employees on a specific time schedule. Yet employees are constantly saying, “I don’t get any feedback!” With all this attention and training on the process, why is it not working?

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Feedback: Feast, Famine, or… Poop?

By on April 16, 2015 in Leadership with 2 Comments

Whether in government or elsewhere, useful feedback is critical to your success – without it you don’t know where you stand. But have you ever asked a supervisor or colleague for feedback and gotten a ‘poop sandwich’ in return?

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