Martha (Austin) Wilson

Martha 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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Feedback: Feast, Famine, or… Poop?

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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Are You On Track For Your Next Promotion? Four Key Areas To Evaluate

Have you ever noticed that when it comes to promotions there seems to be little rhyme or reason to the process? Your organization has promotion criteria, and yet for every set of criteria you look around and see someone getting promoted who didn’t meet them. It can be frustrating, but there are some things you can do.

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Are You Successful In Your Job? It All Depends On Your Evidence of Success!

When you fail to define the specific evidence of your success, it’s practically impossible to ever get there. So how do you create this evidence? The author provides some suggestions.

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Paycheck Does Not Equal Appreciation

How do you feel when you get your paycheck each week? Do you feel appreciated for your work? The author points out that showing appreciation to employees at work goes beyond just handing out paychecks.

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Do You Have Mid-Cycle Review Blues?

February 12, 2015 3:21 PM

Most government organizations have an annual performance review. And many organizations also have a mid-cycle “touch base” review that allows you to see how you’re progressing. The mid-cycle review is a good time to go back and take a look at “What were those three development areas that you were going to put your attention on this year?”

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The Ugly Truth About Promotions

January 19, 2015 3:29 PM

The author says that regardless of the criteria and regardless of the regulations, promotions really come down to a couple of very human things that have little to do with job performance.

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What Are Your Pillars of Greatness?

January 4, 2015 3:55 PM

Everyone has about five very specific things that provide the foundation of their lives. They are the five key things that matter most to you. And, they are the place you live your life from… whether you are aware of it or not.

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Whose Career Is It Anyway?

December 22, 2014 4:29 AM

The author says there is a mindset in government organizations that it’s the organization’s job to figure out your best next career move. But did you ever stop to wonder if your idea of success and your organization’s idea of success are the same thing?

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Just Who IS Your Tribe?

December 8, 2014 2:56 PM

There are some colleagues you love to spend time with while others who drive you crazy. The author describes the differences and the impact they can have on your work environment.

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12 Unexpected Core Strength Exercises for Leadership

November 20, 2014 2:26 PM

The core of your Leadership Mindset rests on the four aspects of the human experience: the Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual aspects.

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