The Challenges That Set Public Service Apart–by Patrick S. Malone for Governing

 I know it makes me smile — just like those two adorable citizens, happily making sport of the DMV, who don’t know what they don’t know about public service.                  Patrick S. Malone


For those interested in public service take a look at the attached article and video. As far as a career in public service, I do think the word passionate is overused and misplaced. For me, and others are clearly free to define his/her own motivations, I would use terms such as dedicated, civic duty and a civic responsibility to serve the greater good. One can be passionate about effectuating change for the common good or experiencing a real sense of accomplishment when good things happen. Can one also be passionate about the mundane activities of what constitutes the daily work life? Interesting conversation where answers may fall into different responses depending upon one’s function, level of experience, and age. The arguably immature actions of our two stars in the above referenced video are hardly the way to go about improving public service. A street level bureaucrat’s day is never easy. 

http://www.governing.com/columns/smart-mgmt/col-challenges-set-public-service-apart.html

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