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May the GSA resignation serve as warning to all leaders considering lame training conferences

The resignation of Martha N. Johnson, the General Services Administration chief who stepped down amid a withering report about excessive spending by her agency on a training conference, should bring a sigh of relief to employees everywhere. Maybe the embarrassment of hiring a mind reader and spending $31,000 on a networking reception will save a few more of us from the silly leadership development exercises and inane training games that make up that often miserable fact of office life: the team-building conference.
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GSA Boss Resigns Over $820,000 Vegas Conference

News : NYMag: Intelligencer (3 years ago)

Martha Johnson, the chief of the General Services Administration, resigned yesterday amid reports that a four-day 2010 conference in Nevada cost taxpayers $820,000. The agency, which oversees administrative and management duties for... Read Post

This Bizarre Video Confirms Everything You Thought About Wasteful, Lazy Federal Workers

Politics : Business Insider: Politix (3 years ago)

Revelations of lavish and inappropriate spending at a 2010 federal training conference in Las Vegas have engulfed the Obama administration's General Services Administration this week, forcing several senior GSA officials to step dow... Read Post

Former GSA chief still passionate about leadership in government; pens new book

Politics / US Politics : The Federal Eye (last year)

Martha Johnson, who was forced to resign abruptly as head of the General Services Administration in 2011 amid revelations of a scandal on her watch over excesses at a Las Vegas training conference, has penned a book about leadership... Read Post

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