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Resist the Urge to Shield Your Team From Bad News

In difficult situations, reality tinged with optimism and backed by encouragement serves as a more effective motivator than a saccharine-sweet message of false praise and manufactured positivity. The fact is we’re not always fine. Strategies don’t always work. Mistakes happen. Competitors confound ... Read & React

A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves Eleanor Roosevelt

Wonder What’s Hidden in Your Personnel File?

Did you know you can easily request a copy of your official personnel file? Or if you’re a security clearance holder, it’s possible to request a copy of your Joint Personnel Adjudication System ... Read & React

So Long to the Cubit and Ad Hoc Performance Metrics

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

A “cubit” is an ancient measure of length – from your elbow to your middle fingertip. We no longer use it, because everyone’s is different, and we get different results. The federal government has a project underway to move from its version of cubits to a more standardized set of performance ... Read & React

You’re More Likely to Find a Better Job While You're Still In Your Old One

People who leave jobs without another one lined up may not realize what a disadvantaged position it puts them in, according to an analysis by the New York Federal Reserve posted on its Liberty Street Economics blog. The Fed researchers looked at 426 people who participated in its Survey of Consumer ... Read & React

No, Americans Probably Aren't Suffering From a Lack of Sleep

by Akshat Rathi

We’ve been told that the modern, connected life is taking a toll on our sleep. Compared to previous generations, studies report, we’ve been sleeping less and less every year. And that is making us “more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, ... Read & React

It’s Time to Rethink the Way Work Is Managed

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

In a column last week on government’s need for improved performance management practices, the Office of Personnel Management’s deputy associate director noted the challenges are becoming “exponentially more complex” and “global in nature.” Steve Shih is correct that “the answer lies in maintaining ... Read & React

Travel Cuts? Boost Training and Collaboration Online

Hosting employee training can be an expensive proposition. Funding for travel and accommodations is often a significant part of the training budget. But we tend to approve the allocation of those travel-related funds because providing learners with the ability to collaborate during learning is such ... Read & React

How Americans Lost Track of One Founding Father's Definition of Success

When he retired from the printing business at the age of 42, Benjamin Franklin set his sights on becoming what he called a “Man of Leisure.” To modern ears, that title might suggest Franklin aimed to spend his autumn years sleeping in or stopping by the tavern, but to colonial contemporaries, it ... Read & React

How Much Sympathy Do Overwhelmed White-Collar Workers Deserve?

by Frank Pasquale

Over the past few decades, workers without college degrees have not only seen jobs disappear and wages stagnate—the jobs that remain have, all too often, gotten worse. Constant surveillance is common; schedules are erratic; escalating performance quotas exact faster work. But these trends, often ... Read & React

6 Leadership Lessons From USAID

Of all the places I've worked in my life — and that includes the most demanding environments in the private sector — the U.S. Agency for International Development taught me how to be a leader.  When I started working there, I'd spent seven years as a communicator in a large, well-funded, "command ... Read & React

7 New Books to Read This Fall

by Adam Grant Professor, Wharton Business School

Here’s a preview of the exciting new books on work and psychology. Instead of just spouting their opinions, these authors bring us real data: 1. Presence by Amy Cuddy (December 29) Building on her wildly popular TED talk about power posing, Cuddy explains how we can achieve greater success and ... Read & React