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3 Tips for Keeping Your R&D Budget Healthy

The last five years have been uncertain and tough ones for federal research and development spending. In the wake of the Recovery Act and constant budget battles, many programs experienced cuts or at least flat spending. Only in the last year have things been looking at all better. No matter what ... Read & React

Every challenge holds your next promotion—face it. Every challenge contains a hidden treasure—find it. Every challenge has the power to make you a leader—embrace it. Miguel Joey Aviles, Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program

How Retirement Was Invented

by Sarah Laskow

In 1881 Otto von Bismarck, the conservative minister president of Prussia, presented a radical idea to the Reichstag: government-run financial support for older members of society. In other words, ... Read & React

Leon Panetta’s Hard Lessons in Leadership

A host of memoirs by former Obama administration Cabinet chiefs have been arriving in bookstores, offering valuable management lessons for political appointees and career civil servants. This is the last in a series on the experiences of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (Stress Test), Defense ... Read & React

Everything You Need to Know About Introverted Leaders

To be a great boss, you don’t have to be an extroverted back-slapper. A growing body of research suggests introverts can be excellent leaders too. After all, billionaires Warren Buffett, Larry Page, and Bill Gates have been described as introverts. And other CEOs including Colgate Palmolive’s Ian ... Read & React

Let the Body Rest, for the Sake of the Brain

by Cody C. Delistraty

I’m sure a lot of subway riders are skilled nappers, but this car seemed to be particularly talented. Going over the Brooklyn Bridge on a recent morning, just as the sun was coming up, a row of men in nearly identical black suits held on to the straps with their eyes closed. Their necks were bent ... Read & React

Are You Fit to Lead?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

The question posed in the title of this post is one that I’ve heard asked a lot over the years. Usually, it refers to someone having the right mix of temperament, ethics, experience and the like that’s needed to be an effective leader. My guest in the podcast interview that accompanies this post ... Read & React

How to Write a Business Letter: Advice From the 18th Century

by Shannon Chamberlain

The Earl of Chesterfield, the 18th-century British statesman and patron of the arts, had a number of concerns about his illegitimate son Philip, but one he revisited often in his posthumously published letters to the boy is about Philip’s correspondence. This species of worry ranged from ... Read & React

How to Feel Amazing in Five Minutes

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

One of the ironic effects of the hyper-connected age we live in is that there is very little true listening going on. As I write about in my new book, there’s a lot of transient listening in which we’re so preoccupied with all the thoughts of our multitasking minds that we hear each other but don’t ... Read & React

The Introverted Face

by James Hamblin, MD

People whose faces are perceived to look more "competent" are more likely to be CEOs of large, successful companies. Having a face that people deem "dominant" is a predictor of rank advancement in the military. People are more likely to invest money with people who look "trustworthy." These sorts ... Read & React

Is the Recovery Act a Model for the Ebola Response?

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

Does it take a crisis for government to work right? Earlier this week, I attended a forum sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration that looked at the successes in implementing the Recovery Act and potential lessons for public administration in the future. Little did I realize ... Read & React

Build a Better Brainstorm

by Fred Schmalz

In recent years, typical business brainstorming has gotten a bad rap for a lot of reasons: It is ineffective. It is dominated by loudmouths. Most people think better alone. So why is brainstorming still widely utilized by businesses intent on idea generation? The answer has more to do with the ... Read & React