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How to Deal With a New Boss

Adjusting to a new boss is never easy. It’s a lot harder when the new guy has spent years vilifying your last boss, and smear the work of you and your colleagues. Yet that’s the predicament facing about 50 holdovers from the Obama administration who will be working for Donald Trump starting today ... Read & React

The recognition of exemplary individual performance is central to high organizational performance. And the psychological value is far more important than the money. Howard Risher

Neuroscience Shows That Stress Can Actually Make You Better are Your Job

A stress ball can help.
by Ian Robertson

Helen felt a thumping in her chest and a knot of tension in her stomach. She had been dreading this meeting—but she simply had to confront her boss about her impossible workload. Her boss was not a ... Read & React

From Fear to Compassion: Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

Your work as a leader is stressful, with too much on your plate. This constant stress causes you to experience a never-ending fear of failure. Sound familiar? It’s a terrible way to live and the situation is impacting your health. Cortisol is pouring into your system, causing poor decisions, ... Read & React

Quit Waiting for Someone to Show Up

I grew up in a home where I was “Somebody, ” and my brother was “Anybody.” When Mom shouted, “Will Somebody please take out the garbage,” it was a statement, not a question, and I jumped to attention. If the question was, “Did Anybody feed the rabbit?” my brother was on the hook. Of course, the ... Read & React

The Twisted Psychology of Office Cliques

by Alex Fradera

Michael Scott and the Beast have a lot in common. Both The Office protagonist and the Disney cartoon character have copious chest hair—and both are achingly alone. But whereas the Beast broods in isolation, Michael Scott is desperate for company. His plight is sympathetic: Anyone who’s survived ... Read & React

Does Your Job Make You Miserable?

Perhaps you’ve heard: A lot of people are epically unhappy at work. Reasons cited include low raises, no training, and poor management. All of these seem to overlook a much more basic workplace issue: a lot of jobs suck. A paltry raise, no chance to gain new skills, and a bad boss just make a ... Read & React

Pay and Performance Must Be Credibly Managed

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

Effective compensation management is not based on a “schedule.” It needs to be responsive to changing circumstances. In 1990, when Connie Newman, then the director of the Office of Personnel Management, initiated the project that led to the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act, she formed a group ... Read & React

Law Enforcement and the Crisis of Public Confidence

Homeland Security officials worked with local, state, and federal partners during the 2015 Super Bowl in Phoenix.
by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

"If You See Something, Say Something" is the most memorable public safety campaign I can think of. It began as a Homeland Security Department initiative but quickly branched out into a nationwide initiative at the federal, state and local levels and you can see the motto everywhere, particularly at ... Read & React

The Results Are In: Nobody Trusts Anyone Anymore

For nearly 20 years, communications group Edelman has been gauging the public’s trust in key institutions like business, government, and the media. You don’t need a survey of more than 33,000 people in 28 countries to know that there is an anti-establishment mood sweeping the globe, but the numbers ... Read & React

Sure, Some Feds Are Overpaid

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The critics are right; the General Schedule system is broken and needs to be replaced. It no longer meets the needs of government. The introduction of locality pay 26 years ago is the only change in more than half a century. It may be the oldest pay system in the world. Starting salaries at all ... Read & React

Memo to the President: Getting Public-Private Partnership Right

The label “public-private partnership” has been slapped on everything from contracts to collect solid waste to compacts to end global poverty. To say anything coherent about partnership requires imposing a little discipline on the definition: A public-private partnership features the enlistment of ... Read & React

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