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7 New Books to Read This Fall

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

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

Why Federal Agencies Should Buy Local

Local sourcing is becoming increasingly important in our daily lives, and it’s not just about the food we eat.  When it comes to professional services needed for delivery of government programs at ... Read & React

Beyond the Paycheck: One Psychologist's Dream of Meaningful Jobs for Everyone

by Joe Pinsker

There’s a belief that what gets some workers to keep coming into work every day is their “psychic wages”—the fulfillment that comes with doing meaningful work. That thinking is usually applied to authors, or doctors, or social workers, but the assumption for why a different class of ... Read & React

How to Quit Your Job and Keep Your Cool

by Hanna Brooks Olsen

Everyone loves a good quitting story. The time when an account manager at your old job who’d been passed over for a raise stormed out, shouting about the patriarchy. The time when your cousin smashed every dish she was carrying to the bus tub when a customer called her “sweetheart.” And of course, ... Read & React

Agencies Should Celebrate Their Accomplishments

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The reports of performance problems make the headlines but it’s rare to find success stories reported any place. It’s surprisingly difficult to find positive stories of government. There have been a couple of articles looking at the “greatest achievements” over the past half century but apparently ... Read & React

The Secret Suffering of the Middle Manager

When researchers try to determine the types of workers who are most prone to depression, the focus is usually on the misery of those at the bottom of a company’s hierarchy—the presumed stressors being the menial duties they're tasked with and their lack of say in defining the scope of their jobs. ... Read & React

NASA’s 20-Year-Old Astronaut Hiring Procedures Still Work Today

by Nate Regier

In 1978, NASA was just beginning its space shuttle program and Dr. Terry McGuire was responsible for assessing the psychological fitness of astronauts in preparation for NASA missions. It was a daunting task. Putting several extremely talented, smart and confident people into space together ... Read & React

The High Professional Cost of Your Inability to Trust

“Trust involves the juxtaposition of people’s loftiest hopes and aspirations with their deepest worries and fears.” –Jeffrey A. Simpson Trust is one of those terms that is casually tossed around in business conversations and management literature, yet for each and every one of us, the decision to ... Read & React

Modafinil Really Is a 'Smart Drug,' But Is It Workplace Doping?

by Olga Khazan

If you could take a pill that will make you better at your job, with few or no negative consequences, would you do it? In a meta-analysis recently published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers from the University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School concluded that a drug called ... Read & React

Budgeteers Join Forces Online to Get More Bang for the Buck

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

Budgeting is often viewed as an arcane profession that projects an image within the federal government not unlike that of IRS auditors in the private sector. Everyone knows the job is important, few want to be one, and no one wants to sit next to them in the lunch room. Yet, they work hard and want ... Read & React

U.S. Workplaces Boost the Confidence of Men… And Destroy the Ambitions of Women

by Cassie Werber

American women enter the corporate workforce with higher aspirations to reach the top than their male counterparts, and with the confidence that they can get there. But according to research by the management consulting firm Bain & Co., women’s ambition reaches a cliff edge, and then falls off it, ... Read & React