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How Environment Can Boost Creativity

It took F. Scott Fitzgerald nearly a decade to finish Tender is the Night, his semi-autobiographical novel about the physical, financial, and moral decline of a man with nearly limitless potential. While working on the novel, Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, moved between France, Switzerland, and ... Read & React

We’ve taken a lot of costs out of the system, but we’ve never been able to catch up. [Still] we’re not going to put the white flag up. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on fixing the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service

So Many Risks, So Little Time

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

“By some estimates, taking out just nine critical electrical substations could plunge the whole nation into darkness,” says Jason Black, a researcher at Battelle Institute. This scenario, of course, ... Read & React

What Leaders Must Learn From the NFL Fiasco

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

The speed and volume of the emerging fiasco facing the NFL has been breathtaking. In the first football weekend after the league’s response to the video of Ray Rice punching his fiancée, there were players with similar charges against them scheduled to play on Sunday. One was pulled just before ... Read & React

Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

by Adam Grant Professor, Wharton Business School

Several years ago, I was invited to give my first public speech, and I made the mistake of saying yes. I was terrified: as a student, my heart used to race at the mere thought of raising my hand in class. For weeks beforehand, I had nightmares about forgetting my lines, waking up in a cold sweat. ... Read & React

CEOs See a World Where They’re More Intimately Involved in Your Health

In the United States, companies pick up a great deal of the bill for a healthcare system that spends the most but accomplishes the least among industrialized nations. Getting wise to this, more employers have rolled out wellness programs, where workers are encouraged with either a carrot or a stick ... Read & React

A Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17

Sometimes, productivity science seems like an organized conspiracy to justify laziness. Clicking through photos of cute small animals at work? That's not silly procrastination, Hiroshima University researchers said. Looking at adorable pictures of kittens rolling helplessly in balls of ... Read & React

Employee Recognition: Try It, You’ll Like It

Virtually every organization has employees, possibly many, like Bob, the focus of a brief story I read recently. The author and storyteller is David Novak, the CEO of Yum! Brands. In his book Taking People With You, Novak writes: “I asked [a group of employees] what I thought was a straightforward ... Read & React

5 Things to Know About Phased Retirement

by Katherine Archuleta Director of the Office of Personnel Management

I’m happy to report that the Office of Personnel Management last month issued its final phased retirement regulations. I know that many agencies and federal employees are eager to take advantage of this new, innovative alternative to traditional retirement. I think that this new policy, once it is ... Read & React

Agoraphobia and the Telecommuter

by Lenika Cruz

Labor experts and industry analysts have written at length about the explosion of telecommuting in the last decade. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to ban workers from telecommuting earlier this year attracted the ire of working moms and other critics who call the work-from-home trend the ... Read & React

Travel Tips for the Mindful Road Warrior

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

My work requires a lot of travel to meet with and present to clients. As the recent news stories about high altitude disputes over reclining seats on airplanes suggest, business travel can be stressful. That stress can eat you alive if you let it. Over the years, I’ve adopted some routines that ... Read & React

Reflections on 9/11 and Excellence in Government

As we paused last week to remember the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, I am reminded of how that event changed so much of our history—including impacting how government moved forward to manage technology and people who care deeply about serving the American people, and working with our ... Read & React