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No Matter What Anyone Tells You, Guys: Sweatpants are Not The New Jeans

This fall will bring new temptations for male enthusiasts of “soft dressing“—as designers try to convince men to embrace the increasingly common practice of wearing athletic clothing in everyday life, and even to the office. (Also see: “athleisure.”) In recent years, women wearing form-fitting ... Read & React

I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they'll do wonders. I count on them. Maya Angelou

How I Lead: Building Trust and Communication Between Teams

by Lynnie Martin Public Relations Director, Young Government Leaders

Ken Sosne is director of regional grant operations at the Health and Human Services Department’s Administration for Children and Families. He has more than 20 years of service as a budget analyst, ... Read & React

Making Good Mistakes

The true test of your leadership character isn’t measured by the absence of mistakes, but rather by the mistakes made in pursuit of growth and learning and how you conduct yourself once you’ve made a mistake. Show me a mistake-free leader, and I’ll show you someone hiding from the real issues ... Read & React

Who Wins in the Name Game?

by Cody C. Delistraty

I was at a party for Bastille Day in Paris a few years back, and we were leaning over the balcony to watch the fireworks. A cute French girl sat next to me, but after a few flirty glances the moment was entirely ruined with the most basic of interactions: “What’s your name?” she asked in French. ... Read & React

Ditch the Memo for a Dashboard: How to Show Your Program's Progress

by Arleta Cobb

In today’s environment of diminishing resources and high expectations for performance, it is increasingly important for federal managers to be able to demonstrate the success of their programs to important decision-makers. There are a few ways to demonstrate your program’s success: You could write ... Read & React

What Corporate America Is Learning About Keeping Workers Happy

You can hear it in the game rooms of Google's Chelsea office, smell it from the ice cream shops on Facebook's Menlo Park campus, and see it with yoga mats aligned on the rooftop of OpenDNS: We are living in an Age of Peak Perk. (Some of us, anyway). While it's reasonable to consider benefits like ... Read & React

Innovation the NASA Way: What’s Your Mission?

by Rod Pyle

One question often asked by readers of Innovation the NASA Way is the obvious:  “How can I bring the lessons learned from these chapters into my workplace? I don’t work in a matrix-managed organization and I don’t have limitless budgets at my disposal.” It is a legitimate question, and one that ... Read & React

How to Overcome Your Fear of Thinking

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

If you haven’t seen it, take a look at this recent article in The New York Times. It’s a fascinating recap of a study at the University of Virginia that confirms what you may already know. Lots of us are keep ourselves “super busy” because we’d rather have a day packed with doing stuff than leave ... Read & React

Five Lessons to Learn From The Wall Street Career of Ace Greenberg

Wall St. legendary trader Alan C. Greenberg passed away today from complications due to cancer. The 86-year-old, nicknamed “Ace,” helped to build Bear Stearns into a powerhouse investment bank to rival those of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, until it buckled under the in the maelstrom of the ... Read & React

How Business Skills Can Develop Better Military Officers

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Oates, commander of 10th Mountain Division, delivers a speech during a change of authority ceremony in 2008 in Iraq.
by Fred Schmalz

As Kellogg Insight recently reported, research by Efraim Benmelech and Carola Frydman shows that in the right context, a military background can serve a CEO and a company well. But what about the flip side of that coin? How can business leadership skills help the military create better officers? ... Read & React

Zomato Has a “Deskless” Office so That Employees Never Get Too Complacent

Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal says it took six years to define his company’s culture. From the moment he founded the restaurant listing and review site in his New Delhi apartment in 2008, he’s been laser-focused on growth. Today, his message to his 750 employees is clear: stay in startup mode. “It’s ... Read & React