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Throwing Out the First Pitch to Salute Public Service

Tonight is the Washington Nationals' “Salute to Public Service” game, and I’m excited to share the names of the five federal employees I’ve asked to join me on the field when I throw out the first pitch. For this year’s Public Service Recognition Week, the Office of Personnel Management, with the ... 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

How to Fix the Character Crisis in Government

Today more than ever before, the importance of maintaining an emphasis on good character throughout government institutions, military and the federal workforce is critical to the nation’s success. ... Read & React

Mapping a Management Agenda for 2017 Starts Now

The IBM Center for The Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service recently hosted a group of experts from academia and several former senior officials from administrations of both parties to frame key management issues and opportunities for the next presidential term. The ... Read & React

Taking the Idealistic Approach to Everything on Your To-Do List Is Not Ideal

by Elizabeth Grace Saunders Author and Time Coach

Many of you are “idea” people who: Often think of different ways to approach a problem Like to do things “ideally” Care about quality Feel a bit dissatisfied with most results Your pursuit of excellence is a huge asset when pursuing your most important time investments as Cal Newport so eloquently ... Read & React

How People Succeed in High Pressure Jobs Without Working 80-hour Weeks

In the US, it’s a common expectation that workers be committed to their job above all else. It’s called the “ideal worker image,”and whether they admit it or not, companies reward people who embrace it. Boston University professor Erin Reid conducted in-depth interviews with employees about that ... Read & React

How to Hack Your Coffee Habit to Improve Your Focus and Decrease Anxiety

by Akshat Rathi

The world’s most consumed psychoactive substance is popular for a good reason—it clears your head, improves focus and gets your body going. But coffee has downsides too. It can increase anxiety and affect sleep. The psychiatrists’ bible, DSM-V, came very close to classifying caffeine-use ... Read & React

The 10 Essential Tasks of a Knowledge Manager

Nobody wants to think about knowledge management, but everybody needs it. Here are the basic things an organization should have covered as part of its KM system. 1. Establishing an information architecture for multiple user groups, permission levels, and knowledge sharing environments. 2. ... Read & React

It Should Be Easier to Offload Costly, Unneeded Federal Property

Every once in a while you come across a beautifully designed, remarkably functional federal facility. Sadly, it’s probably not the one you work in. Most of the federal buildings we’re familiar with are big, boxy and concrete. They were designed during a period of our American history when our sense ... Read & React

Advice for Job-switchers and Newbies from Google’s Hiring Chief

Google HR chief Laszlo Bock has been just about everywhere lately, promoting his book on the extremely data-focused approach to hiring and management he has created at the search and tech giant. His team’s research has helped the company stop asking older candidates for GPA and test scores, and ... Read & React

Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently

by Joe Pinsker

Some psychology research in recent years is making an old aphorism look like an incomplete thought: Clothes make the man… Yes? Go on? Clothes, it appears, make the man perceive the world differently. A new study looks specifically at how formal attire changes people's thought processes. “Putting on ... Read & React

Data Wonks vs. Performance Leaders

I’m a data wonk. I like to look at data, analyze data, use long division to compare data. I can probably get more information out of the morning’s box score than most of the 37,400 people who were at Fenway Park. I do not, however, claim to know more than the professionals: the journalists who will ... Read & React