It's a Data Request, Not a Fire Drill

We all know that email. The one with the red exclamation point of doom and the dreaded words “due in two hours.” That’s right, it’s the “fire drill” data call email. The one where you stop everything you’re doing because someone important needs an answer now. Organizations can put a stop to the ... Read & React

Every challenge holds your next promotion—face it. Every challenge contains a hidden treasure—find it. Every challenge has the power to make you a leader—embrace it. Miguel Joey Aviles, Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program

A Lesson for DHS: Engagement Happens at the Local Level

Three years ago, the workplace environment at the Homeland Security Department looked bleak, ranking among the lowest federal agencies for employee satisfaction. Despite leadership attention, ... Read & React

Are Organizations With Drug Tests Weeding Out Great Candidates?

The FBI's jobs page makes it pretty clear how the agency feels about marijuana: "You can easily determine whether you meet the FBI's illegal drug policy by answering the following questions." The list's first question: "Have you used marijuana at all within the last three years?" Government ... Read & React

IQs Are Higher Because We’re Better at Taking Tests

by Sonali Kohli

If the trajectory of IQ tests is to be believed, then intelligence is increasing across the world. But the real story is more complicated, as researchers at King’s College in London found in a study to be published in the journal Intelligence that examined the steady rise in IQ scores ... Read & React

Study: Three to Five Cups of Coffee a Day is Good For the Arteries

by Cassie Werber

More good news for coffee drinkers. Scientists in Korea have found (pdf) that drinking between one and five cups of coffee every day is good for the arteries. It’s the latest piece in a growing body of research suggesting that coffee may have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, the ... Read & React

What Animals Teach Us About Measuring Intelligence

by Philip Sopher

My dog Maebe gets very excited whenever my roommate comes home. Due to her heightened sense of smell, she starts her happy dance 30 seconds before the door actually opens, giving me time to sneak the bag of chips that he bought back into the cupboard. Does such olfactory aptitude mean she’s a ... Read & React

Three Ways to Coach the Person, Not the Problem

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Back when we were co-teaching The Flow of Coaching module at the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program, my good friend, hero and fellow Davidson College alum Frank Ball used to do a funny bit with a bottle of water. To make the point that coaches and leaders should coach people and not problems, ... Read & React

Bad Weather: Better for Work, Terrible for Everything Else

Talking about the weather used to be drudgery saved for only the most boring acquaintances. But in the age of temperature selfies and record snow, winter'spopularity on the Internet seems to thrive in spite of the season's toll on our minds (and bodies). Winter and the snowstorms that come with it ... Read & React

Stressed? It’s Not How Much You Do, It’s How You Do It

by Sonali Kohli

Yes, there are just too many things that have to be done today. But ask yourself, do they all have to be done right now? The answer is probably “no.” So just take a deep breath, or turn your stress into excitement—those will help restore a better sense of time, according to a new study to be ... Read & React

Even the Best Cover Letter Isn’t As Good As a Two Minute Conversation

It’s a familiar online job search story. You find a dream position, agonize endlessly over a perfect cover letter, attach it to your resume, then hear nothing back. Sheer volume and a preference for referrals are part of the story. But people also overestimate their writing, and underestimate how ... Read & React

The Five Paradoxes of Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement has proved harder than expected for many organizations. One big reason is that there are a few challenges most organizations sooner or later encounter and your intuitive responses actually prevent you from succeeding. Paradox #1: Simplicity A common reaction to failed ... Read & React