How Trump Can Avoid the Reorganization Trap His Predecessors Fell Into

Any day now, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would lay the groundwork for reorganizing the federal government. It’s a monumental undertaking, and one that could stumble on a fundamental flaw: The former businessman’s instinct is to view government vertically, with ... Read & React

The recognition of exemplary individual performance is central to high organizational performance. And the psychological value is far more important than the money. Howard Risher

How to Cope With an Anxiety-Provoking Boss

I’ve encountered all kinds of bosses in my career—introverts and extroverts, friendly ones and short-tempered ones, laid-back types and control freaks. But the five worst years of my life involved ... Read & React

Five Lessons Donald Trump Could Learn From Abraham Lincoln

by Donald Nieman Executive VP for Academic Affairs and Provost, Binghamton University

How will Donald Trump observe Presidents Day? Will he have the inclination or take the time to read about or reflect on the qualities of our greatest leaders? Given how busy Trump is issuing executive orders, fighting with the judiciary, managing the scandal surrounding the dismissal of his ... Read & React

The Myth of the Alpha Leader is Destroying Our Relationships — At Work and At Home

by Danielle Teller

According to a Fox News article written by Suzanne Venker, women’s achievements in the workplace are dooming their marriages. As women are increasingly “groomed to be leaders rather than to be wives, [they] become too much like men. They’re too competitive. Too masculine. Too alpha.” The author’s ... Read & React

An Old Contracting Approach Could Be Just What the New Administration Needs

by Howard Steinman

The Trump administration should revisit an old, results-based approach to contracting currently prevalent in the private sector—share-in-savings, also known as gain share. Unlike other types of contracts that commit the government to funding a project upfront, a share-in-savings contract requires ... Read & React

Americans Just Experienced Their Biggest Spike in Stress in a Decade

Americans are seriously stressed out. After a bruising election that saw Donald Trump take the reigns of a divided nation, two-thirds of Americans—including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans—say they are stressed about the future of the country, according to a recent survey (pdf) ... Read & React

Proof That All People in Power Should Get a Good Night's Sleep

by Oliver Staley

Donald Trump does not believe in a good night’s sleep. He fires off tweets at all hours and reportedly once called his national security advisor at 3am to ask a routine economic question. In an interview on Fox, Trump said he’s routinely up past midnight before waking at 5 am. That actually may be ... Read & React

How to Work for a Human Tornado

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Chances are good that, at some point in your career, you’re going to work for a human tornado. In my speeches and workshops, I often say that leaders control the weather. When I talk with my audiences about that, I’m assuming that it’s a room full of healthy, positive people who can make smart ... Read & React

The Lost Stories of NASA's 'Pink-Collar' Workforce

In 1962, a young reporter named Ursula Vils signed on to The Los Angeles Times at the beginning of the most spectacular and productive period of human spaceflight in United States history. A year earlier, Alan Shepard had become the first American to fly in space, and eight months later, John Glenn ... Read & React

Do Performance Incentives Make People Greedy?

by Roberta Kwok

The promise of performance incentives starts early. Preschoolers get stickers for good behavior. Later, parents might buy their teenagers pizza for scoring well on tests. And in the business world, employers dangle bonuses for achieving certain goals. But what do these incentives actually achieve? ... Read & React

One More Time: Can Government Be Run Like a Business?

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

We may finally get an answer to the question. It surfaced again in a recent Sirius radio show, Knowledge@Wharton, “Can Government Be Run Like a Business?” when it was discussed by the University of Maryland’s Philip Joyce and Wharton’s Peter Conti-Brown.    Their discussion was at the 10,000-foot ... Read & React

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