From the Tropics to the Tundra: 3 Benefits of Engaging Your Stakeholders

Do you ever find yourself wanting to know what’s really going on with your stakeholders? You’ve sent them e-mails and surveys, even made phone calls, and you still don’t feel you have your finger on the pulse of what your stakeholders really want and struggle with.  Sometimes information is best ... 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

Pump Up the Jams and Feel Powerful

by Jessica Love

It is hard to go too long without hearing music. Music can wake us in the morning and brighten our commute. Music greets us at coffee shops, department stores, bars and gyms. Music teaches us the ... Read & React

Slouching Towards Not Slouching

by Olga Khazan

"A straight back may be said to be an element of beauty," wrote D. F. Lincoln, a physician in Philadelphia, in 1896. "Round shoulders and a twisted spine are an element of the opposite quality, beyond a doubt." Lincoln was writing to sound the alarm that the posture of America's youth was becoming ... Read & React

How Mindful Road Warriors Stay Connected

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

So, you might be thinking: “Any 21st century road warrior worth their salt knows how to stay connected. You’ve got your smartphone (maybe two), your tablet, your laptop. How hard is it to stay connected?” Yeah, with all of the tools we have it’s not that hard. But that’s not what I’m talking about. ... Read & React

The Case For Being Average

People often read what I have to say and then write asking for my advice. But even though I write about lots of things I am expert in only one thing: programming in a computer language called APL. I owe all my financial success and a good deal of personal joy to that funny little language, and if ... Read & React

What Do We Really Know About Building Cross-Agency Networks?

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

As millennials join the workforce, they are bringing their propensity for social networking with them. As a result, network-centered approaches to doing work will likely become more prevalent. Government and nonprofits have already been pioneering the use of collaborative networks during the past ... Read & React

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Everyone Else At Work

Years ago, I had a boss I disliked; he got under my skin so badly that his ghost haunted me years after I’d quit working for him and started my own company. I didn’t realize how thoroughly he’d occupied my unconscious mind until I woke up, five years into running my business, and saw the signs ... Read & React

Does Your Culture Engine Need a Tuneup?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

In his new book,  The Culture Engine, veteran leadership consultant Chris Edmonds makes the very valid point that many leaders focus far more on what their organizations do than how they actually do it. If you want results for the long run, the “how” matters – a lot. Based on years of experience in ... Read & React

There’s a Huge Hidden Downside to Standing Desks That No One Told Me About

It wasn’t fear of cancer, heart attacks, diabetes or even early death that did it. The reason I switched to a standing desk was, simply, to find a reprieve from pain. Since I graduated from college, back pain and its cruel confederates—neck, shoulder, and hip pain—have been unshakable facts of ... Read & React

We Drafted Our Own Dream Team to Tackle Government's Biggest Problems

Have an alternative team? Share it on Twitter at #DreamTeam It may or may not take a village to raise a child, but it does usually take a crack management team to get anything done in the federal government. Here at Government Executive, we’ve thought a lot about the leadership qualities that ... Read & React

Precrastination: Worse Than Procrastination?

by Olga Khazan

Do you park in the first spot you see, even if it means a longer, grocery-laden walk back from the store later? When unloading the dishwasher, do you quickly shove all the Tupperware into a random cabinet, thereby getting the dishes-doing process over with faster—but also setting yourself up for a ... Read & React