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The #1 Dysfunction Preventing Wise Investment in Employee Engagement

You say you are bothered by the fact that employees are "checked out." You claim you want them to innovate. You discuss over and over the fact that they just seem to sit there, taking up space, not doing nearly as much as they could or should. But what, exactly, are you doing about it? The fact of ... 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

If You Want Happy Workers, Stop Treating Them Like Children

Recently, there’s been something of a happiness backlash against America’s obsession with feeling happy at work. That’s because some companies have been going about it in the wrong way, working on ... Read & React

Why Budget Forecasts Should Include the Next Big Disaster

The White House made a bold move last week to minimize the economic burden of climate change. Specifically, the Office of Management and Budget is asking federal agencies via the revised Circular A-11 to “consider climate preparedness and resiliency objectives as part of their FY17 budget requests ... Read & React

Change It Up This Week

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

If you’ve been reading anything I’ve written over the past few years, you know what a big fan I am of routines. I’m especially fond of the routines—physical, mental, relational and spiritual—that help you show up at your best. Mindful routines help us groove the behaviors that lead to incremental ... Read & React

Asking for Forgiveness, Not Permission

When you hear the phrase “ask for forgiveness, not permission,” what do you think? Do you think, “I can do anything I want and if something goes wrong, or if I get caught I’ll just say I’m sorry?” Wrong. Actions have consequences. Often in business, if speed and agility are important and if many ... Read & React

Four Ways Your Spouse Can Screw Up Your Security Clearance

When someone obtains a security clearance, the government is making a decision to allow that person access to classified information. But qualifying for a clearance goes beyond just a single individual. Your spouse or partner is intimately involved in the process, from being included on your SF-86 ... Read & React

Thriving at the Speed of Change

The current theme in much of today’s management writing and speaking focuses on the unparalleled speed and volume of change in our world. From the work of Gary Hamel (video: Reinventing the Technology of Human Accomplishment) to the excellent new book, No Ordinary Disruption, by Richard Dobbs, ... Read & React

The American Dream: Personal Optimists, National Pessimists

by Don Baer and Mark Penn

You can barely open a newspaper these days without reading how the American Dream is dying—hobbled by the troubled economy, divisive politics, threats from abroad, or some other intractable challenge. And if you ask Americans how the nation is doing—as we did in a Penn Schoen Berland poll of about ... Read & React

Migrating to the Cloud in Six Easy Steps

Migrating IT infrastructure to cloud-based services provides innumerable benefits once accomplished, but it remains one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today. Even when all the advantages are known, the question remains how to actually move your resources to the cloud computing ... Read & React

Connecting the Talent Dots

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

A manager might need temporary talent on a project and doesn’t have it on his/her team. Energetic employees in other parts of the agency may have those skills and would like to share them as a way of broadening their professional experience. How can they connect? GovConnect is an initiative ... Read & React

Branding: 5 Lessons to Get Your Federal Startup Off the Ground

Since November 2014, I've been working to brand a public-private government initiative called the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. The NNMI is a collection of advanced manufacturing technology R&D institutes, each focused on a particular technology. The term "advanced manufacturing" ... Read & React