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Research Confirms It: Good Managers Make a Difference

A brief column in mid-April on Harvard Business Review’s The Daily Alert website, “Proof That Good Managers Really Do Make a Difference,” triggered widespread attention. The subject of the column is research confirming that organizations in very different sectors and countries all perform better ... 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

Federal Employees Deserve the Nation’s Gratitude

Children learn from a Park Service ranger at Rock Creek Park in Washington.
by Tony Reardon

Here’s a quick quiz: Who protects investors from insider trading? Who blocks contraband, drugs and terrorists from entering this country? Who collects 93 percent of all federal revenue and nabs ... Read & React

To Deal With Poor Performers, You Need Will and Skill

In my last article, I discussed the merits of VA’s plan to restrict the employee protections of its senior executives. While I don’t support an approach that 1) treats one group of senior executives in government differently from others based on a few cases, and 2) may serve as a disincentive for ... Read & React

Those Emails You Send From Home At Night Are Creating More Problems Than You Know

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

There's an epidemic no one talks much about because it's rarely seen that way. Even so, it makes no distinctions from one industry to the next; I've seen this bad habit infect the ranks of Fortune 500 companies in technology, retail, manufacturing, health care, pharmaceuticals, hospitality—you name ... Read & React

When a Shortcut Means Shortchanging Yourself

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

There in the corner of my childhood kitchen in New Jersey sat a small, nondescript plywood shelf virtually stuffed with oddly shaped purple boxes. The boxes contained a magical potion called the Cookie Diet, and when I was growing up in New Jersey we sold a ton of them. Do you remember this? A ... Read & React

Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Political Appointee?

The start of a new Administration is still months away, but planning for 2017 has already begun. The New York Times recently presented an in-depth article on the forthcoming transition, highlighting a recent transition planning meeting held in New York.  Vetting for the first personnel decision is ... Read & React

Do Women Make Braver Leaders Than Men?

by Jenny Anderson

Reams of research show that women confer many benefits to companies. They listen better, they represent the views of half the population, and they temper their hard-charging (pdf) male counterparts. Except that it turns out, they are even more hard-charging. Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, the CEO ... Read & React

The Perks—and Limits—of Having a Superstar Mentor

by Gillian B. White

It would seem a safe bet that when faced with two offers from similarly prestigious companies, a job candidate would, most of the time, end up taking the one with higher pay. But when New York University’s Jason Greenberg and MIT’s Roberto M. Fernandez analyzed over 700 job offers from a cohort of ... Read & React

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Future

by Robert Shea Principal, Global Public Sector

Instead of reading this column, you really should be reading Steve Case's new book, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future (Simon and Schuster, 2016). Seriously. It's not only a fascinating view of his experience at the dawn of the Internet age, it's also a blueprint for how ... Read & React

The Most Career-Minded Generation

According to admissions departments’ informational pamphlets, the primary reason for attending college is rather noble: Campus is a place to discover one’s interests and strengths, a place for both personal and intellectual development. But in recent years, another narrative has taken hold—that ... Read & React

Government’s Catch-22 People Problem

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The skills gap is not new. Moreover, recent stories about staffing problems at Customs and Border Protection and the Bureau of Prisons show the issue is not limited to a short list of high risk mission-critical occupations. The latest example is the Secret Service. Central to the problem across the ... Read & React