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10 Ways to Foster Relationships in 10 Minutes or Less

I often hear from leaders that they have higher priorities on their plate than making connections with others. The truth is that things don’t get done if you don’t connect to the people who are contributing to those deadlines and bottom-lines. Why would others care about you and the organizational ... 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

Slow Down: You're Probably Screwing Up

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

I did this crazy thing the other day. It was so out of character. I went to the library. They had a shelf called "great reads." I went over to it and ran my hand along the modest beat-up walnut. One ... Read & React

Why Women (Sometimes) Don't Help Other Women

by Marianne Cooper

There are two dominant cultural ideas about the role women play in helping other women advance at work, and they are seemingly at odds: the Righteous Woman and the Queen Bee. The Righteous Woman is an ideal, a belief that women have a distinct moral obligation to have one another’s backs. This kind ... Read & React

Why Do So Many Feds Shun the Senior Executive Service?

by Mallory Barg Bulman and Stacey Dietsch

Recent surveys by the Partnership for Public Service and Vanderbilt University found that more than 40 percent of high-level government professionals do not aspire to the Senior Executive Service. With 85 percent of our nation’s 7,000 career senior executives eligible to retire in the next decade, ... Read & React

Leading Employees Who Struggle with Self-Doubt

The biggest barrier to remarkable achievements in our workplaces is not a lack of resources or a shortage of great ideas. Rather, it is a shortage of a very personal attribute: self-confidence. Of all of the challenges of serving in a role responsible for others, guiding and developing individuals ... Read & React

12 Things Employers Can Do to Improve Gender Equality in the Workplace

by Oliver Staley

Not all workplaces provide equal opportunities for men and women, but all should try. In a presentation yesterday at the Society of Human Resource Managers’ (SHRM) annual conference, Jonathan Segal, a labor attorney, laid out 12 practical steps employers can take to level the workplace for men and ... Read & React

Susan Cain, the World’s Leading Introvert Expert, On How to Thrive in an Open-office World

by Sarah Todd

If you are an introvert, you may sometimes feel as if the world is conspiring against you. In the workplace, you are correct, according to Susan Cain, author of the best-selling Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. A bias toward extroversion informs every aspect of ... Read & React

If Employees Aren't Engaged, Leaders Need to Take a Hard Look at Their Own Actions

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is now history. I am working with a group associated with a federal organization that recently reported the results of a similar survey conducted by Gallup.  There are differences in the surveys, but both focus on employee engagement.  A key difference ... Read & React

There’s a Powerful Hack to Remember Something New You've Just Learned

by Akshat Rathi

The more we understand how our bodies and brains work, the more we realize that what’s good for the body is often good for the brain. In recent years, for instance, many studies have shown that a powerful way to improving your memory is to exercise. A new study even provides a hack to remember ... Read & React

People Are Falling in Love with a Productivity System That Just Uses Pen and Paper

by Belle Beth Cooper

I’m one of those people who is constantly testing out new productivity apps in the hopes that this is the technology that will transform my life for good. Each new app promises to make me more efficient than the last. But I’ve never been able to find a method that quite beats the flexibility and ... Read & React

What Does It Take for People to Do the Right Thing?

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

A recent report for the IBM Center by a team of Northeastern University researchers, Gilbert Nyaga, Gary Young, and Russ Moran, offers a case study of what it takes to help people do the right thing. In this case, they examine efforts to effectively manage medical supplies on the front line within ... Read & React

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