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The Definition of Leadership for a New Generation

The definition of leadership is changing. Societal expectations of the workplace, fed by economic and demographic trends, are morphing the leadership job description. From emerging organizational structures like Holacracy, to changing expectations of the millennial generation, your kid’s boss isn’t ... 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

Family-Friendly Policies Are Not Working. Paternity Leave Is a Solution

by Akshat Rathi

One of the most effective ways of boosting a country’s economy is to get more women into the workplace. Around the world, family-friendly policies are being set up to help make this ... Read & React

What Bestselling Business Books Get Wrong About Success

by Jess Whittlestone

To understand success, it’s natural to study successful people and organizations. Thousands of business books are published each year, claiming to have done this very thing, and distilled success into a set of practical principles. These books almost always contain an empowering message, whether ... Read & React

Singletasking: 7 Ways to Increase Your Productivity

In our culture of multitaskers, we attempt to accomplish more by doing several things at once. But here’s the rub: Multitasking fails us. Why? Because it doesn’t work.  In reality, multitasking decreases our productivity. And by no small measure: as much as 40 percent.  Researchers and ... Read & React

How We're Sabotaging Our New Hires From Day One

by Donna Wells

With hiring in the U.S. this year predicted to hit record levels since 1999, an increasing number of employers across the country are swinging quickly from "I can't afford to hire" to "I can't get new hires in here fast enough." It's a good problem to have, but it is a challenge. Finding great ... Read & React

Why Management Problems Are a Barrier to Pay Raises and Reform

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report titled “Human Capital: Update on Strategic Management Challenges for the 21st Century,” which the author also submitted as testimony at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on civil service reform. ... Read & React

5 Simple Ways to Make Creative Thinking a Daily Habit

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Where or when do you get your best ideas? I ask that question to a lot of clients and executives attending my presentations and seminars. The answers I often hear are things like "In the shower," "Walking the dog," "Working out," "On my commute," "Taking care of the yard," or "Cleaning the house." ... Read & React

Have You Stopped Bringing Your ‘A Game’ to Work?

When was the last time you remember bringing your absolute “A Game” to your work, decisions and relationships? It’s likely that your memories are either too distant or too infrequent to feel satisfying. Given the rapidly changing environments within which we live and work, “overwhelmed” and ... Read & React

So, What Will It Take to Improve Morale?

It seems everywhere managers are trying to find ways to improve morale within their organizations, and the federal government is no exception. While the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey indicates there are plenty of opportunities for improvement, it’s troubling that morale appears to be ... Read & React

Is It Possible to Lay People Off Nicely?

by Sani Knafo

Anyone who’s ever had a job has intuited that a happier workplace makes for more productive workers. As a growing body of research lends scientific authority to this concept, more and more companies are doing what they can to cheer up their employees. Google, with its office scooters and free ... Read & React

Why Great Leadership Skills Can’t Always be Transferred From Business to Politics

by Scott Taylor

Imagine your new boss arrives, and his first words to the assembled employees are: “Great to be here. I don’t know much about what this organisation actually does because I’ve never worked in this industry. But I’m sure we’ll be fine and I just know I’m the best leader for you all.” Skeptical? Well ... Read & React