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Why Federal Employees Need a Better Work Experience

Civil service reform cannot come too soon.  However, replacing government’s antiquated HR policies and practices will have only a limited impact on agency performance or on government’s success in attracting highly qualified applicants. In the books on high performance organizations the HR ... Read & React

Government’s technology problems are as complex and difficult to address as any in the world. Agencies need to be able to hire the best. Howard Risher

How Agencies Can Tap a Rising Generation’s Impulse to Do Good

by Nathan Dietz and Robert Grimm

The federal workforce is confronting an issue that has been studied for years: the imminent retirement of many of its most skilled and qualified employees, and the need to replace them with young ... Read & React

The Value of Failing

Every kid has that moment when she realizes that the adults she admires aren’t perfect. Few children ever learn, however, that the same is true for the inventors and intellectual giants whose distinguished portraits permeate their history textbooks.    As it turns out, recognizing that ... Read & React

How Know-It-Alls Threaten Organizations

People who think their knowledge and beliefs are superior to others are especially prone to overestimating what they actually know, new research suggests. Even after getting feedback showing them how much they didn’t know relevant political facts, these people still claimed that their beliefs ... Read & React

Finally, a Definition Of Workplace Inclusion That’s Truly Actionable

by Leah Fessler

Once a fringe initiative, diversity in the workplace is now taboo for companies not to promote. Countless studies show that diverse teams are more innovative, better at making decisions, and literally boost bottom lines. Yet more often than not, diversity programs become window dressing: ... Read & React

Why I Criticize Candidates During Job Interviews (And You Should, Too)

by Andreas Pettersson

Successful teams in an “agile” workplace share a common trait: They don’t just fail fast, they fail forward. This means no one points fingers when an objective isn’t reached, or a new feature doesn’t function as planned. Teams that react to failure by lifting themselves up and moving forward ... Read & React

How to Identify Emerging Leaders

During a recent workshop, one of the participants asked me how they could do a better job identifying prospective (I prefer the term: emerging) leaders in their organization. It’s a great question and one that merits consideration by every leader in every organization. In my executive management ... Read & React

Want To Be Happier? Little Changes Can Help

A new book explains some of the factors that contribute to happiness and offers practical tips on how to increase our own happiness. That might mean more sleep, a more regular exercise schedule, or practicing meditation or mindfulness. It could also mean understanding concepts such as hedonic ... Read & React

How To Lead Like The Queen Even If You're a Commoner

by Corinne Purtill

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned in Britain for 66 years, longer than any of her predecessors or indeed any other living monarch on the planet. Her authority as the UK head of state is not so much executive—the monarchy can no longer pass laws, declare wars, or order executions—as symbolic. Yet ... Read & React

Agencies Must Change Their Recruiting Strategies

A NASA employee discusses the Mars Science Laboratory mission at the USA Science and Engineering Festival on April 6.
by Meroe Park and Abby Cashman

President Trump recently released a management agenda that calls for developing a 21st century federal workforce—one more closely aligned with agency missions and with the specialized skills needed to meet the evolving demands of the American public. It won’t be easy. A recent Office of ... Read & React

Elon Musk’s Advice For When You’re Dragged Into Useless Meetings

by Lila MacLellan

Were Elon Musk to write a guide to business etiquette, it would likely be a slim volume, though a lively read, if his recent email to employees is any guide. Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, is reportedly pushing to double production, beginning in June, of the company’s Model 3 compact car, an ... Read & React