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Modafinil Really Is a 'Smart Drug,' But Is It Workplace Doping?

If you could take a pill that will make you better at your job, with few or no negative consequences, would you do it? In a meta-analysis recently published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers from the University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School concluded that a drug called ... 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

Budgeteers Join Forces Online to Get More Bang for the Buck

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

Budgeting is often viewed as an arcane profession that projects an image within the federal government not unlike that of IRS auditors in the private sector. Everyone knows the job is important, few ... Read & React

U.S. Workplaces Boost the Confidence of Men… And Destroy the Ambitions of Women

by Cassie Werber

American women enter the corporate workforce with higher aspirations to reach the top than their male counterparts, and with the confidence that they can get there. But according to research by the management consulting firm Bain & Co., women’s ambition reaches a cliff edge, and then falls off it, ... Read & React

Why Federal Managers Fail to Fire Their Low Performers

A recent article in The Washington Post listed the top five reasons why federal managers fail to fire their low performers. Citing a guide published by the Merit Systems Protection Board, the article states: “Managers have a lot of power to take action against employees and supervisors because ... Read & React

Here's How Much Sexism Costs Economies Around the Globe

When women suffer from sexism, so too does the entire economy. That’s the crux of a new paper by economists (pdf) David Cuberes (Clark University) and Marc Teignier (Universitat de Barcelona), which quantifies the economic loss caused by the limited involvement of women in professional fields, ... Read & React

Heck of a Recovery, New Orleans

New Orleans has come a long way since the botched governmental response to Katrina in 2005.
by John J. DiIulio Jr. Frederic Fox Leadership Professor, University of Pennsylvania

As the 10 anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the tragedy in the Gulf Coast draws near, I have been reflecting on the dozen-plus post-2005 trips that I have made to New Orleans. Each trip was made in concert with the 10-year "Covenant to Serve" that my University of Pennsylvania students and I ... Read & React

Study: Here is Why You Never Know What Day It Is

Do you find yourself forgetting which day it is during the monotony of mid-week? A new study suggests this is because during the week, you’re neither stressed nor excited. Research published last week in PLOS ONE found that people were more likely to be confused about what day of the week it was on ... Read & React

How to Live a Life That's 'Beyond Happy'

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Being happy is a fundamental life goal for most people. But is it possible that by setting the bar at “being happy,” that we’re aiming too low? In her new book, Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being, Beth Cabrera makes a compelling case for striving for more. Better yet, she offers practical ... Read & React

Why Defense Can’t Buy Cyber Stuff Fast Enough

Cyber warfare has arrived: the Defense Department is under attack, and national security is at stake. Yet in a field defined by rapid growth, DOD arms itself at the same pace with which it buys major weapons, an acquisition cycle of seven to 10 years. The “arsenal of democracy” has already provided ... Read & React

Social Skills May Be the Key to Career Success

by Gillian B. White

What does it take to get ahead in today’s job market? While it might seem like specialized technical skills are the only way to compete in an increasingly difficult economy, that’s not the case. To really get ahead, what a worker needs is social skills. How’s that? Over the next two decades, nearly ... Read & React

Meet Ralph and Alice, NASA’s Power Couple

With the spectacular success of the New Horizons mission to Pluto in July, we were treated to yet more of NASA’s intriguing terms, most notably Ralph and Alice, named after the lead characters in the popular 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners. Ralph is the New Horizons mission color-imager and infrared ... Read & React