Evidence-Based Policy Proponents Face Cost, Privacy, Political Hurdles

After three initial meetings, early hints are beginning to emerge on what may eventually become a package of recommendations from the congressionally authorized Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Enacted in March, the bipartisan commission has been tasked with developing recommendations ... 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

How to Tame This Attention Span Killing Device

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

If someone tried to force you to take a drug that would reduce your ability to mentally focus by 33 percent, you’d probably do everything you could to get away, right? Yet, the chances are you’ve ... Read & React

What Will Customer Service Look Like in a Clinton or Trump Administration?

by Rick Johnson

Amid the reality-TV-style coverage of this year’s presidential election, it’s easy to forget that, at the end of these campaigns, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will have a government to run. That includes making sure citizens get the service they deserve from federal agencies. In 2011, President ... Read & React

The Science Behind Why We Dress Up

by Ephrat Livni

Fashion guru Tim Gunn felt out of place at the James Beard Foundation Food Conference in New York—”like a mongrel at the Westminster Kennel Club,” he said at the Oct. 19 event. But he was, as ever, put together in a pinstripe suit and printed tie, and wasn’t too shy to share that dressing up ... Read & React

How to Spot Leadership Potential

Every effective leader I’ve worked around is a self-admitted talent scout. They are always on the lookout for individuals capable of something above and beyond today’s work-related activities. They are looking for people who display the potential to do more, particularly when it comes to guiding ... Read & React

From Voting to Writing a Will: The Power of Making a Plan

If there’s one thing the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates can agree on these days is that they both want you to vote (for them) this November. To that end, both political parties tend to have extensive get-out-the-vote operations designed to make sure their supporters actually go to ... Read & React

Having a Backup Plan Might Be the Very Reason You Failed

My optometrist once told me that a research job can be tough on the eyes. When you aren’t reading articles, you’re staring at data or puzzling your way though code on some blinking monitor. I wear contacts. She told me to bring my glasses to work, as a backup in case my eyes tired out. A few years ... Read & React

Six Tools for Communicating Complex Ideas

by Gretchen Kalwinski

Every business leader is, in a sense, a teacher. “Not in the sense that their job description says teacher; not in the sense that they stand up in front of a lecture hall,” says Mitchell Petersen. “But their job will entail communicating ideas to others, convincing them the ideas are ... Read & React

Misuse of Office Resources Could Cost You Your Clearance

by Sean M. Bigley

I used to wonder why federal agencies found the need to imprint the following language on all their envelopes: Official Business Only – Penalty for Private Use $300. Then I became a defense attorney and quickly discovered that there are a lot of people in the world who really do need to need that ... Read & React

Three Leadership Rules for the Shark Cage

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

If you haven’t already seen it, watch this video of a great white shark attacking a dive cage. It runs about a minute and a half and is straight out of Jaws. OK, now that you’ve watched it, we need to draw some leadership lessons from what happened there. (Great thanks and props to my client Brian ... Read & React

Top Recruiter: There’s One Good Way to Answer That Question About Your Biggest Weakness

by Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora: In a job interview, is your answer to “What’s your biggest weakness?” a perfect humble brag opportunity? Answer by Ambra Benjamin, engineering recruiter at Facebook. I’ll begin by saying: This is a terrible interview question, but it is one you will be ... Read & React

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