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The Most Common Office Gripe is Extremely Basic

The most common office gripe is not about lack of receptive management, disregard for well-being, or difficulty interacting with coworkers. No, more than anything else, workers just wish they could control the temperature of their workspaces. In a survey commissioned by the International Interior ... 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

Trump’s Risky, Off-the-Books Plan to Grow the Economy

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence talk with workers during a visit to the Carrier factory in Indianapolis on Dec. 1.
by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

When Donald Trump said he was going to build a wall and make the Mexican government pay for it, almost no one took him seriously. But there’s an important clue there about how he’ll run his ... Read & React

Use Your Head: Don’t Be Seduced By Technology

On October 5, 1960, the United States almost went to war with the Soviet Union. In the previous spring, the U.S. had begun installing its Ballistic Missile Early Warning System in Thule, Greenland. The purpose of BMEWS was to warn the U.S. of a Soviet missile attack. And by early autumn, the Thule ... Read & React

Only Long-Term Planning Can Counter Short-Term Thinking

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

In 1996, Congress required the Defense Department to begin conducting quadrennial defense reviews centered on plausible future national security scenarios and to assess the effectiveness of different approaches for addressing those scenarios. These reviews, which project 15 to 20 years into the ... Read & React

15 Tweaks to Your Daily Routine that Can Make You Smarter, Healthier and More Sane

by Sarah Todd

I was standing in the shower recently when I realized that baked oatmeal has changed my life. Historically, my weekday morning breakfast routine has vacillated between eating and spending too much ($5 egg-and-cheese bagels) and eating too little (leftover bits of cornflake dust). Then, this year, I ... Read & React

Needed: A New Approach for Onboarding Political Appointees

by Mark A. Abramson, Paul R. Lawrence and Joseph Gurney

Change is the new keyword of 2016. A new administration was elected in November on the promise of bringing change to Washington. To make this happen, the new team needs to carefully evaluate how Washington currently does business and what it should do differently in the future.  An immediate first ... Read & React

How Donald Trump Can Make Government Work Again

by David Paschane CEO of Aplin Partners

During the election campaign, President-elect Donald Trump boldly promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington. To that end, the Trump administration can regain the trust of our people by creating a government worthy of its citizens. With Trump’s transition team crafting policies for the new ... Read & React

Donald Trump and the Legacy of Andrew Jackson

Steve Bannon, the media executive and soon-to-be White House strategist, has been describing Donald Trump’s victory as just the beginning.  “Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism,” he told the Hollywood Reporter, “we’re going to build an entirely new political movement.” Newt Gingrich has compared Trump ... Read & React

Harvard Research Suggests That an Entire Global Generation Has Lost Faith in Democracy

People everywhere are down on democracy. Especially young people. In fact, so rampant is democratic indifference and disengagement among millennials that a shocking share of them are open to trying something new—like, say, government by military coup. That’s according to research by Yascha Mounk, a ... Read & React

Welcome to the End of Business as Usual in Government

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

Consider this as a friendly forewarning. It was prompted by a Washington Post article, “Trump has a plan for government workers. They’re not going to like it.”  Leaders who join the new administration from the business world are likely to focus far more on internal performance issues. It is common ... Read & React

How to Make Something Productive Out of Your Anxiety

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

As an executive coach, I often work with clients who don’t just have very full plates; it can feel to them like they’re spinning four or five full plates at once. (That sounds really messy.) When you’ve got so much to do that it’s hard just to keep track of what’s on the list, it’s really easy to ... Read & React

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