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

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

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 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 ... 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

Five 'Ethical Leadership' Values In James Comey's Book

by Ross Gianfortune Engagement Editor

Former FBI Director's James Comey's book A Higher Loyalty was released Tuesday to huge sales and heavy criticism from Comey's former boss, President Donald Trump. The news coverage of the book has mostly been about Comey's reflections on his involvement in the 2016 presidential race and his ... Read & React

The Resume Of The Future Will Tell Employers Who You Are, And Not Just What You’ve Done

by Oliver Staley

Resumes are a poor proxy for a human being. Whether on paper or LinkedIn, they may tell an employer about a job seeker’s experience and credentials, but they’re frustratingly silent about almost everything else. They have virtually nothing to say about a candidate’s personality, or their ... Read & React

What To Do When Your Boss Is a Terrible Manager

Everyone’s dream is to work for a strong, effective, omniscient leader. The unfortunate reality, though, is that virtually every leader is flawed, and some are just downright weak and ineffective. Chances are if you haven’t had a weak boss yet, at some point in your career you will. There are ... Read & React

Night Owls May Have 10 Percent Higher Risk Of Early Death, Study Says

Do you wake up bright eyed and bushy-tailed, greeting the sunrise with cheer and vigor? Or are you up late into the night and dread the sound of your alarm clock? We call this inherent tendency to prefer certain times of day your “chronotype” (chrono means time). And it may be more than a ... Read & React

Sam Altman's Simple Advice On Being Productive—And Not Freaking Out When You Aren't

by Leah Fessler

Why are we so obsessed with productivity? It’s a question Sam Altman is well-fit to answer. The 32-year-old Stanford dropout is president of Y Combinator, arguably the most successful startup incubator in the world. Altman is also the co-chairman, along with Elon Musk, of OpenAi, a nonprofit ... Read & React