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Advice to Feds: It’s Time to Update Your Resumes

This much we know: President Trump has ordered a limited federal hiring freeze and a broad review of the federal workforce with an eye toward reducing headcount. While we don’t know many specifics regarding potential furloughs or layoffs in individual agencies, it’s clear there will be winners and ... Read & React

I often say that leaders control the weather. However they show up is predictive of how everyone around them will show up. That’s especially true in times of chaos and fluidity. Scott Eblin

Please Back Away From the Partisan Brink

U.S. presidential elections have historically served as fulcrums of national renewal. They bring new energy and fresh ideas to the often enervating business of governing, satisfying the drive for ... Read & React

Inbox Zero is a Waste of Time. This is How a World-class Behavioral Economist Tames His Email

by Oliver Staley

The Inbox Zero movement is now a decade old. Introduced by the awesomely named Merlin Mann in 2007, it was initially a system for managing clutter and distractions but it’s evolved into a modern philosophy, a means of asserting our humanity over the machines we live with. While the act of clearing ... Read & React

Memo to OMB: Speed Kills

by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

As was largely expected, the first budget proposal from the Trump Administration calls for major cuts across the civilian agencies and a substantial increase in defense spending. Less a budget than it is a broad spending outline, the proposal, even despite its lack of detail, has already generated ... Read & React

The 7 Tools of Great Leaders

Your purpose as a leader is to become a source of growth for the people around you. There’s nothing more sacred or important in your work than helping others grow. To do this, you need to draw upon seven powerful tools. Serving as a source of growth requires a deliberate effort to: 1. Pay ... Read & React

There’s One Kind of Employee Who is Vastly Underappreciated in Most Modern Offices

by Amanda Crowell

Extroverts are the darlings of the modern office. Conventional wisdom holds that to succeed in the 21st century workplace, you need to be bold, outgoing, and highly energetic—and that your contributions are only worth as much as your ability to chat frequently, and excitedly, about them. But I ... Read & React

How Trump’s Plan to Reorganize Government Could Work

On March 13, President Trump issued an executive order for a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch. It calls for the OMB director and agency heads to develop plans for improving the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of agencies, subcomponents and programs within 180 ... Read & React

Hard-won Lessons From a Government Reform Pioneer

Auckland, New Zealand.
by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

You can’t solve “horizontal” problems with “vertical” solutions, warns University of Maryland professor Don Kettl. That’s something officials in New Zealand learned the hard way. Nearly three decades ago, New Zealand pioneered government reforms to make agencies more accountable and effective. ... Read & React

Employee Burnout is Becoming a Huge Problem in the American Workforce

While companies are posting record profits, Americans are working harder than ever before for a nominal wage increase. The national unemployment rate has been cut in half since 2010 and the economy is projected to grow by almost 50% between 2010 and 2020. Despite this positive outlook, employees ... Read & React

Firing a Few Employees Will Not Solve Government’s Big Problems

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

March 14 marked the fourth anniversary of a Government Accountability Office’s report about serious problems the Department of Veterans Affairs had in scheduling patients for care. GAO reported the failings in detail, a year before CNN's explosive 2014 report that some veterans died while waiting ... Read & React

Study: Women Are Less Likely to 'Choke' Under Extreme Pressure Than Men

by Jenny Anderson

Competing in a Grand Slam tennis event is not for the faint of heart. Tens of thousands of fans pack the stands. Millions of dollars in prize money is at stake, with equal-size prizes for men and women. All of which makes these matches an ideal way to examine who chokes under pressure more: men, or ... Read & React

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