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Stressed? It’s Not How Much You Do, It’s How You Do It

Yes, there are just too many things that have to be done today. But ask yourself, do they all have to be done right now? The answer is probably “no.” So just take a deep breath, or turn your stress into excitement—those will help restore a better sense of time, according to a new study to be ... Read & React

Every challenge holds your next promotion—face it. Every challenge contains a hidden treasure—find it. Every challenge has the power to make you a leader—embrace it. Miguel Joey Aviles, Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program

Even the Best Cover Letter Isn’t As Good As a Two Minute Conversation

It’s a familiar online job search story. You find a dream position, agonize endlessly over a perfect cover letter, attach it to your resume, then hear nothing back. Sheer volume and a preference for ... Read & React

The Five Paradoxes of Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement has proved harder than expected for many organizations. One big reason is that there are a few challenges most organizations sooner or later encounter and your intuitive responses actually prevent you from succeeding. Paradox #1: Simplicity A common reaction to failed ... Read & React

Why the Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematic

by Gillian B. White

One of the most frustrating parts of the sluggish recovery has been paltry wage gains for most workers. The stock market may be booming, corporate profits increasing, and home values rising, but middle and lower-class workers often don't truly feel the benefit of such improvements unless wages ... Read & React

How Not to Kill Employee Engagement

Employee morale in the federal government has reached its lowest point in years. Low morale can paralyze an organization and impede its ability to meet its mission. To overcome this substantial challenge, federal leaders should strive to better engage their staff. Internal communication is a ... Read & React

The Architectural Theory That’s Killing Personal Space at Work

The mass adoption of the open office killed off walls for most workers, and even the cubicle. Now, its evolution is shrinking employees’ desks. One reason, unsurprisingly, is to save on rent in expensive markets by packing more people into smaller spaces, according to The New York Times (paywall). ... Read & React

The Salary Increase You Can Expect From a Graduate Degree, By Major

In the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, things were truly dicey for America’s freshly minted college graduates. Many had a tough time finding employment of any kind, let alone in their chosen field of study. A few years makes a big difference, though. Unemployment is falling for recent ... Read & React

How Diverse Should Your Team Be?

From business to academia to sports, how to build effective teams is a crucial question. What organizing principles best enhance individuals’ performance and are most conducive to creativity? One popular theory holds that diversity is key. Assemble a heterogeneous group of people, and, as Ned Smith ... Read & React

What Would You Say in Your Acceptance Speech?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

So imagine this. You’re an Academy Awards nominee and you’ve just won a coveted Oscar. (Maybe even a super cool Lego Oscar like Oprah got.) You’ve got around 60 seconds at the podium to say what’s on your heart before the orchestra cranks it up and starts playing you off the stage. What would you ... Read & React

5 Ways to Make Your Management Consultants More Effective

by Steve Goodrich

The world of management consulting has evolved over the years. There is actually less pure consulting or advisory services and more technical services being provided to customers. Technical service is provided when an outside firm develops or implements a solution for an agency that is already ... Read & React

Love Coffee? You Should Probably Be Drinking Even More

Unless you’re drinking at least three cups of coffee a day, you should consider upping your java habit. The US dietary guidelines advisory committee, which makes recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies, released a report this week that points to the health ... Read & React