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A Psychologist Explains Why Changing Your Life Isn’t as Hard as You Think

When Sheryl Sandberg’s husband died unexpectedly two years ago, she was devastated. In her new book Option B, coauthored with organizational psychologist Adam Grant, Sandberg recounts her process of discovering resilience in the face of loss and upheaval. The story of Sandberg—Facebook’s chief ... 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

Creating an Executive Corps for All of Government

The following is one of a series of chapters Government Executive is excerpting from a new book, Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service, published by the National Academy of Public ... Read & React

America’s No. 1 Health Problem is Not What You Expect

by Michael Stallard President, E Pluribus Partners

Many organizations are interested in the wellness and wellbeing of their people. They promote wellness programs that encourage exercise and mindfulness. Few, however, address the No. 1  health problem. In a 2016 interview with Politico, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said the most common ... Read & React

Trump’s Separate Pursuit of Two Government Reform Plans Will Hurt Both

by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

The Trump administration has launched two important initiatives to reform—even transform—government. The President’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner is leading the new Office of American Innovation, with the mission to “make recommendations to the president on policies and plans that ... Read & React

Rhetoric Scholars Pinpoint Why Trump’s Speaking Style Is So Persuasive

President Donald Trump does not sound like a traditionally impressive orator. His sentences are grammatically awkward, repetitive, and composed of highly simplistic words. Trump’s remarks when he announced his campaign for presidency presents a typical example of his rambling, incoherent ... Read & React

The 15-Minute Weekly Habit That Eased My Work Anxiety — and Made My Boss Trust Me More

by Khe Hy

I once had a boss who would send me a series of two-word emails throughout the day, each one bearing the same message: “Call me.” Each time I received one of these emails, the hairs on the back of my neck would stiffen and my stomach would churn violently. This reaction made no sense—I was ... Read & React

A To-Do List for Leaders Who Need to Grow Up

The CEO and founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, recently acknowledged after the latest in a series of misfires at the high-flying firm: “It’s time to grow up,” and that he “Will seek leadership help.” The misfires include a patent infringement suit by Alphabet (Google), a major sexual harassment ... Read & React

It’s Time to Stop Thinking We Can 'Life Hack' Our Way to Happiness

by Akshat Rathi

Although the phrase “life hack” was coined only in 2004, it has quickly become part of our internet lexicon. In a sense, it’s a reflection of our natural tendency to find the better, faster, and easier ways to get things done. But that doesn’t explain the real appeal of the idea. In our ... Read & React

How Agencies Are Turning Scientific Breakthroughs Into Jobs

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

The federal government annually invests more than $130 billion in research and development. Conducted at federal facilities, universities and private companies, this investment has led to significant technology breakthroughs, including the Internet, the Global Positioning System, and decoding ... Read & React

To Get the Best Results From Your Employees, Assemble Them Like a Team of Surgeons

by Oliver Staley

Team work in the workplace has long been valued. Less well understood is why working in teams is so much more effective than tackling tasks as individuals. The answer lies in human origins, and our evolution as social animals, according to Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach, cognitive scientists ... Read & React

Without Reforms, SES May Not Be Ready for 21st Century Government

by Ronald Sanders and Terry Gerton

We recently collaborated on a new book, Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service, published by the National Academy of Public Administration, but we’re not sure anyone cares—and that worries us. We’re not concerned about book sales, since the book is not for sale. It’s available for free ... Read & React

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