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The Surprising Benefits of Being More Fully Present at Work

Whenever we run a 360 or self-assessment based on The Next Level model of leadership presence, one of the lowest rated behaviors is usually “Gives others his/her full presence and attention during meetings and conversations.” If you take a little time to observe your own behavior and that of others ... Read & React

A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves Eleanor Roosevelt

How to Restore Public Trust in Government, Without Paying a Single Cent

More than three out of four Americans don't trust the federal government. In 2014, only 24 percent of Americans said they trusted the government to do what's right "always or most of the time." Sixty ... Read & React

5 Leadership Behaviors to Move Up on Your List

Many leaders drive others harder than they need to. What results is a constant push for their team to achieve those goals. Meetings consist of checking the lists of things to be fixed and get done now. Recently I listened with awe as leaders described a change of heart following my Coaching for ... Read & React

The Future of HR in Government

This is the first article in a two-part series on the future of human resources in government. Much has been written recently about the future of HR, both inside and outside of government. One article went so far as to suggest splitting HR into administrative and organizational roles because of the ... Read & React

Study: Rudeness Is Contagious

by Jessica Leigh Hester

It’s certainly annoying to interact with a rude co-worker. But even worse: That person’s behavior can make you ruder, too. Uncivil behavior is contagious, a new study found. The report, in the Journal of Applied Psychology, claims that your jerky tone of voice or snappy retort can actually ... Read & React

Research Says Sarcasm Can Make Workers More Creative

Sarcasm is considered an anathema in some work places: counterproductive and toxic to the office culture, and supposedly a sign of insecurity. Yet a new study on sarcasm claims that it can help boost creativity and abstract thinking—not just for the person speaking, but also for the listener. Yeah, ... Read & React

Investing in Your Personal ROI Without Being Self-Centered

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a “what’s in it for me” attitude. As long as, I’d argue, that attitude doesn’t end there—in pure selfishness. When it comes to looking for training for your own personal development, you’ll get more out of the knowledge and self-empowerment you gain through ... Read & React

As Companies Shed Annual Reviews, Should Government Follow Suit?

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

According to an announcement reported in The Washington Post, Accenture is eliminating annual performance reviews. Earlier Deloitte changed its policy. A few other companies have made a similar decision but the numbers are small. Surveys suggest roughly 5 percent of companies have eliminated ... Read & React

Why You Shouldn't Have 'Limited Access to Email' While On Vacation

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

One of the big reasons you need a vacation this summer is to take a break from the chronic state of fight or flight that an overworked and overwhelmed lifestyle generates. By doing some quick math based on email statistics collected by the Radicati Group, I’m ball parking that the average business ... Read & React

What to Do When Your Team Is Struggling

One of the more powerful leadership learning moments in my career occurred when I was part of project team that was struggling to find traction around an important and complicated strategic initiative. The team was flailing. The first leader, an autocratic, my-way-or-the-highway type, had been ... Read & React

15 Ways Successful People Approach Life Differently

In many ways successful people are just like unsuccessful people. They come from all sorts of backgrounds, all types of demographics, have all levels of education and experience and expertise. In many ways successful people are the same as everyone else. Yet look closely and you'll see that in ... Read & React