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How 'Monsters, Inc.' Met Priority Goals

Agency chief operating officers are required to conduct quarterly progress reviews on priority goals. Sometimes called “PerformanceStat” meetings, they can be effective problem-solving sessions or terrifying blame games. So, how do you make PerformanceStat meetings effective? OMB says they should ... Read & React

Given the deficits we have, we can either make some significant cuts to programs, we can significantly increase taxes or we can make significant reforms in the way we deliver services. There’s not enough money anymore to waste it on inefficiencies. Tom Davis, former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

The Best Measure of an Employee Is How Well She Mentors Others

On his faculty profile at Wharton’s management department, the first qualification that Adam Grant lists is not his work with Goldman Sachs and the United Nations, his Oprah-endorsed bestselling ... Read & React

Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life

Each year, the average American spends nearly 2,000 hours working. For many, that time passes inside the three little walls of a modern cubicle. Writer Nikil Saval explores these odd spaces—how they came to be, how they make us feel—in his new book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. I spoke ... Read & React

Solving the Time Management Dilemma

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

This month for me is all about the big push to finish the manuscript for my book that’s coming out this fall from Wiley, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. As the title implies, my premise is that being somewhat more mindful in your approach to work and life is an effective ... Read & React

3 Tips for Effective Interagency Collaboration

Coordinating policy across multiple agencies is a major challenge for many federal program managers and leaders. Responsibilities are not always neatly divided within agencies or even between agencies. The results are conflicting policies, duplication of effort and inefficiency. At the core of the ... Read & React

What Turns a Perfectionist Into a Lunatic

For sports fans, the spectacle of red-faced, screaming coaches—even more than daffodils and chirping birds—is a harbinger of spring. Occasionally, the rage of some of those men (and they are overwhelmingly men) has overflowed into headline-grabbing incidents and viral YouTube clips: former Dodgers ... Read & React

Why You Need to Learn to Lead Positive

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

If you are a leader struggling with keeping your team and yourself focused on the positive, you’re not alone. As a matter of fact, functional MRI research shows that the neurocircuitry of the human brain is programmed so that two-thirds of initial neural activity is set to scan for what’s wrong ... Read & React

You Can Now Reprogram Your Sleep Patterns With Your iPhone When You Travel

Business travelers, factory workers, and grad students all know how hard it can be to regain your circadian rhythm. But a new app is promising to help us plan for, and even shorten, the time it takes to adjust to new time schedules. Typically, the body can adjust its schedule an hour forward or ... Read & React

Why Data Sharing Is the Future of Government

by Ross Gianfortune Senior Web Producer

Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy were only seven years apart, but the emergency response made it seem like the storms were centuries apart. The response to Katrina in 2005 was somewhere between a mess and a punch line, while images of the ... Read & React

Adopting Best Practices Can Be a Bad Idea

by Jackson Nickerson Associate Dean, Brookings Executive Education

Q: I have been tasked with developing a national quality assurance review program for auditing services. Can you share with me best practice metrics to evaluate these programs? Currently, regional offices and service centers are using similar metrics but with different processes for evaluating ... Read & React

The Most Valuable Management Degree Doesn’t Exist

by Adam Grant Professor, Wharton Business School

Once upon a time, the field of medicine was riddled with danger. Doctors made up cures based on individual experience, inflicting horrors on patients—lobotomy, anyone? Everything changed with the advent of evidence-based medicine. With randomized, controlled trials and careful longitudinal studies, ... Read & React