The Stubborn Problem of Ageism in Hiring

As traditional pensions disappear and lifespans get longer, older Americans are worried about not being able to retire, or burning through their 401(k)s to make ends meet. More people 65 and over are continuing to work: 18.8 percent, as opposed to 12.8 percent in 2000. Given the size of the Baby ... Read & React

The recognition of exemplary individual performance is central to high organizational performance. And the psychological value is far more important than the money. Howard Risher

What Disengaged Employees Would Say to the Boss (If They Could Be Honest)

by Michael Stallard President, E Pluribus Partners

Let’s assume you’ve just received the results of your organization’s employee engagement survey. They were disappointing. Now you need to understand why so many of your employees feel disconnected so ... Read & React

Linguistics Can Help Conservatives and Liberals Agree on Objective Reality Again

Maybe we can get along, after all.
by Tom Syverson

In highly polarized moments, we tend to recycle the same words over and over again rather than have original thoughts. Phrases like “Make America Great Again” and terms like “alt-right” are representative of hand-me-down political terminology that serves no discursive purpose. But it’s not that we ... Read & React

The Discipline of High Performers

In an interview with author Tim Ferris (podcast and the book, Tools of Titans: the Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers), former Navy Seal Jocko Willink, describes his mantra as, “Discipline equals freedom.” He goes on to offer, “If you want freedom in ... Read & React

How Trump Could Advance Federal Cybersecurity

The signing ceremony for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

The data breach at the Office of Personnel Management in the spring of 2015 was breathtaking in scope—nearly 22 million sensitive personnel records stolen.  But this wasn’t a new issue.  There had been breaches at the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the IRS, even the National Security Agency. ... Read & React

How Trump Can Avoid the Reorganization Trap His Predecessors Fell Into

by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Any day now, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would lay the groundwork for reorganizing the federal government. It’s a monumental undertaking, and one that could stumble on a fundamental flaw: The former businessman’s instinct is to view government vertically, with ... Read & React

How to Cope With an Anxiety-Provoking Boss

I’ve encountered all kinds of bosses in my career—introverts and extroverts, friendly ones and short-tempered ones, laid-back types and control freaks. But the five worst years of my life involved working for two bosses who were insecure. Each one systematically degraded the team by hiring weak ... Read & React

Five Lessons Donald Trump Could Learn From Abraham Lincoln

by Donald Nieman Executive VP for Academic Affairs and Provost, Binghamton University

How will Donald Trump observe Presidents Day? Will he have the inclination or take the time to read about or reflect on the qualities of our greatest leaders? Given how busy Trump is issuing executive orders, fighting with the judiciary, managing the scandal surrounding the dismissal of his ... Read & React

The Myth of the Alpha Leader is Destroying Our Relationships — At Work and At Home

by Danielle Teller

According to a Fox News article written by Suzanne Venker, women’s achievements in the workplace are dooming their marriages. As women are increasingly “groomed to be leaders rather than to be wives, [they] become too much like men. They’re too competitive. Too masculine. Too alpha.” The author’s ... Read & React

An Old Contracting Approach Could Be Just What the New Administration Needs

by Howard Steinman

The Trump administration should revisit an old, results-based approach to contracting currently prevalent in the private sector—share-in-savings, also known as gain share. Unlike other types of contracts that commit the government to funding a project upfront, a share-in-savings contract requires ... Read & React

Americans Just Experienced Their Biggest Spike in Stress in a Decade

Americans are seriously stressed out. After a bruising election that saw Donald Trump take the reigns of a divided nation, two-thirds of Americans—including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans—say they are stressed about the future of the country, according to a recent survey (pdf) ... Read & React

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