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The Internet of Things: Is Your Agency Program Ready?

The Internet of Things is a phenomenon that will radically reshape our world. BI Intelligence estimates the number of smart devices connected to the Internet will triple within just a few years. As sensors and other devices are placed in everything from thermostats to watches to combine harvesters, ... 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

Men Are Freezing Women Coworkers Out of the Workplace – Literally

It may be the dead of summer in the northern hemisphere right now, but the must-have clothing item for white collar women isn’t a breezy blouse and matching culottes. It’s a desk blanket. Female ... Read & React

The Surprising Benefits of Being More Fully Present at Work

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

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

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 years ago, in 1964, that figure was more than 50 percentage points higher -- 77%. (Source: Pew ... 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