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Navigating the Multigenerational Workplace

Today’s workforce is more generationally diverse than ever before. With more professionals delaying retirement—either by choice or necessity—organizations now have employees from as many as four different generations working side by side. Soon, for the first time in history, a fifth generation will ... 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

Being a Go-Getter Is No Fun

The phrase “shit hits the fan” has uncertain origins. Some claim it’s a descendant of a World War II adage “the garbage hit the fan.” As the Online Etymology Dictionary has it, it derives from an old ... Read & React

Americans Don’t Moonlight Like We Used To

The Bureau of Labor Statistics looked into people who juggle multiple jobs in its April Monthly Labor Review, and it found that the practice is getting less and less popular these days. One would think that bad recessions like the one the US is still struggling to recover from would spur people to ... Read & React

Lead From Need: Four Ways to Motivate Employees

His CEO performance review is in and Scott is clearly alarmed. Unless next quarter’s KPI goals are met the governance committee will ask for his resignation. He grabs his phone and calls Jarin, his gregarious college roommate and the person who transformed Silicon Beach’s most dysfunctional company ... Read & React

How to Get Your New Team Off to a Strong Start

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

If you’re a leader in your organization, there will be multiple times in your career when you have to get a new team off to a strong start. One of the critical steps in that process is when you bring the team members together for the first time. That’s a rare opportunity to define the purpose, ... Read & React

America's Aging Population Is Bad News for Women's Careers

by Gillian B. White

Giving moms and dads time off to bond with a new baby or take care of a sick child are the types of leave policies that get lots of attention and—relatively speaking—support. While childcare is obviously important, there’s a growing need for policies that help family caregivers in a broad spectrum ... Read & React

Why Recent Graduates Don't Negotiate

by Terrance F. Ross

Graduation season—replete with lengthy ceremonies and their (sleep-inducing) commencement speakers—is in full swing. Across the country, recent grads have traded in their anxiety about getting their diplomas on time for new kind of stress: finding employment. And for the lucky ones who actually ... Read & React

What Are Your Odds of Getting a Security Clearance?

Is it easy to get a security clearance? It depends on who you ask. Among the uncleared population there sometimes is a misperception that anyone can get a clearance, based on the millions of clearance-holders out there. In 2013, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper criticized the size of ... Read & React

4 Tips for Better One-on-One Meetings With Your Manager

by Jennifer Miller Jennifer V. Miller

Are you getting the most out of your one-on-one meetings with your boss? According to a recent study, about 73 percent of employees meet with their team leader at least once a month. That’s not a lot of face time, so be sure you make the most of this important interaction with the following tips: ... Read & React

What If Government Operated More Like Disney?

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

Should the federal government be more like Walt Disney World when shaping its customer service experiences?  Greg Godbout, the chief technology officer at the Environmental Protection Agency, suggested as much when he keynoted an AFCEA roundtable in Bethesda a couple weeks ago. According to Federal ... Read & React

How to Protect Yourself From Unethical Persuasion

Have you ever agreed to do or buy something you really didn’t want or need, and later wondered, “Why did I say yes?” You’re not alone. Whether you ended up doing a colleague’s job, buying nutritional supplements you had little use for, or donating time and/or money to a cause you weren’t passionate ... Read & React