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Look for the Space Between the Waves

One of the great things about having old friends is that they can remind you of things that you said once but have since forgotten. That happened to me last week when I spent time with my dear friend Rae Ringel at a training program for faculty members of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program. ... 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

The Risk of Letting Employees Know Where They Rank Versus Their Peers

It’s possible to rank employees in entirely new ways in the age of big data. People in sales are used to seeing their numbers compared. But now everything from how well truck drivers drive, to ... Read & React

What Women Want: A Fair Shot at Defense Careers

Discrimination is still an issue in the defense industry and the government isn’t doing enough to attract women to defense and government careers, according to a recent ClearanceJobs survey of cleared professionals. ClearanceJobs surveyed more than 1,200 men and women, asking for their thoughts and ... Read & React

A Guide for Working Families

by Katherine Archuleta Director of the Office of Personnel Management

In his memorandum for modernizing federal leave, the president wrote, “Men and women both need time to care for their families and should have access to workplace flexibilities that help them succeed at work and at home. Offering family leave and other workplace flexibilities to parents can help ... Read & React

Help Shape the Next President’s Agenda

How can the next president avoid management mistakes and improve the performance of the federal government? A bipartisan coalition of 16 good government groups seeks answers with the Transitions in Governance 2016 initiative launched this week. In keeping with the crowdsourcing movement that is so ... Read & React

2,500 Years Later, the Hottest New Management Guru is Confucius

by Michael Schuman

When CEOs are looking for guidance, they might read Jack Welch, listen to Warren Buffett or study Steve Jobs. But there is another management guru who should get more attention inside corporate suites: Confucius Sure, the Chinese philosopher espoused his doctrine 2,500 years ago—long before ... Read & React

Are You Ready to Change the Way You Think About Leadership?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

When you think of the word “leader” what comes to mind? For lots of people, the picture that comes to mind is the charismatic visionary that sets a direction that people want to follow. All too often, that model of leadership fails because the followers inevitably end up disappointed and disengaged ... Read & React

The Lowdown on Agency Strategic Reviews

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

The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Shaun Donovan, put agencies on notice last week that the administration is doubling down on the implementation of its priorities and tracking progress more closely. This memo indirectly adds some urgency to the relatively new annual strategic ... Read & React

Video: Capuchin Monkeys Show How Keeping Up With Your Peers is an Early Need

by Cassie Werber

You’re reading the Sunday paper, with the sun shining and a cup of coffee to hand. Life is good. And then you see it: a familiar name in the paper, perhaps an old schoolmate, winning an accolade, money, praise. Worse: they work in your field. They might as well have turned up at the breakfast table ... Read & React

Google’s Lessons for Federal Workforce Management

Google’s head of human resources, Laszlo Bock (senior vice president, people operations), has received a lot of media attention for his book, Work Rules!, to be released this month. Hopefully, it will grab the attention of federal managers as well. It’s safe to say, Google is not like government. ... Read & React

Technology and Government’s Distributed Future

Technology innovations have long played a powerful role in how government operates and serves citizens. The advent of telephones, telegraphs and typewriters in the early 20th century was an important factor behind the creation of large, centralized bureaucracies to manage the expanding increase in ... Read & React