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The Cult of Productivity Has a Counterproductive Flaw

“I was productive.” Everyone has heard those words before, and everyone knows what they mean: “Today I answered a lot of emails, I wrote some reports, and I didn’t get interrupted by meetings or inane banter from my coworkers.” This is the cult of individual productivity. It’s appealing in its ... Read & React

Government’s technology problems are as complex and difficult to address as any in the world. Agencies need to be able to hire the best. Howard Risher

Is Your Agency Ready for New Evidence-Based Policy Tools?

The Commission on Evidence Based Policymaking, launched last year by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., recently released its recommendations. They include a ... Read & React

How to Beat Burnout at Work

by Melody Wilding

If you want to understand just how bad burnout can get, consider the story of Melissa Sinclair, an employee at Time Out New York. Melissa rose to internet fame in recent weeks after Time Out New York inadvertently posted an employment listing on the job-search site Indeed that detailed her ... Read & React

Five Ways to Create Space to Think

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

A lot of thinking is really just reacting. On any given day, there’s so much coming at us that we just react or reflexively respond to the input. That’s not all bad. A lot of stuff gets done that way. But whose stuff is getting done – yours or someone else’s? To get your own most important stuff ... Read & React

How Government-Supported Forced Labor Is Undercutting American Manufacturers

by Rick Helfenbein

At a White House event in July to promote U.S. manufacturing, President Trump said, “The Made in America movement is growing rapidly under my administration, and we're more determined than ever to protect our jobs, our industry, and our workers. Every day we are putting America first.” It was a ... Read & React

The To-Do List Is a Tyrant That Will Keep Your Life and Your Goals Small

by Corinne Purtill

There’s immense satisfaction in the act of crossing an item off a to-do list. It feels powerful, like a definitive strike against overwhelming responsibility. As Quartz At Work’s Lila McLellan has reported, simply saying the word “done” gives our neurochemistry a valuable happiness boost. As ... Read & React

This Can Make Middle Managers Inflate Success

by Matt Swayne

Middle managers may be key in promoting unethical behavior among their subordinates, new research suggests. In a study of a large telecommunications company, researchers found that middle managers used a range of tactics to inflate their subordinates’ performance and deceive top management, ... Read & React

'People Who Boast About Their IQ Are Losers'

by Julie Beck

In 2004, a New York Times reporter asked Stephen Hawking what his IQ was. “I have no idea,” the theoretical physicist replied. “People who boast about their IQ are losers.” President Donald Trump seems to think otherwise. After recent reports that Rex Tillerson, his secretary of state, called ... Read & React

Breaking the Stranglehold of Calcified Federal Acquisition Policies

by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, thinks government ought to be able to take advantage of the robust world of online marketplaces (think Amazon or EBay). Thus, he has included in the House version of the 2018 defense authorization bill a provision authorizing just ... Read & React

Your Boss’s Political Views Could Make Or Break Your Promotion

by Greta Guest

Gender equality at work may have a lot to do with a manger’s political ideology, a study of US law firms shows. “In general, women are much less likely to be promoted, and much more likely to leave their firms. We found that this gender gap gets smaller when male bosses are more liberal, but it ... Read & React

When Working From Home Doesn’t Work

by Jerry Useem

In 1979, IBM was putting its stamp on the American landscape. For 20 years, it had been hiring the greats of modernism to erect buildings where scientists and salespeople could work shoulder-to-shoulder commanding the burgeoning computer industry. But that year, one of its new facilities—the ... Read & React