Nod More, and Other Absurd Yet Useful Meeting Tips From a Former Google Manager

Meetings! There are so many in this world, and far too few people who bring fancy doughnuts to them. But in the absence of a tasty snack, writer and comedian Sarah Cooper may be able to help you survive your next confusing PowerPoint presentation. Cooper, who sat through her fair share of meetings ... 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

A Case Study in How Men Interrupt Women in Professional Situations

There is a unwritten rule in presidential debates—and general conversation—that people should not interrupt each other. All too often in professional situations, men interrupt women. The first US ... Read & React

How Data is Radically Changing the Federal Government

Government agencies tend to be cautious about trying new things. Public servants have the responsibility to be prudent when they spend taxpayer dollars and even small changes to a government program can affect thousands and sometimes millions of people. Until recently, the risks associated with ... Read & React

When The Public Wants Information, Resistance Is Futile

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

In my nuclear family we never talked about controversial stuff. Basically, we handled conflict either by my mother saying "shhh" or my grandmother saying "shhh."  If a fight broke out, we simply didn't talk to one another. Three days was the minimum, a few months was the max. It was never clear how ... Read & React

A Style Guide for the Federal Employee

In 2017, shortly after the next president is inaugurated, thousands of newly appointed federal officials will struggle with the same existential question: What do I wear to my first day of work? I understand their anxiety, having languished over wardrobe during eight years of federal service and ... Read & React

Trump and Clinton Debate Strategies That Can Make Anyone a Better Public Speaker

by Gleb Tsipursky Professor in History of Behavioral Science,The Ohio State University

Public speaking is an anxiety-inducing task for most us, yet it’s also a necessary one, whether you’re a corporate CEO, a high school teacher or a presidential candidate. And like the rest of us, candidates stumble when speaking in public. Donald Trump’s tendency to speak off the cuff, for example, ... Read & React

The Irrational Idea That Humans Are Mostly Irrational

Last summer I was at a moral psychology conference in Chile, listening to speaker after speaker discuss research into how people think about sexuality, crime, taxation, and other politically and socially fraught issues. The consensus was that human moral reasoning is a mess—irrational, ... Read & React

It’s Not Just You: Survey Confirms Meetings are Putting People to Sleep

Meetings (also known by their full name, “Meetings Ughhh”) are literally putting us to sleep. One in three people reported falling asleep or feeling drowsy during a work meeting, according to the results of a survey the hotel company Hilton released Sept. 7. Productivity tends to drop around 2 ... Read & React

How Statistics are Twisted to Obscure Public Understanding

by Jonathan R. Goodman

Mark Twain attributed to Benjamin Disraeli the famous remark: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’ In every industry, from education to healthcare to travel, the generation of quantitative data is considered important to maintain quality through competition. Yet ... Read & React

Giving Praise Is a Proven Way to Increase Your Happiness

by Jennifer Miller Jennifer V. Miller

Are you a praise giver or taker? How you respond may offer a clue into your level of happiness at work. Happiness researcher Shawn Achor has made a name for himself studying the many facets of happiness. His research has uncovered a startling connection between praise and happiness: the more praise ... Read & React

Why Rudeness at Work is Contagious and Difficult to Stop

by Trevor Foulk Doctoral Student, University of Florida

Most people can relate to the experience of having a colleague inexplicably treat them rudely at work. You’re not invited to attend a meeting. A co-worker gets coffee – for everyone but you. Your input is laughed at or ignored. You wonder: where did this come from? Did I do something? Why would he ... Read & React

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