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The Debt Ceiling Is a Farce

On Sept. 8, in what has become a Washington ritual, Congress increased the debt limit, essentially authorizing the federal government to pay its bills—for 90 days. The debt limit, also known as the debt ceiling, must be increased again. On Dec. 11, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin informed ... 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

The Best Compliment You Can Give, According To Meryl Streep

by Leah Fessler

Meryl Streep, known to many as the Queen of Hollywood, is no stranger to praise. She’s received more Academy Award nominations than any actor (20 in total), and three Oscars and eight Golden ... Read & React

The Clock Is Ticking on Trump’s Management Agenda

by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

We are now almost a year into the new administration, so it’s not really “new” anymore. Indeed, 11 months is a major chunk of time for any administration. I’ll leave it to others to debate the merits of various policy pronouncements during the last year, but one thing is clear: While better ... Read & React

A Short Equation Explains Why Simplicity Is The Best Policy

Let’s start with a quiz. If you have a machine with 200 parts, each of which operates independently and is 99% reliable, how reliable will the overall machine be? 95% ? 80%? 99%? Nope, nope, and nope. It’s somewhat shocking to learn that it’ll only be around 13% reliable, running just 13 hours ... Read & React

Data Shouldn't Drive All of Your Decisions

by Taddy Hall Senior Partner, Lippincott

When was the last time you heard the story of a great innovation begin with, “I built a killer spreadsheet”? More often you’ll hear stories like the one behind Airbnb’s early growth strategy. Founders Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky’s had in their early days been advised by Y-Combinator’s Paul ... Read & React

How Agencies Can Address the Aging Workforce Gap

by John Marinaro

Let this remarkable fact sink in: Nearly one-third of federal employees are eligible for retirement, yet only 28 percent of the current workforce is under 40 years old. How can this possibly work out? One out of every three people sitting at a desk in every government office across the country ... Read & React

How To Make Feedback a Developmental Opportunity

Many employees cringe at the thought of getting feedback from their manager. Who wouldn’t blame them? It tends to be overly critical, given with haste and without care, and confusing. So often, the feedback given is often useless to the receiver. Wouldn’t it be great if your feedback could have ... Read & React

The Annual Pay Ritual Has Lost Relevance

President Trump in the Oval Office Oct. 17.
by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

Few seem to have noticed, but the Federal Salary Council has not met this year and new members have not been appointed. Last year, the council’s conclusions were reported by the media in October and its report was submitted to the President’s Pay Agent in December. That was somewhat later than ... Read & React

Got A Boss Who Denies Reality? A Behavioral Scientist’s Guide To Tactful Truth Telling

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

‘Tis the season for holiday parties at the office. While they’re great for building workplace camaraderie and team spirit, when was the last time a colleague - perhaps fueled by too much alcohol - said something so ridiculous that it made your jaw drop? Perhaps a desk mate went into something ... Read & React

Motivating Employees Isn't About Making Them Happy

by Cy Wakeman

As a leader, you have probably been told that you’re in charge of motivating employees. You’ve been pitched programs and tools that will allegedly build a happy, motivated workforce, and you’ve attended seminars that teach strategies for improving morale. These programs and tools are ... Read & React

A Psychologist Explains The Best Ways To Cope With Conflict Over The Holidays

by Hal Shorey

It’s the holiday season, time for family gatherings, happiness, and good cheer. It’s also the time for your smiling brother to sit across from you at the dinner table and comment on on how your favorite politician is corrupt and anyone who supports him is delusional. At least 29 religious ... Read & React