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When Employees Allege Wrongdoing, Tread Carefully

If you lead a large organization, chances are you will at some point receive an email from an employee, addressed directly to you, alleging he or she has suffered some workplace related wrong at the hands of one of your subordinate managers. In some cases the email will seek your intervention, as ... Read & React

Organizations need to create a culture of creative thinkers who are motivated and empowered, who feel their contributions are valued. Stephanie Marisca, former chapter president, International Coaching Federation

10 Ways To Empower Government Employees

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

Public servants have faced the threat of a government shutdown more than once. Though fortunately these were averted, the sensation of having your head on a chopping block (even if temporary) can ... Read & React

Small Changes in Your Digital Routine Can Make You Smarter–and More Sane

by Manoush Zomorodi

Back in the 13th century, scholars, and clerics complained about having an overwhelming abundance of books to read. One wonders what they would make of the constant stream of animal videos, articles, lists, gifs, blog posts and status updates that characterize the digital age. Many people today ... Read & React

Be the Leader You Want Your Boss to Be

I’d just finished a leadership program with a group of caring, committed professionals. They asked great questions, made important decisions, and then it happened. A middle level manager approached me and asked a question. It’s a common question. I hear it every time I speak—in the Q&A, in the ... Read & React

How to Stay Calm on Public Transit

Since the beginning of this year, there have been at least nine slashings on the New York City subway. This spate—up from three during the same time frame in 2015—is an “aberration,” according to the police commissioner, William J. Bratton. The attacks have been random, tied to no particular ... Read & React

Zero-Based Budgeting: Everything Old is New Again

Jimmy Carter during his presidency.
by Cynthia Firey Eakin Associate Professor of Accounting, University of the Pacific

If I’m elected president… I’m going to institute zero-based budgeting, which assesses every program every year, and eliminates those programs that are obsolete. This was Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign promise in 1976. Thirty-nine years later, presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is once again ... Read & React

How to Get Your Team to Open Up to You

It’s impossible to lead effectively if you don’t have an open line of communication with your team members. From my experience in coaching executives and soon-to-be executives, I’ve learned that many leaders talk about their open door policy and their willingness to receive frank feedback, but ... Read & React

Three Things Leaders Can Learn From Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl 50 game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday.
by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

It wasn’t a great game, but it was a win. For Peyton Manning, it was, in all probability, his last as an NFL quarterback. After 18 years of the sacks, injuries and surgeries that come with a career in the League, the soon to be 40-year-old Manning managed the Broncos’ offense well enough to enable ... Read & React

The Middle Ages Demonstrate Why Women Leaders Make Peace — and War

by Katrin E. Sjursen

Hillary Clinton’s victory in Iowa marks the first time a woman has won the presidential caucuses there. Enter the latest round of gender-based speculationsabout female candidates’ inherent pacifism versus their over-compensating hawkishness. With Clinton in the presidential race for the long haul, ... Read & React

Agencies Can Seed Future Success With Creative Investment

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

For several decades, government investment in research and development has been on a downward trajectory. Federal R&D spending now accounts for just under 1 percent of GDP versus 2 percent for private sector R&D. As a result, it is more important than ever for government to partner with the private ... Read & React

Perfectionism in the Office Doesn’t Need to be Toxic

by Susan Krauss Whitbourne UMass Amherst psychological and brain sciences professor.

Perfectionism would seem to be an ideal quality in an employee: Bosses should love you, clients and customers should ask for you and only you, and co-workers ought to be standing in line waiting to have you join their project. Plus, students learn from a young age that an A+ is better than an A, ... Read & React