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Branding: 5 Lessons to Get Your Federal Startup Off the Ground

Since November 2014, I've been working to brand a public-private government initiative called the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. The NNMI is a collection of advanced manufacturing technology R&D institutes, each focused on a particular technology. The term "advanced manufacturing" ... 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

Why the War on the IRS Makes No Cents

The Internal Revenue Service appropriations bill has started its tortuous path through Congress—and it savages the agency’s funding. It provides 8 percent less than the current level and 22 percent ... Read & React

The Senate's Bathroom-Stall Index

by Yoni Applebaum

ASPEN, Colo.—Women now account for 47 percent of the American workforce, 52 percent of professional and management employees, and 57 percent of newbachelor’s degrees. But even after gains in the 2012 election, they remain just 20 percent of the Senate. That, however, was enough to create a “traffic ... Read & React

Should Government Do Away With Annual Performance Reviews?

According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, “Reinventing Performance Management,” Deloitte is redesigning its performance management system on the notion that it “is increasingly out of step with [the company’s] objectives.” Specifically, Deloitte feels it drives neither employee ... Read & React

The World’s Workforce Will Stop Growing by 2050

A report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (registration required) this week offered interesting insights in to the world in 2050, including the prediction that Asia will be home to over half the world’s economic growth, and that China’s economy will surpass America’s in 2026. Amid all this talk ... Read & React

Which Country's Workers Care About Their Jobs the Most?

According to one survey, the average amount of time that some employees spend on personal activities at work is somewhere between 1.5 and three hours a day. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that employers are more concerned than ever about productivity statistics. Nowadays, with technology that ... Read & React

Millennials Now Outnumber Boomers in the U.S.

 Millennials now make up a larger part of the population than boomers, according to the latest Census Bureau data. People who were born between 1982 and 2000, classified as millennials, now make up more than one quarter of the population, at 83.1 million. This is compared with the 75.4 million baby ... Read & React

States and Cities Are 'Labs' for Inclusive Governance

Local government presents increased opportunities for engaging citizens to participate in policymaking and strengthening their ability to improve outcomes, according to a new report from the Ash Center at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Truly inclusive governance requires ... Read & React

Taking a Pass on Passion

As the staff meeting started it occurred to me that coffee smells better than it tastes. Even with generous heaps of sweet and milky adulterants, the aroma itself overpromises. But as we sipped our cuppas and pre-reviewed the agenda for the team meeting on advancing a government agency’s program, ... Read & React

Recruiters Read a Tiny Part of Your Résumé, If They Read It At All

If you’ve applied for a job and never heard back—and who hasn’t been there?—you’ve probably had the nagging suspicion nobody even read your résumé. You probably weren’t too far wrong. Many job applications don’t get read with any kind of care or attention, because recruiters spend, on average, an ... Read & React

The GS System Cannot Be Fixed

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The General Schedule salary system has become an impediment to good government. The annual analysis to compare federal and nonfederal salaries has lost credibility. No president has accepted and approved the increases to close the pay gap since the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act was enacted ... Read & React