Priority Goal Leaders: Is the Concept Working?

I’ve been getting calls from reporters asking whether President Obama is interested in government management. The answer is yes. A management innovation he introduced in the early days of his administration is finally taking off. Sometimes it takes a few years to find out if a management innovation ... Read & React

I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they'll do wonders. I count on them. Maya Angelou

Actually, Some Material Goods Can Make You Happy

It's been the refrain of behavioral economists and, in my case at least, my wise husband for years: Spend your money on experiences, not things. A vacation or a meal with friends will enrich your ... Read & React

Weird Al Takes Business Buzzword Abusers to School

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Years ago, someone introduced me to a game called BS Bingo. (They actually spelled it out but I’m keeping things PG here.) If you were playing, you had a bingo type card where each square contained a common business buzzword. You could take the card to a meeting and check off the boxes as you heard ... Read & React

Facebook Alert: You’re Not My Friend

by Adam Grant Professor, Wharton Business School

Recently, someone I’ve never met introduced me in an email as “my good friend Adam.” A few days later, a virtual stranger who has emailed me a few times posted an article by “my friend Adam.” Then a student listed me as a job reference, and when asked to describe our relationship, wrote “professor ... Read & React

No Matter What Anyone Tells You, Guys: Sweatpants Are Not The New Jeans

Put on some real pants.
by Jenni Avins

This fall will bring new temptations for male enthusiasts of “soft dressing“—as designers try to convince men to embrace the increasingly common practice of wearing athletic clothing in everyday life, and even to the office. (Also see: “athleisure.”) In recent years, women wearing form-fitting ... Read & React

How I Lead: Building Trust and Communication Between Teams

by Lynnie Martin Public Relations Director, Young Government Leaders

Ken Sosne is director of regional grant operations at the Health and Human Services Department’s Administration for Children and Families. He has more than 20 years of service as a budget analyst, grants officer, administrative officer and resource manager at agencies including the Federal Public ... Read & React

Making Good Mistakes

The true test of your leadership character isn’t measured by the absence of mistakes, but rather by the mistakes made in pursuit of growth and learning and how you conduct yourself once you’ve made a mistake. Show me a mistake-free leader, and I’ll show you someone hiding from the real issues ... Read & React

Who Wins in the Name Game?

by Cody C. Delistraty

I was at a party for Bastille Day in Paris a few years back, and we were leaning over the balcony to watch the fireworks. A cute French girl sat next to me, but after a few flirty glances the moment was entirely ruined with the most basic of interactions: “What’s your name?” she asked in French. ... Read & React

Ditch the Memo for a Dashboard: How to Show Your Program's Progress

by Arleta Cobb

In today’s environment of diminishing resources and high expectations for performance, it is increasingly important for federal managers to be able to demonstrate the success of their programs to important decision-makers. There are a few ways to demonstrate your program’s success: You could write ... Read & React

What Corporate America Is Learning About Keeping Workers Happy

You can hear it in the game rooms of Google's Chelsea office, smell it from the ice cream shops on Facebook's Menlo Park campus, and see it with yoga mats aligned on the rooftop of OpenDNS: We are living in an Age of Peak Perk. (Some of us, anyway). While it's reasonable to consider benefits like ... Read & React

Innovation the NASA Way: What’s Your Mission?

by Rod Pyle

One question often asked by readers of Innovation the NASA Way is the obvious:  “How can I bring the lessons learned from these chapters into my workplace? I don’t work in a matrix-managed organization and I don’t have limitless budgets at my disposal.” It is a legitimate question, and one that ... Read & React