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Leadership and Shifting Baseline Syndrome

The term Shifting Baseline Syndrome describes the acceptance of changes in baseline measures in a system over time. This syndrome masks or distorts reality. An ecologist who takes key measures of an ecosystem at one point and time and references those as her baseline for research, masks the ... Read & React

I often say that leaders control the weather. However they show up is predictive of how everyone around them will show up. That’s especially true in times of chaos and fluidity. Scott Eblin

Courage, Integrity and Accountability at the CIA

The memorial wall at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.
by Michael V. Hayden

The following is one of a series of chapters Government Executive is excerpting from a new book, Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service, published by the National Academy of Public ... Read & React

Drinking Four Cups of Coffee Is Probably Safe

by James Hamblin, MD

“Bring it!” That’s what a Los Angeles news anchor said earlier this month, in response to the announcement that “the world’s strongest coffee” is now available in the United States. The product is called Black Insomnia, a playful nod to a potentially debilitating medical condition that can be ... Read & React

Are We Having Too Much Fun?

Earlier this month, thousands of protesters gathered at Washington’s National Mall to advocate for an assortment of causes: action against global climate change, federal funding for scientific research, an empirical approach to the world and its mysteries. The protesters at the March for ... Read & React

Making Lists Can Spark Creativity By Freeing Your Unconscious

by Ephrat Livni

Listing, whether for practical or creative purposes, is liberating. When we write things down, our minds get organized, information solidifies, and from the murky depths of the unconscious emerges order. But not all listing is ordered, strangely. The true magic of lists lies in their randomness, ... Read & React

The Neuroscience of Asking Insightful Questions

I teach coaching skills to leaders. When I get to the section on how to ask questions (an important part of learning to coach) I might ask a trick question to start off: “How many of you are good at solving problems?” Without fail, almost all hands shoot enthusiastically into the air. There’s ... Read & React

A Psychologist Explains Why Changing Your Life Isn’t as Hard as You Think

by Nick Tasler Organizational psychologist and author, @NickTasler

When Sheryl Sandberg’s husband died unexpectedly two years ago, she was devastated. In her new book Option B, coauthored with organizational psychologist Adam Grant, Sandberg recounts her process of discovering resilience in the face of loss and upheaval. The story of Sandberg—Facebook’s chief ... Read & React

Creating an Executive Corps for All of Government

The following is one of a series of chapters Government Executive is excerpting from a new book, Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service, published by the National Academy of Public Administration and edited by Ron Sanders, vice president and fellow at Booz Allen. Click here for more ... Read & React

America’s No. 1 Health Problem is Not What You Expect

by Michael Stallard President, E Pluribus Partners

Many organizations are interested in the wellness and wellbeing of their people. They promote wellness programs that encourage exercise and mindfulness. Few, however, address the No. 1  health problem. In a 2016 interview with Politico, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said the most common ... Read & React

Trump’s Separate Pursuit of Two Government Reform Plans Will Hurt Both

by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

The Trump administration has launched two important initiatives to reform—even transform—government. The President’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner is leading the new Office of American Innovation, with the mission to “make recommendations to the president on policies and plans that ... Read & React

Rhetoric Scholars Pinpoint Why Trump’s Speaking Style Is So Persuasive

President Donald Trump does not sound like a traditionally impressive orator. His sentences are grammatically awkward, repetitive, and composed of highly simplistic words. Trump’s remarks when he announced his campaign for presidency presents a typical example of his rambling, incoherent ... Read & React

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