How Americans Lost Track of One Founding Father's Definition of Success

When he retired from the printing business at the age of 42, Benjamin Franklin set his sights on becoming what he called a “Man of Leisure.” To modern ears, that title might suggest Franklin aimed to spend his autumn years sleeping in or stopping by the tavern, but to colonial contemporaries, it ... 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

How Much Sympathy Do Overwhelmed White-Collar Workers Deserve?

by Frank Pasquale

Over the past few decades, workers without college degrees have not only seen jobs disappear and wages stagnate—the jobs that remain have, all too often, gotten worse. Constant surveillance ... Read & React

6 Leadership Lessons From USAID

Of all the places I've worked in my life — and that includes the most demanding environments in the private sector — the U.S. Agency for International Development taught me how to be a leader.  When I started working there, I'd spent seven years as a communicator in a large, well-funded, "command ... Read & React

7 New Books to Read This Fall

by Adam Grant Professor, Wharton Business School

Here’s a preview of the exciting new books on work and psychology. Instead of just spouting their opinions, these authors bring us real data: 1. Presence by Amy Cuddy (December 29) Building on her wildly popular TED talk about power posing, Cuddy explains how we can achieve greater success and ... Read & React

Why Federal Agencies Should Buy Local

Local sourcing is becoming increasingly important in our daily lives, and it’s not just about the food we eat.  When it comes to professional services needed for delivery of government programs at the federal, state and local levels, buying local affords opportunities to improve agility, ... Read & React

Beyond the Paycheck: One Psychologist's Dream of Meaningful Jobs for Everyone

by Joe Pinsker

There’s a belief that what gets some workers to keep coming into work every day is their “psychic wages”—the fulfillment that comes with doing meaningful work. That thinking is usually applied to authors, or doctors, or social workers, but the assumption for why a different class of ... Read & React

How to Quit Your Job and Keep Your Cool

by Hanna Brooks Olsen

Everyone loves a good quitting story. The time when an account manager at your old job who’d been passed over for a raise stormed out, shouting about the patriarchy. The time when your cousin smashed every dish she was carrying to the bus tub when a customer called her “sweetheart.” And of course, ... Read & React

Agencies Should Celebrate Their Accomplishments

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The reports of performance problems make the headlines but it’s rare to find success stories reported any place. It’s surprisingly difficult to find positive stories of government. There have been a couple of articles looking at the “greatest achievements” over the past half century but apparently ... Read & React

The Secret Suffering of the Middle Manager

When researchers try to determine the types of workers who are most prone to depression, the focus is usually on the misery of those at the bottom of a company’s hierarchy—the presumed stressors being the menial duties they're tasked with and their lack of say in defining the scope of their jobs. ... Read & React

NASA’s 20-Year-Old Astronaut Hiring Procedures Still Work Today

by Nate Regier

In 1978, NASA was just beginning its space shuttle program and Dr. Terry McGuire was responsible for assessing the psychological fitness of astronauts in preparation for NASA missions. It was a daunting task. Putting several extremely talented, smart and confident people into space together ... Read & React

The High Professional Cost of Your Inability to Trust

“Trust involves the juxtaposition of people’s loftiest hopes and aspirations with their deepest worries and fears.” –Jeffrey A. Simpson Trust is one of those terms that is casually tossed around in business conversations and management literature, yet for each and every one of us, the decision to ... Read & React