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8 Reasons Small Teams Work Better

Your organization is forming a new task force, cross-functional team, focus group—whatever you want to call it. And as usual, it’s time for the never-ending quest to “loop people in.” The more brains, the better, reason the powers that be. So they include as many high performers and thought leaders ... Read & React

Given the deficits we have, we can either make some significant cuts to programs, we can significantly increase taxes or we can make significant reforms in the way we deliver services. There’s not enough money anymore to waste it on inefficiencies. Tom Davis, former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Is Multitasking Slowing You Down?

by Jessica Love

Seven open browser windows, a chiming smart phone, and an ongoing Skype call: these are the hallmarks of the modern-day, multitasking employee. “Organizations are becoming more complex and ... Read & React

The Complete Guide to Structuring Your Ideal Work Day

by Rachel Feltman

Optimizing your work day to maximize your productivity and happiness admittedly isn’t a hard science. Differences in body chemistry, sleep routine, personality, profession, and office culture mean that one person’s ideal day is another’s productivity nightmare. But there are some evidence-based ... Read & React

Are Your Employees Incompetent? 4 Reasons Why

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

Why are my employees incompetent? I’ve heard that question from a lot of over-stressed federal leaders and managers. When the fire hose is on full force and the scrutiny is increasing, having a team that can’t produce is a killer. I sympathize and I think there are at least four possible reasons ... Read & React

4 Ways the Workplace Has Become More Dangerous

Disgruntled employees, workplace bullies, active-shooter situations, illegal drug use, ex-spouses and dissatisfied clients—all can be found in a random sampling of the 2 million people affected by workplace violence in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health ... Read & React

The Confidence Gap

by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

For years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would be recognized and rewarded. We’ve made undeniable progress. In the United States, women now earn more college and graduate degrees than men do. We make up ... Read & React

How 'Monsters, Inc.' Met Priority Goals

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Agency chief operating officers are required to conduct quarterly progress reviews on priority goals. Sometimes called “PerformanceStat” meetings, they can be effective problem-solving sessions or terrifying blame games. So, how do you make PerformanceStat meetings effective? OMB says they should ... Read & React

The Best Measure of an Employee Is How Well She Mentors Others

On his faculty profile at Wharton’s management department, the first qualification that Adam Grant lists is not his work with Goldman Sachs and the United Nations, his Oprah-endorsed bestselling book Give and Take, or the distinction of being called “brilliant” by  Malcolm Gladwell. Those ... Read & React

Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life

Each year, the average American spends nearly 2,000 hours working. For many, that time passes inside the three little walls of a modern cubicle. Writer Nikil Saval explores these odd spaces—how they came to be, how they make us feel—in his new book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. I spoke ... Read & React

Solving the Time Management Dilemma

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

This month for me is all about the big push to finish the manuscript for my book that’s coming out this fall from Wiley, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. As the title implies, my premise is that being somewhat more mindful in your approach to work and life is an effective ... Read & React

3 Tips for Effective Interagency Collaboration

Coordinating policy across multiple agencies is a major challenge for many federal program managers and leaders. Responsibilities are not always neatly divided within agencies or even between agencies. The results are conflicting policies, duplication of effort and inefficiency. At the core of the ... Read & React