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How to Make Your Organization Less Sexist and Racist

Decades' worth of social-psychology research has demonstrated that humans classify each other by race and gender and respond instinctively based on stereotype and social norms. In the workplace, these unconscious biases mean white men are more likely to be hired, promoted, and paid well compared ... 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

Precrime Comes to the Office

by Joe Pinsker

As an indicator of a job candidate's virtues, the trio of a résumé, a cover letter, and an interview is rudimentary at best: Recruiters have been shown to spendabout six seconds pondering the average ... Read & React

Leaders Rarely Do What It Takes to Develop Others

There are some myths about what it means for leaders to develop the people they’re responsible for leading. Here's the reality behind a few of them: Developing others doesn’t belong to human resources, talent management, organizational development, or whatever other helpful organization you may ... Read & React

Visualizing the Global Gender Gap

by Laura Bliss

Measuring the expressions, and impact, of gender inequality, isn't always cut-and-dry. Last week, current interim Reddit CEO Ellen Pao lost a gender discrimination suit against her former employer, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers. There, she maintained, she'd been subjected to subtle, even ... Read & React

Emulating High Performance Companies Comes Down to One Thing

The track record of efforts to improve agency performance does not include many successes.  When the 2010 GPRA Modernization Act was passed, one columnist referred to the new law “as the latest chapter in a history of U.S. federal performance reforms that have largely failed to meet expectations.”  ... Read & React

Five Ways to Clear the Decks

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

I’m a little late writing this post this morning because I’ve spent the past 45 minutes clearing the decks. When I sat down at my desk this morning, it looked like it had been through a hurricane. I’ve got lots of reasons (excuses) for that. I’ve been away on business a lot this past month, we have ... Read & React

Meeting the Needs of Women in the Workplace

by Katherine Archuleta Director of the Office of Personnel Management

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I want to highlight the Office of Personnel Management’s commitment to ensuring that all women—and men—are offered the flexibilities they need to be productive, satisfied members of the Federal workforce. OPM encourages agencies to help their employees balance ... Read & React

Science Has Found the Emotion You Need to Stay Healthy

The Northern Lights over Alaska inspire awe in many.
by Kabir Chibber

A link has long been proven between negative moods and ill health. But how do positive moods affect us physiologically? Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, set out to discover exactly that when they tracked emotions such as compassion, joy, love, and so on versus the levels of ... Read & React

4 Ways to Engage the Next Generation of Government Talent

With shrinking budgets and an aging workforce, government organizations face several unique challenges in building their next generation of leaders. Baby boomers are reaching retirement age, taking skills and knowledge as they leave, and morale is decreasing, fueled by work and pay freezes during ... Read & React

Five of Government's Top Social Media Accounts

Government social media accounts, if there’s one thing we know, it’s that they’re here to stay. Corner Alliance has talked about trends in digital government, the issues of convincing government employees to take advantage of social media, and also how to go about measuring digital in government. ... Read & React

Batter Up: 5 Things Workforce Planners Can Learn From Fantasy Baseball

It’s that time of year again. Baseball superfans know what I’m talking about. It’s time to draft your fantasy baseball team. If you’re like millions of Americans, you’re grabbing your peanuts and Cracker Jacks and getting ready for an exciting season. For many, the fantasy draft isn’t a ... Read & React