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There’s a Productive Way to Approach Wasting Time Online

There is a productivity-destroying epidemic infiltrating workplaces across the world, and chances are you’re guilty of it. It’s called “cyberloafing”—the act of wasting time on the Internet while on the clock—and much like work itself, it’s bleeding into people’s personal lives. Whether it’s ... Read & React

The recognition of exemplary individual performance is central to high organizational performance. And the psychological value is far more important than the money. Howard Risher

The Single Best Tool to Make You a Better Leader

There are seemingly endless opportunities to waste our time in search of improved productivity, increased creativity and higher quality in our personal and working lives. The buffet of apps for our ... Read & React

What Dads Can Do at Home to Help Daughters Grow Into Successful Leaders

by Jackie Bischof

My dad loves to argue—and growing up, he’d do it with me any chance he got. As a kid, he offered me a pound in exchange for a five-minute fight (a reference to a Monty Python skit at an “argument clinic”). We debated about everything, from politics to my piano performances. As an adult, I can’t say ... Read & React

Communicating to a Cynical Workforce

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

We don't need to debate this, do we? Many people are checked out at work. They don't take the time to read your carefully crafted messages very carefully, if they read them at all. They can barely be bothered to take the all-employee survey with its detailed questions and responses. And if you tell ... Read & React

Ancient Egyptians’ 4,000-year-old Strategy for Dealing With an 'Argumentative Superior'

Hieroglyphics are seen at the mastaba of Ptahhotep in Saqqara.
by Caitlin Hu

Patience is a virtue. Don’t bug your partner about their weight. Try not to vex your boss. As a new translation of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs reveals, the fundamental rules of human behavior have changed little in the last 4,000 years—and wisdom from the times of the pharaohs still rings wry and ... Read & React

Here’s What Coworkers Think When You Kiss Up to your Boss

by Trevor Foulk Doctoral Student, University of Florida

Few employees would deny that ingratiation is ubiquitous in the workplace. This behavior goes by many names – kissing up, sucking up, brown-nosing and ass-kissing. Indeed, the fact that there are so many names that describe this behavior suggests that it’s something that goes on all the time at ... Read & React

Managing Your Workforce When Employees Are All Over the Map

by Austin Martin

In many government organizations, jobs are distributed across large geographic areas, where employees are accountable to different bosses and responsive to different regulations and rules. Managing such an enterprise from a central office can be akin to navigating an ocean with many islands, each ... Read & React

The Myth of the 'Female' Foreign Policy

Sweden's  Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Margot Wallström conducts an interview in 2015.
by Kathy Gilsinan Associate editor at The Atlantic

Margot Wallström took office as Sweden’s foreign minister in 2014, declaring she would pursue a “feminist foreign policy.” She’s now held the post for two years, and it’s still not entirely clear what she meant. While it’s true that an entire school of feminist international-relations theory has ... Read & React

No, You Probably Shouldn’t Follow Every Order From Your Boss

To protect the reputation of your agency and its leaders you need to know when and how to disobey. You read that correctly. There is a high level competency called intelligent disobedience. It is rarely taught in leadership development programs. It should be. Here’s why. No leader is going to give ... Read & React

Millennials, Stop Working From Home All the Time

by Meredith Bennett-Smith

The crown jewel of contemporary work-life balance is the ability to do your work from home, but are we doing it right? At this very moment, I am pacing around my kitchen island, sipping coffee brewed in my own coffeepot. Thousands of Americans are likely doing the same, even as they check in with ... Read & React

When Performance Measures are Counter-Productive

One reason to measure performance is to evaluate the effectiveness of organizations and of people. But this is not the only purpose. In fact, I think that there are multiple answers to the question: “Why measure performance?” And one of these purposes is to motivate organizations and people. It ... Read & React

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