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A Guide for Working Families

In his memorandum for modernizing federal leave, the president wrote, “Men and women both need time to care for their families and should have access to workplace flexibilities that help them succeed at work and at home. Offering family leave and other workplace flexibilities to parents can help ... 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

Help Shape the Next President’s Agenda

How can the next president avoid management mistakes and improve the performance of the federal government? A bipartisan coalition of 16 good government groups seeks answers with the Transitions in ... Read & React

2,500 Years Later, the Hottest New Management Guru is Confucius

by Michael Schuman

When CEOs are looking for guidance, they might read Jack Welch, listen to Warren Buffett or study Steve Jobs. But there is another management guru who should get more attention inside corporate suites: Confucius Sure, the Chinese philosopher espoused his doctrine 2,500 years ago—long before ... Read & React

Are You Ready to Change the Way You Think About Leadership?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

When you think of the word “leader” what comes to mind? For lots of people, the picture that comes to mind is the charismatic visionary that sets a direction that people want to follow. All too often, that model of leadership fails because the followers inevitably end up disappointed and disengaged ... Read & React

The Lowdown on Agency Strategic Reviews

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

The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Shaun Donovan, put agencies on notice last week that the administration is doubling down on the implementation of its priorities and tracking progress more closely. This memo indirectly adds some urgency to the relatively new annual strategic ... Read & React

Video: Capuchin Monkeys Show How Keeping Up With Your Peers is an Early Need

by Cassie Werber

You’re reading the Sunday paper, with the sun shining and a cup of coffee to hand. Life is good. And then you see it: a familiar name in the paper, perhaps an old schoolmate, winning an accolade, money, praise. Worse: they work in your field. They might as well have turned up at the breakfast table ... Read & React

Google’s Lessons for Federal Workforce Management

Google’s head of human resources, Laszlo Bock (senior vice president, people operations), has received a lot of media attention for his book, Work Rules!, to be released this month. Hopefully, it will grab the attention of federal managers as well. It’s safe to say, Google is not like government. ... Read & React

Technology and Government’s Distributed Future

Technology innovations have long played a powerful role in how government operates and serves citizens. The advent of telephones, telegraphs and typewriters in the early 20th century was an important factor behind the creation of large, centralized bureaucracies to manage the expanding increase in ... Read & React

What Are You More Likely to Remember?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

So the original plan for this past weekend was to get caught up on some work while my wife, Diane, was away at a conference in Las Vegas. To some degree, that was the plan for both of us. We have a couple of big new projects coming on line so Diane took her computer with her and planned on doing ... Read & React

The Evolution of Your Professional Self on Social Media

Here are two facts about life in 2015 that you may or may not like, depending on your familiarity with and attitudes toward social media. And your beliefs about what the term "professional" means. The first is that you are you, always you, no matter where you are. There you are on Instagram, on ... Read & React

Don’t Blame the Bike If You Want to Improve Performance

Have you ever watched a child learning to ride a bike? Who (or rather what) gets the blame when things don’t go the way the child wants? The bike! The child might even argue that it’s a stupid bike and it’s impossible to ride. But what has this to do with organizations wanting to succeed with ... Read & React