Politicians and Security Clearances

Think your vote doesn’t matter? In addition to exercising your civic responsibility, you’re also carrying out a security responsibility, as well. Members of Congress don’t go through the same background investigation process as you or me. The process of election is considered a public seal of ... 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

Have Candid Conversations Before Bad Things Happen

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

A 2015 survey of federal employees found that 39 percent fear reprisals if they report violations of rules or laws. This has serious implications for their willingness to identify and report serious ... Read & React

How to Hire for Team Skills

So far in this “How to Hire for . . .” series, we’ve covered how to hire for motivation and how to hire for a cultural fit. The question below on assessing team skills is the most important interview question of all time. You'll agree once you try it. First, some background is in order as you ... Read & React

Can't Quit Saying ‘Um’ and ‘Ah’? Just Learn How to Use Them Better

Filler words—like, you know, I mean, uh, um—are an inescapable part of our everyday lives. President Barack Obama, a typically eloquent speaker, uses them; they’re littered throughout Kim Kardashian’s speech; and according to experts, you probably use them every five seconds when you’re speaking ... Read & React

Procrastinate Better

by Olga Khazan

Why is it that the more work I have to do, the more the Internet beckons me into its endless maw of distraction? Oh Lord, I will say, appealing both to myself and to whatever blog-God might be listening, I have an hour to finish this article. But first, isn’t this Tasty video fascinating? I’ve ... Read & React

To Restore Trust In Government, Empower Federal Communicators

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

An October 2013 survey by the Pew Research Center for U.S. Politics & Policy found that most Americans (62 percent) had a positive view of federal workers, and a majority had a positive view of the federal agencies they were asked about. But few (19 percent) trusted the government itself “to do ... Read & React

The Biggest Productivity Myth is that Rigid Rules are for Everyone

The internet is filled with advice and lifehacks on how to improve productivity. We all want to achieve more, it seems, to cram more into our days. There always seems to be that one overachieving colleague who has it all figured out, and uses a complex routine involving butter-filled coffee, short ... Read & React

How to Sell a Product Called 'Democracy'

by Philip Kotler Professor of International Marketing, Northwestern University

Marketing – something I know quite a bit about – and democracy are closely connected. Exploring this connection could help us improve not only our country’s electoral and government system, but also the lives of many Americans. Marketers have a specific mindset. They start by asking what people ... Read & React

Always Stay For the After Party: Tips from the Negotiation Bible For World Leaders

Negotiating is hard enough when your livelihood is on the line, imagine how difficult it is to negotiate when the future of the world is at stake. Even top diplomats need guidance. To ensure that agendas are addressed and conflicts resolved, the United Nations has created its own primer for the art ... Read & React

How to Hire for a Cultural Fit

In a recent post, “How to Hire for Motivation,”I suggested interviewers need to break through the veneer of presentation skills to accurately assess both competency and motivation. It’s important to recognize that motivation to get a job and social assertiveness is not motivation to do the job. ... Read & React

How to Prevent an Office Dispute From Sabotaging Your Security Clearance

Do you have annoying coworkers? A terrible boss? While you may be concerned your complicated workplace will one day make you fly off the handle and lose your job, if you have access to sensitive information (and most government workers do), then you should be concerned about more than a possible ... Read & React

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