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Lessons About Government Performance From Latin America

Harvard’s Bob Behn has written about the spread of the “PerformanceStat” movement across the U.S during the past two decades. Now the creation of “Delivery Units,” which is another name for this phenomenon, has spread across the world ­– even to Latin America. Behn’s recent book on PerformanceStat ... Read & React

Every challenge holds your next promotion—face it. Every challenge contains a hidden treasure—find it. Every challenge has the power to make you a leader—embrace it. Miguel Joey Aviles, Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program

5 Strategic Planning Mistakes to Avoid in 2015

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

Now that we are beginning 2015, many nonprofit and government leaders are rethinking their strategies and strategic plans. Just like most New Year’s resolutions, strategic goals are easy to plan but ... Read & React

Attention: A Muscle to Strengthen

by James Hamblin, MD

"Today is Thursday, the day of Meaning." That's the message at the very top of the page. And from there down, almost everything about Amit Sood's website, stressfree.org, is couched in the self-help jargon that scientists instinctively dismiss. So it's especially interesting that Sood is a ... Read & React

How to Uncover Happiness When You're a Leader

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Being a leader can be and often is a high stress job. The demands on your time, the tough calls, the conflict resolution – it can all add up. If you’re not paying attention, it can leave you feeling stressed out, burned out and even depressed. In this episode of The Next Level Podcast, I’m sharing ... Read & React

A Compelling Case for Bringing Back Private Offices at Work

The cushy private offices, complete with couch and bar, that Don Draper and his ilk enjoyed would be unthinkable in most companies today. The workplace has seen a years-long trend of shrinking personal space—driven, if you believe the companies doing it, by a desire for increased collaboration in ... Read & React

Leaders, Don't Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door

I visit a local bakery every Friday afternoon to purchase Challa bread, a sweet egg bread that just seems to go well with just about every meal. I've been buying a loaf there, each week, for years. Unfortunately, of late, the quality just hasn't been there. We've noticed the bread is not as it ... Read & React

How Healthy Is Your Agency? It Could Be Time for a Checkup

Government departments and agencies are under increased pressure to perform effectively in the midst of budgetary and political uncertainty, but a high grade for performance doesn’t necessarily make for a clean bill of organizational health. Over the decades, there have been initiatives (for ... Read & React

Why You Should Take Time to Not Think

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Ah, the third week of the new year. The holiday break is an increasingly distant speck in the rearview mirror and we’re all back up to our eyeballs in work. And, of course, our brains are working overtime trying to churn through and process everything we have to do. Gotta’ stay focused, right? ... Read & React

How I Lead: Set Clear Goals and Ask Employees What They Need to Achieve Them

by Lynnie Martin Public Relations Director, Young Government Leaders

Cecilia Moore is a supervisory environmental scientist in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Division in Chicago. An EPA employee for the past 20 years, she is an aspiring Senior Executive Service candidate and takes pride in the agency’s mission to protect human health and the ... Read & React

Seven Ways to Play a Bigger Game This Year

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

In fifteen years of coaching high potential and senior leaders, I’ve conducted thousands of hours of colleague feedback interviews. One of the themes that I hear a lot from senior executives talking about high potential leaders is that the client needs to play a bigger game. What the executives ... Read & React

When Disability Is in the Eye of the Beholder

“So often, the students you’re trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you.” Educator Sean Junkins said that, and he was right. As a teacher at the Federal Executive Institute, I am always inspired by my students—by their stories, commitment and passion. But I’ve never been inspired ... Read & React