The Science Behind Why We Dress Up

Fashion guru Tim Gunn felt out of place at the James Beard Foundation Food Conference in New York—”like a mongrel at the Westminster Kennel Club,” he said at the Oct. 19 event. But he was, as ever, put together in a pinstripe suit and printed tie, and wasn’t too shy to share that dressing up ... 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

How to Spot Leadership Potential

Every effective leader I’ve worked around is a self-admitted talent scout. They are always on the lookout for individuals capable of something above and beyond today’s work-related activities. They ... Read & React

From Voting to Writing a Will: The Power of Making a Plan

If there’s one thing the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates can agree on these days is that they both want you to vote (for them) this November. To that end, both political parties tend to have extensive get-out-the-vote operations designed to make sure their supporters actually go to ... Read & React

Having a Backup Plan Might Be the Very Reason You Failed

My optometrist once told me that a research job can be tough on the eyes. When you aren’t reading articles, you’re staring at data or puzzling your way though code on some blinking monitor. I wear contacts. She told me to bring my glasses to work, as a backup in case my eyes tired out. A few years ... Read & React

Six Tools for Communicating Complex Ideas

by Gretchen Kalwinski

Every business leader is, in a sense, a teacher. “Not in the sense that their job description says teacher; not in the sense that they stand up in front of a lecture hall,” says Mitchell Petersen. “But their job will entail communicating ideas to others, convincing them the ideas are ... Read & React

Misuse of Office Resources Could Cost You Your Clearance

by Sean M. Bigley

I used to wonder why federal agencies found the need to imprint the following language on all their envelopes: Official Business Only – Penalty for Private Use $300. Then I became a defense attorney and quickly discovered that there are a lot of people in the world who really do need to need that ... Read & React

Three Leadership Rules for the Shark Cage

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

If you haven’t already seen it, watch this video of a great white shark attacking a dive cage. It runs about a minute and a half and is straight out of Jaws. OK, now that you’ve watched it, we need to draw some leadership lessons from what happened there. (Great thanks and props to my client Brian ... Read & React

Top Recruiter: There’s One Good Way to Answer That Question About Your Biggest Weakness

by Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora: In a job interview, is your answer to “What’s your biggest weakness?” a perfect humble brag opportunity? Answer by Ambra Benjamin, engineering recruiter at Facebook. I’ll begin by saying: This is a terrible interview question, but it is one you will be ... Read & React

How Can Government Buying Match the Best in Business?

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

The category management initiative, started under the leadership of former Office of Management and Budget executive Anne Rung, is expanding to help the federal government buy goods and services in a similar way leading companies operate. Category management is used by businesses and governments ... Read & React

Everyone Fails, But Only the Wise Find Humility

Failure is like the original sin in the biblical narrative: everyone has it. Regardless of class, caste, race, or gender, we are all born to fail, we practise failure for as long as we live, and pass it on to others. Just like sin, failure can be disgraceful, shameful and embarrassing to admit. And ... Read & React

The Pressure to Improve Service Is Only Going to Increase

Over the past several years, there’s been a renewed effort to improve the experience citizens have when they interact with government agencies. This has been driven by presidential mandate, agency leadership, digital innovation, and industry support as well as consumer demand. Some may wonder if ... Read & React

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