A Former Facebook Product Manager on the Key to Solving Hard Decisions Quickly

by Corinne Purtill

Rousseau Kazi became a product manager at Facebook in 2011 at the age of 19, while still an undergraduate at the University of California-Berkeley. He recently left Facebook to work on a new, unannounced project, and reflected on his career on the podcast “Modest Conversations” with Sam Lessin, ... Read & React

Risk Management Isn’t Just for the Finance Staff

by John O'Connor

Federal law enforcement and other operational mission leaders are hearing about new requirements for enterprise risk management, an organizationwide approach to managing risks that has been in practice in the commercial sector for some time.   As they begin to understand ERM, many agency leaders ... Read & React

Agencies Need A STEM Talent Management System

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The government’s technology problems are largely staffing problems. For years, workforce concerns were ignored. But high-profile data breaches have shifted the focus. Government’s technology problems are as complex and difficult to address as any in the world. Agencies need to be able to hire ... Read & React

Setting Goals Around Tasks, Not Outcomes, is the Best Way to Improve Performance, a Study Shows

by Oliver Staley

The importance of setting goals is well-established. Athletes routinely use goals as motivation. Corporate boards set goals for CEOs to create incentives. Scarcely a middle-school assembly or motivational speech goes by without a speaker exhorting the audience to set goals. But some goals are ... Read & React

OPM Just Made It Harder To Drain The Swamp

by Alex Nowrasteh

President Donald Trump took office with a promise to drain the swamp, but the federal agency that manages the government’s two million civilian employees is making it harder to do that. Under a new policy, the Office of Personnel Management recently stopped reporting data on employees terminated ... Read & React

Why Low Unemployment Doesn’t Mean Higher Salaries

Month after month, Department of Labor reports continue to indicate lower unemployment figures. But that may not mean higher salaries. Economic growth and consumer spending are still stagnant, and many Americans continue to experience flat or declining wages. A college graduate in 2017 expects ... Read & React

A TED Speaker Coach’s Trick For More Commanding Presentations Involves Your Toes

by Anne Quito

There’s nothing more distracting than a fidgety presenter. Mindless shifting, swaying and shuffling—it’s a common tick that can undermine hours of preparation. The traditional advice for speakers is to move or gesture to emphasize a point or stand in one spot. But staying put is harder than you ... Read & React

How To Talk To Yourself To Control Emotions

During stressful times, talking to yourself in the third person—silently—could help you control your emotions. This method doesn’t take any more mental effort, say researchers, than talking to yourself in the first person, which is how people normally talk to themselves. The study in Scientific ... Read & React

Is an Unpredictable Leader Good for National Security?

Is unpredictability a virtue or a hindrance in the realm of national security? Since the election of Donald Trump, inquiring minds want to know. Some political commentators view volatility as an asset. This line of argument tends to invoke Richard Nixon’s “madman theory” of international ... Read & React

What To Do Before a Vacation To Make Sure Coming Back To Work Isn’t Pure Agony

by Corinne Purtill

I went on vacation last month. In the final 15 minutes before leaving my desk for a week, I set out-of-office messages on Slack and Gmail, made an Evernote to-do list for my first day back, and closed my laptop, confident I’d return rested, organized, and ready to jump back into work. Vacation ... Read & React