The 15-Minute Weekly Habit That Eased My Work Anxiety — and Made My Boss Trust Me More

by Khe Hy

I once had a boss who would send me a series of two-word emails throughout the day, each one bearing the same message: “Call me.” Each time I received one of these emails, the hairs on the back of my neck would stiffen and my stomach would churn violently. This reaction made no sense—I was ... Read & React

A To-Do List for Leaders Who Need to Grow Up

The CEO and founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, recently acknowledged after the latest in a series of misfires at the high-flying firm: “It’s time to grow up,” and that he “Will seek leadership help.” The misfires include a patent infringement suit by Alphabet (Google), a major sexual harassment ... Read & React

It’s Time to Stop Thinking We Can 'Life Hack' Our Way to Happiness

by Akshat Rathi

Although the phrase “life hack” was coined only in 2004, it has quickly become part of our internet lexicon. In a sense, it’s a reflection of our natural tendency to find the better, faster, and easier ways to get things done. But that doesn’t explain the real appeal of the idea. In our ... Read & React

How Agencies Are Turning Scientific Breakthroughs Into Jobs

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

The federal government annually invests more than $130 billion in research and development. Conducted at federal facilities, universities and private companies, this investment has led to significant technology breakthroughs, including the Internet, the Global Positioning System, and decoding ... Read & React

To Get the Best Results From Your Employees, Assemble Them Like a Team of Surgeons

by Oliver Staley

Team work in the workplace has long been valued. Less well understood is why working in teams is so much more effective than tackling tasks as individuals. The answer lies in human origins, and our evolution as social animals, according to Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach, cognitive scientists ... Read & React

Without Reforms, SES May Not Be Ready for 21st Century Government

by Ronald Sanders and Terry Gerton

We recently collaborated on a new book, Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service, published by the National Academy of Public Administration, but we’re not sure anyone cares—and that worries us. We’re not concerned about book sales, since the book is not for sale. It’s available for free ... Read & React

The Biggest Stereotype About the Professional Lives of Millennials in the U.S. is Wrong

Millennials have developed a reputation as job hoppers. Entitled and impatient, the story goes, young workers in the U.S. get bored easily, jumping from company to company looking for better opportunities sooner than they deserve them. But if you examine the data, this narrative appears almost ... Read & React

The Best Strategies for Self-Assessment, According to Buddhist and Stoic Philosophy

by Lila MacLellan

Whenever we’re on the topic of humblebrags, a friend reminds me of a funny thing she did when she was 11 years old: When her family moved from Canada to Germany, she began casually wearing all the academic and sports medals she had ever won to a local hangout for teens. She never referred to the ... Read & React

Trump’s Big League Management Agenda

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney discusses President Donald Trump's spending plan at the White House on March 16.
by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

President Trump has rolled out a very big management agenda. You could even call it big league, if not bigly. But what’s really new here?  No administration has ever bitten off quite so much with its management plan. The guidance that OMB Director Mick Mulvaney sent to the heads of executive ... Read & React

Learning to Distinguish 'Fear' From 'Fear of Fear' is Key to Leading a Happy Life

by Khe Hy

There’s one piece of advice that’s always stuck with me: “The only way to not be scared of being punched in the face is being punched in the face.” This is quite true, as I learned after receiving the first (and only) punch in my life. Late one night, I inadvertently bumped into someone outside ... Read & React

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