Meet Ralph and Alice, NASA’s Power Couple

With the spectacular success of the New Horizons mission to Pluto in July, we were treated to yet more of NASA’s intriguing terms, most notably Ralph and Alice, named after the lead characters in the popular 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners. Ralph is the New Horizons mission color-imager and infrared ... Read & React

Forget Standing Desks: Study Suggests Bicycle Desks Can Offset Hazards of Sitting

Americans sit. A lot. According to one estimate, sedentary jobs have risen 83 percent since 1950, and now account for 43 percent of American jobs. To combat the ill effects, some have taken to standing desks. Others may try to squeeze in some exercise by biking or even running to work (only really ... Read & React

What Does Your Sex Life Have to Do With Your Security Clearance?

Over the past several months we’ve been lamenting the massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. In the latest data breach, however, it seems federal employees and service members have no one to blame but themselves. This week’s high profile release of online information about users ... Read & React

Working Too Much Can Increase Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

by Akshat Rathi

In 1888, Rudyard Kipling famously wrote that too much work can “kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink.” Working conditions have changed a lot since then, but a new analysis of more than 500,000 modern lives upholds the aphorism. The meta-analysis published in ... Read & React

How to Measure IT’s Strategic Value

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

Information technology has made possible the availability of real-time data and the tools to display that data, such as dash­boards, scorecards and heat maps. This has boosted the use of data and evidence by government decision-makers in meeting their agency and program missions. But what about the ... Read & React

GE Saw the Light on Performance, Government Should Too

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

It’s happened again. Another major corporation has dramatically changed the way it manages employee performance. This time it’s General Electric. That’s important because the new approach is in direct contrast to the indefensible “rank and yank” philosophy attributed to former GE chief executive ... Read & React

The Management Tool Amazon Employees Despise Might Be Coming to Your Organization

Who doesn’t enjoy a good round of brutal criticism? A lot of former Amazon employees, apparently. In a deep dive into the corporate culture fostered at internet mega-retailer Amazon by founder Jeff Bezos, the New York Times reports on a piece of management software that is particularly ... Read & React

Why the Government Doesn’t Work

We're shocked -- shocked -- to discover that government files with sensitive personal information about citizens have been hacked, or that waiting lists for medical treatment for veterans have grown, despite extra funds and doctors. Before that, we were shocked to hear of the colossal failure of ... Read & React

The Case for Competitive Civility

Jordan Spieth and Jason Day kept their high-stakes competition friendly.
by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

The executive that signed professional golfer Jordan Spieth to a long-term endorsement deal with Under Armour should get a raise. In the year, since he signed on, the 21-year-old Texan has won two major golf championships, missed winning the other two by a total of four strokes and, with his second ... Read & React

Going to a Selective College Matters. But Only For Some Majors.

by Gillian B. White

It’s a familiar scene, a high-school student anxiously opening an email or letter that hopefully contains good news: admission to his or her college of choice. The ritual has become a recognizable part of American culture, one that plays out in movies and hyper-emotional commercials. Economists ... Read & React