Are You the Fire Hose or the Nozzle?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

As you enter into countless live and virtual conversations this week, here’s a question to consider. Are you the firehose or the nozzle? Here’s a quick description of each and a few ways to tell the difference. To get the mental picture of a fire hose, imagine the real thing hooked up to a fire ... Read & React

Six Things You Can Do in 15 Minutes or Less to Be More Productive

I am naturally driven to push through a challenge. When my work to-do list looks like a mass of deadlines, I sacrifice many other important things for the sake of getting it all done. When I’m sick, tired, or unfocused I like to pretend I’m the Energizer Bunny, continuing to move ahead at all ... Read & React

All the Reasons Why Emotionally Intelligent People Are So Happy at Work

by Travis Bradberry

Let’s face it, happiness and work do not tend to go hand in hand. A 2013 Gallup study, which reported data from more than 180 million people, found that just 13% of us consider ourselves to be “happily engaged at work.” Those who do rate themselves as happy are 36% more motivated, six times more ... Read & React

On the Use of Memes in Government Communication

We begin with the assumption that government communication should be as good or better than private sector communication, for three reasons: The public relies on the government as a trustworthy source of information. Many are misinformed or under-informed about what the government does and the ... Read & React

When Fatigue Boosts Creativity

by Olga Khazan

Most people know, instinctively, whether they are morning people or evening people. Some are hit with a wave of dread whenever they hear a stranger’s iPhone clanging out the same ringtone as their morning alarm. Others can be found yawning into their second beer at 10 p.m. on a Friday. (For ... Read & React

10 Ways to Lead Bigger

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

As I wrote here a few months ago, the biggest development opportunity for many of the rising leaders I work with as an executive coach is to play a bigger game. Once a leader achieves a level of mastery in leading his or her functional team, the next step is to play a bigger leadership role ... Read & React

Government That Works: Making It Safe to Report Bad Results

Few stories about government failure have been more egregious than the 2014 story about 40 veterans who reportedly died while waiting to get an appointment at the Veteran’s Affairs Department facility in Phoenix. Following the scandal, an internal VA audit found a pattern of pressure in the agency ... Read & React

Influence: The Ultimate Power Tool

In business today, effective influence is essential. Want your ideas implemented? You must influence others to act on them. Want more advancement or responsibility? You must influence executives to see the value you offer. And to be an effective leader you must be able to influence others. In all ... Read & React

Learning From Mistakes Can Catapult Your Career

Ray Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. He has been considered one of the most influential people in the world by various lists, and, with a net worth of $15.2 billion in October 2014, he is the 30th richest person in America. By any ... Read & React

What is a Stakeholder? 6 Things You Should Know

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

The word stakeholder is used to mean many different things in government, the nonprofit sector and in business. It’s a broad and confusing term that takes in everyone who has any interest in what an organization does. They have a “stake” or interest in the decisions and fate of your organization. ... Read & React