People Are Falling in Love with a Productivity System That Just Uses Pen and Paper

by Belle Beth Cooper

I’m one of those people who is constantly testing out new productivity apps in the hopes that this is the technology that will transform my life for good. Each new app promises to make me more efficient than the last. But I’ve never been able to find a method that quite beats the flexibility and ... Read & React

What Does It Take for People to Do the Right Thing?

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

A recent report for the IBM Center by a team of Northeastern University researchers, Gilbert Nyaga, Gary Young, and Russ Moran, offers a case study of what it takes to help people do the right thing. In this case, they examine efforts to effectively manage medical supplies on the front line within ... Read & React

Criminals Steal Billions From Government Every Year; Here’s How to Prevent It

by Linda Miller

Fraud is a persistent and growing problem for government programs. It costs taxpayers billions of dollars and erodes public trust in government institutions. In fiscal year 2014, the government paid out nearly $125 billion improperly, nearly $20 billion more than it improperly paid out the previous ... Read & React

Traumatized by Millennials, Employers are Already Trying to Make Generation Z Happy

by Cassie Werber

Employers haven’t had it easy with millennials—a broad term for a global grouping of people who are fairly young at this particular moment in time (definitions vary, but it usually refers to people currently aged 18 to 35). These young people have been asking more of their workplace than ever ... Read & React

Make Room, Introverts—Everyone Needs Time to Recharge

Socializing can be difficult for everyone.
by Julie Beck

Ever since that book about the power of introverts, people seem to have gotten really into introversion. Do a quick Google of “only introverts will understand” if you need a sampling. Somehow, it seems like we’ve ended up with stereotypes where introverts order pizza in bed and think deep important ... Read & React

Why Most Managers Should Delegate More Responsibilities

How does a public manager get public employees to produce results? The traditional answer is: Tell them precisely what to do. Don’t give them any room for discretion. If you do, they’ll just exploit the opportunity for their own, personal advantage. For over a century, democracies have sought to ... Read & React

When It Comes to Workplace Noise, Millennials Can't Even

by Jessica Leigh Hester

Companies go out of their way to woo workers with freebies and quirky spaces. Coffee and snacks are somewhat standard. Other businesses go bigger, withneon-orange slides that wind between floors or treehouses and ponds on sprawling campuses. But a new survey asks whether those accommodations are ... Read & React

What Government Could Learn from the Golden State Warriors

I recently co-authored an article with Paul Gustavson on LinkedIn: How the Golden State Warriors are Changing Basketball. The premise of the article is that the reigning NBA champions were built to become a team of leaders, and their results once again demonstrate the principle that “organizations ... Read & React

How to Silence Your Itty Bitty Committee

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

A while back, I was coaching an executive who found herself getting emotionally hijacked. Like a lot of executives in large organizations, her job required her to work cross-functionally with lots of different people. That kind of work environment leads to lots of conversations, meetings, e-mail ... Read & React

WHO: Coffee Is Good For You

by Adrienne LaFrance

The idea that our favorite indulgences might actually be good for us is a long-standing and beloved narrative. It’s why people adore stories about centenarians who attribute their longevity to a daily glass of whiskey, or the idea that cheese is what makes French people slim. It’s likely, then, ... Read & React

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