Morale Problems? What Would Your Employees Do?

The White House intruder should be a wake-up call across government. When morale declines, so does performance. The Secret Service fiasco is one case in point. Employees become less attentive, easily distracted, unwilling to exert more than the minimum effort, and a few will act out. There is no ... Read & React

Americans Prefer Male Bosses, Even though Women are Better for Business

by Sonali Kohli

A new Gallup poll found that American men and women prefer a male boss to a female one. Though the popularity of women bosses has improved since the 1950s, it hasn’t changed much in this century. Instead, the number of people who say they prefer men has decreased, and “no preference” has increased ... Read & React

Drinking Coffee, for Your Health

In college, when I worked part-time as a barista at a local coffee shop, I would often serve the same customers day in and day out. To the point that, before they’d even say anything, I would know what certain people wanted to order: large skim mocha, medium iced latté (light on the milk), black ... Read & React

Data Is Driving STEM Recruitment

by Katherine Archuleta Director of the Office of Personnel Management

Last week, the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building became a showcase for the Office of Personnel Management’s initiative to attract the best talent in science, technology engineering and math to federal service. This “Datapalooza” was part of a celebration of the ... Read & React

Bad Meetings Aren't Just Boring

Most meetings don’t manage to accomplish much more than serving as a lengthy update on what people are up to—and as an interruption to their work. According to Nest CEO Tony Fadell, such meetings also come at a substantial cost. He put a very high dollar value on it at a Fast Company conference: ... Read & React

Let’s Give Federal Leaders the Digital Toolkit They Need

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

Data analytics, content marketing (blogging, video, white papers, etc.), social media engagement and tracking, and many other buzzwords are the keys to successful marketing in the private sector. The capabilities associated with these terms are increasingly the lifeblood of the way companies ... Read & React

7 Ways to Succeed at Something You Know Nothing About

I often find myself landing jobs and opportunities for which I am not entirely qualified, based solely on experience. I don’t lie on my résumé, or claim to have experience I don’t, but I’m constantly being offered opportunities that sometimes have me thinking, “Who, me? Are you sure?” I then ... Read & React

Are You Driving Yourself Insane?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Last week, I had one of the more interesting and amazing conversations I’ve ever had with a cab driver. His name was Husamettin. I’ve been in New York for the past week for a series of client meetings and interviews related to the launch of my new book. On the way to one of those interviews, I was ... Read & React

Why Isn’t Performance Information Being Used?

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

Champions of performance management in government are confounded. After decades of trying to integrate the use of performance information into agency decision-making, it still isn’t happening on as broad a scale as once hoped. The initial premise 20 years ago was that if performance information was ... Read & React

Do I Ever Get Overworked and Overwhelmed?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

One of the interesting things that happens when you launch a book is you do a lot of interviews about the book. I’ve been doing a lot of those lately as the official publication date of Monday, October 13 approaches for my new book, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. In an ... Read & React