A New Approach to Fighting Fraud in Federal Benefits Programs

by J.R. Helmig

Legislators may disagree over the amount the country should spend on government benefits, but one fact will always have bipartisan agreement -- the level of fraud, waste and abuse plaguing benefit programs is too high. Although some progress has been made, including a 50 percent decrease in the ... Read & React

An Economic Theory Developed in 1817 Can Help You Cut Your To-Do List in Half

by Sarah Todd

Most mornings, while I drink my coffee, I jot down a to-do list. “Call bank,” I write. “Respond to one zillion emails. Clean kitchen. Prepare for meeting. Write article. Read friend’s cover letter. Go for jog.” This is not a list of things that I will actually do. It’s more a list of things to ... Read & React

People Are Finding It Hard to Focus on Work Right Now

Months before the election, there were reports of greater political tension in offices than in previous election cycles. In one survey from the American Psychological Association, 10 percent of respondents said that political discussions at work led to stress, feeling cynical, difficulty finishing ... Read & React

Chronically Late People Share One Positive Personality Trait

by Georgia Frances King

Earlier in the year, I worked out how to stop being 10 minutes late everywhere. The reason why I’m constantly behind schedule turned out to be counterintuitive. I was too organized for my own good, trying to effectively spend every last second of spare time cramming in as many to-do items as ... Read & React

It’s Not Too Late: Resolve to Have a Successful Year

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

The New Year’s celebrations may be behind you, but it’s never too late to focus on mastering the tactics and skills that will lead to success. Here are 10 tips for developing the attitude, intention and presentation that will help you reach your goals:   The Right Attitude 1. Take yourself ... Read & React

Federal Hiring Freeze Puts Performance Management in the Spotlight

by Joe Abusamra

The federal hiring freeze is on, and federal human resources leaders are sifting through the details to determine how it applies to their agency. But in terms of a long-term personnel strategy, many of these details are only somewhat important. The real story is how the freeze and other plans ... Read & React

Get Back on Track to Meeting Your Goals With These Three Steps

by Scott Sonenshein

New Year’s is already a distant memory and there’s plenty of uncertainty about what 2017 will bring. But one thing is for sure. We’re already well past making resolutions. Some of us never started, and others gave up too quickly. We convince ourselves we don’t have enough time, money, or other ... Read & React

How to Cope with Failure and Rejection

by Melody Wilding

Any creative person knows that pursuing meaningful work also means climbing aboard an emotional rollercoaster. One moment, you’re on top of the world, stepping out onto a stage, or hitting “publish” on a post. Then a disappointing email or a critical comment about your work sends you plunging into ... Read & React

When Government Employees Pose a Threat to Security and Safety

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

Who can you trust? The tragic Navy Yard shootings in 2013 crystallized a long-simmering problem for federal leaders—how to proactively manage potential threats from the government’s own employees and contractors. It’s a challenge officials have been grappling with for more than a decade. ... Read & React

You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Message

This phrase is, of course, a play on the old line attributed to Peter Drucker, to W. Edwards Deming, to Robert Kaplan and David Norton, and to your favorite management guru. You know the original phrase: “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Unfortunately, the similar seven-word phrase that ... Read & React

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