Why the Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematic

by Gillian B. White

One of the most frustrating parts of the sluggish recovery has been paltry wage gains for most workers. The stock market may be booming, corporate profits increasing, and home values rising, but middle and lower-class workers often don't truly feel the benefit of such improvements unless wages ... Read & React

How Not to Kill Employee Engagement

Employee morale in the federal government has reached its lowest point in years. Low morale can paralyze an organization and impede its ability to meet its mission. To overcome this substantial challenge, federal leaders should strive to better engage their staff. Internal communication is a ... Read & React

The Architectural Theory That’s Killing Personal Space at Work

The mass adoption of the open office killed off walls for most workers, and even the cubicle. Now, its evolution is shrinking employees’ desks. One reason, unsurprisingly, is to save on rent in expensive markets by packing more people into smaller spaces, according to The New York Times (paywall). ... Read & React

The Salary Increase You Can Expect From a Graduate Degree, By Major

In the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, things were truly dicey for America’s freshly minted college graduates. Many had a tough time finding employment of any kind, let alone in their chosen field of study. A few years makes a big difference, though. Unemployment is falling for recent ... Read & React

How Diverse Should Your Team Be?

From business to academia to sports, how to build effective teams is a crucial question. What organizing principles best enhance individuals’ performance and are most conducive to creativity? One popular theory holds that diversity is key. Assemble a heterogeneous group of people, and, as Ned Smith ... Read & React

What Would You Say in Your Acceptance Speech?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

So imagine this. You’re an Academy Awards nominee and you’ve just won a coveted Oscar. (Maybe even a super cool Lego Oscar like Oprah got.) You’ve got around 60 seconds at the podium to say what’s on your heart before the orchestra cranks it up and starts playing you off the stage. What would you ... Read & React

5 Ways to Make Your Management Consultants More Effective

by Steve Goodrich

The world of management consulting has evolved over the years. There is actually less pure consulting or advisory services and more technical services being provided to customers. Technical service is provided when an outside firm develops or implements a solution for an agency that is already ... Read & React

Love Coffee? You Should Probably Be Drinking Even More

Unless you’re drinking at least three cups of coffee a day, you should consider upping your java habit. The US dietary guidelines advisory committee, which makes recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies, released a report this week that points to the health ... Read & React

Why Good Managers Sometimes Make Bad Crisis Leaders

You are the manager of a big organization and you know your business. Each day, you make important decisions regarding money, policy and strategy. You’re in total control. Without warning, you are confronted with a major crisis: an earthquake, a fire or a reputational risk. Now you find yourself ... Read & React

Escaping Groundhog Day: 5 Tips for Innovation

This month we observe Groundhog Day, and like the Bill Murray movie of the same name, many government and nonprofit leaders suffer from experiencing the same day, problem or meeting over and over. This cycle can lead to frustration, declining morale and ultimately burnout, and it can be hard to ... Read & React