The Beauty-Happiness Connection

by Cody C. Delistraty

“Le Déjeuner,” an early painting by Claude Monet, isn’t particularly remarkable when compared to some of his other works. His “Les Nymphéas” series, for instance, includes nearly 250 large-scale oil paintings of the water lilies at his flower garden in Giverny. From his Thames-facing room in ... Read & React

Partial Quality Management

From the archives of Government Executive... April 1994—It has been almost five years since government began the push for total quality management and continuous improvement. Since then, agencies have spent millions of dollars studying just how to do it, and millions more setting up their systems. ... Read & React

The Latest Perk: Force Employees to Enjoy Vacation by Deleting Their Email

by Michael Silverberg

Imagine returning home from a two-week vacation to an inbox as clear and empty as an unspoiled beach. That’s no idle daydream, but the new policy of the German automaker Daimler. When employees go on vacation, they can turn on “Mail on Holiday,” which automatically deletes all incoming emails and ... Read & React

What Leaders Can Learn About Trust from Vladimir Putin

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Given his track record in Crimea and Ukraine over the past several months, you wouldn’t think there is much that leaders could learn about trust from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The shoot down of the Malaysian Air flight, the Russian-backed rebels, the troops massed on the Ukrainian border, ... Read & React

The Secret to Reducing Deadline Stress

by Elizabeth Grace Saunders Author and Time Coach

When you and your stakeholders don’t see eye-to-eye on the timing of communications and deadlines—stress happens. Why is setting time expectations so important? The challenge for leaders is that if you don’t set expectations, your stakeholders will. That means you may go for months—or even ... Read & React

All Those Brain Exercises for Your Kids Are a Big Waste of Time

by Emma Blakey

There has been a big increase recently in the number of computerized “brain training” programs marketed at young children. These programs make impressive claims—that they can help children learn better, that they improve children’s focus and memory, and that they can help children succeed in ... Read & React

Bad Management Advice You Should Run Away From

by Dan McCarthy

There’s a lot of advice out there on leadership and management—almost as much as you’ll find on dating, careers and how to raise your kids. Actually, most of it is pretty good, or at least not bad. I rarely come across an article in my daily SmartBrief on Leadership newsletter and say to myself ... Read & React

Against Consensus

A disagreement can be good for the political system.
by Crispin Sartwell

One annoying effect of extreme political polarization is that people on different sides can't agree about facts. Americans' opinions tend to coincide with those of others on their own end of the political spectrum about things such as whether there was a cover-up about Benghazi, whether the IRS has ... Read & React

Why You Should Reset Your Brain and How to Do It

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

The most emailed article on The New York Times website today is an article called Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain. It’s by Daniel Levitin of McGill University and it explains the findings of research that he did with a colleague at Stanford. The big headline is that they’ve identified a part of ... Read & React

How to Keep Your Agency Out of the Headlines

"Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you must inspire your people and get them to inspire their people."—Lee Iacocca The Veteran Affairs Department is the latest federal agency to make headlines for abysmal performance. But Congress' ... Read & React