The Surprising Benefit of Comparing Yourself to Others

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Every so often you hear a story that’s the exception that proves the rule. In this case, the rule is don’t compare yourself to others; just do your best and play your own game. The exception is the story that David Duval shared this past weekend at the British Open. Even if you follow golf, you may ... Read & React

Setting Your Own Schedule Actually Makes You Work More

Ah, the freedom of flexible work. Pick your own start and end times, and whether and how much you work at the office. It sounds pretty great in comparison to a regimented shift, or clocking in and out every day. It also indicates a level of trust by an employer. Shift work is obviously necessary in ... Read & React

Why Plugging the Cyber Breach Is the 2nd Biggest Problem at OPM

by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Beth Cobert has just walked into the toughest job in Washington. Tens of millions of federal employees and their families have had their personal information stolen. Members of Congress have called into question the competence of the Office of Personnel Management in allowing the cyber breach to ... Read & React

7 Things Employees Wish They Could Tell Their Bosses

Your employees have a lot of thoughts. Most of those thoughts they don't share, especially with you. At times their silence can be a good thing, especially where your ego -- or their employment status -- is concerned. But their silence also may keep you from understanding what your employees really ... Read & React

Exposing Organizations That Pay Women Less Than Men

by Edward Delman

It’s often considered gauche to ask people about their salaries, but the British government is planning to do just that. In a bid to combat the gender pay gap, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Tuesday that his government will institute a measure requiring companies with more than 250 ... Read & React

It’s Time to Make Good on Phased Retirement

For more than 30 years, Jean Rigdon has proudly served our veterans as a lab technician at the G.V. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. In December, Jean will hang up her lab coat and retire, taking those decades of experience with her. She would rather continue to serve part ... Read & React

Why Getting a Referral Is So Powerful In a Job Search

Applying for a job can feel like shouting into an abyss. And for good reason: Unless you know someone in the organization, you’re at a major statistical disadvantage. While this can feel unfair, new research shows employers are justified in this bias. With referrals, there’s a ready-made reference ... Read & React

How Do You Measure the Effectiveness of Government?

With the 24-hour news cycle and at-your-fingers access to the latest stories, the American people have plenty of information constantly available to them. And whether they know it or not, they are using much of that information as a de facto source for evaluating the effectiveness of government. ... Read & React

What Kind of Leader Are You?

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

There are three types of leaders. Each is successful in a different context, says Michael Maccoby, a renowned business adviser who is an organizational psychologist and anthropologist. And you need all three on your organization’s top management team. Drawing on nearly five decades of research and ... Read & React

Time Management Is Only Making Our Already Busy Lives Worse

by Tony Crabbe

“Tess…started her way up the dark and crooked lane not made for hasty progress; a street laid out before inches of land had value, and when one-handed clocks sufficiently sub-divided the day.” —Thomas Hardy Imagine your life without time, without a constant sense that you’re running behind, ... Read & React