The Difficult Person at Work Probably Isn’t a Psychopath

As workplaces become increasingly difficult and damaging environments, there are plenty of articles and books on dealing with “psychopaths” among your colleagues. But psychopathy is heavily contested as a diagnostic category. And labelling a coworker a psychopath fails to account for how our ... Read & React

Should You Accept A Glass of Water at a Job Interview?

Q: Should you accept a cup of coffee or water at a job interview?  Dear Parched Job Applicant: Don’t be afraid to drink the Kool-Aid (read: double shot of espresso): It’s 110% OK to accept a cup of Joe at a job interview when it’s offered. Not only will it make you more comfortable ... Read & React

Threats to Government Data Are Threats to Democracy

by Andre Perry and Katherine Guyot

The federal government bears few responsibilities as weighty as its obligation to be a good steward of data and information. From shaping our congressional districts, to understanding students’ academic progress; from informing budget priorities and their impact on future generations, to simply ... Read & React

The Big Deal About Big Data

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

Behind the roller-coaster politics rocking Washington, a much quieter but just as important revolution is underway. Government managers are advancing the use of “big data,” and it’s having a big impact. It’s the center of an important effort to transform the health of the federal government and ... Read & React

The Low Rate of Firing Government Employees is Not a 'Positive Sign'

The Washington Post recently cited a U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board study that argued the low rate at which federal employees are fired for poor performance “could actually be a positive sign.” The report by the agency that weighs federal employees’ disciplinary appeals contends that the ... Read & React

Not All Innovation Projects Are Born Equal

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

I often see government programs using a one size fits all approach to managing innovation efforts. Every project has its milestones planned out three years in advance and of course all the right metrics to prove how appropriate the investment is. It's every project manager's dream. ... Read & React

This Disclosure Could Hurt Your Work Relationships

by Josh Brown

Disclosing a weakness might not be a good way to build rapport with coworkers, research suggests. Sharing personal information with friends and family is a standard way to build rapport and healthy relationships. But between coworkers, that’s not always true. In the journal Organizational ... Read & React

Focusing on the Positive: Rewarding Good Workers and Managers

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The pundits focused on the line in President Trump’s state of the union address asking Congress to “empower every Cabinet secretary with the authority . . . to remove federal workers.” For the most part, they ignored the call to “reward good workers” preceding the reference to removal. It may be ... Read & React

Why Hiring the ‘Best’ People Produces the Least Creative Results

While in graduate school in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I took a logic course from David Griffeath. The class was fun. Griffeath brought a playfulness and openness to problems. Much to my delight, about a decade later, I ran into him at a conference on traffic models. ... Read & React

What You Can Learn About Self-Improvement From Kevin Durant

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 3.
by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

If you pay any attention at all to sports, you’ve probably noticed that the Golden State Warriors are a really good basketball team. So good, in fact, that four of their five starters are playing in the NBA All-Star Game next month. With Steph Curry and Kevin Durant leading the team and (my ... Read & React