How to Get Your Team to Open Up to You

It’s impossible to lead effectively if you don’t have an open line of communication with your team members. From my experience in coaching executives and soon-to-be executives, I’ve learned that many leaders talk about their open door policy and their willingness to receive frank feedback, but ... Read & React

Three Things Leaders Can Learn From Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl 50 game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday.
by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

It wasn’t a great game, but it was a win. For Peyton Manning, it was, in all probability, his last as an NFL quarterback. After 18 years of the sacks, injuries and surgeries that come with a career in the League, the soon to be 40-year-old Manning managed the Broncos’ offense well enough to enable ... Read & React

The Middle Ages Demonstrate Why Women Leaders Make Peace — and War

by Katrin E. Sjursen

Hillary Clinton’s victory in Iowa marks the first time a woman has won the presidential caucuses there. Enter the latest round of gender-based speculationsabout female candidates’ inherent pacifism versus their over-compensating hawkishness. With Clinton in the presidential race for the long haul, ... Read & React

Agencies Can Seed Future Success With Creative Investment

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

For several decades, government investment in research and development has been on a downward trajectory. Federal R&D spending now accounts for just under 1 percent of GDP versus 2 percent for private sector R&D. As a result, it is more important than ever for government to partner with the private ... Read & React

Perfectionism in the Office Doesn’t Need to be Toxic

by Susan Krauss Whitbourne UMass Amherst psychological and brain sciences professor.

Perfectionism would seem to be an ideal quality in an employee: Bosses should love you, clients and customers should ask for you and only you, and co-workers ought to be standing in line waiting to have you join their project. Plus, students learn from a young age that an A+ is better than an A, ... Read & React

Why Your Employees Aren’t Performing

I can’t believe we spent a huge amount on customer-service training, and our staff still doesn’t consistently give great service. What a waste! We sent out a memo explaining the summer dress code. I thought it was pretty clear, but the intern showed up dressed for a night at the club. In addition ... Read & React

Government Reorganization 2016: No Magic Wand

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

The recent history of government reorganization efforts hasn’t been very impressive. President Obama in his 2012 State of the Union offered a fairly mild proposal to reorganize the federal government’s trade functions. Republicans had proposed this idea in the 1990s, but the only bipartisan ... Read & React

Rethinking Federal Grants Management: From Oversight to Insight

Grants are among the most important tools the federal government uses to accomplish its objectives. At $600 billion, they comprise over 15 percent of annual outlays, forty percent higher than federal contract spending. Sadly, the way federal grants are managed gets woefully little attention. To ... Read & React

How To Become Compulsively Successful

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

Project management sucks. Anyone who's spent five minutes in a large organization knows this. But there are people who manage to get it done: on time, on budget, high quality. And it's not only because of the conventional wisdom about what we can rely on to make a project great: It's not about ... Read & React

Why the Next President Must Make Government More Collaborative

President George W. Bush greets the mayors of Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss., in March 2006, months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.
by Donald F. Kettl and Robert O'Neill

When the next president moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a host of big challenges will be waiting: ensuring good jobs, public safety, quality education, good health care, a clean environment, and a basic infrastructure that supports economic growth and a high quality of life. A quick look at ... Read & React