More Women Around the Globe Are Networking Over Cocktails

by Charlotte Vangsgaard and Filip Lau

From Shanghai to São Paulo, Moscow to Lagos, the changing role of women in the emerging markets is causing major shifts in alcohol consumption. According to Harvard Business Review, income growth of women in developing countries reached 8.1% last year. The Grant Thornton International Business ... Read & React

Hillary Clinton's Lessons in Executive Diplomacy

A host of memoirs by former Obama administration Cabinet chiefs have been arriving in bookstores, offering valuable management lessons for political appointees and career civil servants. This is the third in a series on the experiences of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (Stress Test), Defense ... Read & React

Assessing Trust in Cross-Agency Networks

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

“Trust but verify” was President Reagan’s mantra during the Cold War. Today, trust is a key element to creating effective cross-agency networks to get things done. But what, exactly, is trust, and how do you know what to look for? Addressing public management challenges increasingly requires ... Read & React

How to Write a Cover Letter, According to Leonardo da Vinci

by Michael Silverberg

Selling yourself often feels like a grotesque act. So job applicants’ cover letters seem unlikely to contain much great prose. Instead, we tend to fill the page with false notes and empty phrases. (“I believe my skills make me the ideal candidate, and I would appreciate your consideration…”) But it ... Read & React

Where Will the Next U.S. Earthquake Hit?

by Mark Peterson

To help make the best decisions to protect communities from earthquakes, new U.S. Geological Survey maps display how intense ground shaking could be across the nation. The USGS recently updated its U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps, which reflect the best and most current understanding of where ... Read & React

ESPN’s Stuart Scott Brings You the Best 15 Minutes of Your Day

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Last night at the ESPY awards, SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott took up the mantle of Jim Valvano when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Scott has battled multiple forms of cancer for seven years now. As recently as last week, he had four surgeries in seven days because of complications ... Read & React

Why Government Fails So Often

by Timothy B. Clark Editor at Large

Public administration scholars often write about what’s working in the public sector, hoping to help people who work for government agencies improve their programs’ performance. As government has grown, another strain of writing has emerged, devoted to analyzing public sector failures and their ... Read & React

Can Creativity Be Learned?

by Cody C. Delistraty

At 2 a.m. on June 16, 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin awoke with a fright. Mary was 18 years old and spending her summer at the Villa Diodati at Lake Geneva with her stepsister Claire Clairmont and the writers Lord Byron and John William Polidori. Her future husband, Percy Shelley, was staying ... Read & React

Hey Boss, People Aren’t Machines

"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel." —Maya Angelou Some executives see their organization as a machine with people as gears. They implement rigid processes to establish control and are disappointed when people ... Read & React

Three Trends That Will Revolutionize Federal IT

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

We’ve all heard about federal technology project disasters. Many of these disasters are caused by ill-defined and constantly changing requirements, a lack of a solid understanding of who the customer is, a contracting culture that at times incentivizes performers to bill hours rather than create a ... Read & React