Why Data Sharing Is the Future of Government

by Ross Gianfortune Senior Web Producer

Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy were only seven years apart, but the emergency response made it seem like the storms were centuries apart. The response to Katrina in 2005 was somewhere between a mess and a punch line, while images of the ... Read & React

Adopting Best Practices Can Be a Bad Idea

by Jackson Nickerson Associate Dean, Brookings Executive Education

Q: I have been tasked with developing a national quality assurance review program for auditing services. Can you share with me best practice metrics to evaluate these programs? Currently, regional offices and service centers are using similar metrics but with different processes for evaluating ... Read & React

The Most Valuable Management Degree Doesn’t Exist

by Adam Grant Professor, Wharton Business School

Once upon a time, the field of medicine was riddled with danger. Doctors made up cures based on individual experience, inflicting horrors on patients—lobotomy, anyone? Everything changed with the advent of evidence-based medicine. With randomized, controlled trials and careful longitudinal studies, ... Read & React

Sweden: The New Laboratory for a Six-Hour Work Day

Corn-flake capitalism has come to Sweden. In 1930, in the throes of the Great Depression, cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg decided to conduct an experiment. He replaced the three daily eight-hour shifts at his plant in Battle Creek, Michigan with four six-hour shifts. The results? The ... Read & React

Innovation Lessons Down Under

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

Innovation has become a big deal in governments around the world. The Australian Public Service, for example, developed a formal action plan for innovation in 2011 and is rolling out a series of initiatives to build innovation into the government’s institutional framework. In a recent article in ... Read & React

8 Ways We Bring Our Co-Workers Down

When someone brings up a topic at work, such as a new task, proposal, or solution, different workers respond according to their predominant attitude. If you work in an office, everyone already knows what to expect from you, for better or for worse. They identify you with specific attitudes.  ... Read & React

The Unexpected Benefit of Telling People What Their Coworkers Make

by Emiliano Huet-Vaughn

Each year, Equal Pay Day comes and goes on April 8 amid rising income inequality, low social mobility, and pay disparities for workers of color and women in our nation. Pay disclosure has often been suggested as a way to combat pay inequity between men and women. If women knew how much their ... Read & React

How to Avoid Hiring Selfish People

Adam Grant is something of a prodigy in the business-school world. He’s Wharton’s youngest full professor, and its highest-rated teacher. His claim—outlined in last year’s bestselling Give and Take—that helping others leads to more success than focusing only on getting ahead individually was ... Read & React

How I Lead: Listen, Breathe and Then Ask Questions

by Lynnie Martin Public Relations Director, Young Government Leaders

Melanie Keller is associate director for management at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the largest center at the Food and Drug Administration. As the executive officer, she oversees administrative operations and a $1 billion annual budget. She also directs the human capital management ... Read & React

How to Tap Military Experience for Executive Jobs

It’s a tough reality, but many men and women who have served our county have a difficult time finding jobs as they integrate into the civilian workforce. According to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate for veterans is 6 percent and 650,000 are jobless. As a veteran myself, these statistics ... Read & React