How Government-Supported Forced Labor Is Undercutting American Manufacturers

by Rick Helfenbein

At a White House event in July to promote U.S. manufacturing, President Trump said, “The Made in America movement is growing rapidly under my administration, and we're more determined than ever to protect our jobs, our industry, and our workers. Every day we are putting America first.” It was a ... Read & React

The To-Do List Is a Tyrant That Will Keep Your Life and Your Goals Small

by Corinne Purtill

There’s immense satisfaction in the act of crossing an item off a to-do list. It feels powerful, like a definitive strike against overwhelming responsibility. As Quartz At Work’s Lila McLellan has reported, simply saying the word “done” gives our neurochemistry a valuable happiness boost. As ... Read & React

This Can Make Middle Managers Inflate Success

by Matt Swayne

Middle managers may be key in promoting unethical behavior among their subordinates, new research suggests. In a study of a large telecommunications company, researchers found that middle managers used a range of tactics to inflate their subordinates’ performance and deceive top management, ... Read & React

'People Who Boast About Their IQ Are Losers'

by Julie Beck

In 2004, a New York Times reporter asked Stephen Hawking what his IQ was. “I have no idea,” the theoretical physicist replied. “People who boast about their IQ are losers.” President Donald Trump seems to think otherwise. After recent reports that Rex Tillerson, his secretary of state, called ... Read & React

Breaking the Stranglehold of Calcified Federal Acquisition Policies

by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, thinks government ought to be able to take advantage of the robust world of online marketplaces (think Amazon or EBay). Thus, he has included in the House version of the 2018 defense authorization bill a provision authorizing just ... Read & React

Your Boss’s Political Views Could Make Or Break Your Promotion

by Greta Guest

Gender equality at work may have a lot to do with a manger’s political ideology, a study of US law firms shows. “In general, women are much less likely to be promoted, and much more likely to leave their firms. We found that this gender gap gets smaller when male bosses are more liberal, but it ... Read & React

When Working From Home Doesn’t Work

by Jerry Useem

In 1979, IBM was putting its stamp on the American landscape. For 20 years, it had been hiring the greats of modernism to erect buildings where scientists and salespeople could work shoulder-to-shoulder commanding the burgeoning computer industry. But that year, one of its new facilities—the ... Read & React

What Are You Most Proud of This Year?

Chanara Andrews and Amanda Hsu served as interns with the National Park Service.
by Charles Beall

There’s a question echoing through federal government offices in this end-of-year reporting season: “What are you most proud of this year?” Many of us are asking our employees this question as we wrap up their annual performance reviews. And many of our supervisors are asking us this question as ... Read & React

How to Determine if the Balls You’re Juggling are Rubber or Glass

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

In my work as a coach and speaker to corporate leaders, I hear a lot of stories about how many balls people are trying to juggle at once. There are at least three big factors driving these stories. First, most leaders in most organizations are expected to continuously do more with less. Second ... Read & React

Reform Should Focus on Workforce Alignment, Not On Staffing Cuts

Federal employees are the primary drivers for how government work gets done, decisions get made, and values are upheld. Maintaining a high performing workforce with the right skills and of the right size to execute the mission is critical. Proponents of smaller government shouldn’t assume ... Read & React