How to Stop Being a Workaholic

by Jordan Rosenfeld

Americans have a long history of loving workaholics. We revere entrepreneurs who put in 80-hour weeks and artists who toil into the wee hours. Indeed, for much of my life, I interpreted being overworked as a badge of honor. Now, in my 40s, I’m trying to unlearn that lesson. In my 20s, there was no ... Read & React

Why We Have Globalization to Thank for Thanksgiving

by Farok J. Contractor Distinguished Professor of Management & Global Business, Rutgers University

As Americans sit down to their Thanksgiving Day feasts, some may recall the story of the “Pilgrim Fathers” who founded one of the first English settlements in North America in 1620, at what is today the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. The history we know is one of English settlers seeking ... Read & React

Why That Person You Really Liked in the Interview Is Probably a Bad Hire

Sometimes the people with the best team skills are quiet, reserved and introspective when you first meet them. Sometimes the people with the worst team skills are friendly, warm, outgoing and affable when you first meet them. And sometimes people on-the-job are just how they seem when you first ... Read & React

Want to Be a Good Boss? Start by Understanding Why You Want to Lead

Kids on the playground and military generals both know that there are two ways to hold onto power. You either dominate everyone and demand their support, or you get them to like you and offer up their fealty freely. Those two leadership styles—motivated by the desire for either dominance or ... Read & React

To Make Government Great Again, Fix the Procurement System

Category management is not just a new name for strategic sourcing. Rather, strategic sourcing is one of the tools used by category teams to manage procurement expenditure to achieve mission value. Unfortunately, much of the writing about strategic sourcing conflates it with category management, ... Read & React

Introverts Can Use Vulnerability to Become Strong Leaders

On Nov. 7, 2012, Jess Lee published a blog post titled “Why startup founders are so unhappy.” In it, she reflected on her experience building the fashion tech site Polyvore, and the unique challenges she faced as a self-described introverted CEO. At the time, Polyvore was cash-flow positive ... Read & React

What is Behind the Turkey Pardoning Ritual?

President Barack Obama and his daughters Sasha and Malia participate in the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden with National Turkey Federation Chairman Jihad Douglas in 2015.
by Tobin Miller Shearer Associate Professor of History, The University of Montana

Since 1989, when President George H. W. Bush first formally instituted the practice, U.S. presidents have pardoned a turkey shortly before Thanksgiving each year. Although the turkeys offer no offense, their presidential pardoning invites the question: What is the significance of such a public rite ... Read & React

What Mid-Size Cities Can Teach Feds About Performance

Early lessons have begun to emerge from the three-year, $42 million effort launched last year by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help 100 mid-sized cities improve their performance through open data, performance management, evaluation, and results-driven contracting. Cities are front line implementers ... Read & React

Don't Let Your Message Morph Into Propaganda

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

I have worked for the federal government since 2003 across half a dozen agencies and not once has anyone ever instructed me to lie. Not once. But there are many ways to lie. What used to be merely disingenuous on the government's part—a way to avoid controversy, maintain credibility, and try to ... Read & React

Closing the Federal Millennial Hiring Gap

by Susan Fallon Brown

After a boom, there doesn’t have to be a bust. Federal agencies have a real opportunity to increase the number of millennials in their workforce as more and more baby boomers retire. When baby boomers—the largest generation of its time—entered the job market, their traditional roots landed them ... Read & React

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