The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It

When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m. So, predictably, by the time it was 10 a.m., I had made and consumed two cups of coffee, taken out the trash, cleaned my room while taking a deliberately slow approach to folding my shirts, gone on a walk outside to clear ... Read & React

The Complete Guide to Swearing at Work

For those of us with a fondness for profanity, testing the bounds of cursing in the workplace can feel at once satisfying—and fucking terrifying. But fear not, there’s reason to believe that indulging your impulse to drop an f-bomb in the office is worth it, according to some experts. Here’s why: ... Read & React

Strategic Planning: Are Agencies Set Up to Fail?

Most federal leaders understandably focus on the important work of meeting public needs in the here and now. To the extent they consider the future, few look beyond the five-year Government Performance and Results Act time-horizon. In focusing on today’s needs, it is easy to lose sight of the ... Read & React

What If We All Hugged It Out?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Because I fly a lot for my work, I get upgraded to First Class a good bit. Sometimes, it’s just a happy surprise and other times, I’ll use frequent flyer miles to secure a seat up front at the end of a long week of travel. Last week was one of those long week of travel scenarios. I had a connection ... Read & React

How I Lead: Read the Sign on Their Backs That Says 'Make Me Feel Important'

by Lynnie Martin Public Relations Director, Young Government Leaders

Lori Aquilino, former manager of the Federal Aviation Administration's San Francisco International Field Office, spent 20 years leading a virtual team of aircraft safety inspectors worldwide. She and her team at FAA created an award winning telework program to manage a global workforce. Aquilino, ... Read & React

Working From Home Seems More Legitimate If You Have a Kid

by Olga Khazan

"How can you become a telecommuter?" asks one of a profusion of online guides on this topic. "You can start by doing your homework, creating an action plan, and being flexible."  You can add "don't be female" to that list. For women, there are major drawbacks to requesting to work remotely, ... Read & React

3 Tips for Adapting Programs to Rapidly Changing Technology

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

­­Many federal managers are confronted with managing programs in a rapidly changing technology climate without a set of rapidly changing capabilities. Staffing, contracting, regulations, etc. all move slowly regardless of how quickly the outside world and technology in particular iterates. Agencies ... Read & React

41 Percent of American Workers Let Paid Vacation Days Go to Waste

by Joe Pinsker

A friend recently told me about an automatic email reply she had received from a colleague. It began innocuously enough—“I will be out of the office next Monday and Tuesday"—but it grew more alarming as it went on. “Because I have accumulated too many days of paid vacation," it said, "I have ... Read & React

Study: Nobody Is Paying Attention on Your Conference Call

It's 3:15 p.m. on a Wednesday, and I am deep, deep inside the guts of BaseballReference.com, the statistical mecca for MLB fanatics, conducting an exhaustive investigation on an issue of national importance: What was the greatest pitching season of all time? Was it Bob Gibson in '68? Pedro Martinez ... Read & React

3 Ways to Make Your Message Hit the Right Notes

by Jennifer Miller Jennifer V. Miller

When my daughter started ukulele lessons, her instructor explained that music is composed of three things: melody, which is made up of notes along the scale; harmony, which is the chords; and rhythm, the beat of the music. In listening to this explanation, it was easy to draw parallels to how ... Read & React