How Sexism Stifles Creativity

by Olga Khazan

If you ever want to say something offensive, just preface it with, “I’m not the politically correct type, so...” It’s a signal to the listener that the unfiltered brain-vomit that’s about to dribble forth is just an exercise in free speech. In defending his statement that he would never appoint a ... Read & React

Don’t Run in the Pentagon

Over the course of my 25 years of military service, I have acquired valuable lessons in leadership, time management, and organizational operations. Since soldiers are short on time, sharing these lessons with them as succinctly as possible communicates both the idea I want to get across and the ... Read & React

8 Tips for Managing a Federal Blog

It’s amazing to think the Corner Alliance Government Leaders Blog has been in existence for over a year and a half now! Even after all this time though, we are still learning new tips and having lessons learned reinforced. I recently listened to Trent Dysmid, of the Bright Ideas podcast, interview ... Read & React

Grumpy and Frustrated? You Should Shave Some Time From Your Daily Commute

by Sonali Kohli

Spending half your waking hours away from work in traffic during your commute is clearly a huge downer. But those bummed out feelings can spread into your larger outlook on life, according to new research. The findings are from a new report from Canada’s University of Waterloo, published in ... Read & React

Why You Need to Breathe

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference. A simple act like taking three deep breaths can make a world of difference in how you show up at work and at home. As the pace becomes more hectic in these last few weeks of the year, slowing yourself down with some intentional ... Read & React

Who Will Be the Next 'Mayor of the Pentagon'?

Beth McGrath was the Pentagon's first deputy chief management officer.
by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

The selection of the next secretary of Defense is in the headlines. But there’s a new senior-level Defense Department position that will be important in the coming years, and who is appointed will matter. Years ago, career executive David O. “Doc” Cooke was informally called the “mayor of the ... Read & React

For Better or for Work: Can Marriage Teach Us About Job Satisfaction?

by Jessica Love

Can research on marriage help us sustain a more satisfied workforce? Eli Finkel wants to know. Widely recognized for his work on intimate relationships, in 2013 he joined the Kellogg School as a professor of management and organizations. He also is a professor of psychology at Northwestern ... Read & React

The Incredible Shrinking Incomes of Young Americans

American families are grappling with stagnant wage growth, as the costs of health care, education, and housing continue to climb. But for many of America's younger workers, "stagnant" wages shouldn't sound so bad. In fact, they might sound like a massive raise. Since the Great Recession struck in ... Read & React

The Wasted Workday

We know Americans spend a lot of time at the office. According to the American Time Use Survey, we spend 8.7 hours at work on an average work day. Each year, we work roughly 1,790 hours, which is just slightly higher than the OECD average. But what happens during the nine hours we spend in the ... Read & React

Five Things to Do to Find a Great Mentor

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Over the course of my career, I’ve had the good fortune to have a number of mentors who have helped shape my life and career. I wrote about one of them in a pre-Thanksgiving post I wrote last week. I don’t think I ever set out to recruit a particular person as a mentor. The relationships just sort ... Read & React