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

How to Break Up the Old Boys’ Club in Your Office

by Audrey S. Lee

Once upon a time, the workplace was very homogeneous. With women’s place in the home, and little ethnic diversity, the workplace was dominated by white men. And their judgments, styles and perspectives created the workplace culture and narrative that we still experience today. The Old Boys’ Club is ... Read & React

Supervisors Hold the Keys to the New World Order

A common thread that runs through the new civil service report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton, is the vital importance of managers and supervisors. Research tells us they have more impact on an organization’s success than any other factor. Leaders define the mission ... Read & React

5 Ways to Optimize Your Operating Rhythm

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

From the department of real life experience, here’s a quick post on how to optimize your operating rhythm. As I work on a new book while maintaining a pretty full plate of work with clients, I’ve found that tuning into my operating rhythm is vital to getting anything done. What, you might ask, is ... Read & React

The Reality of How We Focus

When you really focus your attention on something, you’re said to be “in the present moment.” But a new piece of research suggests that the “present moment” is actually a chunk of the recent past, and it’s about 15 seconds long. Jason Fischer of the University of California at Berkeley, the lead ... Read & React

A Guide for Innovative Public Servants

by Gadi Ben-Yehuda Director of Innovation and Social Media

A new report offers guidance to government executives and innovators and finds that they are already changing how agencies operate and deliver services. Released by the IBM Center for the Business of Government, “The Persistence of Innovation in Government: A Guide for Innovative Public Servants” ... Read & React

Federal Hiring Forecast: A Perfect Storm

by Mike Giuffrida

The year has gotten off to a big start with President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal, which looks to “unlock the full potential” of the federal workforce by investing in leadership and engagement training for new managers. He also wants to address rising concerns about skills gaps ... Read & React

5 Rules of Etiquette That Still Apply in the Workplace

Etiquette goes beyond just having good table manners.
by Margaret Page

At one time, the line between labor and leisure was abundantly clear: 9-to-5 was work. Evenings and weekends were for play. In this age of entrepreneurship—a new workplace order in which going to the gym happens on the job and chatting at the cooler is encouraged—the line between personal and ... Read & React