How to Build a Strong Ethical Culture at Your Agency

Government leaders have to manage the tension between price, quality, speed and ethics. An affordable contractor may be reliably fast, but to finish quickly may cut safety corners, leading to injuries or deaths. The lowest bidder may have the best price now but could run into problems that end up ... Read & React

How LinkedIn Taught Itself to Hire the Best People

Back in 2009, few engineers wanted to work for LinkedIn. It was a relative minnow as big Silicon Valley firms go, and not a particularly sexy one either. Compared to the glamorous lifestyle on offer at Google (free food! 20% time!) or Facebook (moving fast! breaking things!), LinkedIn seemed staid. ... Read & React

5 Tips for Hiring the Next Generation of Feds

You’ve likely seen articles and anecdotes about the upcoming retirement wave, in which a large portion of federal employees will retire in the next several years, possibly creating significant leadership and staffing gaps. While there is considerable debate about when and at what velocity the wave ... Read & React

Scheduling Business Calls Days in Advance Should Be Banned

The all-to familiar business ritual of setting up a phone call, where it takes a day-long series of emails and calendar checks to even agree in a time, is the worst type of procrastination: the kind that makes you feel as if you’ve done something productive. Scheduled business calls should be ... Read & React

3 Executive Productivity Hacks That Any Leader Can Use

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

One of the things I love about my work is getting to meet and learn from some very talented top executives. That happened again recently when a senior vice president in a Fortune 500 client company stopped by for a lunch conversation with participants in our Next Level Leadership® development ... Read & React

This Is Bill Gates’ Favorite Business Book of All Time

Bill Gates’ favorite business book of all time has been out of print, is nearly half a century old, and is entirely different from the how-to-manage guides that top many other lists. It’s Business Adventures, a collection of some of the best of long-time New Yorker writer John Brooks’ wonderfully ... Read & React

Why Government Needs More Enterprise Leaders

by Jackson Nickerson Associate Dean, Brookings Executive Education

At a recent conference an old friend asked me a question: “What is the key difference between leading in government and private enterprise?” The question is difficult to answer. Government and private enterprise differ in so many dimensions: purpose, human capital, finance and funding, operations, ... Read & React

What Drill and Rote Learning Have to Do With Confidence

by Adam Boddison

The British Chancellor George Osborne recently refused to answer a simple times table question posed to him by seven-year-old school boy Samuel Reddings. Osborne was asked the question 7×8, but declined, stating that he had “made it a rule in life not to answer.” As Osborne studied mathematics up ... Read & React

Don't Go Down That Rabbit Hole, Define Your Outcomes First

by Lyn McGee

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to go,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where,” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat. —Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland As the Cheshire Cat tells us, if you ... Read & React

The Complete Guide to Working Out Before Work

by Hannah Newman

Life inevitably gets in the way of your gym date. That’s why people who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick with it, Barbara Brehm, a professor of exercise and sport studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and author of the recently released textbook, Psychology of Health and ... Read & React