One in Four Americans With College Degrees Shouldn’t Have Bothered

Roughly 25% of those with bachelor’s degrees in the US derive no economic benefit from their diplomas. That’s the takeaway from analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The same analysts have argued in the past that the benefits of a college degree, on average, still outweigh the costs. ... Read & React

Grade Inflation: Does It Matter?

by Henry Romero

The issue of “grade creep” in the federal workforce arises on a regular basis. As the average grade (and the average salary) of the typical federal employee continues to go up, this trend is cited as yet another example of a bloated bureaucracy of highly paid workers. The overall average grade is ... Read & React

Do High-School Students With Jobs Make More Money Later in Life?

Remember the job you had in high school? Scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins, babysitting for a neighbor, or a cashier at the mall? For me, it was a receptionist job at my friend’s dad’s place—a doctor’s office. Such drudgery has always been thought to come with a hidden bonus: The promise of ... Read & React

Will Social Security Still Be Able to Deliver in 2025?

The Social Security Administration is crucial to our national fabric and will touch all of us sooner or later. SSA has a strong track record of meeting customer needs, but its ability to provide quality service to all Americans in the future may be at risk as the agency faces budgetary constraints, ... Read & React

High Performance Is Not a Secret

Jay Williams, the new assistant secretary at the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, knows what it’s like to turn around an agency with dissatisfied workers. It’s not easy, but it can be done. Williams’ recent interview with The Washington Post interview reminded me of my ... Read & React

How to Write a Job Posting That Doesn’t Terrify and Demoralize Candidates

As any job-seeker who has stared with dismay at a long list of job specs might suspect, there’s a major disconnect between most job postings and reality. Hiring managers who describe a dream candidate instead of what they actually need, or obsess about screening out all under-qualified ... Read & React

The Origins of the Anger Face

by Cari Romm

In the U.S., the thumbs-up is typically a gesture that everything’s just hunky-dory—but in the Middle East, it implies that the gesturer is about to do something decidedly unfriendly with that thumb and another person’s anatomy. In Brazil, the “OK” sign—another innocuous move in America—is an ... Read & React

What Any Leader Can Learn From Pope Francis

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Jeffrey A. Krames has been involved in publishing more than 400 business books over the course of his career and has written books on business and government leaders like Jack Welch and Donald Rumsfeld. As Krames describes himself, he is the son of Holocaust survivors and believes that Pope Francis ... Read & React

Want to Thrive? 5 Lessons From Zeke About How to Live Well

Zeke in his early days at home in upstate New York.
by Sarah Agan Director, Corner Alliance Inc.

“Zeke is not doing well.”  These were the first words my husband spoke to me as he retrieved me after I facilitated a two-day leadership off-site for a client. He grabbed my bags and hurried out of the lobby to the truck, where our 70-pound German Shorthaired Pointer, Zeke, lay in extreme ... Read & React

Risk Management: Creating Organizational Self-Defense

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Why don’t agency top leaders know about significant management problems in their organizations before it is too late? Scandals seem to be more prevalent these days, ranging from seemingly dishonest reporting of telework hours at the Patent Office or veterans hospital access wait times, to the ... Read & React