Why Getting a Referral Is So Powerful In a Job Search

Applying for a job can feel like shouting into an abyss. And for good reason: Unless you know someone in the organization, you’re at a major statistical disadvantage. While this can feel unfair, new research shows employers are justified in this bias. With referrals, there’s a ready-made reference ... Read & React

How Do You Measure the Effectiveness of Government?

With the 24-hour news cycle and at-your-fingers access to the latest stories, the American people have plenty of information constantly available to them. And whether they know it or not, they are using much of that information as a de facto source for evaluating the effectiveness of government. ... Read & React

What Kind of Leader Are You?

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

There are three types of leaders. Each is successful in a different context, says Michael Maccoby, a renowned business adviser who is an organizational psychologist and anthropologist. And you need all three on your organization’s top management team. Drawing on nearly five decades of research and ... Read & React

Time Management Is Only Making Our Already Busy Lives Worse

by Tony Crabbe

“Tess…started her way up the dark and crooked lane not made for hasty progress; a street laid out before inches of land had value, and when one-handed clocks sufficiently sub-divided the day.” —Thomas Hardy Imagine your life without time, without a constant sense that you’re running behind, ... Read & React

Only Superheroes Need Apply

I was talking with a friend over the weekend about her anniversary plans. "You doing anything nice?" Really I was just making conversation. What with jobs, kids and errands, not to mention watching the money, most couples don't do the splurge. "No, not really," she said, as expected.  My friend has ... Read & React

The Women Who Rule Pluto

by Adrienne LaFrance

For all the firsts coming out of the New Horizons mission—color footage of Pluto, photos of all five of its moons, and flowing datastreams about Pluto’s composition and atmosphere—there’s one milestone worth noting on Earth: This may be the mission with the most women in NASA history. “I don't know ... Read & React

From Crisis to Opportunity for OPM

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

There is always empathy when a leader takes the fall for problems they did not create. Katherine Archuleta’s resignation was similar to that when a losing team’s coach resigns. Redskin fans have lived with that for years. For the Office of Personnel Management and the federal HR community this ... Read & React

Jeb Bush Does Not Understand Productivity, But No One Really Does

Let’s be clear: Jeb Bush’s pronouncement   that Americans need to work longer hours to help boost US productivity makes no sense at all, and not just because it’s politically tone-deaf. While often used as a fancier-sounding word for effectiveness or efficiency, productivity has a specific economic ... Read & React

Are You Sick of Employees Bringing You Problems?

“My people don’t get it.” “My staff just isn’t motivated.” “I’m sick of my employees bringing me problems instead of solutions.” How many of us have heard people we work for or with say these kinds of things? Probably all of us have heard at least one of the statements at some point or another (and ... Read & React

11 Ways Bad Bosses Flub Your Performance Reviews

Performance evaluations: Done well, they're great for the employee—and the employer. Too bad so many are handled poorly. Here are 11 things to avoid when you create and deliver performance evaluations: 1. Don't talk about development plans you aren't absolutely sure you can deliver. You may want to ... Read & React