Hermann Hesse’s Simple Trick to Change Your Workday For the Better

by Corinne Purtill

The works of Nobel Prize-winning writer Hermann Hesse explore man’s search for meaning. In the 1905 essay “On Little Joys,” the Siddhartha author identified a small difference between those able to find poetry in the “aggressive haste” of the modern world, and those consumed by busyness. “I would ... Read & React

A World Class Example of Dopamine Derailment

PricewaterhouseCoopers accountant Brian Cullinan, center, holds red envelopes under his arm while using his cell phone backstage at the Oscars.
by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

In the latest installment of the story that wouldn’t die, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that the two Price Waterhouse partners responsible for the Best Picture award snafu will never work the Oscars again. There’s all kind of evidence that the lead partner, Brian ... Read & React

Sleepy Monday Is Making You Cranky, Lazy and Possibly Dangerous

by Oliver Staley

If you’re feeing drowsy at work today, you’re not alone. Millions of US workers are dragging on “Sleepy Monday,” the first work day after setting clocks ahead an hour yesterday morning (March 12) for daylight savings time. According to Christopher Barnes, a University of Washington business ... Read & React

A Behavioral Economist Tries to Fix Email

by Joe Pinsker

Can anything be done to make people happier with their jobs? What can prevent people from overeating? Will people like beer with balsamic vinegar in it just because they’ve been told it contains a “secret ingredient”? These are some of the questions that Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist at Duke ... Read & React

People Who Speak Multiple Languages Make the Best Employees For One Big Reason

by Gabrielle Hogan-Brun

Speaking a different language—whether it’s your grandparents’ tongue or high-school Spanish—fundamentally changes the structure of your brain. Put a bunch of these malleable minds together in a company, and you create the potential for some truly original thinking. We already know that businesses ... Read & React

Digging Out of the Digital Stone Age

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

About 75 percent of the federal IT budget goes to maintaining outdated legacy computer systems, according to GAO. Some are over 50 years old, yet critical—such as the main IRS tax data base and the nuclear missile launch system. The Government Accountability Office study went on to note: “Agencies ... Read & React

New Approaches for Fighting Fraud

by Linda S. Miller

The Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act, signed into law in June 2016, requires the Office of Management and Budget to set guidelines for agency identification and assessment of fraud risks and the design and implementation of controls to prevent them. These guidelines must incorporate the ... Read & React

Driving Innovation in Government: The Unsung Heroes

Federal employees across the country are developing new vaccines, working to end homelessness, and serving the American people in countless other ways. You will never meet most of them, but we’ll introduce you to five who innovate, not because they have to, but because they have a deep sense of ... Read & React

Why Everyone Should Master Project Management Skills

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

Agile, waterfall, MS Project, Excel, or even a plain old Sharpie—you somehow have to manage your work. And most of what we do in our daily lives, if we are in a professional setting, involves a series of projects. Project management is boring. I know you're telling yourself that, and you think ... Read & React

Beware the Brutally Honest Workplace

by Michael Stallard President, E Pluribus Partners

An old fad is making a comeback: the “brutally honest workplace.” From my vantage point, interacting with your colleagues using “radical candor” or “radical transparency” is a subtle—and sometimes not so subtle—form of verbal assault that seems to be spreading, given the success of firms like ... Read & React

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