Pope Francis' Nine Rules for Happy Living

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

In case you haven’t been paying attention, it turns out that Pope Francis is one of the most popular people in the world. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that he has a 90 percent favorability rating among U.S. Catholics and a 70 percent favorability rating among all Americans. Another Pew ... Read & React

Colliding With the Third Rail

It is the classic dilemma of a corporate mouthpiece: The client doesn't want to talk: Crisis? "Let's wait for the lawyers." Bad news? "It'll blow over." Gossip? "Just ignore that." The underlying assumption is always the same, too: "If you give them any attention, you're only legitimizing their ... Read & React

Why Your Routine Is Killing Your Creativity

I’ve always considered human beings to be creatures of habit. Throughout our lives, it seems as though we’re constantly jumping from one schedule to the next. From preschool to the workplace, we’ve been conditioned to follow an agenda and have learned that straying from it can create room for ... Read & React

5 Critical Mistakes That Blunt Leadership Effectiveness

Since 2000, according to numerous national surveys, less than one-third of workers in the United States are engaged in their work as measured by their involvement, enthusiasm and commitment. If you simply reflect on your most recent encounter as a consumer at your local retail store, restaurant or ... Read & React

4 Reasons to Take the Survey

by Katherine Archuleta Director of the Office of Personnel Management

Real change in the workplace comes from the bottom up. Each employee has important feedback to give and now is the time for your voice to be heard. The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey provides senior leaders and managers with data that shows what works well and what needs to be improved within ... Read & React

The Weakening Definition of 'Diversity'

by Gillian B. White

What qualifies as a “diverse” workplace? Does it mean that employees are of a variety of different races and genders? Or does it mean they’ve had a variety of life experiences? Millennials seem to be tilting toward that latter, more easily attainable vision. Arecent study from Deloitte and the ... Read & React

Smart Hiring: The Quality Imperative

With the emergence of several job sourcing sites like USAJobs, there are more candidates applying for more positions in the federal government than ever before. Each year, agencies post thousands of job vacancy announcements, resulting in many more thousands of applicants. This seems like great ... Read & React

Leaders Are Willing to Get Uncomfortable

Most leadership courses focus on how best to influence others—how to communicate more effectively, how to build successful teams, and how to motivate an organization to achieve a desired result. But for Harry Kraemer, a clinical professor of strategy at the Kellogg School and author of Becoming the ... Read & React

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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

What could possibly go wrong? Do self-confident, optimistic leaders ask this question often enough, at the right time? Risk experts Doug Webster and Tom Stanton think not. In a new report for the IBM Center for the Business of Government, they observe: “The front pages of national newspapers ... Read & React

In One of the Happiest Places on the Earth, More People Work Part-time

By most accounts, The Netherlands is one of the best places in the world to live. People are relatively wealthy, there are ample government social benefits, and it consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries on earth. The Dutch also keep a pointedly less time-intensive work schedule than ... Read & React