Government Executive - Promising Practices forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.en-usMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0500What Animals Teach Us About Measuring Intelligence power is not comparative and problems arise whenever we attempt to quantify it.Philip Sopher, The AtlanticMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesMarcos Mesa Sam Wordley/Shutterstock.comBad Weather: Better for Work, Terrible for Everything Else is the winter of our productivity.Bourree Lam, The AtlanticFri, 27 Feb 2015 10:03:46 -0500 - Promising PracticesAndrew F. Kazmierski / file photoStressed? It’s Not How Much You Do, It’s How You Do It anxiety, especially in high-pressure situations, can be a drain on the body’s resources.Sonali Kohli, QuartzThu, 26 Feb 2015 16:21:05 -0500 - Promising PracticesKieferPix/Shutterstock.comEven the Best Cover Letter Isn’t As Good As a Two Minute Conversation's harder to ignore the phone than written correspondence.Max Nisen, QuartzThu, 26 Feb 2015 14:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesGajus/Shutterstock.comThe Five Paradoxes of Continuous Improvement approaches to innovation can actually kill creativity.Joakim AhlströmThu, 26 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0500 - Promising Practicespatpitchaya/Shutterstock.comWhy the Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematic has become more efficient and profitable, but employees aren't sharing in the benefits.Gillian B. White, The AtlanticWed, 25 Feb 2015 14:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesJosh randall/Shutterstock.comHow Not to Kill Employee Engagement death by brownbag and other well-intentioned morale busters.Gleason Rowe, Corner AllianceWed, 25 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0500 - Promising Practices186PIX/Shutterstock.comThe Architectural Theory That’s Killing Personal Space at Work space at work can help spark creativity, but it has a cost.Max Nisen, QuartzTue, 24 Feb 2015 15:00:00 -0500 - Promising Practicespcruciatti / Shutterstock.comThe Salary Increase You Can Expect From a Graduate Degree, By Major graphical guide to the returns on extra schooling.Max Nisen, QuartzTue, 24 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesZholobov Vadim/Shutterstock.comHow Diverse Should Your Team Be? data point to a sweet spot in balancing diversity and similarity of skills.Hillary RosnerTue, 24 Feb 2015 09:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesValentin Valkov/Shutterstock.com5 Ways to Make Your Management Consultants More Effective you seek outside advice, the worst thing you can do is not listen.Steve GoodrichMon, 23 Feb 2015 13:53:25 -0500 - Promising PracticesIsmagilov/Shutterstock.comLove Coffee? You Should Probably Be Drinking Even More caffeine addicts will be glad to hear the results of this new study., QuartzMon, 23 Feb 2015 10:33:47 -0500 - Promising PracticesKichigin/Shutterstock.comWhy Good Managers Sometimes Make Bad Crisis Leaders problem-solving is better left to day-to-day operations.Lucien G. CantonFri, 20 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesMr Doomits/Shutterstock.comEscaping Groundhog Day: 5 Tips for Innovation to break down the barriers to new ideas in your organization.Chelsea MatzenThu, 19 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesPunxsutawney Phil, held by Ben Hughes in 2010, is famous for predicting more of the same.Gene J. Puskar/AP file photoAmerican Millennials Are Behind Most of Their Counterparts in Some Basic Skills shows that U.S. millennials might benefit from some extra math classes.Sonali Kohli, QuartzWed, 18 Feb 2015 14:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesAmericans should study harder for their math tests. Timothy Boomer/Shutterstock.comDeveloping Managers Versus Leaders you prepare for the different roles varies.John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of GovernmentWed, 18 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0500 - Promising Practiceseelnosiva/Shutterstock.comSpeaking While Female barely heard or judged as too aggressive in meetings, women often decide to saying less is more.Adam Grant and Sheryl SandbergTue, 17 Feb 2015 17:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesYanLev/Shutterstock.comHow to Influence Your Manager When You’re Never Both in the Same Office isn't the only way to communicate.Max Nisen, QuartzMon, 16 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500 - Promising Practicesconejota/'From Atoms to Bits': A Brilliant Visual History of American Ideas new paper employs a simple technique—counting words in patent texts—to trace the history of American invention, from chemistry to computers.Derek Thompson, The AtlanticMon, 16 Feb 2015 09:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesSince the 1970s, medicine and computers have reigned over patents like no two categories have dominated any previous period of invention in U.S. history. Wutthichai/Shutterstock.comThe Alarming, Long-Term Consequences of Workplace Stress problems associated with job-related anxiety account for more deaths each year than Alzheimer's disease or diabetes.Gillian B. White, The AtlanticFri, 13 Feb 2015 16:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesSyda Productions/Shutterstock.comCould the Pentagon Take a Cue From Britain on Public-Private Partnerships? the use of P3s could ease DOD’s budget pressures.Nicholas GreenwoodFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesRosli Othman/Shutterstock.comNo One Ever Really Fits a Job Description, So Let Applicants Write Their Own of the time, regular job postings are terrible.Max Nisen, QuartzFri, 13 Feb 2015 09:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesOllyy/Shutterstock.comThe Attention Machine new brain-scanning technique could change the way scientists think about human focus.Taylor Beck, The AtlanticThu, 12 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesCreations/Shutterstock.comDegrees Don’t Matter Anymore, Skills Do total transformation of education is coming, whether the educational establishment likes it or not.Miles Kimball, QuartzThu, 12 Feb 2015 09:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesLissandra Melo/Shutterstock.comComputers Aren’t Making Us Better Workers Like They Used To new paper suggests that much of the the IT revolution's productivity bonus has flamed out.Melvin Backman, QuartzWed, 11 Feb 2015 12:40:36 -0500 - Promising Practiceswrangler/