Government Executive - Promising Practiceshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/A forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.en-usFri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0400​To RIF or Not to RIFhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/rif-or-not-rif/92435/Downsizing can be traumatic, but sparing jobs can do more harm than good.Jeffrey NealFri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/rif-or-not-rif/92435/Management - Promising PracticesPeople With an Inflated View of Themselves Get Others to Believe It, Toohttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/people-inflated-view-themselves-get-others-believe-it-too/92732/The implications span across the workforce.Zach Wener-Fligner, QuartzFri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/people-inflated-view-themselves-get-others-believe-it-too/92732/Management - Promising Practices Jovanovic Dejan/Shutterstock.comUnlocking Federal Talenthttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/unlocking-federal-talent/92657/How UnlockTalent.gov is helping agencies create a culture of excellence and engagement.Katherine Archuleta, Office of Personnel ManagementThu, 28 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/unlocking-federal-talent/92657/Management - Promising PracticesIn Performance Reviews, Women are Criticized for Personality Rather Than Performancehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/performance-reviews-women-are-criticized-personality-rather-performance/92612/The gender of the manager giving the review didn’t make a difference.Max Nisen, QuartzThu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/performance-reviews-women-are-criticized-personality-rather-performance/92612/Management - Promising PracticesThese two will get wildly different language in their performance reviews. LoloStock/Shutterstock.comHow Promises Workhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/how-promises-work/92507/Living up to a social contract is inordinately valuable, and there's no pressure to exceed it.James Hamblin, MD, The AtlanticThu, 28 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/how-promises-work/92507/Management - Promising Practices2jenn/Shutterstock.com4 Easy Steps to Boost Citizen Engagementhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/4-easy-steps-boost-citizen-engagement/92573/Whether it’s disaster planning or flu shots, targeting your message gets people to take action.Scott BurnsWed, 27 Aug 2014 16:41:31 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/4-easy-steps-boost-citizen-engagement/92573/Management - Promising PracticesJob Requirements Are Mostly Fiction and You Should Ignore Themhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/job-requirements-are-mostly-fiction-and-you-should-ignore-them/92501/Hiring managers get overexcited and list too many things, even though only a few parts of the description are truly core.Max Nisen, QuartzWed, 27 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/job-requirements-are-mostly-fiction-and-you-should-ignore-them/92501/Management - Promising Practicesbaranq/Shutterstock.comThe Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break Ithttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/procrastination-doom-loopand-how-break-it/92498/Why the science of delaying hard work is all about your mood.Derek Thompson, The AtlanticWed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/procrastination-doom-loopand-how-break-it/92498/Management - Promising PracticesPaul Schlemmer/Shutterstock.comThe Complete Guide to Swearing at Workhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/complete-guide-swearing-work/92417/The occasional profanity can be an effective way to manage frustration and diffuse tension., QuartzTue, 26 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/complete-guide-swearing-work/92417/Management - Promising Practicesaceshot1/Shutterstock.comStrategic Planning: Are Agencies Set Up to Fail?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/time-running-out-strategic-planning/92306/Missions are in jeopardy unless leaders look beyond the Results Act's five-year horizon.Dan BlairTue, 26 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/time-running-out-strategic-planning/92306/Management - Promising PracticesHow I Lead: Read the Sign on Their Backs That Says 'Make Me Feel Important'http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/how-i-lead-read-sign-their-backs-says-make-me-feel-important/92300/Lori Aquilino puts a premium on employee ideas at FAA.Lynnie Martin, Young Government LeadersMon, 25 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/how-i-lead-read-sign-their-backs-says-make-me-feel-important/92300/Management - Promising PracticesWorking From Home Seems More Legitimate If You Have a Kidhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/working-home-seems-more-legitimate-if-you-have-kid/92258/And dads, a study finds, are typically granted more leeway than moms.Olga Khazan, The AtlanticMon, 25 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/working-home-seems-more-legitimate-if-you-have-kid/92258/Management - Promising PracticesMonkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com3 Tips for Adapting Programs to Rapidly Changing Technologyhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/3-tips-adapting-programs-rapidly-changing-technology/92234/Road mapping can help you make informed guesses about where to invest.Alan Pentz, Corner AllianceFri, 22 Aug 2014 15:52:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/3-tips-adapting-programs-rapidly-changing-technology/92234/Management - Promising Practices41 Percent of American Workers Let Paid Vacation Days Go to Wastehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/41-percent-american-workers-let-paid-vacation-days-go-waste/92195/And even when they take time off, they can't seem to stop answering emails.Joe Pinsker, The AtlanticFri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/41-percent-american-workers-let-paid-vacation-days-go-waste/92195/Management - Promising PracticesEpicStockMedia/Shutterstock.comStudy: Nobody Is Paying Attention on Your Conference Callhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/study-nobody-paying-attention-your-conference-call/92138/"Please enter the passcode. Then press pound. Now continue playing Candy Crush."Derek Thompson, The AtlanticFri, 22 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/study-nobody-paying-attention-your-conference-call/92138/Management - Promising Practiceszhu difeng/Shutterstock.com3 Ways to Make Your Message Hit the Right Noteshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/3-ways-make-your-message-hit-right-notes/92099/Leaders should try a little Music 101 to orchestrate better communication.Jennifer MillerThu, 21 Aug 2014 15:49:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/3-ways-make-your-message-hit-right-notes/92099/Management - Promising PracticesWhere the Five-Day Workweek Came Fromhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/where-five-day-workweek-came/92054/It's a relatively new invention—is it time to shave another day off?Philip Sopher, The AtlanticThu, 21 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/where-five-day-workweek-came/92054/Management - Promising PracticesMaurice Volmeyer/Shutterstock.comThere's More to Life Than Facial Symmetryhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/theres-more-life-facial-symmetry/91982/A new study finds that possessing a balanced appearance has nothing to do with health, so we can all stop obsessing already.Olga Khazan, The AtlanticThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/theres-more-life-facial-symmetry/91982/Management - Promising PracticesHelga Esteb / Shutterstock.comIt’s Time to Focus on Empowerment and Recognitionhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/its-time-focus-empowerment-and-recognition/91913/What it will take to pull up from dead last in the Best Places to Work rankings.Howard RisherWed, 20 Aug 2014 15:49:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/its-time-focus-empowerment-and-recognition/91913/Management - Promising PracticesWhich Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/which-mode-travel-provides-happiest-commute/91886/Walkers, cyclists, and commuter-rail riders are much more satisfied than drivers and transit users.Eric Jaffe, CityLabWed, 20 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/which-mode-travel-provides-happiest-commute/91886/Management - Promising PracticesKryvenok Anastasiia/Shutterstock.comYoga Makes Brains Nimble, Toohttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/yoga-makes-brains-nimble-too/91883/Practicing hatha yoga three times a week improved older Americans’ information recall, mental flexibility and task-switching.Sonali Kohli, QuartzWed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/yoga-makes-brains-nimble-too/91883/Management - Promising Practiceswavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.comUnlocking the PerformanceStat Potentialhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/unlocking-performancestat-potential/91820/Progress isn't just about performance measures, it is a leadership strategy.John KamenskyTue, 19 Aug 2014 16:08:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/unlocking-performancestat-potential/91820/Management - Promising PracticesWhy Employers Favor Dads Asking for Flexibilityhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/why-employers-favor-dads-asking-flexibility/91775/Flexible work decisions are “inherently subjective” because they decided case-by-case by supervisors.Vickie Elmer, QuartzTue, 19 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/why-employers-favor-dads-asking-flexibility/91775/Management - Promising PracticesDubova/Shutterstock.comThe Thing Employers Look For When Hiring Recent Graduateshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/thing-employers-look-when-hiring-recent-graduates/91769/It's not something that can be done on campus. It's an internship.Derek Thompson, The AtlanticTue, 19 Aug 2014 10:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/thing-employers-look-when-hiring-recent-graduates/91769/Management - Promising Practiceshxdbzxy/Shutterstock.comThe Seven Signs That You Work Too Hardhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/seven-signs-you-work-too-hard/91673/Increasingly psychologists assess and sometimes recommend treating workaholism as an addiction in its own right.Max Nisen, QuartzMon, 18 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/seven-signs-you-work-too-hard/91673/Management - Promising PracticesMopic/Shutterstock.com