Government Executive - Promising Practiceshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/A forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.en-usFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -04003 Tips for Keeping Your R Budget Healthyhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/3-tips-keep-your-research-and-development-budget-healthy/97283/You can't do it all, so focus on what your agency does best.Alan Pentz, Corner AllianceFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/3-tips-keep-your-research-and-development-budget-healthy/97283/Management - Promising Practiceswk1003mike/Shutterstock.comHow Retirement Was Inventedhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/how-retirement-was-invented/97331/The earliest schemes for financial support in old age were pegged to life expectancy.Sarah Laskow, The AtlanticFri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/how-retirement-was-invented/97331/Management - Promising PracticesDiego Cervo/Shutterstock.comLeon Panetta’s Hard Lessons in Leadershiphttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/leon-panettas-hard-lessons-leadership/97274/From the memoirs of Obama administration appointees.Paul R. Lawrence and Mark A. AbramsonFri, 24 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/leon-panettas-hard-lessons-leadership/97274/Management - Promising PracticesEverything You Need to Know About Introverted Leadershttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/everything-you-need-know-about-introverted-leaders/97247/Great introverted leaders build a structure that works for them.Max Nisen, QuartzThu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/everything-you-need-know-about-introverted-leaders/97247/Management - Promising PracticesBill Gates has been described many times as an introverted leader.JStone / Shutterstock.comLet the Body Rest, for the Sake of the Brainhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/let-body-rest-sake-brain/97214/Sleep deprivation can take a heavy mental toll.Cody C. Delistraty, The AtlanticThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/let-body-rest-sake-brain/97214/Management - Promising PracticesWarren Goldswain/Shutterstock.comHow to Write a Business Letter: Advice From the 18th Centuryhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/how-write-business-letter-advice-18th-century/97112/You too can sound like a rich, proper, old English gentleman with guidance from their charming correspondence manuals.Shannon Chamberlain, The AtlanticWed, 22 Oct 2014 13:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/how-write-business-letter-advice-18th-century/97112/Management - Promising PracticesUK Portrait GalleryThe Introverted Facehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/introverted-face/97058/People put serious weight on judgments of character based on facial structure alone.James Hamblin, MD, The AtlanticTue, 21 Oct 2014 16:39:38 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/introverted-face/97058/Management - Promising Practicespatrice6000/Shutterstock.comIs the Recovery Act a Model for the Ebola Response?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/recovery-act-model-ebola-response/96965/Sometimes it takes a dramatic crisis to make the government work better.John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of GovernmentTue, 21 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/recovery-act-model-ebola-response/96965/Management - Promising Practicesscenery2/Shutterstock.comBuild a Better Brainstormhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/build-better-brainstorm/96848/Want to bring more ideas to the table? There’s an app for that.Fred SchmalzMon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/build-better-brainstorm/96848/Management - Promising PracticesBrian A Jackson/Shutterstock.comOptimism Is the Enemy of Actionhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/optimism-enemy-action/96728/Positive thinking can hinder more than it helps by zapping people's motivation to work toward their goals.Magdalena Puniewska, The AtlanticFri, 17 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/optimism-enemy-action/96728/Management - Promising Practicesalexsvirid/Shutterstock.comJob Requirements: 'Good Feet, Eyesight, and a Trim Figure'http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/job-requirements-good-feet-eyesight-and-trim-figure/96725/Ah, the good old days, as viewed through 1950s help-wanted adsOlga Khazan, The AtlanticFri, 17 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/job-requirements-good-feet-eyesight-and-trim-figure/96725/Management - Promising PracticesTelephone operators work in Seattle in 1952.Seattle Municipal ArchivesHow to Think Strategically as a Leaderhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/how-think-strategically-leader/95717/In jumping to a solution, you could be missing the real problem.Jackson NickersonFri, 17 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/how-think-strategically-leader/95717/Management - Promising PracticesMorale Problems? What Would Your Employees Do?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/morale-problems-what-would-your-employees-do/96575/Improving performance starts with winning hearts and minds.Howard RisherThu, 16 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/morale-problems-what-would-your-employees-do/96575/Management - Promising Practicesalphaspirit/Shutterstock.comAmericans Prefer Male Bosses, Even though Women are Better for Businesshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/americans-prefer-male-bosses-even-though-women-are-better-business/96566/Though the popularity of women bosses has improved since the 1950s, it hasn’t changed much in this century.Sonali Kohli, QuartzThu, 16 Oct 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/americans-prefer-male-bosses-even-though-women-are-better-business/96566/Management - Promising PracticesSergey Nivens/Shutterstock.comDrinking Coffee, for Your Healthhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/drinking-coffee-your-health/96572/Research suggests that a person's consumption of the beverage is determined in part by his or her DNA—and that its benefits could extend beyond a caffeine buzz.Andrew Giambrone, The AtlanticThu, 16 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/drinking-coffee-your-health/96572/Management - Promising PracticesPhotoXpressData Is Driving STEM Recruitmenthttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/data-driving-stem-recruitment/96590/From heat maps to workforce demographics, the search for talent is on.Katherine Archuleta, Office of Personnel ManagementThu, 16 Oct 2014 10:02:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/data-driving-stem-recruitment/96590/Management - Promising Practiceskangshutters/Shutterstock.comBad Meetings Aren't Just Boringhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/bad-meetings-arent-just-boring/96548/They cost a lot of money too.Max Nisen, QuartzWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/bad-meetings-arent-just-boring/96548/Management - Promising PracticesKhakimullin Aleksandr/Shutterstock.comLet’s Give Federal Leaders the Digital Toolkit They Needhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/lets-give-federal-leaders-digital-toolkit-they-need/96458/Better access to social media and analytics is vital.Alan Pentz, Corner AllianceWed, 15 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/lets-give-federal-leaders-digital-toolkit-they-need/96458/Management - Promising PracticesNOBUHIRO ASADA/Shutterstock.com7 Ways to Succeed at Something You Know Nothing Abouthttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/7-ways-succeed-something-you-know-nothing-about/96419/If you’re thinking about it and dreaming about it, take the leap.Michaelan Moore, Elite DailyWed, 15 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/7-ways-succeed-something-you-know-nothing-about/96419/Management - Promising PracticesJulie Vader/Shutterstock.comWhy Isn’t Performance Information Being Used?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/why-isnt-performance-information-being-used/96347/Peeling back the layers of organizational culture.John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of GovernmentTue, 14 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/why-isnt-performance-information-being-used/96347/Management - Promising PracticesNonwarit/Shutterstock.comWhy New Ideas Failhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/why-new-ideas-fail/96260/People think they like creativity. But teachers, scientists, and executives are biased against new ways of thinking.Derek Thompson, The AtlanticFri, 10 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/why-new-ideas-fail/96260/Management - Promising PracticesPeshkova/Shutterstock.com6 Legit Ways to Move More During Workhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/6-legit-ways-move-more-during-work/96206/How to avoid death by sitting.Fran Melmed, Greatist.comFri, 10 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/6-legit-ways-move-more-during-work/96206/Management - Promising PracticesRawpixel/Shutterstock.com3 Tips for Building a Government Content Strategyhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/3-tips-building-government-content-strategy/96176/Citizen engagement starts with the basics.Alan Pentz, Corner AllianceThu, 09 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/3-tips-building-government-content-strategy/96176/Management - Promising PracticesJirsak/ShutterstockCool Videos: Rapping for Researchhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/cool-videos-rapping-research/96080/The NIH Common Fund puts on the moves for scientific breakthroughs.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/cool-videos-rapping-research/96080/Management - Promising PracticesMonika Wisniewska/Shutterstock.comThe World's Second-Richest Man Thinks Everybody Should Work Lesshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/worlds-second-richest-man-thinks-everybody-should-work-less/96107/His proposal: 11 hours a day, three days a weekSonali Kohli, QuartzWed, 08 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/worlds-second-richest-man-thinks-everybody-should-work-less/96107/Management - Promising PracticesCarlos Slim is the head of Grupo Carso and one of the richest men in the world.José Cruz/ABr