Government Executive - Promising Practiceshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/A forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.en-usMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0500What Animals Teach Us About Measuring Intelligencehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/what-animals-teach-us-about-measuring-intelligence/106419/Brain power is not comparative and problems arise whenever we attempt to quantify it.Philip Sopher, The AtlanticMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/what-animals-teach-us-about-measuring-intelligence/106419/Management - Promising PracticesMarcos Mesa Sam Wordley/Shutterstock.comBad Weather: Better for Work, Terrible for Everything Elsehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/bad-weather-better-work-terrible-everything-else/106284/Now is the winter of our productivity.Bourree Lam, The AtlanticFri, 27 Feb 2015 10:03:46 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/bad-weather-better-work-terrible-everything-else/106284/Management - Promising PracticesAndrew F. Kazmierski / Shutterstock.com file photoStressed? It’s Not How Much You Do, It’s How You Do Ithttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/stressed-its-not-how-much-you-do-its-how-you-do-it/106248/Fighting anxiety, especially in high-pressure situations, can be a drain on the body’s resources.Sonali Kohli, QuartzThu, 26 Feb 2015 16:21:05 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/stressed-its-not-how-much-you-do-its-how-you-do-it/106248/Management - Promising PracticesKieferPix/Shutterstock.comEven the Best Cover Letter Isn’t As Good As a Two Minute Conversationhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/even-best-cover-letter-isnt-good-two-minute-conversation/106233/It's harder to ignore the phone than written correspondence.Max Nisen, QuartzThu, 26 Feb 2015 14:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/even-best-cover-letter-isnt-good-two-minute-conversation/106233/Management - Promising PracticesGajus/Shutterstock.comThe Five Paradoxes of Continuous Improvementhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/five-paradoxes-continuous-improvement/106059/Common approaches to innovation can actually kill creativity.Joakim AhlströmThu, 26 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/five-paradoxes-continuous-improvement/106059/Management - Promising Practicespatpitchaya/Shutterstock.comWhy the Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematichttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/why-gap-between-worker-pay-and-productivity-so-problematic/106050/Labor 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/why-gap-between-worker-pay-and-productivity-so-problematic/106050/Management - Promising PracticesJosh randall/Shutterstock.comHow Not to Kill Employee Engagementhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/how-not-kill-employee-engagement/106005/Avoid death by brownbag and other well-intentioned morale busters.Gleason Rowe, Corner AllianceWed, 25 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/how-not-kill-employee-engagement/106005/Management - Promising Practices186PIX/Shutterstock.comThe Architectural Theory That’s Killing Personal Space at Workhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/architectural-theory-s-killing-personal-space-work/105867/Communal space at work can help spark creativity, but it has a cost.Max Nisen, QuartzTue, 24 Feb 2015 15:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/architectural-theory-s-killing-personal-space-work/105867/Management - Promising Practicespcruciatti / Shutterstock.comThe Salary Increase You Can Expect From a Graduate Degree, By Majorhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/salary-increase-you-can-expect-graduate-degree-major/105864/A graphical guide to the returns on extra schooling.Max Nisen, QuartzTue, 24 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/salary-increase-you-can-expect-graduate-degree-major/105864/Management - Promising PracticesZholobov Vadim/Shutterstock.comHow Diverse Should Your Team Be?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/how-diverse-should-your-team-be/105894/NBA data point to a sweet spot in balancing diversity and similarity of skills.Hillary RosnerTue, 24 Feb 2015 09:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/how-diverse-should-your-team-be/105894/Management - Promising PracticesValentin Valkov/Shutterstock.com5 Ways to Make Your Management Consultants More Effectivehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/5-ways-make-your-management-consultants-more-effective/105828/When you seek outside advice, the worst thing you can do is not listen.Steve GoodrichMon, 23 Feb 2015 13:53:25 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/5-ways-make-your-management-consultants-more-effective/105828/Management - Promising PracticesIsmagilov/Shutterstock.comLove Coffee? You Should Probably Be Drinking Even Morehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/love-coffee-you-should-probably-be-drinking-even-more/105804/Self-proclaimed caffeine addicts will be glad to hear the results of this new study., QuartzMon, 23 Feb 2015 10:33:47 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/love-coffee-you-should-probably-be-drinking-even-more/105804/Management - Promising PracticesKichigin/Shutterstock.comWhy Good Managers Sometimes Make Bad Crisis Leadershttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/why-good-managers-sometimes-make-bad-crisis-leaders/105570/Standard problem-solving is better left to day-to-day operations.Lucien G. CantonFri, 20 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/why-good-managers-sometimes-make-bad-crisis-leaders/105570/Management - Promising PracticesMr Doomits/Shutterstock.comEscaping Groundhog Day: 5 Tips for Innovationhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/escaping-groundhog-day-5-tips-innovation/105549/How to break down the barriers to new ideas in your organization.Chelsea MatzenThu, 19 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/escaping-groundhog-day-5-tips-innovation/105549/Management - 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 Skillshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/american-millennials-are-behind-most-their-counterparts-some-basic-skills/105468/Study shows that U.S. millennials might benefit from some extra math classes.Sonali Kohli, QuartzWed, 18 Feb 2015 14:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/american-millennials-are-behind-most-their-counterparts-some-basic-skills/105468/Management - Promising PracticesAmericans should study harder for their math tests. Timothy Boomer/Shutterstock.comDeveloping Managers Versus Leadershttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/developing-managers-versus-leaders/105459/How you prepare for the different roles varies.John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of GovernmentWed, 18 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/developing-managers-versus-leaders/105459/Management - Promising Practiceseelnosiva/Shutterstock.comSpeaking While Femalehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/speaking-while-female/105414/Either 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/speaking-while-female/105414/Management - Promising PracticesYanLev/Shutterstock.comHow to Influence Your Manager When You’re Never Both in the Same Officehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/how-influence-your-manager-when-youre-never-both-same-office/105012/Face-to-face isn't the only way to communicate.Max Nisen, QuartzMon, 16 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/how-influence-your-manager-when-youre-never-both-same-office/105012/Management - Promising Practicesconejota/Shutterstock.com'From Atoms to Bits': A Brilliant Visual History of American Ideashttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/atoms-bits-brilliant-visual-history-american-ideas/104991/A 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/atoms-bits-brilliant-visual-history-american-ideas/104991/Management - 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 Stresshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/alarming-long-term-consequences-workplace-stress/105318/Health 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/alarming-long-term-consequences-workplace-stress/105318/Management - Promising PracticesSyda Productions/Shutterstock.comCould the Pentagon Take a Cue From Britain on Public-Private Partnerships?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/could-pentagon-take-cue-britain-public-private-partnerships/105252/Expanding the use of P3s could ease DOD’s budget pressures.Nicholas GreenwoodFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/could-pentagon-take-cue-britain-public-private-partnerships/105252/Management - Promising PracticesRosli Othman/Shutterstock.comNo One Ever Really Fits a Job Description, So Let Applicants Write Their Ownhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/no-one-ever-really-fits-job-description-so-let-applicants-write-their-own/105009/Most of the time, regular job postings are terrible.Max Nisen, QuartzFri, 13 Feb 2015 09:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/no-one-ever-really-fits-job-description-so-let-applicants-write-their-own/105009/Management - Promising PracticesOllyy/Shutterstock.comThe Attention Machinehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/attention-machine/105006/A new brain-scanning technique could change the way scientists think about human focus.Taylor Beck, The AtlanticThu, 12 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/attention-machine/105006/Management - Promising PracticesCreations/Shutterstock.comDegrees Don’t Matter Anymore, Skills Dohttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/degrees-dont-matter-anymore-skills-do/104997/A total transformation of education is coming, whether the educational establishment likes it or not.Miles Kimball, QuartzThu, 12 Feb 2015 09:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/degrees-dont-matter-anymore-skills-do/104997/Management - Promising PracticesLissandra Melo/Shutterstock.comComputers Aren’t Making Us Better Workers Like They Used Tohttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/computers-arent-making-us-better-workers-they-used/105111/A 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/02/computers-arent-making-us-better-workers-they-used/105111/Management - Promising Practiceswrangler/Shutterstock.com