Government Executive - Promising Practiceshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/A forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.en-usSat, 20 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0400How Environment Can Boost Creativityhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/how-environment-can-boost-creativity/94646/Dim lighting and ambient noise may lead to more out-of-the-box ideas.Cody C. Delistraty, The AtlanticSat, 20 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/how-environment-can-boost-creativity/94646/Management - Promising PracticesR.Ashrafov/Shutterstock.comSo Many Risks, So Little Timehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/so-many-risks-so-little-time/94601/Agencies aren’t waiting for a governmentwide risk management framework to take action.John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of GovernmentFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/so-many-risks-so-little-time/94601/Management - Promising PracticesVAV/Shutterstock.comOvercoming the Fear of Public Speakinghttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/overcoming-fear-public-speaking/94472/5 steps to reducing your anxiety on stage.Adam Grant, The Wharton SchoolThu, 18 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/overcoming-fear-public-speaking/94472/Management - Promising PracticesPavel L Photo and Video/Shutterstock.comCEOs See a World Where They’re More Intimately Involved in Your Healthhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/ceos-see-world-where-theyre-more-intimately-involved-your-health/94496/Group of CEOs advocates for a world where companies have programs to address physical activity, emotional health, and chronic conditions.Max Nisen, QuartzThu, 18 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/ceos-see-world-where-theyre-more-intimately-involved-your-health/94496/Management - Promising PracticesVal Thoermer/Shutterstock.comA Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/formula-perfect-productivity-work-52-minutes-break-17/94406/Finally, social scientists suggest a precise time for mid-afternoon coffee runs.Derek Thompson, The AtlanticThu, 18 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/formula-perfect-productivity-work-52-minutes-break-17/94406/Management - Promising PracticesLaborant/Shutterstock.comEmployee Recognition: Try It, You’ll Like Ithttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/employee-recognition-try-it-youll-it/94409/Acknowledging workers’ accomplishments is a win-win for everyone.Howard RisherThu, 18 Sep 2014 10:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/employee-recognition-try-it-youll-it/94409/Management - Promising PracticesBrt/Shutterstock5 Things to Know About Phased Retirementhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/5-things-know-about-phased-retirement/94340/Not quite ready to make the leap? Find out if you're eligible for OPM's partial retirement plan.Katherine Archuleta, Office of Personnel ManagementWed, 17 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/5-things-know-about-phased-retirement/94340/Management - Promising PracticesRawpixel/Shutterstock.comAgoraphobia and the Telecommuterhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/agoraphobia-and-telecommuter/94307/How working from home enabled one woman's mental illness to flourish.Lenika Cruz, The AtlanticWed, 17 Sep 2014 11:43:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/agoraphobia-and-telecommuter/94307/Management - Promising PracticesApostolos Mastoris/Shutterstock.comReflections on 9/11 and Excellence in Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/reflections-911-and-excellence-government/94223/Lives changed when the plane hit the Pentagon, and so did government.Dan Chenok, IBM Center for the Business of GovernmentTue, 16 Sep 2014 15:44:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/reflections-911-and-excellence-government/94223/Management - Promising PracticesDouglas Litchfield/Shutterstock.comThe Way HR Works Needs to Changehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/way-hr-works-needs-change/94205/Human resource offices need to deal with big data better.Jayson Saba, QuartzTue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/way-hr-works-needs-change/94205/Management - Promising PracticesBrian A Jackson/Shutterstock.comGuess Where the Government Ranks in Customer Satisfaction?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/guess-where-government-ranks-customer-satisfaction/94211/Agencies could better serve citizens and businesses by streamlining websites.Lara ShaneTue, 16 Sep 2014 12:21:44 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/guess-where-government-ranks-customer-satisfaction/94211/Management - Promising PracticesMonakhova Irina/Shutterstock​Without Users, Performance Measurement Is Uselesshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/without-users-performance-measurement-useless/94097/Getting meaningful metrics to the right people drives improvements.Shelley H. MetzenbaumMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/without-users-performance-measurement-useless/94097/Management - Promising Practiceseurobanks/Shutterstock.comThe Ultimate Office Perk: Not Having an Officehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/ultimate-office-perk-not-having-office/94064/The makers of WordPress learned the secret to employee happiness years ago.Aimee Groth, QuartzMon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/ultimate-office-perk-not-having-office/94064/Management - Promising PracticesNonwarit/Shutterstock.comWant to Be Happier? Try Walking Even Part of the Way to Workhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/want-be-happier-try-walking-even-part-way-work/94070/New research concludes that an active commute may be as important to well-being as marriage or a pay raise.Sam Sturgis, CityLabMon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/want-be-happier-try-walking-even-part-way-work/94070/Management - Promising Practicespixinoo/Shutterstock.comThe Upside of Pessimismhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/upside-pessimism/94019/The theory of defensive pessimism suggests that imagining—and planning for—worst-case scenarios can be more effective than trying to think positively.Olga Khazan, The AtlanticFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:48:26 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/upside-pessimism/94019/Management - Promising PracticesPressmaster/Shutterstock.comWhy Every Executive Needs to Be Both a Hedgehog and a Foxhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/why-every-executive-needs-be-both-hedgehog-and-fox/93965/It’s critical to focus on the details and the big picture.Robert D. Behn, John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/why-every-executive-needs-be-both-hedgehog-and-fox/93965/Management - Promising PracticesChepko Danil Vitalevich/Shutterstock.comThe Complete Guide to Being on Timehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/complete-guide-being-time/93953/Don't overload your schedule and make better use of your time.Jeanne Kim, QuartzFri, 12 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/complete-guide-being-time/93953/Management - Promising PracticesOllyy/Shutterstock.com3 Ways to Keep Stress From Poisoning Your Work Environmenthttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/3-ways-keep-stress-poisoning-your-work-environment/93935/Don’t lead your team to the breaking point., Corner AllianceFri, 12 Sep 2014 09:52:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/3-ways-keep-stress-poisoning-your-work-environment/93935/Management - Promising PracticespzAxe/Shutterstock.comNetworking Can Make People Feel Physically Dirtyhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/networking-can-make-people-feel-physically-dirty/93791/Research shows schmoozing for career growth can make your skin crawl—literally. It doesn't have to be that way.Laura Bliss, CityLabThu, 11 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/networking-can-make-people-feel-physically-dirty/93791/Management - Promising Practices Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.comCutting Red Tape: It's Time to Sweat the Small Stuffhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/cutting-red-tape-its-time-sweat-small-stuff/93788/Large program waste is easy to see, but don't overlook the daily complexities.Steve GoodrichThu, 11 Sep 2014 09:30:57 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/cutting-red-tape-its-time-sweat-small-stuff/93788/Management - Promising PracticesPicsfive/Shutterstock.comThe Complete Guide to Having a Productive Weekendhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/complete-guide-having-productive-weekend/93362/Rest up and stay away from monotony are just two of the tips.Jeanne Kim, QuartzThu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/complete-guide-having-productive-weekend/93362/Management - Promising PracticesNaps are a good way to enhance performance and restore alertness, according to the National Sleep Foundation. lightwavemedia/Shutterstock.com8 a.m. Is the Most Anxious Hourhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/8-m-most-anxious-hour/93662/Crisis Text Line's data troves reveal the times of day and days of the week when we feel bullied, depressed, or alone.Olga Khazan, The AtlanticWed, 10 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/8-m-most-anxious-hour/93662/Management - Promising Practiceshikrcn/Shutterstock.comYou Don’t Need a Standing Desk, Just Do This Insteadhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/you-dont-need-standing-desk-just-do-instead/93641/Five minutes an hour of walking really helps for those of us sitting at our desks all day.Sonali Kohli, QuartzWed, 10 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/you-dont-need-standing-desk-just-do-instead/93641/Management - Promising PracticesTyler Olson/Shutterstock.comHelp Wanted: How Can OPM Make USAJOBS Easier to Use?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/help-wanted-how-can-opm-make-usajobs-easier-use/93560/OPM wants feedback on overhauling the government's hiring website.Katherine Archuleta, Office of Personnel ManagementWed, 10 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/help-wanted-how-can-opm-make-usajobs-easier-use/93560/Management - Promising PracticesBPTU/Shutterstock.comTargeted Messaging: 3 Reasons It’s the Future of Government Communicationshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/inbound-marketing-3-reasons-its-future-government-communications/93554/Inbound marketing is a more effective way to get the word out.Alan Pentz, Corner AllianceTue, 09 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/inbound-marketing-3-reasons-its-future-government-communications/93554/Management - Promising Practicessilvae/Shutterstock.com