Government Executive - Promising Practiceshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/A forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.en-usFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0500Why I Failed to Advocate for Women: Confessions of an Ignorant Manhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/why-i-failed-advocate-women-confessions-ignorant-man/106899/Many men don't go to bat for women because they're blind to gender bias.Adam Grant, The Wharton SchoolFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/why-i-failed-advocate-women-confessions-ignorant-man/106899/Management - Promising Practicesthodonal88/Shutterstock.comSnow Days: When Government Resorts to Naming and Shaminghttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/snow-days-when-government-resorts-naming-and-shaming/106887/Will a neon notice on the front door really convince citizens to shovel their walks?Robert D. Behn, John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentFri, 06 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/snow-days-when-government-resorts-naming-and-shaming/106887/Management - Promising PracticesTrudy Wilkerson/Shutterstock.comAmericans are Less Productive and Better Compensated Than We Thoughthttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/americans-are-less-productive-and-better-compensated-we-thought/106869/Revised data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics tell a different story.Melvin Backman, QuartzFri, 06 Mar 2015 10:02:33 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/americans-are-less-productive-and-better-compensated-we-thought/106869/Management - Promising PracticesRainer Plendl/Shutterstock.comStudy: The Gender Gap at Work Starts as Early as Age 15http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/study-gender-gap-job-training-starts-early-age-15/106779/Globally, teen boys get internships and job shadowing before they even leave school — girls get online research.Sonali Kohli, QuartzThu, 05 Mar 2015 14:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/study-gender-gap-job-training-starts-early-age-15/106779/Management - Promising PracticesIt starts in the teenage years.Minerva Studio/Shutterstock.comBuried in the Budget: Ways to Rev Up Performancehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/buried-budget-ways-rev-performance/106728/What agencies need to measure what works and change what doesn't.John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of GovernmentThu, 05 Mar 2015 10:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/buried-budget-ways-rev-performance/106728/Management - Promising PracticesAlexandru Nika/Shutterstock.comIt's a Data Request, Not a Fire Drillhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/its-data-request-not-fire-drill/106680/What to do when the boss needs an answer, now.Lindsey Backhaus, Corner AllianceWed, 04 Mar 2015 13:37:41 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/its-data-request-not-fire-drill/106680/Management - Promising Practices3d brained/Shutterstock.comA Lesson for DHS: Engagement Happens at the Local Levelhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/lesson-dhs-engagement-happens-local-level/106650/Team managers, not agency leaders, set the tone.Steve Ander and Jessica MangskauWed, 04 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/lesson-dhs-engagement-happens-local-level/106650/Management - Promising PracticesTSA screeners on the job at Denver International Airport.Arina P Habich/ShutterstockAre Organizations With Drug Tests Weeding Out Great Candidates?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/are-organizations-drug-tests-weeding-out-great-candidates/106641/More than half of Americans report that they have tried marijuana. What does this mean for zero-tolerance workplaces like the FBI?Bourree Lam, The AtlanticWed, 04 Mar 2015 10:21:38 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/are-organizations-drug-tests-weeding-out-great-candidates/106641/Management - Promising PracticesAtomazul/Shutterstock.comIQs Are Higher Because We’re Better at Taking Testshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/iqs-are-higher-because-weve-better-taking-tests/106590/IQ scores are increasing, but that doesn't mean people are becoming more intelligent.Sonali Kohli, QuartzTue, 03 Mar 2015 17:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/iqs-are-higher-because-weve-better-taking-tests/106590/Management - Promising PracticesPakawat Suwannaket/Shutterstock.comStudy: Three to Five Cups of Coffee a Day is Good For the Arterieshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/study-three-five-cups-coffee-day-good-arteries/106587/Coffee lovers had the clearest arteries.Cassie Werber, QuartzTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:35:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2015/03/study-three-five-cups-coffee-day-good-arteries/106587/Management - Promising Practicesaboikis/Shutterstock.comWhat 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.com