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Bringing Leaders Up to Speed

February 1, 2013 Had Mitt Romney won the presidency, there’s no question January would have been a time of upheaval for federal managers. Still, as President Obama settles into a second term, managers should not expect the status quo. The end of a first term is a natural point of departure for political...

Even in a Second Term, Expect New Appointees

January 16, 2013 Had Mitt Romney won the presidency, there’s no question January would have been a time of upheaval for federal managers. Still, as President Obama settles into a second term, managers should not expect the status quo. The end of a first term is a natural point of departure for political...

Crafting Office Culture

December 19, 2012 Office culture affects everything from employee retention to productivity, and managers have an incredible opportunity to shape that culture. In most organizations, culture is based solely on what is sold, delivered or provided. But David Vik, former culture coach at online shoe retailer Zappos and author of The Culture Secret:...

Rethinking To-Do Lists

December 5, 2012 Keeping a to-do list seems to be an almost universal business practice, particularly for managers who juggle multiple tasks. But many experts believe lists can be counterproductive, giving people a false sense of organization without the benefit of any real planning or prioritization. Daniel Markovitz, author of A Factory of...

Listless Listing

December 1, 2012 Keeping a to-do list seems to be an almost universal business practice, particularly for managers who juggle multiple tasks. But many experts believe lists can be counterproductive, giving people a false sense of organization without the benefit of any real planning or prioritization. Daniel Markovitz, author of A Factory of...

Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking

November 21, 2012 Many managers, especially those with only a few subordinates, don’t think of public speaking as part of their job description, at least not in the traditional sense. They rarely, if ever, have to walk upstairs, stand behind a podium with a microphone, and address a large crowd. If they did...

The Power of Frequent Career-Building Chats

November 14, 2012 At many federal agencies, career development comes up in one of two situations: when it’s performance review time or when an employee announces plans to leave. In Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012), authors Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni say with...

Career Conversations

November 1, 2012 At many federal agencies, career development comes up in one of two situations: when it’s performance review time or when an employee announces plans to leave. In Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012), authors Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni say with...

Reining in Rage

October 10, 2012 Workplace anger is dangerous. It sometimes leads to violence, making homicide one of the top four causes of death in the workplace and causing 15,000 nonfatal injuries annually. But even when it doesn’t reach that level, workplace anger can affect employees’ health, happiness and performance if not dealt with quickly....

What's Your Natural Leadership Style?

October 3, 2012 At some point in their education, most students are required to take the Myers-Briggs test, a psychological questionnaire designed to pinpoint personality types. The idea is to help teachers and counselors identify learning styles and possible career paths for their charges. Managers would be wise to embrace the idea that...

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