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Mark Micheli

Editor, Excellence in Government Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.
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Walter Cronkite Predicts Telework Way Back in 1967

February 5, 2013 During a 1967 broadcast of the CBS show, “The 21st Century,” the most trusted man in America reveals he was all about telework before it was cool (or possible). “With equipment like this in the home of the future, we may not have to go to work,” said Cronkite, showing...

Video: How Do Astronauts Wash Their Hands in Space?

February 4, 2013 Hate getting ready for work in the morning? Try doing it in space. As earthlings, our everyday tasks usually require little thought or creativity. Not so if you’re an astronaut. Sans gravity, many of your most mundane routines suddenly become major engineering challenges. Take, for instance, washing your hands. International...

What the Heck is Operational Efficiency?

February 1, 2013 We’ve got a question for you: Excellence in Government recently surveyed over 2,000 federal managers to find out what they felt were the most pressing management issues facing the federal workforce in 2013. From middle managers on up, the answer was clear: achieving operational efficiency. The results showed that: 63...

15 Great Leadership Lessons From John Kerry's Senate Farewell

February 1, 2013 After 28 years in the Senate, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts bid farewell to his colleagues in an emotional address rich in wisdom and perspective on the challenges of our times. In a 50 minute address last Wednesday, he encapsulated the problems—and solutions—to the Senate’s gridlock as well as what...

3 Ways to Improve Your ‘Best Places to Work’ Ranking

January 28, 2013 Last month, the Partnership for Public service released their annual “Best Places to Work” index and, to put it bluntly, the results were alarming. An across the board drop in employee satisfaction (among the lowest in the index’s history) raised important questions and left many wondering how, with so many...

Meet Kid President: The Awesome Pep Talk You Must Watch Now

January 28, 2013 Need some motivation to kick off your week? Let Kid President help you start your week right. No words can describe the awesome motivational powers, or cuteness, of Kid President. Just watch, and enjoy your day... ...it's time to do somethin': Thanks to Megan for sharing. Who do you know...

Obama and Clinton to Sit for First Joint Interview

January 25, 2013 Consider the hatchet buried. President Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be sitting down this afternoon for a joint interview with “60 Minutes” to air on Sunday. The news broke on Twitter via Politico’s Mike Allen, who noted that this would mark the first time Obama has...

Google's 8 Simple Rules for Being a Better Manager

January 25, 2013 In early 2009, Google's HR team began a project code-named Project Oxygen. Their mission, reported the New York Times, was to build better bosses. After combing through performance reviews, feedback surveys and other data-rich metrics, they distilled the essence of what makes a good manager down to eight jaw-droppingly simple...

Give Feds Permission to Screw Up

January 23, 2013 Here’s one thing I rarely saw during my time working in government: permission to screw up. That’s not to say people didn’t mess up. It was quite the contrary—people screwed up constantly (myself included). But instead of owning it, people felt pressure to obfuscate, cast blame or change the definition...

Obama’s Inaugural Address: 5 Quotes History Will Remember

January 22, 2013 Words are one of the most powerful tools a leader has. For a president, the inaugural address serves as their best opportunity to harness that tool to inspire the country, annunciate a governing philosophy and crystallize their legacy as a leader. (RELATED: Full text of Obama's Second Inaugural Address) Abraham...

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