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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The Four Skills Employees Need in 2013

December 4, 2012 Subscribe: Newsletter Facebook LinkedIn A recent article in The Wall Street Journal reports that there are four skills employees will need in order to get recognized and promoted in 2013: communications, personal branding, flexibility and increased productivity. Communication The article notes that clear communication is vital to employee success in...

Mars Curiosity's ‘History Making’ Discovery Revealed, With a Caveat

December 3, 2012 Subscribe: Newsletter Facebook LinkedIn NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has discovered organic compounds on the surface of Mars. Results from the rover’s first complete soil analysis since arriving on the Red Planet showed “water and sulfur and chlorine-containing substances,” the space agency announced in a statement on Monday. NASA was unwilling...

Obama Tackles Questions about Fiscal Cliff on Twitter

December 3, 2012 Subscribe: Newsletter Facebook LinkedIn President Obama will be taking to Twitter to answer questions about tax increases associated with the fiscal cliff negotiations today at 2 p.m. EST. In recent days the White House has signaled that Obama would be taking a more active role in resolving the fiscal cliff...

Sitting for More Than an Hour is Terrible for Your Health

December 3, 2012 Subscribe: Newsletter Facebook LinkedIn Get off your butt. It might literally be killing you. Evidence is mounting that sitting at work can have significant consequences for your health—even if you’re only sitting for as little as an hour at a time. Steve Lohr wrote in The New York Times on...

Month in Review: November's Top Stories

November 30, 2012 Subscribe: Newsletter Facebook LinkedIn At the end of each month, we like to take a look back at the month that was. Take a deep breath, reflect on the things we cared about (however briefly) and prep for the month ahead. What were the most popular stories on Excellence in...

Brainstorm More Effectively Using the SCAMPER Method

November 30, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn How do you and your team continue brainstorming when you’ve run out of ideas? One of the biggest obstacles with any idea generating session is finding ways to think outside the box—especially when your idea generating energy starts to peter out. When a...

Photo: Obama and Romney Meet in Oval Office

November 29, 2012 Subscribe: Newsletter Facebook LinkedIn Count this as a promise delivered. During his election night victory speech on Nov. 6, President Obama said that he looked forward to "sitting down with Gov. Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward." He added at a Nov....

Remembering Zig Ziglar: Motivational Speaker’s Top 21 Quotes

November 29, 2012 Subscribe: Newsletter Facebook LinkedIn After a brief bout of pneumonia, famed motivational speaker and prolific author Zig Ziglar died Wednesday in Dallas at the age of 86. A fount of kitschy, home-spun knowledge, Ziglar was known for his large, arena-packing, revival-esque seminars. Saying success hinges upon attitude and motivation, not...

Infographic: Late Night Technology Use Kills Your Sleep Cycle

November 29, 2012 Subscribe: Newsletter Facebook LinkedIn More and more people are jumping into bed with their technology. Whether working from bed or sleeping with their phones, pillow talk no longer requires another warm body--just a cold piece of Wi-Fi enabled circuitry. According to Online Psychology Degree, 95 percent of people report browsing...

3 Reasons to Turn Your Phone's Push Email Off Right Now

November 28, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn *bizz*…*bizzzz*.............*bizzzzzz* All day. Every day. Sometimes it came from my pocket. Other times my bag. Still other times it possessed my phone, causing it to dance across my desk. The thing was buzzing…even when it wasn’t buzzing. I began to hear and feel...

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