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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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Bloomberg Talks Leadership, Says Approval Ratings Mean Squat

October 25, 2012 James Bennet recently visited New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as part of The Atlantic’s profile of leaders who are taking risks for big ideas. The billionaire mayor had unique insights on leadership and why listening to polls is not only antithetical to leadership—but unethical as well. The wide-ranging interview...

'Bayonets and Horses:' Obama and Romney's Sharpest Debate Retorts

October 23, 2012 See Tom Shoop's Live Blog for more from the third and final presidential debate. Monday night's debate was much more cordial than we've come to expect--both candidates appeared calm and rarely interrupted each other. It even seemed Mitt Romney was in agreement with President Obama on many foreign policy issues--occasionally...

Obama in Debate: Sequestration 'will not happen'

October 22, 2012 During Monday night's debate, President Obama stated that sequestration "will not happen." Obama made the statement in response to attacks from Mitt Romney criticizing Obama for allowing the proposed $1 trillion in cuts to potentially reduce the size of the military to a historic low. Read the exchange below: Romney:...

5 Leadership Lessons Learned From the 2012 Debates

October 22, 2012 A continuation of where we left off with Leadership Don'ts from Presidential Debates. Tonight, the curtain falls on weeks of high-stakes political theater. This evening’s third and final debate will center on foreign policy, an issue that has received scant attention during an election cycle centered on the economy. Depending...

Infographic: The Many Perks of Working From Home

October 22, 2012 According to a report from the Office of Personnel Management, only a quarter of all federal employees eligible to telework actually do. And that’s a shame, because research shows teleworking has benefits for your productivity, health and the environment. The infographic below, created by CarInsurance.org, details the many, many perks...

Presidential Humor Pt. 2 – Obama’s Digs at Himself

October 19, 2012 Good leadership requires a flair for public speaking, sharp wit and a knack for self-deprecating humor. By that standard, both candidates were in fine form Thursday evening. Like a breath of fresh air, the presidential candidates took a moment to raise money for charity and inject some levity into the...

Presidential Humor Pt. 1 – Romney’s Funny Side Revealed

October 19, 2012 Good leadership requires a flair for public speaking, sharp wit and a knack for self-deprecating humor. By that standard, both candidates were in fine form Thursday evening. Like a breath of fresh air, the presidential candidates took a moment to raise money for charity and inject some levity into the...

The Best of Romney's 'Binders Full of Women' Meme

October 17, 2012 Mitt Romney’s unfortunate phrasing touched off Internet hysteria following the Oct. 16 town hall presidential debate. The moment came when Romney stumbled over a question regarding pay equity, telling the audience how he used “binders full of women” to recruit female cabinet members as Governor of Massachusetts. The full remark...

Watch this Awesome Time-Lapse of Shuttle Endeavour's Trip through L.A.

October 16, 2012 In a march reminiscent of a New Orleans jazz funeral, the space shuttle Endeavour slowly passed throngs of smiling onlookers as it crawled through the streets of Los Angeles toward its final resting place at the California Science Center last weekend. Earlier this year, residents of Washington, D.C. and New...

Five Employee Ideas that Could Help GSA Save $5 Million

October 12, 2012 In the weeks after scandal erupted earlier this year over the General Services Administration’s extravagant spending on a 2010 conference in Las Vegas, the agency was already introducing new programs to save money. In late May, GSA launched the Great Ideas Hunt, a program that asked employees nationwide to suggest...

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