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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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Job Security No Longer Top Driver of Employee Satisfaction

October 12, 2012 In a sign that concerns about the economy may be receding, a survey recently found that job security was not the top driver of employee satisfaction for the first time since 2007. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), employees ranked a desire to use skills and abilities ...

It's Easy to Pretend Government Doesn't Matter

October 11, 2012 Gautam Mukunda, author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter, recently told Excellence in Government that critics of government employees have forgotten what life was like before government regulations made life simpler. “It’s a shame that [government employees] are being vilified because the people who are doing that, at a basic ...

Can Lack of Sleep Cause Brain Damage?

October 11, 2012 I once knew a fed who pulled an “all-nighter” to meet a deadline, taking catnaps in his office until the sun came up. Dedicated public servant or problems at home? You be the judge. With work life bleeding into home life, it’s easy to lose sight of boundaries and find ...

Being 'Busy' Is a Lame Excuse

October 11, 2012 Co-worker A: "How are things going?" Co-worker B: "Things are busy." That…right there. How many times have you had that exact same interaction--playing the role of either co-worker A or B? Too many. That dynamic, Oscar-worthy dialogue accounts for way too much of what we say in a typical workday. ...

Cartoon Bears Take on Big Soda

October 11, 2012 Michelle Obama and Michael Bloomberg aren’t alone in their quest to instill healthier habits in the American people. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit health advocacy organization, is taking the fight straight to the “Big Soda” industry by invoking the sweetness of Coke’s polar bears—and ...

8 Career Killing Habits

October 11, 2012 There are many reasons your career may have flat lined. But odds are, if you’ve been stuck in the same job without any advancement, you’re likely exhibiting one these eight career-scuttling habits, says Alison Green of Business Insider. The eight habits in question include: 1. Not promoting your work 2. ...

How to Win Over a Colleague Who Doesn't Like You

October 10, 2012 Whether it's your manager, a subordinate or a random colleague, occasionally people just don't like you. Sometimes the reason isn't clear, but it's on you to change the relationship dynamic, says Dorie Clark of Forbes. So what can you do to disarm a cranky colleague, he asks? Two things: Give ...

Management Lessons from ’30 Rock’

October 9, 2012 Alec Bladwin’s Jack Donaghy has been the playing the prototypical executive on “30 Rock” for seven seasons now. In that time, we’ve learned a lot about the man—his unending quest for innovation at GE and Kabletown, the value he places in mentoring (a la Tina Fey’s hapless Liz Lemon) and ...

Deficit Reduction Must Address Big Three

October 5, 2012 At an event at The George Washington University on Tuesday, former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and Jared Bernstein, former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, both agreed that no discussion about reducing the debt and deficit is serious without addressing the big three: Medicare, Medicaid and ...

The Debate Gets Auto-Tuned

October 5, 2012 It didn't take long for the Gregory Brothers, the group behind the hysterical Auto-Tune the News web series, to spice up Wednesday night's debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Less than 24 hours after the debate in Denver, the musical comedy group turned the event into a mini-musical. While ...