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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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Simpson: If You Can’t Compromise ‘You’re a Zero.’

October 5, 2012 Former U.S. Senator and co-chairman of President Barack Obama's deficit commission Alan Simpson told an audience Tuesday that citizens should vote for leaders that demonstrate a willingness to compromise. "The word compromise now means you're a wimp," said Simpson. "And let me tell ya, if you can't learn to compromise ...

6 Tips for Giving Effective Critical Feedback

October 4, 2012 It starts off slow. A few employees, here or there, start rolling their eyes when “that guy” talks. A few even make comments or vent to you directly. You offer advice, you don’t hear about it for a while and assume it’s better, right? Wrong. While you’ve been wishing a ...

Run Better Meetings With This Four Letter Word

October 3, 2012 Dave Barry, humorist and sometimes blogger for our sister site National Journal, put it best: "If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'" Though universally hated, few have solutions ...

Leadership Don’ts from Presidential Debates

October 2, 2012 There’s a lot a leader can learn from the presidential debates--and it's mostly what not to do. Debates are a game of "not losing" and, as history shows, there are a lot of examples where men vying to lead the free world have "lost it." Relive the classic debate moments ...

Gallup: You Stress Less When You Use Your Strengths

October 2, 2012 According to a new Gallup poll, Americans report feeling less worry, stress, anger, sadness and physical pain the more hours per day they feel they’re utilizing their strengths. More than half of Americans who use their strengths zero to three hours per day report feeling stressed, whereas only 36 percent ...

5 Tips for Watching the Debates

October 1, 2012 Presidential debate season is upon us—and nobody is happier than media pundits. Given a license to speculate, the talking heads will prognosticate from now until the final debate ends. But the debates are about more than who wins and who loses. In a campaign season marked by a lack of ...

Science Community Sounds Alarm Over Sequestration

September 28, 2012 Sequestration, as originally conceived, was to be the mutually assured destruction corollary to the budget wars -- an idea so untenable it would compel good behavior from a polarized Congress. But, as we’ve learned, expecting Congress to play on the same team is a lofty goal and, in the aftermath ...

Where Sequestration, Mars and Political Transition Meet

September 28, 2012 There's only one place where, in one day, you'll get a behind the scenes look at the landing of Curiosity, tips for navigating the political transition, and insight into what's coming with sequestration. And Excellence in Government Live, on Sept. 6, was that place. If you missed Excellence in Government ...

How to Get Unstuck

September 27, 2012 There are days when that feeling akin to writers block applies to your entire life: you're unsure why you're doing what you're doing and you don't know how to move forward with your to-do list, let alone begin. Writing for Lifehacker, Mike Vardy has a process to clear your head ...

The 7 Most Powerful Women in Government

September 26, 2012 Seven women who work for the U.S. Government made Forbes magazine's 2012 "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" list. Many are very familiar faces. The annual rankings are determined by three factors: money (based on country GDP in The World Factbook), media (a composite of news hits and social media ...