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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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Why Everyone is Lazy (Except for You)

April 25, 2013 On your bad days you find yourself thinking it. Stressed out, you glare at co-workers and wonder why, when you feel so overwhelmed with work, others seem so calm. What are they doing with their time? Why are they leaving early? Why, you vent, is everyone so lazy...except for me? ...

A 3-Step Method for Giving Clear Feedback

April 24, 2013 There’s no better way to dull the impact of feedback than to muddle your delivery. The typical “sandwich technique,” in which you offer a piece of critical feedback in between two pieces of positive feedback, buries your intention. It makes it difficult for the individual you’re managing to know what ...

How Donald Duck Made You Pay Your Taxes

April 18, 2013 Monday was Tax Day. If that’s news to you than you should stop reading this immediately. But if, like most of us, you paid your taxes in a timely fashion (or hastily filed for an extension) you probably caught yourself wondering over the last week just where, exactly, did our ...

Are You Ready For NASA's Space Apps Challenge?

April 17, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes NASA’s second annual International Space Apps Challenge will take place April 20 and April 21 in more than 75 cities around the world. The technology development event seeks to bring tech-savvy developers and citizens together to solve challenges here ...

See NASA's Wanted Poster for the First Astronauts

April 17, 2013 On April 9, 1959, NASA announced the selection of the first astronauts, later immortalized as the “Mercury Seven.” Last week, some 54 years later, the National Archives reminded us of what specifically it meant to have the “right stuff” on it’s “Todays Document” blog. See the original document below and ...

Kid President and Obama Hang Out in Oval Office

April 11, 2013 Kid President danced into all our hearts last January by encouraging the world to stop complaining, dance a little more and to make 2013 an “awesome year.” Well, Kid President, aka 9-year-old Robbie Novak, got the attention of Ordinary President and was asked in February to co-host the White House ...

Be Less Boring: The 4 Best Alternatives to PowerPoint

April 9, 2013 Microsoft's PowerPoint is a part of every fed’s daily life. A tool that, with side effects akin to visual NyQuil, turns even the most high-energy group into a room full of yawning Prince Valiums (Spaceballs, anyone?). Nobody likes it. Everybody uses it. Even fewer have mastered its complex user interface. ...

The 5 Agencies with the WORST Leadership in Government

April 8, 2013 Last week, Government Executive reported that federal employees are losing faith in agency leadership. The Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit that has compiled data on the best places to work in government since 2003, recently reported that 2012 scores showed effective agency leadership dropping for the first time in ...

The 5 Agencies with the BEST Leadership in Government

April 8, 2013 While recent reports have shown that federal employees are losing faith in agency leadership, there are some bright spots to report in how feds are viewing leadership of their organizations. Hidden in the Partnership for Public Service’s newly released analysis last week is data that shows the agencies with the ...

The 10 Most Common Jobs in Government

April 5, 2013 How common is your gig in government? The answer depends on whether you work at the federal, state or local level: Do you work for the postal service (federal), a correctional institution (state) or as a teacher (local)? If you said “yes” to any of the preceding options then you’re ...