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 5 Agencies with the Most Out of Touch Senior Leadership

April 30, 2013 The growing disconnect between the SES and the rest is real—and growing. The Partnership for Public Service released data in mid-April showing that, government-wide, members of the SES are more positive than other employees, scoring 18.6 points higher in the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings,...

Infographic: 10 Leadership Lessons from Famous People

April 29, 2013 Here are 10 pearls of wisdom to help you start your week. Some simple lessons from famous leaders and thinkers. Have any favorite leadership quotes of your own? Share in the comments below. [via Technology Cafe]

Open Source Tech is Driving Big Changes in Government

April 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Open source technology is now visible everywhere in government from the basic operating systems that federal computers run on to the blogs, websites and social media tools they use to communicate with the public. Red Hat, which helps companies manage, maintain and secure open source tools, including the operating system...

The 5 Best Management Tips of the Week

April 26, 2013 Welcome back to Excellence in Government's weekly round up of the best management tips from around the web. This week we tell you to stop being stupid, give you tips to unlock your creativity and advise you to simply say “thank you” a little more often. Read on… 1. Play...

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...

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