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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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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...

Declare 'Opposite Day' to Supercharge New Thinking

April 4, 2013 Everyday you wake up and go about your day with little effort or thought. Brushing your teeth with your right hand, putting your keys in your right pocket or wearing your watch on your left wrist. These actions come just as naturally as breathing in and out. They’re unconscious, habitual...

Are the Happiest Employees Also the Worst Employees?

April 4, 2013 Conventional wisdom tells us that our most engaged employees are also the best employees. But a new study paints a different picture. According to a survey conducted by Atlanta-based consulting firm Leadership IQ, 42 percent of companies say that their lowest performers report actually being more engaged than their middle...

3 Simple Reasons Your Team Never Gets Anything Done

April 1, 2013 Stop me if this sounds eerily familiar: Scene: Your third meeting of the day. On the conference table in front of you is a printed agenda. You look around the room and see familiar faces. This is your team. Per the agenda, progress is relayed, problems are discussed and solutions...

The Present, and Future, of Social Media in Government

April 1, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes The Excellence in Government Podcast features interviews with public and private sector thought leaders to offer rising feds tips for tackling government’s most pressing management challenges. What's the key to tearing down barriers in government? The great unifier, says...

5 Cartoons Guaranteed to Make You a Better Manager

March 25, 2013 Just because you don't watch "Schoolhouse Rock!" anymore doesn't mean cartoons have nothing left to teach you. Some pioneering groups, both ASAP Science and RSA Animate, have put together some very cool animations/time-lapse drawings that speak to the building blocks of managing people and, most importantly, ourselves. Click on the...

What’s the Difference Between Employee Engagement and Employee Satisfaction?

March 25, 2013 The term “employee engagement” has been around for some time. Executive coaches, consultants and HR managers have been telling us for years that employees must be more than satisfied (for, as with a filling Thanksgiving dinner, satisfaction rarely yields productivity). In addition to satisfaction, we’re told, we must strive to...

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