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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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The 5 Best Management Tips of the Week

March 22, 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 hitting the snooze button (you’re only making it worse), that standing will get you through phone calls faster and that moving backwards might be more ...

The 5 Best Management Tips of the Week

March 15, 2013 Welcome to Excellence in Government's weekly round up of the best management tips from around the web. This week we feature a whole bunch of great ideas from the Harvard Business Review's "Management Tip of the Day" as well as a gem on the multi-faceted note taking/life organizing tool Evernote. ...

Obama's 'Jedi Mind Meld' Shatters His Nerd Credibility

March 1, 2013 It's a good thing Obama isn't running for office again: the president, who has been known to be Spock-like and nerd-courting, just lost the support of both Star Wars and Star Trek fans. Well, except maybe J.J. Abrams. In his sequester press conference today, the president made a joke about ...

Al Gore to Headline Excellence in Government in May

February 26, 2013 20 years ago next week, on March 3, 1993, President Bill Clinton created the National Performance Review (NPR) and selected Vice President Al Gore to be its leader. Together with 250 career civil servants, Gore and the NPR (later called the National Partnership for Reinventing Government) set about scrutinizing individual ...

Video: Steve Jobs and the Secret to a Great Presentation

February 26, 2013 Arthur Levinson, Apple’s chairman of the board, recently told Fortune, “I’m still not to the point where I walk into that board room and don’t miss Steve.” He’s not alone. Steve Jobs’ fans and devotees have been in mourning since his death in 2011. And why, in part, do people ...

Why Managing Sucks (and How to Fix It)

February 25, 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. You’re here because you made a choice. You read the headline, synapses firing ...

How Street Signs Are Made

February 25, 2013 Maybe you knew a kid growing up who stole street signs (or perhaps you were the kid doing the stealing). Did you ever wonder how those signs came to be? Turns out a lot of work goes into making each STOP, YIELD and X-ING sign you unquestioningly use each day. ...

Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon Show Off 'Evolution of Mom Dancing'

February 23, 2013 Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon have teamed up once again to promote the First Lady's Let's Move campaign. Adorned in "mom" drag, Fallon was joined by FLOTUS to film the "Evolution of Mom Dancing" (for the uninitiated, it's a parody of one of the most popular YouTube videos of all ...

President Obama Sends Kid President Message, Kid President Freaks Out

February 22, 2013 Some of you may remember Kid President from his amazing pep talk that we posted here last month. Well, in the interest of making this an awesome year, he’s back—with a special cameo from President Obama. In the video below, Kid President meets Big President, as Obama himself enlists the ...

The 30 Biggest Risks Facing the Federal Government in 2013

February 22, 2013 This month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) updated its biannual High Risk List. The list includes 30 topics the GAO says are of greatest risk to the federal government in 2013. Many of the areas added to the list in 2011 have seen significant improvement, so much so that two ...