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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 10 Most Historic State of the Union Moments in Modern History

February 11, 2013 Tuesday evening President Barack Obama delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term. In the past, State of the Union addresses serve as an opportunity for presidents to get specific about their agendas and set broad goals for American progress. At other times, the State of ...

Energy Secretary Won't Deny Affair With Solar Panel

February 11, 2013 Humor: An overlooked and generally undervalued quality of good leaders. As evidenced by a Facebook post last week, outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu proved he’s definitely got good nature to spare. In response to The Onion’s satirical accusation that he had a one night stand with a solar panel, the ...

Really?! Handicap Parking Spot Painted Around Car

February 11, 2013 Welcome to another round of what’s not excellent in government. This time we turn our gaze overseas and visit the mean streets of Tel Aviv, Israel. Scene: On a peaceful, sunny afternoon in Tel Aviv, Hila Ben Baruch legally parks her car and sets about her day. What happened next ...

The 3 Secrets of Effective Time Investment

February 8, 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. With each passing day, the hands on the clock tick closer to making ...

The Soft-Spoken Power of Introverts

February 7, 2013 To recharge after a long day at work, do you seek out social situations or peace and quiet? If you prefer your fortress of solitude, you’re most likely an introvert. There’s at least a one in three chance you are an introvert. Meaning, that if you’re a manager, one out ...

If You’re Good at What You Do, You Need Negative Feedback

February 6, 2013 It’s lonely at the top. A sentiment shared by many self-aware executives. It’s easy to get cut off from what is actually going on in an organization once the title of manager, director, secretary or president is affixed to your name—harder still to get honest, direct, critical feedback. And it’s ...

Walter Cronkite Predicts Telework Way Back in 1967

February 5, 2013 During a 1967 broadcast of the CBS show, “The 21st Century,” the most trusted man in America reveals he was all about telework before it was cool (or possible). “With equipment like this in the home of the future, we may not have to go to work,” said Cronkite, showing ...

Video: How Do Astronauts Wash Their Hands in Space?

February 4, 2013 Hate getting ready for work in the morning? Try doing it in space. As earthlings, our everyday tasks usually require little thought or creativity. Not so if you’re an astronaut. Sans gravity, many of your most mundane routines suddenly become major engineering challenges. Take, for instance, washing your hands. International ...

What the Heck is Operational Efficiency?

February 1, 2013 We’ve got a question for you: Excellence in Government recently surveyed over 2,000 federal managers to find out what they felt were the most pressing management issues facing the federal workforce in 2013. From middle managers on up, the answer was clear: achieving operational efficiency. The results showed that: 63 ...

15 Great Leadership Lessons From John Kerry's Senate Farewell

February 1, 2013 After 28 years in the Senate, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts bid farewell to his colleagues in an emotional address rich in wisdom and perspective on the challenges of our times. In a 50 minute address last Wednesday, he encapsulated the problems—and solutions—to the Senate’s gridlock as well as what ...