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The Big Mistake Most People Make When They Receive Negative Feedback

Nobody enjoys getting negative feedback. When we receive an unflattering performance review from our boss or get turned down by a date, it’s human nature to try to feel better by dismissing the judgment as unreasonable or biased. And so, last month, when a federal judge blocked US president Donald ... Read & React

I often say that leaders control the weather. However they show up is predictive of how everyone around them will show up. That’s especially true in times of chaos and fluidity. Scott Eblin

Boosting America’s Scientific Brain Power

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

President Trump recently signed a bipartisan bill to promote mentoring programs to encourage girls and women to enter the aerospace field. The new law adds to a loosely organized network of ... Read & React

Unless You’re a Superstar, It’s Better to Keep Your Mouth Shut in The Workplace (Even in the NFL)

Colin Kaepernick and teammate Eli Harold kneel in December
by Oliver Staley

Last year, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew headlines for his refusal to stand for the national anthem, a protest against racial injustice in the US. The American football player is now a free agent after spending six years with the San Francisco 49ers, including one where Kaepernick led them ... Read & React

Preparing for a Reduction in Force at Your Agency

by Heather White

The Trump administration is proposing steep cuts to non-defense spending. For many agencies, that could mean staffing cuts. The agencies targeted for cuts include the Environmental Protection Agency and the State, Labor and Agriculture departments. For employees in the crosshairs, we offer the ... Read & React

Agencies Need to Get Savvy About Low-Cost Program Evaluation

by Andrew Feldman and Benjamin Castleman

If President Trump’s budget blueprint is any indication, most agencies soon will face significant budget cuts. That makes it more important than ever to get the most impact from every program dollar. To do that, agencies will need to use rigorous program evaluation to learn what works and what ... Read & React

Good Leaders Don't Surround Themselves With Yes Men

by Oliver Staley

In a much-circulated New York Times article (paywall) about US president Donald Trump’s inability to let grievances go, the closing anecdote was noteworthy. In it, Gary Cohn, one of Trump’s economic advisors and the former president of Goldman Sachs, has the temerity to interrupt the president: In ... Read & React

Navy SEALs Develop Mental Toughness By Reinforcing One Behavior

 Members of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs” perform a side plane during a skydiving demonstration above Mary G. Montgomery High School in Alabama in February.
by Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora: How can the average person learn the skill of mental toughness without joining the military? Answer by Ronald Fry, author of Hammerhead Six. Mental toughness is a state of mind. Anyone can develop the mental toughness of a solider without being part of ... Read & React

After Health Care Debacle, Trump Needs a Plan B

President Trump meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan on March 1 at the White House. Despite GOP control of Congress, disunity within the party threatens Trump's agenda.
by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Just before President Trump’s health care plan went down in flames, Press Secretary Sean Spicer defiantly told reporters, “We're not looking at a Plan B.” Well, it’s clearly time now to look at a Plan B. It’s going to take a long time to clear the massive debris littering the path between Trump and ... Read & React

The Road to Government Reform Is Filled With Landmines

by Max Stier President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring federal agencies to identify duplicative and unnecessary programs and improve services holds the promise of helping bring our government into the 21st century. In many respects, we have institutions created for a different era. Our government ... Read & React

Most in the Workplace Are Secretly Threatened By Creativity

by Jennifer Mueller Associate Professor of Management, University of San Diego

Creativity is highly prized in Western society—much touted by cultures that claim to value individualism and the entrepreneurial spirit. But scratch beneath the surface, and it turns out that a lot of schools and businesses aren’t actually all that excited about bold new ideas. By and large, we ... Read & React

Why Bureaucrats Matter in the Fight to Preserve the Rule Of Law

by Melissa Lane

Socrates, while serving on the Athenian Council, sought to prevent it from making an illegal decision. Martin Luther, when a council convened by the Emperor Charles V in 1521 told him to recant, is said to have declared: ‘Here I stand; I can do no other.’ The United States’ attorney general Elliot ... Read & React

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