To Make the Most of a Three-day Weekend, Be a Little Lazy Before and After

Three-day weekends are tricky—72 hours isn’t enough time to properly indulge in wanderlust, but studies have shown a short vacation can be just as good (pdf) for decompressing as a longer one, even if short means fewer than five days. By following these guidelines, you can make the most of your ... Read & React

The recognition of exemplary individual performance is central to high organizational performance. And the psychological value is far more important than the money. Howard Risher

Your Work Matters; Make Sure Others Know Why

For employees across government, the anticipation of a new administration creates considerable uncertainty. Career civil servants—who often have dedicated years of their professional lives to the ... Read & React

Your Guide to a Presidential Appointment in the Next Administration

In a recent article (“Thousands of Federal Jobs Are About to Come Open, but You’re Probably Not Going to Get One”), we pointed out that the number of political appointees can be misleading. You often hear 3,000, 6,000, and even 8,000 positions on occasion. For those seeking a presidential ... Read & React

Predicting the Future May Be Easier Than You Think

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

Getting predictions wrong can be costly. It’s not just weather or loan defaults that get predicted. The intelligence community in 2002 officially concluded that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that was part of the rationale for why we went to war. They were wrong. How can similar ... Read & React

This Book Upends Everything We Thought We Knew About Where Grit Comes From and How to Get It

by Jenny Anderson

For years, researchers have shown that raw IQ or academic prowess aren’t everything. Paul Tough’s 2013 book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power if Character showed how grit—defined as perseverance and passion for achieving challenging long-term goals(pdf)—and other character ... Read & React

The Millennials Balancing Their Parents' Job Searches With Their Own

It’s a worn narrative that Millennials are a jobless generation content to live with, and off, their parents. But that’s only one side of it: Today, there are a number of employed and financially independent Millennials who are instead helping their parents find a job. This represents a ... Read & React

10 Ways to Foster Relationships in 10 Minutes or Less

I often hear from leaders that they have higher priorities on their plate than making connections with others. The truth is that things don’t get done if you don’t connect to the people who are contributing to those deadlines and bottom-lines. Why would others care about you and the organizational ... Read & React

Slow Down: You're Probably Screwing Up

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

I did this crazy thing the other day. It was so out of character. I went to the library. They had a shelf called "great reads." I went over to it and ran my hand along the modest beat-up walnut. One book stood out. It was old, but I'd always wanted to read it. New notifications said my cellphone, ... Read & React

Why Women (Sometimes) Don't Help Other Women

by Marianne Cooper

There are two dominant cultural ideas about the role women play in helping other women advance at work, and they are seemingly at odds: the Righteous Woman and the Queen Bee. The Righteous Woman is an ideal, a belief that women have a distinct moral obligation to have one another’s backs. This kind ... Read & React

Why Do So Many Feds Shun the Senior Executive Service?

by Mallory Barg Bulman and Stacey Dietsch

Recent surveys by the Partnership for Public Service and Vanderbilt University found that more than 40 percent of high-level government professionals do not aspire to the Senior Executive Service. With 85 percent of our nation’s 7,000 career senior executives eligible to retire in the next decade, ... Read & React

Leading Employees Who Struggle with Self-Doubt

The biggest barrier to remarkable achievements in our workplaces is not a lack of resources or a shortage of great ideas. Rather, it is a shortage of a very personal attribute: self-confidence. Of all of the challenges of serving in a role responsible for others, guiding and developing individuals ... Read & React

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