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A New Study Compared Formal And Informal Communication At Work, And The Results Are No Fun

For decades now, the trend in business is toward informality. We refer to bosses by their first names, casual Friday is also observed Monday through Thursday, and rigid rows of cubicles have been replaced by laptop-using workers sprawling on couches. That drift has taken place in communication ... Read & React

Government’s technology problems are as complex and difficult to address as any in the world. Agencies need to be able to hire the best. Howard Risher

How a New Contracting Tool is Shaking Up Federal Procurement

by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

The Government Accountability Office recently upheld a first of its kind protest of a contract awarded under the non-traditional contracting methodology known as other transaction authority. The ... Read & React

There Are Two Types Of Respect. Lack One, And You’ll Hate Your Job

by Leah Fessler

Feeling invisible, or like a cog in the machine, is a surefire way to make you hate your job. That’s because as human beings, we need to be seen by our peers, and our superiors. We need to feel we matter, or we lose our sense of self, and slip into the existential void. This isn’t just a ... Read & React

Croatia’s President Taught a Lesson In Leadership At The World Cup

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović hugs Croatia's Luka Modrić after France won the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup.
by Corinne Purtill

Spectators in the VIP section of the FIFA World Cup tend to be a far more sedate and stolid crew than fans elsewhere in the stadium. At Sunday’s final between France and Croatia, though, Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was a literal bright spot in the crowd. Dressed in a ... Read & React

10 Leadership Questions for Brian Fox

This is part of a series of Q&As with notable leaders across government where we explore what it takes to succeed in federal service. If you have a suggestion for a future candidate, please email it to webmaster@govexec.com with "Leader" in the subject line. Brian Fox oversees development ... Read & React

How Setting A Schedule Can Make You Less Productive

by Selin Malkoc Associate Professor of Marketing, The Ohio State University

It can seem like there’s never enough time – not enough for sleep and not enough for play, not enough for cooking and not enough for exercise. There’s a relatively new term to describe this feeling: time famine, or the sensation of having too much to do without enough time to do it. In order to ... Read & React

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

by Olga Khazan

Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, remembers asking an undergraduate seminar recently, “How many of you are waiting to find your passion?” “Almost all of them raised their hand and got dreamy looks in their eyes,” she told me. They talked about it “like a tidal wave ... Read & React

Harnessing the Benefits of Physical Transformation for Career Reinvention

The single most important part of my own personal journey for career reinvention has been integrating an obsession with exercise and diet into the work of transforming from corporate executive to a successful executive and career coach and speaker. The benefits from my obsession with physical ... Read & React

The Psychology Of Why You Feel Alone Even When You’re Surrounded By People

by Georgia Frances King

Despite the world’s population creeping upward by around 200,000 people a day, many of us have never felt as alone. We are more connected than ever before, yet we somehow feel more isolated. We have the ability to reconnect with our high-school classmates and talk to our heroes on social media, ... Read & React

The Pay Gap Analysis is a House of Cards

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

What are you going to believe, the statistics or your lying eyes? That 32 percent pay gap between what federal employees make versus their private sector counterparts outlined in the latest Federal Salary Council report is based on a staggeringly complex methodology that cannot be validated. One ... Read & React

15 Minutes Of Exercise Can Make a New Skill Stick

As little as a single 15-minute bout of cardiovascular exercise increases brain connectivity and efficiency, according to new research. If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, for example, it’s a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session, the research suggests. The recent ... Read & React