10 Things to Know about the President’s Management Agenda

The President’s Management Agenda, released by the White House on March 20, is a fascinating document, different in virtually every respect from the plans of previous administrations. Here are 10 reasons why. It’s a big deal. The agenda goes right after the fundamental challenge at the very ... 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

Why CEOs Like Rex Tillerson Fail in Washington

Rex Tillerson is hardly the first person to be targeted in a tweet from Donald Trump, but on Tuesday morning, he became the first Cabinet official to be fired by one. It was an ignominious end to ... Read & React

Government Needs to Rethink Employee Compensation Plans

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The Office of Management and Budget is committed to improving government’s performance. But while reorganizing and eliminating unnecessary jobs could reduce costs, that does not necessarily lead to better results. Reorganizations actually tend to disrupt working relationships so, for a time at ... Read & React

Your Best Opportunity to Get Better at Your Job Is One of The Easiest to Miss

by Leah Fessler

At Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, employees constantly tell their colleagues exactly what they think of them—the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s like your annual performance review, except it happens all day, every day. Nearly every meeting is recorded to ensure full transparency ... Read & React

Riding the Acquisition Innovation Avalanche

by Tim Cooke

You know a transformation is afoot when the Navy chooses as its acquisition chief a man known as “Hondo,” who is famous for an Iron Man exoskeleton project and a “Thunderdrone” UAV tournament. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James “Hondo” Geurts is the ... Read & React

AI Is Already Learning How To Discriminate

by Erica Kochi UNICEF’s Innovation Unit

What happens when robots take our jobs, or take on military roles, or drive our vehicles? When we ask these questions about the rapidly-expanding role of AI, there are others we’re often overlooking—like the subject of a WEF paper released this week: how do we prevent discrimination and ... Read & React

Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now

There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of information that circulates, the more we rely on so-called reputational devices to evaluate it. What makes this paradoxical is that the ... Read & React

7 Requirements for Successfully Managing Government Reform

The Trump administration is expected to unveil a plan in the coming weeks to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies. The goal, as expressed in a memorandum to agencies from Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney in April 2017, is to create a leaner, ... Read & React

Why The Typical Performance Review Is Overwhelmingly Biased

The traditional performance review is a confidential, closed-door meeting between no more than two people. Research suggests it is also totally misguided. Though we may think we’re making accurate, objective assessments during a performance review, the social and brain sciences have shown that ... Read & React

Could The Open Government Movement Shut The Door On Freedom of Information?

by Suzanne J. Piotrowski, Alex Ingrams and Daniel Berliner

For democracy to work, citizens need to know what their government is doing. Then they can hold government officials and institutions accountable. Over the last 50 years, Freedom of Information – or FOI – laws have been one of the most useful methods for citizens to learn what government is ... Read & React

How to Win When You’re Under Attack in a Meeting

“When we are stressed, our brain downshifts.” —systems scientist Peter Senge As you climb the ladder in your career, you inevitably encounter situations where a colleague disagrees with your ideas or approaches. For high-stakes topics involving strategy and investments, you’re in competition ... Read & React