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Email Is Dangerous

One week ago, a group of European security researchers warned that two obscure encryption schemes for email were deeply broken. Those schemes, called OpenPGP and S/mime, are not the kinds of technologies you’re using but don’t know it. They are not part of the invisible and vital internet ... 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

OMB Wants To Strengthen a Learning Culture in Government

by Andrew Feldman and Nick Hart

Amazon, Apple and Google are examples of Fortune 500 companies that are known as learning organizations. They relentlessly pursue knowledge creation and transfer, leading to improvements in ... Read & React

These Two Activities Can Improve The Mind And Body

A meditation and stress reduction program may be as effective at getting people to move more as structured exercise programs, according to new research. And for people with depression, a second study points to the benefits of resistance training. The first study compared two intervention ... Read & React

Why Introverts Might Actually Be Better Networkers

“I’m an introvert,” someone inevitably tells me when I speak about building a professional network. “Networking is just not for me.” These people assume networking belongs solely in the domain of the extroverts. Presumably, extroverts are more excited by going to mixers and events and meeting ... Read & React

Do Your Programs Still Fit?

From President Ronald Reagan’s Grace Commission to President Bill Clinton’s National Performance Review to various presidents’ management agendas, administrations for decades have been trying to reform government programs. Add to those endeavors the efforts of multiple congressional oversight ... Read & React

Are People Who Don't Use Facebook More Productive?

by Sarah Kessler

Quitting Facebook (or at least, wanting to quit Facebook) is all the rage these days. We asked a panel of experts in networking, productivity, and workplace communication what you could give up, or gain, when you do. Dr. Ben Waber, CEO and co-founder of Humanyze, a people analytics company that ... Read & React

Let’s Talk About Some Bad Ideas for Civil Service Reform

by Debra D'Agostino

While the Trump administration touts salary freezes and reduced retirement benefits for federal workers (to attract new talent?), at last week’s Merit Systems Protection Board Summit, MSPB Vice Chairman Mark Robbins discussed some other proposed civil service reforms. Spoiler alert: They won’t ... Read & React

How a Simple Mantra Can Improve Your Leadership

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

One of the things I love about leading our Next Level Leadership® group coaching program is hearing leaders’ stories about how they’re following through on their most important development opportunities. As I’ve written here before, when they’re mapping out how to follow through, I always ... Read & React

A New Theory Linking Sleep and Creativity

by Ed Yong

In 1920, the night before Easter Sunday, Otto Loewi woke up, seemingly possessed of an important idea. He wrote it down on a piece of paper and promptly returned to sleep. When he reawakened, he found that his scribbles were illegible. But fortunately, the next night, the idea returned. It was ... Read & React

If It Takes More Than a Month To Hire Someone, You've Already Lost Your Top Pick

The best hiring managers spend time searching for ideal candidates, going through rigorous interview processes. But if the journey takes longer than a month, it’s highly likely that they’ll lose out on top candidates, according to independent research conducted by 3Gem, commissioned by ... Read & React

This 5-Minute Thought Exercise Will Help You Define Your Purpose

Over the course of a lifetime, we spend an average of 92,000 hours at work. A growing body of research suggests that it’s better for both us and our employers if we’re working on something that fulfills us. There’s evidence that purpose-driven companies outperform the market, and studies show ... Read & React