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Colleagues Who Say 'Don't Worry, I'm Not Contagious' Don't Understand How Flu Works

Recovering from the flu can feel euphoric. After days of misery and feverish dreams, there comes a surge of energy, an awakening to floral notes in the honey on your morning toast, and, often, an eagerness to return to the land of the living—your workplace. But that’s a step too far, according ... 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 to Tackle Unpleasant Tasks

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

What do you notice about your thought process when you’re about to start something that’s difficult or intimidating? Is your inner monologue helpful or hurtful? Here’s a hint: Your self-talk is ... Read & React

Leadership is about Hard Decisions

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

I've become increasingly convinced that good organizational leadership is relatively simple but not easy. In other words, unless you work at NASA, good leadership and management isn't rocket science. You can argue around the edges but most gurus preach that leaders should: Know their customer ... Read & React

Performance Management is Not a Contest

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The management of employee performance is not a contest to select the fastest or the prettiest. For better or worse, our society places a lot of emphasis on competitive situations and on winning. My Philadelphia Eagles just proved they are the best among the 32 NFL teams. Philadelphia went ... Read & React

Trump’s Proposed Military Parade Already Needs an Audit

Troops march across the Memorial Bridge towards the Pentagon during 1991 National Victory Celebration Parade in Washington. It was the largest U.S. military parade since World War II.
by Demian Brady

President Trump has proposed organizing a special military parade to honor members of the armed forces. It would be the first such parade since the 1991 National Victory Celebration marking the end of the Gulf War. With the deficit ballooning, the idea has raised concerns about it costs. The ... Read & React

Go to Sleep: Why All-Nighters Don't Work

by Leah Burrows

Want to ace that test tomorrow? Here’s a tip: put down the coffee and hit the sack. Scientists have long known that sleep, memory, and learning are deeply connected. Most animals, from flies to humans, have trouble remembering when sleep deprived, and studies have shown that sleep is critical in ... Read & React

Going With Your Gut May Mean Harsher Moral Judgments

by Jeff Sossamon

Going with your intuition could make you judge others’ moral transgressions more harshly and keep you from changing your mind, even after considering all the facts, a new study suggests. The findings show that people who strongly rely on intuition automatically condemn actions they perceive to ... Read & React

Winning the War for Talent In The Public Sector

by Shaara Roman

We’ve been talking for years about the war for talent and the challenges organizations face in recruiting and retaining talent. A 2015 study by Accenture reports 64 percent of 70 public sector leaders across 18 states report difficulty attracting and retaining talent. Similarly, a recent Pew ... Read & React

LinkedIn and Microsoft Will Now Write Your Resume For You

Finding the right words to describe your last job no longer needs to be a thesaurus-combing ordeal. Microsoft and LinkedIn can automatically do it for you. The software company and social-networking service—the former of which acquired the latter in 2016 for $26 billion—together ... Read & React

3 Tips For Managing Innovation

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

We are used to seeing innovators lauded for their brilliance. They are insightful geniuses who see around corners and live ahead of their times. In practice, most innovators stumble into success. Innovation is more about implementation and execution than it is about inspiration. Of course Edison ... Read & React

Leaders Focus on the Trends, Not the Data Points

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

In some organizations, this is the time of year where individual performance from the previous year is summarized and communicated in annual reviews. (Which, by the way, is an abysmal practice that does nothing to develop people and has at least an 80 percent chance of causing them to feel ... Read & React