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Do Women Make Braver Leaders Than Men?

Reams of research show that women confer many benefits to companies. They listen better, they represent the views of half the population, and they temper their hard-charging (pdf) male counterparts. Except that it turns out, they are even more hard-charging. Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, the CEO ... 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

The Perks—and Limits—of Having a Superstar Mentor

by Gillian B. White

It would seem a safe bet that when faced with two offers from similarly prestigious companies, a job candidate would, most of the time, end up taking the one with higher pay. But when New York ... Read & React

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Future

by Robert Shea Principal, Global Public Sector

Instead of reading this column, you really should be reading Steve Case's new book, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future (Simon and Schuster, 2016). Seriously. It's not only a fascinating view of his experience at the dawn of the Internet age, it's also a blueprint for how ... Read & React

The Most Career-Minded Generation

According to admissions departments’ informational pamphlets, the primary reason for attending college is rather noble: Campus is a place to discover one’s interests and strengths, a place for both personal and intellectual development. But in recent years, another narrative has taken hold—that ... Read & React

Government’s Catch-22 People Problem

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The skills gap is not new. Moreover, recent stories about staffing problems at Customs and Border Protection and the Bureau of Prisons show the issue is not limited to a short list of high risk mission-critical occupations. The latest example is the Secret Service. Central to the problem across the ... Read & React

How a Marine Confronts Fear, and Overcomes It

A Marine enrolled in Officer Candidate School low-crawls under a barbed wire obstacle on the Montford Point Challenge obstacle course at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
by Raphael Hernandez

Fear took ahold the second I laid eyes on what they called the “confidence course.” There wasn’t anything to be confident about, as I listened to how we would maneuver our bodies across a couple of acres of what appeared to be instruments of the Middle Ages.   I was afraid and thought to ... Read & React

Why Aren't Intelligent People Happier?

by Joe Pinsker

There are three things, once one’s basic needs are satisfied, that academic literature points to as the ingredients for happiness: having meaningful social relationships, being good at whatever it is one spends one’s days doing, and having the freedom to make life decisions independently. But ... Read & React

How to Make Smart, Timely Decisions

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the President-elect and his or her transition team will face an unrelenting barrage of decisions. For the duration of their time in office, the president and members of the administration will seek to make smart and timely decisions that advance the administration’s agenda and ... Read & React

A Study Suggests Mindfulness Is Not Quite As Miraculous As We’ve Been Led To Believe

Mindfulness is having a moment. The practice, which involves consciously focusing on and recognizing your thoughts and emotions, has been found to reduce stress, improve grades, increase compassion, aid weight loss, and bolster resilience. Above all, mindfulness is considered a strong option ... Read & React

The Pentagon Is Dodging the Real Issue on Innovation

Silicon Valley at sunset.
by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

The Defense Department is asking Congress for special authority to buy products and services from “innovative” businesses that have done little or no business with the government. If that sounds familiar, it should; the President's 2017 budget request contains a very similar proposal. Like that ... Read & React

How to Call Out a Jerk at Work

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

I once asked my boss how he dealt so well with difficult people. "I just think to myself, no matter how they scowl at me, I should not take it personally. Most likely they are having a very bad day." To which I responded, "But when is it enough?" "What do you mean?" he responded. "When is it ... Read & React