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Only Long-Term Planning Can Counter Short-Term Thinking

In 1996, Congress required the Defense Department to begin conducting quadrennial defense reviews centered on plausible future national security scenarios and to assess the effectiveness of different approaches for addressing those scenarios. These reviews, which project 15 to 20 years into the ... 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

15 Tweaks to Your Daily Routine that Can Make You Smarter, Healthier and More Sane

by Sarah Todd

I was standing in the shower recently when I realized that baked oatmeal has changed my life. Historically, my weekday morning breakfast routine has vacillated between eating and spending too much ... Read & React

Needed: A New Approach for Onboarding Political Appointees

by Mark A. Abramson, Paul R. Lawrence and Joseph Gurney

Change is the new keyword of 2016. A new administration was elected in November on the promise of bringing change to Washington. To make this happen, the new team needs to carefully evaluate how Washington currently does business and what it should do differently in the future.  An immediate first ... Read & React

How Donald Trump Can Make Government Work Again

by David Paschane CEO of Aplin Partners

During the election campaign, President-elect Donald Trump boldly promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington. To that end, the Trump administration can regain the trust of our people by creating a government worthy of its citizens. With Trump’s transition team crafting policies for the new ... Read & React

Donald Trump and the Legacy of Andrew Jackson

Steve Bannon, the media executive and soon-to-be White House strategist, has been describing Donald Trump’s victory as just the beginning.  “Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism,” he told the Hollywood Reporter, “we’re going to build an entirely new political movement.” Newt Gingrich has compared Trump ... Read & React

Harvard Research Suggests That an Entire Global Generation Has Lost Faith in Democracy

People everywhere are down on democracy. Especially young people. In fact, so rampant is democratic indifference and disengagement among millennials that a shocking share of them are open to trying something new—like, say, government by military coup. That’s according to research by Yascha Mounk, a ... Read & React

Welcome to the End of Business as Usual in Government

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

Consider this as a friendly forewarning. It was prompted by a Washington Post article, “Trump has a plan for government workers. They’re not going to like it.”  Leaders who join the new administration from the business world are likely to focus far more on internal performance issues. It is common ... Read & React

How to Make Something Productive Out of Your Anxiety

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

As an executive coach, I often work with clients who don’t just have very full plates; it can feel to them like they’re spinning four or five full plates at once. (That sounds really messy.) When you’ve got so much to do that it’s hard just to keep track of what’s on the list, it’s really easy to ... Read & React

Welcome to Washington. Are You Ready to Lead?

With the advent of the Trump administration in 2017, a new set of leaders will arrive in federal offices across the nation. The government they will lead has changed in many ways from the one the Obama administration inherited in 2009. The challenges for political appointees are multifaceted. Those ... Read & React

GSA's Trump Hotel Lease Debacle

Inside the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
by Steven L. Schooner and Daniel I. Gordon

As the clock ticks down towards President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, the window is rapidly closing on the General Services Administration’s opportunity to extricate itself from the Trump Organization’s lease of the historic Post Office Pavilion. The lease—in which Donald Trump ... Read & React

Leadership Lessons from the Classroom

The late great jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger and bandleader, Maynard Ferguson, was once asked why he devoted so much time to teaching young music students. His answer (I paraphrase) echoes in my mind to this day: “If you can teach, why wouldn’t you?” You got the impression from Maynard ... Read & React

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