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How to Write the Perfect Email

Okay, here’s a little test. See if you can decide which email is most likely to elicit a response: 1. Hey, I was thinking about you earlier. Do you want to get pizza? 2. Hey, I’d definitely like to get together next week. Do you want to get pizza? 3. Hey, it would be really great to see you and ... Read & React

Organizations need to create a culture of creative thinkers who are motivated and empowered, who feel their contributions are valued. Stephanie Marisca, former chapter president, International Coaching Federation

The Never-Ending War on Federal Whistleblowers

Federal employees are often the only people in the position to identify illegal conduct, waste of funds, gross mismanagement or other misconduct at federal agencies. Even though laws have ... Read & React

What’s Really Behind Why Women Earn Less Than Men?

by Gillian B. White

Though headway has been made in bringing women’s wages more in line with men’s in the past several decades, that convergence seems to have stalled in more recent years. To help determine why,  Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn, the authors of a new study from the National Bureau of Economic ... Read & React

Effective Leaders Know How to Focus on the Future

by Amy Zalman

The demand for measurable outcomes has historically posed an enduring challenge for strategic foresight projects both within and beyond government. As Robert Shea observes in his recent post, Advancing the Evidence Agenda in the Next Administration, the U.S. Government has long sought better nuance ... Read & React

When Employees Allege Wrongdoing, Tread Carefully

by Peter R. Marksteiner

If you lead a large organization, chances are you will at some point receive an email from an employee, addressed directly to you, alleging he or she has suffered some workplace related wrong at the hands of one of your subordinate managers. In some cases the email will seek your intervention, as ... Read & React

10 Ways To Empower Government Employees

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

Public servants have faced the threat of a government shutdown more than once. Though fortunately these were averted, the sensation of having your head on a chopping block (even if temporary) can leave you unsettled and afraid. But we can empower government employees to have more control over their ... Read & React

Small Changes in Your Digital Routine Can Make You Smarter–and More Sane

by Manoush Zomorodi

Back in the 13th century, scholars, and clerics complained about having an overwhelming abundance of books to read. One wonders what they would make of the constant stream of animal videos, articles, lists, gifs, blog posts and status updates that characterize the digital age. Many people today ... Read & React

Be the Leader You Want Your Boss to Be

I’d just finished a leadership program with a group of caring, committed professionals. They asked great questions, made important decisions, and then it happened. A middle level manager approached me and asked a question. It’s a common question. I hear it every time I speak—in the Q&A, in the ... Read & React

How to Stay Calm on Public Transit

Since the beginning of this year, there have been at least nine slashings on the New York City subway. This spate—up from three during the same time frame in 2015—is an “aberration,” according to the police commissioner, William J. Bratton. The attacks have been random, tied to no particular ... Read & React

Zero-Based Budgeting: Everything Old is New Again

Jimmy Carter during his presidency.
by Cynthia Firey Eakin Associate Professor of Accounting, University of the Pacific

If I’m elected president… I’m going to institute zero-based budgeting, which assesses every program every year, and eliminates those programs that are obsolete. This was Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign promise in 1976. Thirty-nine years later, presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is once again ... Read & React

How to Get Your Team to Open Up to You

It’s impossible to lead effectively if you don’t have an open line of communication with your team members. From my experience in coaching executives and soon-to-be executives, I’ve learned that many leaders talk about their open door policy and their willingness to receive frank feedback, but ... Read & React