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Here’s What Coworkers Think When You Kiss Up to your Boss

Few employees would deny that ingratiation is ubiquitous in the workplace. This behavior goes by many names – kissing up, sucking up, brown-nosing and ass-kissing. Indeed, the fact that there are so many names that describe this behavior suggests that it’s something that goes on all the time at ... 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

Managing Your Workforce When Employees Are All Over the Map

by Austin Martin

In many government organizations, jobs are distributed across large geographic areas, where employees are accountable to different bosses and responsive to different regulations and rules. Managing ... Read & React

The Myth of the 'Female' Foreign Policy

Sweden's  Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Margot Wallström conducts an interview in 2015.
by Kathy Gilsinan Associate editor at The Atlantic

Margot Wallström took office as Sweden’s foreign minister in 2014, declaring she would pursue a “feminist foreign policy.” She’s now held the post for two years, and it’s still not entirely clear what she meant. While it’s true that an entire school of feminist international-relations theory has ... Read & React

No, You Probably Shouldn’t Follow Every Order From Your Boss

To protect the reputation of your agency and its leaders you need to know when and how to disobey. You read that correctly. There is a high level competency called intelligent disobedience. It is rarely taught in leadership development programs. It should be. Here’s why. No leader is going to give ... Read & React

Millennials, Stop Working From Home All the Time

by Meredith Bennett-Smith

The crown jewel of contemporary work-life balance is the ability to do your work from home, but are we doing it right? At this very moment, I am pacing around my kitchen island, sipping coffee brewed in my own coffeepot. Thousands of Americans are likely doing the same, even as they check in with ... Read & React

When Performance Measures are Counter-Productive

One reason to measure performance is to evaluate the effectiveness of organizations and of people. But this is not the only purpose. In fact, I think that there are multiple answers to the question: “Why measure performance?” And one of these purposes is to motivate organizations and people. It ... Read & React

The Correct Criticism of Obama’s Vacation Habits is That He Should Take More, Not Less

What’s more befitting of the American president—being a chronic workaholic, or taking a couple weeks off to hit the links with Larry David and read The Girl on the Train? That’s the contrast Donald Trump drew when criticizing president Barack Obama for declining to disrupt his vacation to visit ... Read & React

The Secret to Repairing a Broken Conversation

We’ve all been there. In the midst of a productive conversation with a colleague, something unexpected happens. It might be an awkward phrase or an unintended tone of voice, or maybe someone simply says something we don’t want to hear. Suddenly the conversation has veered off course and one or both ... Read & React

Is Telework Really Benefitting Your Agency?

The Washington Post, citing a Government Accountability Office report, recently published an article entitled More Feds are Working from Home. But no one has figured out whether that’s really a good thing. The thrust of the report and the article is that while roughly 267,000 Federal employees are ... Read & React

A Vacation Reentry Survival Guide: Return to Your Life Filled With New Energy

by Jenni Avins

On a recent Monday morning, I found myself taking deep breaths in my Manhattan office’s supply closet. It was a sad change of scenery from the Oregon coast, where I’d spent the previous week cruising two-lane highways, hiking beneath towering spruces, and spotting whale spouts in the sprawling ... Read & React

Are You Putting Your Agency’s Reputation on the Line?

by Michael J. Keegan

Risk is unavoidable in carrying out an organization’s objectives. Whether we’re talking about a government agency or a private sector hospital, providing services to people is surrounded by uncertainty. While organizations cannot respond to all risks, one of the most salient lessons from ... Read & React

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