How to Prepare for Your Meetings Like Olympians Prepare to Compete

Simone Biles prepares for the women's team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 9.
by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Last night, Diane and I were watching the U.S. women’s gymnastics team compete in the opening round of competition in the Rio Olympics. The floor exercises were the most astounding thing I saw. Tiny young women like Simone Biles, Laura Hernandez, and Aly Raisman stand at one corner of a springy ... Read & React

7 Values Transforming Today's Workplace

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

"Radical transparency" is one of those really good ideas that few organizations actually implement because it consists of taking drastic steps to promote the availability of internal data. It is wildly exciting to the public, but in my experience, most executives just don't get why they should ... Read & React

The Habit That Gets In the Way of Success – And How Olympians Avoid It

There are more than 11,000 athletes competing at the Olympics in Rio. Only a handful get the recognition of Simone Biles and Michael Phelps, only a few dozen take home a medal, and the majority have almost no real shot at standing on the Olympic podium. All of these athletes are constantly assessed ... Read & React

A Blueprint for Improving Government Performance

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

This is the second column in a two-part series on Civil Service reform. You can read the first part here. Throughout the 1990s, a convergence of trends led by tremendous advances in technology, triggered a revolution in the way work is organized and managed in the private sector. A key factor was ... Read & React

Considering a Big Change? Go for It, Says Evidence From 20,000 Coin Flips

by Alexia Fernández Campbell

Steven Levitt, the University of Chicago economist who co-authored the bookFreakonomics: The Hidden Side of Everything, says he’s long been fascinated by the social pressure against quitting, whether that means quitting a project, a job, or a marriage. “Behavioral biases tend to push the idea of ... Read & React

The Presidential Transition Should Include Civil Service Reform

View of the U.S. Capitol during the inauguration of President Obama.
by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

This is the first column in a two-part series. Maybe, just maybe, the time has come for civil service reform. The idea keeps surfacing: Hillary Clinton promised “VA reform will be a top priority.” The Defense Department has begun implementing its new civilian personnel system, New Beginnings, while ... Read & React

Research Backs Up the Instinct That Walking Improves Creativity

For centuries, great thinkers have instinctively stepped out the door and begun walking, or at the very least pacing, when they needed to boost creativity. Charles Dickens routinely walked for 30 miles a day, while the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche declared, “All truly great thoughts are ... Read & React

Is an Employee’s Bad Attitude Getting in Your Way?

Do you need a communication breakthrough with employees who have challenging attitudes? With just a little practice, you'll be able to recognize the emotion underneath other people's demeanor, words, and actions. And once you identify the emotion, rather than reacting to what they say or do, you ... Read & React

Can You ‘Teach’ Workers to be More Emotionally Resilient?

by Yvonne Brunetto Professor of Management and HRM , Southern Cross University

You may know someone like this at work: optimistic and resilient, they appear to bounce through challenges drawing on an internal strength that helps them work through problems they encounter at work. Always hopeful and positive about the future, they treat stressful events as a “one-off” ... Read & React

Psychology Has Identified Three Mindsets Shared By People Who Follow Through on Goals

by Amanda Crowell

I’ve never been an athletic or active person. My entire history of sports involved one season of track in high school and a brief flirtation with what I thought was a yoga studio but turned out to be more of a cult. But then, in my mid-30s, I had two children and gained 30 pounds. I was suffering ... Read & React

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