How to Nurture a Successful Mentor and Protégé Relationship

by Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora: What are some of the biggest red flags in an interviewee? Answer by Ian McAllister. I have several mentors at Amazon, and mentor a number of colleagues. I also mentor a number of startup founders. The most successful of those relationships share these ... Read & React

To Be a Better Boss, Act Like a Witch

by Leah Fessler

Misty Bell Stiers is a witch. But for her, practicing Wicca isn’t just about being at one with a universal, divine energy—it’s about becoming a better manager. “The backbone of Wicca, to me, is making sure I’m present in the moment,” says Stiers, the creative director at Isobar, a global digital ... Read & React

A Blueprint for SES Reform

This is the final installment of Government Executive’s series of excerpts from the National Academy of Public Administration’s new book, Building a 21st Century SES: Ensuring Leadership Excellence for Our Federal Government. It was my great privilege to edit (and contribute to) that book, which ... Read & React

The Counter-Intuitive Nature of Slowing Down to Speed Up

We all know productivity is important. It fuels growth and bottom line results. So when you push people to move faster, shorten deadlines, and bring in new, more efficient technology, productivity will increase, right? Perhaps. There are some things that you might have neglected in your quest to ... Read & React

The Right and Wrong Ways to Fire Someone

by Oliver Staley

President Donald Trump gained international fame for firing people on television. So why isn’t he better at it? Trump’s very public termination of FBI director James Comey was notably maladroit. Here’s how a responsible manager fires an employee: Do it in person Instead of telling Comey the news ... Read & React

Three Simple Techniques to Help You Stop Stressing So Much Over Email

by Melody Wilding

When I’m doing email triage, I often feel as if I’ve fallen into a trance. Every so often, I’ll look up from the screen and think, Whoa—was I even breathing just now? It turns out that I have email apnea—a term coined by former tech executive Linda Stone that refers to the habit of interrupted ... Read & React

Five Ways to Nurture Your Work Relationships

by Susan Cosier

When romance is in the air, by all means, treat your date to a lovely night on the town. But don’t forget that your relationships with colleagues need to be nurtured as well. Here are five pieces of advice from Kellogg School faculty members on improving your negotiation skills and managing ... Read & React

The Transformative Power of Doing Absolutely Nothing

by Jenni Avins

On a recent Sunday, I found myself overwhelmed. It was my last free day between several consecutive weekends of travel, visitors, and weddings. The morning had ticked away, and my boyfriend and I had groceries to buy, paperwork to file, a house to tidy, and something to do at Home Depot. As I ... Read & React

Warren Buffett Gives His Employees 'Principles of Behavior' and Trusts Them to Do the Right Thing

by Oliver Staley

Warren Buffett, the 86-year-old investor, is a folk hero as much for his plain-spoken wisdom as for his business prowess. He conceded that with 367,000 workers at the many huge corporations owned by his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, some problems were inevitable. “As we sit here, somebody ... Read & React

A Straightforward Assessment of Federal Pay and Benefits is Badly Needed

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The Congressional Budget Office once again has presented a contentious assessment of federal pay and benefits. In the years when federal pay was “frozen,” CBO data confirms salaries continued to increase, thanks to step increases and promotions. What’s more, federal benefits are more generous ... Read & React

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