Getting Close With Employees Can Backfire On Bosses

Imagine this scenario: The boss asks her longtime employee, with whom she has enjoyed a strong, professional working relationship, to complete a task related to their everyday business. The employee, based on their longstanding rapport, doesn’t grasp the immediacy of the supervisor’s request. ... Read & React

Belichick Versus McVay: An Age-Old Question Of Leadership

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, left, shakes hands with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in Atlanta on Monday.
by Megan Gerhardt Professor of Management, Miami University

Super Bowl LIII will pit the Los Angeles Rams against the New England Patriots, but the sidelines will be the setting for another kind of matchup: youth versus experience. In 2017, Sean McVay, at 30 years old, was the youngest head coach to be hired in NFL history. Now in his second season, ... Read & React

Five Paradoxes of an Innovation Culture

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

A recent trend has been to set up an innovation office to serve as a catalyst for new ideas. These offices can be helpful starting points and an inspiration to employees across an organization. However, most leaders want to create a culture of innovation across their entire workforce, not just ... Read & React

Employees Should Be Managed as Valued Assets

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The shutdown made it obvious: Without its employees, there is no government. The pro football playoffs reinforce a lesson that has been highlighted repeatedly for more than three decades by research in the business world: The companies (as well as football teams) with the most talented, best ... Read & React

What the Shutdown Taught Us About Federal Payroll

by Robert Shea Principal, Grant Thornton Public Sector

If the American people never considered the impact of not paying the government’s millions of employees, they have now. The longest government shutdown in history shined a light on the importance of paying hardworking public servants on time and in the right amount. Without that, many of the ... Read & React

Leading After the Shutdown

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Last week I flew from Los Angeles to Baltimore and back and, like just about every other American who flies, was so grateful for the professionalism of the TSA agents and air traffic controllers whose job it is to keep travelers safe and alive. And, of course, last week they were in their fifth ... Read & React

Reconstructing the Administrative State

by Donald F. Kettl and Paul Verkuil

We are seasoned observers—and sometime participants—in the federal bureaucracy. We share a conclusion: This truly awful government shutdown must never, ever happen again. But, perhaps even more important, we believe this: We must begin—now—to repair the incalculable damage that it has inflicted ... Read & React

How to Help Your Team be Productive Post Shutdown

by Laurie Axelrod and Robin Camarote

A commonly-cited Gallup study about employee engagement validates what many of us see at work. In their “State of the Global Workplace” report, Gallup reports that only 15 percent of employees say they feel engaged. By definition, this means 85 percent of our co-workers are not emotionally ... Read & React

It’s Back to Work, But Not Back to Normal

It isn’t over yet. After the 35-day partial government shutdown, 800,000 federal employees are now returning to paid work and soon they will receive back pay checks. But it will be very difficult for them to pick up where they left off. The fear, anger, and uncertainty over the past shutdown is ... Read & React

Why Feds Don’t Strike

by Debra D'Agostino

It’s the law. Specifically, 5 U.S.C. §7311, specifies that federal employees may not participate in a strike, assert the right to strike, or even belong to a union that “asserts the right to strike against the government of the United States.” Driving the point home, 18 U.S.C. §1918 makes it a ... Read & React