Managing Millennials? First, Set Aside Your Assumptions

Some fellow childhood classmates and I reunited recently to catch up on our lives. As we were discussing our careers, one of my friends, who is a nurse leader, asked me for some advice on coaching “all these millennial nurses.” She went on to say that too many young nurses seem to arrive in the ... Read & React

The Best Leaders Make Fewer Decisions, Not More

If you ask most people what CEOs do, you’ll hear various versions of “make big decisions.” The perception is that CEOs drive their companies’ make-or-break moments, like Steve Jobs’ bet on the iPhone or Jeff Bezos’ decision to expand Amazon beyond an online bookstore. But in my experience as a ... Read & React

17 Rules of Presidential Behavior From George Washington

by John Walcott Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

There are moments when it is wise to look back from whence we have come. Donald Trump’s recent tantrum in the Oval Office, his symphony of tweets, and his penchant for personal attacks and questionable alliances—all echoed in the media, on Capitol Hill, and across the nation—suggest that it is ... Read & React

Why I Have Faith in Government

Don Clay and Marjorie Weidenfeld Buckholtz (the author) are pictured at a Washington event in 1990.
by Marjorie Weidenfeld Buckholtz

I believe in good government. I believe in the Constitution. I believe in the rule of law. Political events over the past 17 months have shaken many of my preconceptions, and occasionally have brought me to tears. But I continue to have faith in our governing institutions. The reason for this ... Read & React

How To Get Leadership Right, According To The CEO Of The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation

by Lila MacLellan

The name Susan Desmond-Hellmann may not have the same household recognition as those of her bosses, Bill and Melinda Gates, but that could change. Correction: That should change. As the CEO of the couple’s eponymous foundation, Desmond-Hellmann runs the show that keeps their billions of ... Read & React

The Brief But Satisfying Pleasure Of Not Taking Feedback Well At All

by Corinne Purtill

There is, without question, a right way to accept negative feedback at work. It involves self-awareness, emotional control, and the maturity to step back from the situation and separate the substance of the critique from the emotions it stirs. But all those things are so hard, and so boring! ... Read & React

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Leader

Learning to lead effectively is one long continuous improvement process. No one comes to this role fully prepared for the rigors, twists, and turns created by people and conditions. It’s a learned process that emphasizes experimentation and adaptation in response to the ample surprises you’ll ... Read & React

Congresswoman, Interrupted

It’s a situation familiar to many women: You’re in a contentious meeting with male colleagues. Your turn to talk comes around, and just as you get going, someone else begins talking loudly. Then another person. Within seconds, your colleagues are talking among themselves, and you’re trying to ... Read & React

How to Create a Culture of Fairness in Government

The quality of agency leadership and the role that merit plays in workplace decisions continues to plague the Defense and Homeland Security departments, at least from the employees’ perspective, according to this year’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. For example, at Homeland Security many ... Read & React

How To Deal With Naysaying Employees

Almost every team has one: the resident contrarian who takes issue with every plan. They are the first to poke holes in new ideas and explain–in detail–why it’ll never work. Brilliant but negative, naysayers may also feel entitled to express their opinions, even when unwarranted. This type of ... Read & React