Trump’s ‘Big, Beautiful Tax Cut’ Holds Some Big Unknowns for Government

President Trump celebrates the passage of the Tax Cuts Act with Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Dec. 20.
by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

At President Trump’s big pre-Christmas tax cut celebration, he proudly told everyone, "I promised the American people a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas.” And, he added, “that is exactly what they are getting.” The spin machines are going full blast to tell us whether we’re better or worse ... Read & React

A Psychotherapist Explains How To Improve Your Work Friendships

You just left a meeting with your team leader, who tore apart your efforts on a recent project. She might have some valid points, but you are miserable and angry and thinking that she could have handled the situation better. She is, after all, not just your team leader, but also your good ... Read & React

Writing Guides To Our Work Styles Helped My Team Bond

by Sarah Kessler

Earlier this year, the Quartz at Work team decided to try a 30-minute exercise that we hoped would make us collectively less anxious and more productive. We each wrote user manuals—guides to our work styles, preferences, and values—and exchanged them with one another. The exercise has been ... Read & React

Replacing the Federal Pay Program

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

What a difference a year can make. If the President’s Pay Agent had released a report responding to the Federal Salary Council’s recommendations last year, it would have reflected the Obama administration’s point of view. The delay of a year meant the newly constituted Pay Agent under President ... Read & React

Five Posts on How to Be Successful in 2018

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Happy new year everyone! Here’s hoping that 2018 is everything you want it to be. To give you some fuel for the journey, here are five quick posts about how to set yourself up for success this year. These posts cover strategies and tactics that have worked for both my clients and me so I’m ... Read & React

Four Small Changes That Will Improve Your Career In 2018

by Sarah Kessler

Hey, you never know. Maybe 2018 will finally be the year you read 300 books, exercise every single day, or become a world champion of some activity you’ve never tried before. But just in case it’s not, may we suggest that you consider a more realistic (and perhaps more impactful) target for your ... Read & React

Effective Leadership Takes Heart as well as Smarts

Many leaders got where they are because they’re smart and had been successful in their work as individual contributors. When they become people leaders, they may continue to use their well-honed logical brain but forget that they are now leaders who also have to use their hearts in order to ... Read & React

How Americans’ Expectations Are Transforming Government

The IBM Center recently released Seven Drivers Transforming Government, a series of essays exploring key drivers of change in government. It is based on research and insights shared by current and former government officials. What follows is an edited excerpt from that report. The way Americans ... Read & React

For Leaders, Results Count, But It’s How You Get There That Matters

“A really effective leader can get results and build the capability of individuals and build effective teams so that results are achieved beyond the moment. But they have to get results or they don’t stay leaders.” –Jim Fisher, The Thoughtful Leader Emphasis on that last phrase: “But they have ... Read & React

To Transform Government, Start With the People

by Michael J. Keegan

The IBM Center recently released Seven Drivers Transforming Government, a series of essays exploring key drivers of change in government. It is based on research and insights shared by current and former government officials. What follows is an edited excerpt from that report. The forces ... Read & React