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The real clue that a candidate would make a great president

When we look at presidential candidates, we pay a lot of attention to their experience. But choosing a president based on past performance is hard. It’s like trying to figure out which kid can run fastest after watching one shoot a basketball and the other kick a soccer ball. The candidates’ track records aren’t particularly […]

What Bill Gates thinks you should read this summer

Oprah has her book club. Mark Zuckerberg had his Year of Books. And Bill Gates has his annual reading lists -- book recommendations shared each year by the Microsoft founder and philanthropist. Gates' 2016 list of summertime reads was released Tuesday in a post on his blog, GatesNotes. Light beach fare, it's not. Four nonfiction books about […]

Trying to bring more innovation to American health care

Susannah Fox, the chief technology officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, was the entrepreneur-in-residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and also served as the associate director of the Internet Project at the Pew Research Center. She arrived at HHS as the initial issues were being resolved, and her mandate has been […]

In a president’s message to the graduates, high notes and political overtones

On Sunday, President Obama gave the commencement address at Rutgers University. Given amid a particularly divisive election year, the 23rd graduation speech of his presidency was called "highly political," a potential launch of "a forceful...Show More Summary

The most contested presidential election in history

How does a vicious, close and disputed election spill over into a presidency? In the newest episode of the Presidential podcast, we examine the razor-thin election results for Rutherford B. Hayes, and the equally fine line he then had to tread as president during the end of Reconstruction. "Wherever you look in the country, the […]

Why Elizabeth Warren’s attacks could be just as powerful from the sidelines

Ever since Hillary Clinton's campaign said a woman would be on its list of potential vice presidential running mates, speculation has soared over whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would be among them. The popular Massachusetts senator, whom some Democrats tried to draft to run in 2016, could be a way to spark enthusiasm in a campaign that sorely needs more of […]

Why Angela Duckworth thinks “gritty” leaders are people to emulate

The buzzy concept of "grit" -- made famous by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth, who won a MacArthur Fellowship for her work on the topic and whose TED Talk on it has been viewed more than eight million times -- is most commonly associated with schools. In recent years, Duckworth's concept, which says that a combination of perseverance and passion […]

These new emojis could finally reflect that women are professionals, too

In March, the feminine products brand Always published an ad on YouTube -- part of its girl-power #LikeAGirl campaign -- that showed teenage girls complaining about their options when it comes to the female emojis they use on their phones. There are girls in pink shirts. A bride. A flamenco dancer. It caught the eye of First Lady Michelle Obama, who […]

The median female CEO actually out-earned her male peer in 2015

The gender pay gap is a persistent phenomenon, research shows, affecting women ranging from young female college graduates to mid-career mothers to even groups of top executives. But look at the pay packages for the small group of women...Show More Summary

The doting, devoted love letters of Ulysses S. Grant

During the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant sent a lock of hair to his wife, Julia, nestled inside a sweet love letter to her. And years before, while serving in the Mexican War, he sent her a note with this postscript: "Before I seal this, I will pick a wildflower off the bank of the Rio Grande […]

Why former felons may be good employees

The "ban the box" movement to push questions about job applicants' criminal histories later in the hiring process got a big boost last week. The White House proposed rules that would ban federal agencies from asking candidates for thousands...Show More Summary

OPM Director Beth Cobert on attracting, retaining and recognizing public servants

Beth Cobert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is working to improve federal hiring practices, bring a new generation into government, provide better services to federal employees and retirees, and tout the important work of the civil service. Cobert spoke about these issues and her efforts to deal with a major data breach […]

Ellen Pao’s next act targets Silicon Valley’s ‘bro’ problem

At the top of Ellen Pao's Twitter feed is a quote from the author Toni Morrison, part of which reads "if you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else." Pao may no longer hold the same traditionally powerful roles she's held in the past -- either at Silicon Valley venture capital […]

How Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda makes us think about legacy

Certified genius Lin-Manuel Miranda can now add a record-breaking number of Tony Award nominations to his crowded shelf of prizes and awards. The composer, writer and star of the Broadway mega-hit "Hamilton" -- who has a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy Award, and a host of other drama and theater recognitions -- leads a musical that was […]

More people think Bernie Sanders has these key leadership traits than any top candidate

Voters consider many things when weighing their options at the polls: Policy views. Experience. Track record. Likability. And one hopes, what kind of leader they think each candidate would be. But when it comes to the public's perceptions...Show More Summary

What kind of president can repair America’s deepest divisions?

Only six weeks into his vice presidency, Andrew Johnson had to step in as commander-in-chief following both Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the end of the Civil War. The task ahead was great, and history largely bears out that he was not the best man to do it. So what would it have taken to better stitch […]

How the “what’s your current salary?” question hurts the gender pay gap

In 2015 we added 8,214 employees to Google. And the women we hired, on average, received a 30 percent bigger salary increase upon joining the company, compared to men. Does that sound fair to you? Study after study demonstrates that women are paid less than men in the United States. Equal Pay Day, three weeks ago, marked the […]

What hiring managers can learn from the NFL draft

For even the casual football fan, Gatorade's new commercial tribute to former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is pretty moving. Launched online just before the start of the NFL draft Thursday, it features people from the recently retired Hall of Famer's life -- his brother, his father, his famous friends, as well as a number of former coaches and […]

A surprising number of investors voted for a gender pay gap measure at eBay

This proxy season, the investor Arjuna Capital targeted a handful of tech companies with a resolution: Commit to preparing a report by later this year about your policies and goals for reducing the gender pay gap. After five of themShow More Summary

Not sure how to recognize your employees? Try giving them your time

This Sunday kicks off the congressionally designated Public Service Recognition Week, a time when agency leaders and managers should take the opportunity to praise and reenergize federal employees who make our country better in so many ways, but who too often are taken for granted. The messages, events and award ceremonies that will take place during […]

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