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OPM Director Katherine Archuleta on strengthening the federal workforce

Katherine Archuleta is the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal government’s human resources agency. Archuleta has had a long career in government, holding key staff positions in the Departments of Transportation...Show More Summary

More proof that flexibility programs work

The decision last year by Yahoo and Best Buy to ban working from home or end flexibility programs was surprising not only because it seemed to go against current trends, but because study after study has shown that employees with flexible work arrangements tend to be healthier, happier, more productive — and even less likely to want to change […]

Go on, thank a federal worker

This year’s theme for Public Service Recognition Week is “Proud to Serve,” a fitting reminder that federal employees are highly motivated and dedicated to serving the America people and the interests of the nation. A number of federal leaders have been making a special effort this week (May 4-10) to publicly express their appreciation and support, and […]

Finalists named for 2014 Service to America medals

On Tuesday, the Partnership for Public Service announced its 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medal finalists. Here are the names of the 33 federal workers who are up for the annual leadership awards, which recognize exemplary public service across seven categories of government work. The winners will be announced September 22. The below list and […]

Did you hear the joke about the CEO?

  Humor isn’t part of most mission statements. Organizations are busy with the serious challenges of trying to improve sales, service and innovation. Besides, being funny is risky. No one appreciates a poorly timed joke or the overactive “fun-gineer” blasting the office with cheesy motivational emails. Yet CEOs, the same people who set the organization’s […]

Rutgers, have you forgotten the point of a graduation speaker?

It's graduation season — time for commencement ceremonies, congratulations and, of course, controversy. The award for this year's biggest flap goes to Rutgers University, which in the past few days has fumbled its response to the school's commencement speaker replacement. Show More Summary

Meet Alibaba’s Jack Ma

Roughly 10 years ago, a publicist arranged for a Chinese entrepreneur to come to the New York offices of the business magazine where I worked at the time. Expecting the standard PR routine, I was hardly prepared for the charismatic yet impish figure who sat before me, explaining how he started the company in his […]

Listen to your creative federal employees

With budgets on the decline but expectations of government remaining appropriately high, every federal leader and front-line employee needs to find new ways of delivering value. This is possible with strong leadership, creative employees and a fully integrated team ready to roll up their sleeves and embrace new ways of doing things. But based on the […]

Why Target’s next CEO could be an outsider

Five months after Target was hit by a massive data breach, the company's CEO has gotten caught in the bullseye. Gregg Steinhafel, who was chairman, president and CEO of the discount retail chain, resigned from the company Monday following "extensive discussions" with the board. In a statement, directors said that "the board and Gregg Steinhafel […]

Witnessing atrocity, and still having faith

  John Prendergast has spent his career trying to end genocide in Africa and to support peace and human-rights efforts. His work has propelled him into the center of mass atrocity, from which he has witnessed examples of both the best and worst of human character. In this interview, which is part of our "On Leadership" […]

The pipeline problem at the Postal Service

Add yet another problem to the many confronting the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service. Its bench of leaders is growing old. In a report released Monday, the postal inspector general's office said that 35 percent of postal executives were eligible for retirement as of 2012, and it expects 49 percent will be eligible by 2015. Making matters worse: About 30 […]

Our irrational, harmful bias against the unemployed

The persistent high level of unemployment in the six years since the Great Recession began is fast becoming the defining theme of this generation — and a leadership imperative that can no longer be ignored. Friday’s news on job growth is good: an increase of 288,000 jobs this past month, bringing the unemployment rate to 6.3 percent, […]

Here’s why women CEOs are more likely to get sacked from their jobs

When Carol Bartz became the chief executive of Yahoo in 2009, her appointment was less seen as evidence of a corporate breakthrough for women than as evidence of another trend: the "glass cliff." This phenomenon, coined by researchers, describes how women are recruited disproportionately into tough jobs, where the title may be big but the odds of success are quite […]

Ford appoints Mark Fields new CEO

Ford Motor Co. confirmed reports last week of a change at the wheel by announcing Thursday that Mark Fields, the company's chief operating officer, will be its next CEO. Fields will replace current chief executive Alan Mulally, who is credited with engineering a turnaround and has been widely praised for his leadership of the automaker. […]

A gold leadership moment for Adam Silver

  He stood there tall and thin, a bald man with a quiet intensity, choosing his few words carefully and speaking them forcefully. They were authoritative and decisive: "personal outrage," "personally distraught" and, perhaps most important of all, "I apologize." They expressed a sense of character that we don't see enough from professional sports leaders, and […]

Adding a union guy to GM’s board

When General Motors holds its annual meeting on June 10, one of its director nominees will stand out from the cast of retired CEOs and accounting professors who typically work on corporate boards. GM announced Friday that it is nominating Joe Ashton, a vice president of the United Auto Workers, to be a director for the […]

Dreaming in India

Growing up in India, I tried to defy the gender bias that plagues the vast majority of girls in the country. I spent the early years of my childhood in the modern society of Mumbai before relocating with my mother to the smaller, ancient city of Varanasi. There I realized just how different my mother […]

A case of ‘Sunday neurosis’

Most people dread Monday. For others, it's Tuesday, which surveys have shown is the most stressful day of the week. But Sunday? The day of rest? Family day? A recent study in the journal Applied Economics, highlighted in the April issue of Harvard Business Review, finds that if you're an employee with a high level of […]

In her own words: Martha Johnson on resigning from GSA

  On April 2, 2012, Martha Johnson resigned as the head of the General Services Administration. The Washington Post feature story "Resigned" chronicles the events and White House discussions that led to her resignation, as well as her efforts to rebuild a career post-crisis. While reporting the story, I asked Johnson to share some of […]

What John Paul II’s bodyguard learned from him about leadership

Andreas Widmer, the director of entrepreneurship programs at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., has had an interesting career, to say the least. Widmer was a bodyguard for Pope John Paul II, whose canonization ceremony will be held on Sunday. As a member of the Swiss Guard in the late 1980s, Widmer served as one of the […]

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