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Leadership Lessons From Science

Tom Fox | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Tom Fox

France A. Córdova is the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is responsible for advancing scientific discovery and technological...

Being Seen and Heard at Work

Tom Fox | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Nick Morgan is a communication coach and the author, most recently, of "Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maxim...

Rep. Jim Moran on Leadership and Scapegoats

Tom Fox | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) has served in Congress for almost 24 years and is well-known for his efforts on behalf of federal employees and military retire...

Amanda Terkel

Federal Employee Morale Hits Record Low

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Budget cuts and forced furloughs have taken a toll on federal workers, with job satisfaction at a record low in a new government-wide su...

Tips for hiring STEMM talent into government

Tom Fox | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government's demand for talent in the science, technology, engineering, mathematical and medical (STEMM) fields is growing, but is often i...

The Science of Leading Scientists: An Interview With the National Science Foundation's Subra Suresh

Tom Fox | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Subra Suresh, an engineer and scientist, became director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in September 2010.

How to Attract the Best Young Graduates to Your Agency, Despite the Government Bashing

Tom Fox | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

The steady negative drumbeat regarding government appears to be taking its toll on student attitudes toward federal service.

Great Awards for Federal Workers -- And a Good New Year's Resolution for Their Leaders

Tom Fox | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

While winning is always nice, the old cliché that "it's an honor just to be nominated" is true as well. I encourage you to click on a few of these links, find a program that fits your employees and team, and submit a nomination.

Sharing Best Practices Across an Agency

Tom Fox | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

The most high-performing organizations I've worked in or witnessed develop best practices as a result of their senior leaders setting clear expectations that employees should be sharing their knowledge across their agency.

Improving Your Agency's Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Ranking

Tom Fox | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Organizations struggling to improve their rankings would be wise to understand what successful agencies have done, and then adopt those strategies to build a more engaged and, ultimately, a more effective workforce.

Scientist Wins Award For Helping Gulf With Crucial Calculation

AOL Government | By Partnership for Public Service | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

Paul Hsieh provided critical scientific information that proved to be a turning point in ending the worst oil spill in our nation's history....

How to Be a Great Boss

Tom Fox | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

"The challenge for new managers is understanding you are no longer an individual contributor but responsible for the performance of others," says Linda A. Hill, professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School.

What Are Battered Feds To Do? Don't Worry, Be Happy

Tom Fox | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

There's been a steady drumbeat of bad news for federal employees for more than a year, and the stories are likely to get worse before they get better.

Federal Coach: The Best Leadership Movies to Get You Inspired

Tom Fox | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

Sit back and consider watching an entertaining movie that can perhaps impart some insightful leadership lessons.

Restoring Worth to Our Public Servants

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

This was originally published as an exclusive to The Washington Post. President Obama, much like John F. Kennedy 50 years ago this month, arrived at ...

Obama As Executive-In-Chief

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

This was originally published as an exclusive commentary for Politico. President Barack Obama has worn many hats these last two years -- including co...

Support Your Local Federal Worker

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

This was originally published as an exclusive to AOL News. As attacks from makeshift roadside bombs wreaked havoc in Iraq and later in Afghanistan, T...

The Thoughtless Job Freeze in the GOP's 'Pledge To America'

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

Reasonable though it may sound -- why shouldn't government tighten its belt like the rest of us? -- the GOP plan would handcuff our government's ability to effectively fulfill important functions.

Don't Cut Civil Workforce

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

As history shows, any small, short-term budgetary gains from work force cutbacks are likely to be offset by serious regulatory missteps, more after-the-fact finger-pointing and a continuation of the cycle of failure and mistrust.

Federal Workers Play Key Roles for the Nation

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

We need to reconnect Americans to their government. People need to better understand that public servants are their friends and neighbors who are helping address our collective challenges here and abroad.

The Flow-Chart Fallacy

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

Do reorganizations make government work better? The results have been mixed.