A New Approach to Developing the Whole Leader | GovExec.com


Survey after survey of CEOs suggests developing leadership talent is mission critical for future success. Many of those same surveys describe the reality that organizations are falling far short of meeting their needs for leader development.

My experience gained in the trenches over three-decades in the tech sector corroborates Jeffrey Pfeffer’s conclusions. I spent gobs of money on training, coaching, and outside resources, yet in hindsight, I perceive I was complicit in the game of event and check-box development.

It wasn’t evil intent—no conscientious objective professional or executive disagrees with the goal of developing more and more effective leaders—but it was an outcome of poor prioritization and a general lack of whole-person thinking about leader development. And while we sent people to some remarkable training and coaching organizations, those were prestigious checkmarks, not sustaining and whole-person approaches.

Source: A New Approach to Developing the Whole Leader – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

Philosophy shrugged: ignoring Ayn Rand won’t make her go away | Aeon Ideas


Rand champions self-sufficiency, attacks altruism, demonizes public servants, and vilifies government regulations because they hinder individual freedom.

Yet, she conveniently ignores the fact that many laws and government regulations promote freedom and flourishing.

In Atlas Shrugged, the mysterious cult-like leader and Objectivist spokesperson John Galt and his clique run away to establish a colony off the grid, free from government interference, and free to create their own rules.

Yet imagine the reality of a world without regulations such as those of an environmental protection agency. Neighbors would be free to pump smog into Galt’s utopia, pollute its water supply, or spray toxic pesticides that drift and poison residents.

Yet Galt rejects any duty towards others, and expects none from others.

Source: Philosophy shrugged: ignoring Ayn Rand won’t make her go away | Aeon Ideas

Rebuilding the employment security system for the Rust Belt that created it


The collapse of the region’s labor-intensive manufacturing-based economy took its toll on the employment-based safety net protections that Midwestern employers and unions forged after World War II. Today, employer-based systems of health insurance, pensions, and unemployment insurance serve fewer and fewer Midwestern workers.

For Rust Belt workers and communities today and in the future, economic security policies must become more flexible and suited to a fast-changing economy. This will require balancing support for technological innovation with concerted efforts to reduce the costs of dislocation for people and places bearing the brunt of change.

Source: Rebuilding the employment security system for the Rust Belt that created it

Program Management Is Much More Complex Than Many Leaders Understand | GovExec.com


The assessment framework describes four different sets, or quadrants, of leadership skills that contribute to effective organizational performance. Janet Weiss, University of Michigan, notes that these skill sets “are in tension with one another and each of the quadrants in some way represents contradictory pushes and pulls on the organization.”

Furthermore, “each quadrant has a dominant managerial style which matches the kinds of organizational performance that are valued by the organization.”

  1. The “collaborate” quadrant
  2. The “create” quadrant
  3. The “get results” quadrant
  4. The “control” quadrant

Source: Program Management Is Much More Complex Than Many Leaders Understand – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

Dave Powner audits the state of federal IT | FCW


“Folks come here from the private sector,” said Powner. “Who wants to be buried at some agency?”

Building up and maintaining the IT workforce remains a substantial challenge, both at the top layer and among rank-and-file feds.

The federal workforce’s thin bench of qualified IT employees, particularly engineers and architects with technical and coding skills, puts agencies at a disadvantage when overseeing contractors.

“Contractors come in with their technical folks, blow the government out of the water,” Powner said. “You need to have some horsepower on your side to do the same.”

Source: Dave Powner audits the state of federal IT — FCW

Universities, chasing the startup economy, reshape urban real estate | Curbed


Universities have always been anchor institutions, large landowners, and significant economic forces in their cities. But shifts in the economy and academia have left many seeking new financial partners: According to Sharon Haar, a professor of architecture at the University of Michigan and author of The City as Campus, universities’ public funding stream has dried up, the tuition funding stream is tapped out, and they invest an inordinate amount of their own money in research.

“Universities have always made money off the research products of their faculty, that’s not new,” says Haar. “But increasingly, the need to monetize research has come to the fore, in a way that it wasn’t in the past.”

Source: Universities, chasing the startup economy, reshape urban real estate – Curbed

Arne Duncan on ‘How Schools Work’ and How to Fix Them | The Atlantic


You have to constantly be learning. We have to be very clear about our goals—whether it’s college-going rates or access to pre-K—and then allow a lot of flexibility, a lot of innovation, to achieve those goals. What works best in rural Montana may look a little different from what it is in Anacostia in Washington, D.C., or in California.

If you’re clear about your goals and creating real-time adjustments, you’re learning and getting smarter. You’re never going to anticipate every potential bump in the road, but if you’re nimble and thoughtful and pragmatic—and not dogmatic—you can effect real change.

I don’t only blame politicians—I blame voters. We don’t vote based on education at any level—local, state, Congress, president; we don’t hold anyone accountable for results, voting based on whether a politician is going to help increase access to pre-K, is going to increase high-school graduation rates, and so on. Education should be the ultimate nonpartisan issue.

Source: Arne Duncan on ‘How Schools Work’ and How to Fix Them – The Atlantic

‘Makes me shake with rage’: Japan probe shows university cut women’s test scores | Reuters


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made a priority of creating a society “where women can shine”, but women in Japan still face an uphill battle in employment and face hurdles returning to work after childbirth, a factor behind a falling birthrate.

The alterations were uncovered in an internal investigation of a graft accusation this spring regarding the entrance exam for Tokyo Medical University, sparking protests and anger.

The investigation showed that the scores of men, including those reappearing after failing once or twice, were raised, while those of all women, and men who had failed the test at least three times, were not.

Source: ‘Makes me shake with rage’: Japan probe shows university cut women’s test scores | Reuters

Stop wasting your time on these four popular leadership styles


If there’s a time-saving trick for getting what you want, most of us will be willing to try it. Unfortunately, a lot of the hacks that are intended to make us better leaders simply waste our time, says Marc Effron.

Leadership fads often start with a legitimate author—someone backed by Harvard, Stanford, or Wharton, for example—and an enticing idea, such as feeling more powerful or authentic, says Effron.

Good leadership techniques involve setting big goals, networking, and excelling through experiences,” says Effron.

Source: Stop wasting your time on these four popular leadership styles

What To Do With Your Implicit Bias | GovExec.com


What I’ve realized is that implicit bias training, the way many professionals offer it, has a framing problem.

Bias isn’t like an upset stomach that an individual can take an antacid to fix; it’s a chronic issue that affects entire organizations, industries, and even societies.

Individuals have racist, sexist, and homophobic biases because our families, schools, workplaces, and popular culture are racist, sexist, and homophobic.

The outcome of any implicit bias training shouldn’t be to cure people’s bias or make them more objective—it should be to make people bias-aware.

Source: What To Do With Your Implicit Bias – Management Matters – Management – GovExec.com