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  • This could be the start of something big

    Steve Kelman discusses research that shows just how important early management choices can be. Read More

  • Pinocchio, George Washington and the challenge of promoting honesty

    Research on three- to seven-year-old children might unlock ways for managers to encourage ethical behavior in the workplace. Read More

  • A U.S.-China high-tech trade war?

    Steve Kelman worries that mutual suspicions could lead to much bigger problems. Read More

  • A story that makes federal IT look good

    Steve Kelman notes two important messages about agencies' ability to amplify their impact. Read More

  • Can social media make every civil servant an innovator?

    Steve Kelman notes two examples where social media and big data are hinting at big wins for relatively little hassle. Read More

  • 2 1/2 cheers for GSA, Donald Trump and the Old Post Office

    Steve Kelman reflects on what the development deal says about procurement and politics. Read More

  • Media life and real life

    Steve Kelman reports on some public servants who are unlikely to make the papers. Read More

  • What's so scary about performance ratings?

    Of course metrics can reflect factors outside your control. But that, Steve Kelman argues, is "why God invented multiple regression." Read More

  • Benevolent government data mining, or Big Brother?

    Steve Kelman suggests that fast-improving analytics can raise some interesting questions. Read More

  • VA waiting lists and performance measurement

    Steve Kelman argues that allegations about secret wait lists at the VA are a sign of performance management's power, not its problems. Read More

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