TheLectern

  • Steve Kelman

    The contributions of immigrants -- it's not just high tech

    Whether it's Silicon Valley or a New York yogurt factory, Steve Kelman argues, we should be grateful for foreign-born talent. Read More

  • tax form and keyboard

    A media double standard?

    After encountering a problem with some commercial tax-preparation software, Steve Kelman wonders how the media would have reacted to the same thing happening with a government product. Read More

  • the brain

    Behavioral approaches to contract negotiations

    Steve Kelman finds a seminar track that approaches procurement from a new perspective. Read More

  • annual report

    Reminder: Corporate IT projects can also crash and burn

    Steve Kelman derives some insights from the season of corporate annual reports. Read More

  • Panda in snow at the National Zoo -- photo by Connor Mallon, Smithsonian National Zoo

    China vignettes: Techies in politics, Starbucks saturation and panda porn

    Steve Kelman reports on the media, food and more from his latest trip to China Read More

  • china flag

    Stirrings of freedom rustle in China

    There may not be pure freedom of speech in China, but the media (old and new) are far from monolithic, Steve Kelman finds. Read More

  • Hong Kong

    China's problems spill over into Hong Kong

    Steve Kelman reports on the tensions that persist just beneath the surface. Read More

  • MTR car

    Could Hong Kong's subway provide sequestration inspiration?

    Hong Kong's subway system makes money through a business strategy that might apply to other government activities. Steve Kelman explains. Read More

  • Jeff Liebman

    Could an idea imported from Britain help feds through tight financial times?

    An approach showing some success in state government could ease agencies through tighter budgets, if it is transferable to the federal level, writes Steve Kelman. Read More

  • TSA agent

    Good customer service ideas can be free

    Even at the oft-criticized Transportation Security Administration, a thoughtful employee can provide some added value at no added cost. Read More