Certainly, there’s a place for consensus in any company: buying another firm, entering a new market, embarking on a radical new strategy. But, the politicking and compromise required to build a consensus can mean the death of real, cutting-edge innovation.
American fall traditions: football, turkey and dressing, Black Friday, government shutdowns … Wait. What? The government runs out of money December 11, which means the lamest lame duck Congress ever must pass a spending bill. Ready to give thanks, yet?
Your firm won a government contract. Great! You work to ensure your client is happy so more work will come. Then, they ask for some changes. No problem. Maybe a tweak here; another tweak there. And, before you know it
This week, the General Accounting Office (GAO) delivered Congress its annual report on bid protests. Once again, the number of protests rose (by five percent). You might think competition is increasing, but some say protesting is a new “contracting strategy.”
Many observers of Pentagon purchasing complain about the poor planning, redundant processes, and millions of taxpayer dollars being spent on things no one – including the DoD – really wants. So, with the Republican Senate takeover, is reform really coming?
In 2013, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) mandated that DCAA revise guidance to its auditors. Specifically, Section 832 states that requests for internal reports only be made to test the strength of internal audit controls. So, how’s that going?
Human beings are so hard-wired for social interaction that researchers have detected a “hurt” feeling following rejection as if the rejected person had been physically injured. The insight here for managers is that you can motivate your employees with one word.
From 2009 to 2013, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) reported an increase of about 20,000 cyber attacks to 47,000. Last year, the number ballooned to 228,700. Why the jump? Chalk up a lot to sloppiness and social engineering.
Russian actor Boris Marshalov observed after his visit to the U.S. House of Representatives, “Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens. And, when he sits down, everybody disagrees.” How times have changed.
When Wayne Gretzgy was growing up, he’d sit for hours watching hockey with paper and pen charting the paths the puck would take on the ice. The exercise, he said, helped him see “where the puck was going to be.”