Do your goals motivate you?

Throughout the year, we’ve been posting about factors that build a company’s culture and motivate people to perform at their best. Hopefully, you’ve read the posts on play and purpose and they resonated with you. In this post, we discuss a third motivator, what Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor in their book Primed to Perform

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Book report: What we’re reading, Fall 2018

  “Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.” — Mark Haddon Books and reading are important to us at HWC, and we’re always swapping book recommendations with each other. We thought it would be fun to share a roundup of what we’re reading as an occasional feature here

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So, can an emoji save lives, in like…30 seconds?

  The journey to effective communication is a lot like the path to solving a riddle. As complex as any conundrum wrapped in an enigma may appear, the answers we seek are often hidden in plain sight. And while context and new information are important, the best way to solve a riddle is usually to

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Pursuing good design for the government

When most people think about design, they think about the kind of work that graces the cover of magazines or elevates a sleek ad campaign. It’s easy to picture a design legend sitting at their MacBook, creating visual genius from thin air. The reality of design work is much different. In the government space, a

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Those statistics are lying to you (maybe)

Darrell Huff first published How to Lie with Statistics in 1954, in which he explained how statistics were employed to intentionally deceive the inattentive consumer of information. This wasn’t a new idea; several of Huff’s predecessors had arrived at the same conclusion: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” — attributed

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Big Data, Little Lies

When working with data it’s prudent to approach with some skepticism. Ask questions like, “Who collected the data?” “How were the questions asked?” and “Does this data give the full picture, or is there something missing?” The answers to these questions can help you identify cognitive biases that may affect the data or the results.

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Design thinking in Emergency Management

Emergency management has existed for decades, but the strong push to professionalize and standardize the industry largely began with the passage of Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA) more than a decade ago. This push yielded a number of benefits including increased unity of effort, consistent training, and stakeholder interoperability. However, it’s possible that for

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Book report: What we’re reading, Summer 2018

“Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.” — Ben Okri   Books and reading matter to us at HWC, and we’re always swapping book recommendations with each other. We thought it would be

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Workplace wellness: how can we include everyone?

My coworkers would likely categorize me as obsessed with fitness and nutrition. And I’d be the first to acknowledge that health and wellness resonate differently across our employees at HWC. Varying ages, fitness levels, hobbies, and other commitments all coalesce to influence our ideas of health and wellness. To date, HWC’s health and wellness initiatives

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Good government can change the world: How we bring purpose to our work

  In April we talked about how we at HWC often use the word play when we talk about our workplace culture and performance. But play is just one of our key motivators for work. Purpose is another. Purpose is the sense of value ascribed to the outcome of your work. It’s the impact that your

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