Management

10 Real-Life Habits of the Coolest Bosses Most of Us Only Dream About

For the lucky ones, working for such a boss can be a dream come true. It was for me.<p>I remember it like it was yesterday. Fourteen years ago, a former CEO I reported to stuck this little dagger into me: "Marcel, I hate to say it, but you're just not a culture fit for this company."<p>Ouch. But looking …

Leadership

Being agile was never about the process

We’ve come a long way since the Agile Alliance published its manifesto back in 2001. It feels like the majority of teams and companies doing software …

Project Management

How using Design Thinking will fix Design Thinking

Design Thinking continues to be a hot topic (this article is one of many talking about it). Design Thinking has been hyped and even fetishized but there are also voices questioning its value, impact, and relevance.<p>Design Thinking faces criticism for its lacking integration with business and …

Design Thinking

An Early Warning System for Your Team’s Stress Level

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” This had always been Michel’s response when his senior executives started “wilting under pressure” and letting him down. As the CEO of a global oil company who had risen through the ranks, Michel had faced many stressful events on off-shore …

Wellness

7 traits of successful people that require no talent at all

Like me, you’ve probably seen the “10 Things That Require Zero Talent” post floating around LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.<p>Being on time, being passionate, and being prepared all make the list.<p>This got me thinking of similar traits that are not only easy to implement, but are absolutely free — …

Leadership

Jobs to Be Done...Continuously

<b>A Brief History:</b><p>The Jobs To Be Done framework’s star is on the rise. Clayton Christensen, venerated HBS professor, seems to have coined the term as …

User Stories

Think Perks Are an Incentive? Your Team Doesn't.

Perks are how you acknowledge and thank employees, not how you motivate them.<p>Earlier this year, we completed research for our book, <i>The Employee Experience: How to Attract Talent, Retain Top Performers, and Drive Results.</i> In writing the book, we looked at why individuals joined, stayed and …

Employee Engagement

How To Be The Boss You Always Wish You Had

How can you be the boss that nobody wants to leave?<p>We all remember that one leader, boss, or manager that inspired us to grow and become better. They challenged us when necessary and coached us when we were lost. Or maybe you never had a boss that truly understood your potential, but sorely wish …

Leadership

If You Think Downsizing Might Save Your Company, Think Again

During the Great Recession of 2008, companies around the world downsized their workforces. American firms alone laid off more than 8 million workers from the end of 2008 to the middle of 2010. Even in healthier financial times, such as now, firms often downsize because it is seen as a way to reduce …

Harvard Business Review

How to set SMART goals

Creating goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based can help employees feel a greater sense of purpose in their work. …

Project Management

How to Grab Your First Freelancing Project Online

Getting your first job through freelance bidding is not that easy as it seems, but again neither it is that complicated. With well over 12 million …

Project Management

7 Common Strategy Traps CEOs Should Avoid

Defining company strategy is a fundamental CEO responsibility. Watch out for these common pitfalls as you go about it.<p>In a well-run company, a clear strategy drives actions and decisions at every level of the organization.<p>Unfortunately, getting to that ideal state can be tricky. The path to …

Business Planning

Biggest Startup Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Startups

Effectively communicate ideas and stop wasting time

Time is one of my most valuable commodities. It’s probably the same for you. So anything that wastes time reduces productivity, right? And that’s …

Storytelling

Getting Dumped By My Mentor Taught Me a Valuable Lesson in Letting Go

At 19 I was a sophomore in college, struggling to decide what I wanted to do with my future, and, as a lifelong jack-of-all-trades, I was starting to resemble a pancake with the number of times I flip-flopped on my major.<p>Enter my mentor. They were my academic advisor — my fourth one I’d had in two …

Brit + Co

StateScoop names top state IT, cybersecurity leaders with annual StateScoop 50 Awards

Page 1<p>The 2017 winners of the StateScoop 50 Awards, which highlight the best and brightest in the state IT community, were announced Sunday at a …

Cybersecurity

The 7 Deadliest Communication Sins

<b>Lack of specificity</b>. Vague terms—for instance, about meeting times or deadlines—leave workers wondering what's expected of them. Such terms, he said, …

Body Language

When Do You Stop Protecting a Superstar?

The Bill O'Reilly case highlights the widespread damage that even a media star can wreak.<p>After a series of sexual harassment allegations, Fox News fired Bill O'Reilly last Wednesday. As a staple of the network for more than 20 years, O’Reilly was Fox’s most popular and lucrative personality.<p>But …

Employment

Keys to Identifying and Fixing Inefficient Internal Processes

Feature: Page (1) of 1 - 04/26/17<p>By Lou Wallace<p>Every business has inefficiencies that can cost them if left unnoticed. Unfortunately, most businesses …

Let Your Competition Steal Your Ideas: 5 Reasons Why

As the Millennial demographic matures, there is a greater demand for transparency, openness, and authenticity.<p>Are your company's "best-kept secrets" hurting your brand and appeal to customers? Many companies today are scrambling to stay relevant and keep pace with the competition. As a result, it …

Business Planning

The Skeptical State of Bible Reading in 2017

For the most part, Americans have positive things to say about the Bible. More than half call it a good source of morals (52%). About a third say …

Christianity

Lead Like a Founder to Inspire Your Team

A clear vision and uncompromised dedication to seeing become reality are two powerful ingredients of success.<p>Think about today’s most lucrative companies -- the Facebooks and Snapchats of the world -- and you’ll likely notice a common theme: They have founders who eat, sleep and breathe their …

Leadership

How Pret A Manger Beat the Restaurant Industry’s Lunchtime Slump

Pret A Manger may be more than three decades old, but the U.K.-based sandwich shop isn't showing its age.<p>On Thursday, the company reported total …

Restaurants

Keep your opinion to yourself

<b>Nothing is absolute. Ever</b>.<p>I am often asked for my views like…<p>- “What do you think of this TV ad?”<p>- “Is this a good blog post?”<p>- “Please read this …

Leadership

Essential PR lessons from 40 years in communications

<i>This article was originally published on PR Daily in April 2016.</i> <br>In communications, sound advice is invaluable.<p>Four decades of working as a …

Marketing

McDonald's: They Remembered How The Golden Arches Got Built

McDonald's competes on cost-leadership and its entire value chain is organized and operates with a focus on actions that create or improve …

Business Planning

Britain's leaders have lost their way – we need people who put country before self-interest

<b>Wanted desperately:</b>Men and women who put country above self and party.<p><b>Position details:</b> Run for Parliament on June 8.<p>Now, more than at any time since World War II, Britain needs strong leaders. Regardless of whether you supported Brexit, or now question whether it is a good idea, the next two years …

Brexit

The C-Suite and IT Need to Get on the Same Page on Cybersecurity

A recently published global survey of C-Suite level executives and IT Decision Makers (ITDMs) revealed a large gap in assessments of cyber threats, costs and areas of responsibilities. Among the most significant disconnects:<p>80% of the executives surveyed in the U.S. believe cybersecurity to be a …

Cybersecurity

How to Make Your Employees Happier and More Productive

Your employees are the mirror of your company. The happier they are with their jobs, the better they will talk about your company and you as their …

The Workplace

There Are 5 Job Characteristics That Make Employees Happy (And 7 That Make Them Want To Quit)

Through his research, Fredrick Herzberg, famous for the Motivation-Hygiene Theory, discovered a dichotomy that would forever redefine job satisfaction.<p>You've heard it a million times, " Millennials are obsessed with making a difference," "They want a trophy for everything," and "They think they …

Leadership