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  • Introducing Finland's Universal Basic Income Expirement
    by Alexandra Levit - April 19, 2017
    It’s not a new concept. In the late 1790s, American statesman Thomas Paine called for a universal payment of £15 per year to all his countrymen in exchange for the right to hold private property. First suggested over 200 years ago, the idea of universal basic income never quite went away, and in many circles, it’s actually picking up steam. Progressive Finland is officially the first sovereign natio...
  • How to Prevent Business Tech Overload
    by Alexandra Levit - April 12, 2017
    It's a new year, and if you're like most owners, you want to use it as an opportunity to level up your company. Employing new business technology is one way to help your enterprise and your employees be as efficient and productive as possible. But technology for technology's sake could hurt. We are so inundated with new solutions that it's difficult to assess what's truly important. I discussed this issu...
  • Business Owners: To Build or Not to Build?
    by Alexandra Levit - March 30, 2017
    There are two primary ways to procure skills that don't exist in your organization. The first, building expertise, refers to training current employees in the new areas. The second, acquiring expertise, involves either hiring new employees or partners or merging with another organization so that the requisite skills are instantly available. Understanding this distinction can be important to how you formulate your 2017 grow...
  • Rejection: The Project Manager's Badge of Honor in 2017
    by Alexandra Levit - March 22, 2017
    Considering the number of people they deal with every day, project managers are ripe for professional rejection. But although unpleasant, rejection can be seen as a critical warning and/or badge of honor. This post, featuring an exclusive interview with Halley Bock, author of Life, Incorporated, will explore the types of professional rejection, how you should take it in different situations, and what it means when you’re...
  • The Project Management Industry Just Got a Facelift
    by Alexandra Levit - March 15, 2017
    In a 2016 Fast Track piece, we covered a disconcerting study conducted by The Project Management Institute (PMI). The research illustrated that organizations around the world waste an average of $122 million for every $1 billion spent on projects as a result of poor project management practices. Called Pulse of the Profession®: The High Cost of Low Performance study, the study indicated that the amount of waste had incr...
  • Investigating the Tech Skills Gap at SXSWedu
    by Alexandra Levit - March 9, 2017
    Greetings from SXSWedu! This evening, I will have the privilege of moderating a panel titled Tech Skills Gap: What Can Employers and Educators Do? I'm representing DeVry University's Career Advisory Board and will be joined by Robert Paul, president of DeVry University, Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, and Sara Ley, digital learning and technology leader at GE. Without giving too much away, we&...
  • Where France's Power Down Law Came From - And What It Means
    by Alexandra Levit - March 1, 2017
    The year was 1998. I had just graduated from college and was working as an entry-level account coordinator in a large PR agency in New York City. I worked hard, but my days ended at 6PM when I left the office. Within the next year, though, Ethernet access at home had become a reality. Suddenly, I was expected to be on call for my boss for any and all client needs. I was irate. I felt I did not make enough money for this. I had...
  • New Career Advisory Board Research Reveals Employers Are Lukewarm About Talent Development
    by Alexandra Levit - February 24, 2017
    This week, my organization the Career Advisory Board announced the results of our sixth annual Job Preparedness Indicatory survey, which identified gaps between the skills and traits candidates have and the skills and traits employers seek to fill open positions. Gaps were measured by assessing skills that are most important but least common among entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level job candidates. This year’s re...
  • The Truth About Open Offices and Standing Desks on Workplace Productivity
    by Alexandra Levit - February 22, 2017
    I’ve never liked open offices. Never. I remember the first time my CEO announced that we’d all be giving up our private offices. A part of me felt like I was about to lose my home. The next step? Goodbye cubicles. Now, we all sat together like one big, happy family, and any illusion that you could have a confidential conversation or crash on a deadline without interruption was shattered. I wonder sometimes if the o...
  • 5 Project Management Developments for 2017
    by Alexandra Levit - February 17, 2017
    With exciting trends impacting the field, the new year promises to be an eventful one for project management. The Project Management profession is evolving. Just this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics gave project management its own occupational category, a major sign that Project Managers are more important players than ever. Here, we feature some of the most intriguing Project Management developments heading into 20...