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  • Demographic Shifts Make Succession Planning Mandatory
    by Alexandra Levit - January 13, 2017
    Succession planning means different things to different people, but it can be broadly defined as a process of developing high-potential employees to fill future strategic roles within the organization. Many organizations engage in succession planning activities informally or not at all, especially if they are small to medium-sized businesses. However, lacking an official succession plan opens up a company to substantial ris...
  • Diversity and Inclusion Are Getting a Millennial Makeover
    by Alexandra Levit - January 11, 2017
    Today’s workplaces are politically correct. We are careful not to say anything that might be perceived to marginalize or offend a particular group, and when it comes to age, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, companies want to make sure every employee is respected and equally represented. We do this not because of profit, but because it’s the moral thing to do. This goal is at the heart of w...
  • The Gig Economy is NOT ALL About Uber: It Affects You!
    by Alexandra Levit - January 9, 2017
    When we think of the gig economy, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft come immediately to mind. However, it’s much bigger than that. The US Department of Labor actually breaks down the four main types of alternative work arrangements into independent contractors, on-call workers, temp workers and workers employed by contract firms. Since 2005, the number of workers in alternative arrangements has climbed by more...
  • 14 Process Improvement Problems to Avoid
    by Alexandra Levit - January 6, 2017
    When undergoing process improvement, understanding your process from start to finish is the best way to prevent certain inevitable problems from occurring. Joseph Drasin is the director of University Process Innovation, Division of Information Technology, at the University of Maryland. In a recent article for Educause, Drasin described his dealings with the university department known for being inefficient and difficult to...
  • Why Talent Activation Transcends Talent Management
    by Alexandra Levit - January 4, 2017
    People are your organization’s greatest asset and most expensive resource. We recognize the importance of employee engagement and do our best to measure and boost it, and yet engagement is not always in a company’s control. Why not instead consider talent activation? Talent activation focuses on the experiences, processes, and metrics that create an aligned and equipped workforce in the best position to realize...
  • 15 Ways to Get Your Company to Embrace Disruption
    by Alexandra Levit - January 3, 2017
    For any professional involved in digital transformation efforts, disruption of traditional operations is inevitable. Unfortunately, sometimes certain team members might push back. Here’s how to build your case. If you’re reading this, chances are, you are pro-disruption. Technology pros often are. However, as a general rule, human beings fear change and will often fight to maintain the status quo. If there are i...
  • 10 Process Improvement Questions Business Leaders Should Ask
    by Alexandra Levit - December 20, 2016
    Most line of business executives can identify when something’s broken, either by themselves or with help from their teams. But it’s another matter entirely to improve the process in a way that aligns with overall business objectives, integrates well with existing systems, is fully visible, and improves productivity and other essential outcomes. Here, we explore 10 questions business leaders must ask before taking a...
  • Tech Advances in Healthcare Workplaces Are Wins for Patients
    by Alexandra Levit - December 20, 2016
    In the U.S., healthcare is big business, representing about a sixth of the nation’s GDP. And it’s no secret that healthcare providers have been heavily incentivized by the government to adopt better technology. No less than $30 billion has been set aside over the last few years so that hospitals and health systems can operate more efficiently and patients can receive better care. Considering this massive influx...
  • Race to the Top: Traits that Propel and Derail Senior Leaders
    by Alexandra Levit - December 12, 2016
    Are you equipped to be a leader today? These insights could help you up your game. According to DDI’s new global study of 15,000 executives in 18 countries, there are certain personality traits and attributes that make it more and less likely that a person will succeed in a 21st century business world leadership role. The warp speed of business has hastened the pace of leaders being thrust into roles of increasing...
  • Best Practices and Challenges for 21st Century Project Management
    by Alexandra Levit - December 8, 2016
    Researchers at Portsmouth Business School in the United Kingdom conducted a review of recent academic studies on project management to answer the question: “what components exist across the board in the worldwide practice of 21st century Project Management and what are some universal challenges that exist?” In a 2016 issue of the Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, Abdulrahman Alotaibi and Oluwasoy...