What’s Your Leadership ROI?

Leaders need to do a better job of how they invest their time and energy. You can’t get a return on those investments if you’re not mindful of where you’re investing and the results you’re getting from those investments (your leadership ROI). You make investments every day, likely without realizing it. You’re investing time and […]

Reach Out to Young Employees about Leadership Skills

Research shows that young employees feel solely responsible for developing their leadership skills. This is how you can make them feel empowered and less alone. Today’s post is by Thuy Sindell, a principal at Skyline Group International. When I was younger and less experienced, I made the same mistake as many professionals early on in […]

How often do you find business lessons in unconventional places?

Our reader poll today asks: How often do you find business lessons in unconventional places? – Always — I see business lessons in all aspects of everyday life: 59% – Sometimes — The occasional lesson shows up in daily life: 38% – Rarely — It’s not at all often I find business lessons in my […]

Bringing Your Corporation’s Soul to the Classroom

Project-based mentoring enables your company to get involved with students in a way  that builds real-world skills for them and strengthens your company’s image. Today’s post is by Patty Alper, author of Teach to Work (CLICK HERE to get your copy). One of the single most important things the human race has done over the […]

How many great leaders or influential bosses have you worked for?

Our reader poll today asks: How many great leaders or influential bosses have you worked for? – Many – I’ve lost count: 3% – A few – It’s an elite group: 71% – One – They were the best leader I’ve ever had: 15% – None – I’ve not been so lucky: 11% The great […]

5 Project Management Lessons from Walking Across Spain

Whether it’s knowing what you need and what you don’t on a project or knowing how to manage conflict effectively, a long 500 mile stroll can help you build these skills. A few summers ago, I hiked the ancient Camino de Santiago trail across Spain. It was the best month of my life for many […]

Differentiate Your Business Through User Experience Research

While quantitative analysis is great, don’t dismiss the value of qualitative research and how it can help you understand your customers and differentiate your business. Today’s post is by Julie Lellis and Melissa Eggleston, authors of The Zombie Business Cure (CLICK HERE to get your copy). What do successful companies like Charles Schwab, MailChimp and […]

How do you deal with making difficult decisions?

Our reader poll today asks: How do you deal with making difficult decisions? – I make them immediately the best I can: 46% – I delay and hope they go away or get easier: 12% – I push the decision off to someone else: 1% – I have my team make the decision with me: […]

The Easy Way to Write a Great Business Case

Business cases are the key to getting ideas approved and funded. If you follow a few basic principles, you’ll find the cases you make get approved more quickly and easily. If you want to get people’s attention with your business case, you need to solve a big problem. The problem definition section outlines the core […]

Data Analytics Requires Leadership by Mind and Machine

Data analytics is no longer the preserve of innovative tech companies or large multinationals; it is becoming a tool that could play an essential part in every organization. However, this powerful medium, which can offer great insights and guide business decisions, requires some thought and attention. Today’s post is by Marc Vollenweider, author of MIND+MACHINE […]