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6 Reasons Your Employees Are Not Working Their Best

Are you frustrated with your team’s lackluster output? Maybe the issue is your lackluster leadership. In an article for TLNT, Mona Berberich identifies some ways you may be setting them up for mediocrity: You do not make enough time for performance evaluations: You must not think of evaluations as a chore or a “necessary evil.” They are a time to discuss how employees can improve, whether they are doing poorly or are already doing excellent. ...

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The Four Habits That Create Work Ethic

What mystical forces must come together in order to create reliable work ethic? In an article for Lifehack, Scott H. Young says that this force comprises habits directed at building four things: persistence, focus, “do it now” attitude, and “do it right” attitude. Persistence and focus are the bedrock of work ethic; if your brain clocks out after an hour of work, all hope is lost. To develop these two, grab a stopwatch and start ...

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How Do You Improve Work Ethic If You’ve Always Been Lazy?

Can a leopard change its spots? Of course it can, with some body paint. In an article for New York magazine’s The Cut, Alison Green describes how even the laziest person can develop strong work ethic. To begin with, imagine all of the times you have procrastinated important work—and how many hours you have spent dwelling on the fact that you had uncompleted work waiting for you. Think about how many carefree hours of your ...

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IT Is Too Important to Leave to IT—Involve Your Business Partners

The love-hate relationship between IT departments and end users isn’t something new and uncommon anymore. As long as there are IT people who want integration work and users who challenge every single detail of an online app, there are misunderstandings and frustration between these two groups. However, the needs of both sides must be valued in a manner that supports the needs of the organization and its overall business strategy. Mark Smalley, in writing for ...

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3 Sources of Project Failure

Project failure is like a mental allergy that project managers all try to avoid. There are various reasons behind the big flop, but certain key factors that all project managers need to pay attention to are the same. James Mukoma, in a post at his blog, talks about these all-too-common reasons that explain a project failure and how to avoid these traps: Overpromising and under-delivering Micromanaging Withholding important information Playing with Fire Many project managers ...

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8 Tips for Smarter Risk-Taking in IT

Many people tend to avoid risks because inaction can be safer than action. However, often successful people got to where they are because they were willing to take risks that no one else was. Carla Rudder, in an article for the Enterprisers Project, asked eight technology and business leaders to share how they cope with risks. She shares their tips for taking smarter risks in IT: Challenge the status quo. Embrace emerging technologies. Celebrate failure. ...

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How to Develop an Internet of Things Strategy

Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be nearly 20 billion devices on the Internet of Things (IoT), and more than $300 billion in revenue will be generated from IoT device. While the IoT can facilitate the process of building value for your company, success depends on various factors, such as the type of business you have, your capabilities, and your ability to understand this new technology. In an article for CIO.com, Thor Olavsrud says ...

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6 Pieces of IT Career Advice

The IT career is hardly an easy journey. There will be stumbling blocks, and it’s great if you have people who can help you foresee and get through them. Brian Holak, in an article for TechTarget, shares the best pieces of IT career advice that a selection of IT executives have ever been given. Their responses are supplemental pills that can spare you some headaches along the way: Take the outsider perspective. Be a good ...

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5 Steps to Turn Your Company’s Data into Profit

Most organizations believe that information is a valuable commodity, and having as much information as possible can change and drive business success. However, with a vast resource of data comes the need to interpret it into an advantage. In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco lists five steps to help businesses use their data to get the biggest business impact: Discovery Decision analysis Monetization strategy Agile analytics Enablement Don’t Hoard Aimlessly If you store information ...

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Machine Learning: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Going

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a budding field. Nowadays, many businesses are trying to figure out how to use it to their advantage. Indeed, AI can help reduce operational costs, improve efficiency, generate revenue, and enhance customer experiences. In an article for the Register, Danny Bradbury says that there’s a chasm between many current AI deployments and a mature approach with sensible business benefits, and companies need to know how to get from here to there. ...

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How to Get Your Team to Follow Through after a Meeting

Project meetings are a part of any business life. A meeting is where goals are often set, tasks are assigned, and progress is expected. However, whether your team implements their roles after the meeting is questionable. Paul Axtell, in an article for Harvard Business Review, says that once you’ve left the meeting, things come up and priorities shift. Therefore, you should end the meeting with clear agreements on specific actions and completion dates for each ...

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4 Reasons Why Your Self-Service Portal Isn’t Working

Having a reliable and well-established self-service portal can bring a mound of benefits to your organization and customer satisfaction. Self-service offers 24-hour support and immediate access to information, instead of having to wait for an email response or a returned telephone call. However, the success of a self-service portal depends on different factors, and it can turn into a big problem if it’s not popularized or deployed in an effective way. James West, in writing ...

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How to Delegate to Difficult Employees

Delegating tasks to team members is not as easy as you think, especially when you have a few difficult-to-handle individuals in your team. If you don’t distribute tasks properly and justifiably to your team members, envy and conflicts can arise, which will damage your credibility and prestige. Christine Sato, in writing for Project Times, says that delegation is an essential part of life, especially in the business world, but it can also be a challenge. ...

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Self-Promotion as a Project Manager

Not all players can steal the spotlight on the same stage. And with that, only a few players shine and stand out while many others remain unknown in the dark. This is unfortunate but common. However, you can actually help yourself to be in the spotlight if you have a strategic head and know how to take advantage of good opportunities. According to Lindsay Scott, who writes for the PM Perspectives Blog, self-promotion is not ...

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6 Things You Should Do When Kicking Off a Project

Successful projects start with a good kick-off. How managers start their projects and draw out plans for implementation determines the likelihood of success. Most often, project managers take the preparation and planning stage for granted, and tend to overlook important aspects that affect later implementation process. In a post at her website, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen lists six things you should strive to do to set off: Validate the business case Identify sponsor and ...

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