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John Friscia

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John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

June, 2017

  • 21 June

    Losing Your Decision-Making Bias Is Harder Than You Thought

    Bias underscores many of our actions and the actions of businesses in often imperceptible ways. Acknowledging that bias exists is important, but that in itself is not enough to actually reduce its presence. In an article for McKinsey, Tobias Baer, Sven Heiligtag, and Hamid Samandari describe specific processes by which you can “debias” various types of decisions in business. Blind Spots of the Brain The strategies commonly employed to reduce bias in decision-making right now …

  • 19 June

    It is–or seems to be–a wise sort…

    It is — or seems to be — a wise sort of thing, to realise that all that happens to a man in this life is only by way of joke, especially his misfortunes, if he have them. And it is also worth bearing in mind, that the joke is passed round pretty liberally & impartially, so that not very many are entitled to fancy that they in particular are getting the worst of it. …

  • 18 June

    Question Your Questioning

    Is the way you gather information effective enough? In an article for Lifehack, Mike Martel challenges you to level up your questioning. For starters, avoid yes/no questions. Ask questions that make people explain themselves, which in turn challenges them to decide what information is really pertinent. Then dig deeper with follow-up questions that clarify vague points and expand potentially interesting nuggets. Do not worry about there being periods of silence between questions and answers; allow …

  • 18 June

    Learn to Ask Better Questions: 4 Tips

    In an article for Harvard Business Review, John Baldoni shares four fast pointers to expand your perspective and improve your ability to ask questions: Be more interested in listening and learning than in getting first and last say. Ask open-ended questions that make the recipient think before answering. Express active physical interest in the questions you ask, to inspire full and earnest answers. When no one is delivering bad news, dig deeper to confirm if …

  • 18 June

    Get What You Want from Someone by Asking Better Questions

    You really need a helping hand from Horatio in accounting to finish this project on time. How do you win over Horatio quickly? In an article for Forbes, Emma Johnson shares some reliable advice for how to ask him: Ask for advice, rather than a favor. (But then maybe build off of that.) Ask specific questions that can be clearly answered within a few minutes. Articulate how that person helping you will also be helping …

  • 18 June

    How to Ask ‘Beautiful’ Questions

    Leigh Buchanan interviews Warren Berger on the subject of “beautiful” questions for Inc. A beautiful question “reframes an issue and forces you to look at it in a different way.” These are the types of questions that, by their nature, inspire innovation or solutions to problems. And Berger goes far with this idea. For instance, he thinks businesses should replace mission statements with lofty questions, like “How might we use robotics to improve the world?” …

  • 18 June

    5 Things That Great Questions Should Do

    Have you ever stopped and thought about what a question should really do? Probably not. But used strategically, questions can serve a few purposes beyond simply soliciting an answer. Stephanie Vozza shares five things a question can do in an article for Fast Company: Questions can empower. For instance, if you ask, “How do you feel about the project so far?” instead of, “Why are you behind schedule?” you give the person better footing upon …

  • 18 June

    7 Tips to Ask More Powerful Questions

    Knowledge is power, and the right question can be a spear through the heart of your worst problems. Thus, you should work on improving the strength of your questions. In a post at his website, leadership author Michael Hyatt shares seven tips to do just that: Ask open-ended questions in order to generate conversation and uncover insights that might be overlooked in yes/no questions. Ask yourself and colleagues what your assumptions are. False assumptions are …

  • 16 June

    If you let victory become the end…

    If you let victory become the end in itself then you’ve gone astray and forgotten what you were originally fighting about. -Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India

  • 14 June

    Diversity Works but We Don’t Know Why

    More and more studies demonstrate a positive correlation between workforce diversity and business results. The challenges with such studies though are that the findings are correlative, not causal, and they typically cannot describe the right ways to become “diverse.” In an article for CIO.com, Paolo Gaudiano addresses these issues and describes what he sees as a more practical approach to diversity. Diverse and Quantitative To be clear, Gaudiano absolutely supports diversity in the workplace; he …