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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.

February, 2017

  • 19 February

    Is Fear the Only Reason Employees Don’t Speak Up?

    Usually when an article is titled with a yes/no question and uses the word “only,” the answer is “no,” so you can see where this is going. In a quick post at his blog, Mark Graban asks this question and the answer may (not) surprise you. No, fear is not the only reason why employees do not speak up at work. In fact, statistically it seems a sense of futility is the culprit more than ...

  • 19 February

    Speaking Up: What Encourages and Discourages It

    There are hills and valleys to communication. Sometimes it is utterly natural; sometimes it is agonizing. International business speaker Mike Kerr shares examples of both in a post at his blog. First, here are some barriers that inhibit speaking up: Utter lack of trust or no infrastructure for ensuring ideas are sent up the leadership chain Lack of encouragement to speak up, accidentally implying that others’ voices are not valued Overly critical managers or fear ...

  • 19 February

    How to Get Over a Fear of Speaking Up

    When you are new, or when you are just meek, speaking up at work can feel like a risky proposition. But as Jon Simmons explains in an article for Monster, this fear is both natural and probably unfounded. In fact, not speaking up may be more dangerous. Research suggests not speaking up is the first step toward absenteeism, productivity loss, and eventually job turnover. You kind of marginalize yourself out of existence in a negative ...

  • 19 February

    No More Frustration: Speak Up at Work

    Sometimes, you work for someone who is just a straight-up dingus, or, worse, a standard jerk. In an article for the Muse, Lea McLeod relates how to speak up in these times of adversity. It beats sucker punching your boss in the parking lot. When you are regularly dealing with a boss who behaves erratically or even contemptuously, the behavior is never going to get better on its own. You must advocate for yourself if ...

  • 19 February

    How to Speak Up about Ethical Issues at Work

    Not everyone is a saint. You might have to work with a few devils from time to time, but what should you do when you have actually witnessed dishonest behavior? Amy Gallo offers advice at Harvard Business Review. The Light Side and the Dark Side Firstly, be weary of rationalizing what you think you saw. If you try to decide that it is “not a big deal” or “it’s someone else’s responsibility to take care ...

  • 19 February

    Three Reasons Why Introverts Don’t Speak Up (and How to Speak Up Anyway)

    Outspoken people do not see what the big deal is about speaking up in a meeting. Quiet people do not see how speaking up could be anything but a big deal. In an article for Fast Company, Robert Chen discusses what silent souls can do to motivate themselves to speak up. Open Your Yap There are three major reasons why you may not speak up. The first is that you want to be respectful of ...

  • 17 February

    I am a leader by default…

    I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum. -Desmond Tutu, South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop

  • 15 February

    No definite and permanent advance…

    No definite and permanent advance is made in any kind of work, whether with materials or men, until use is made of measurement. -Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr., engineer, early advocate of scientific management, and pioneer of time and motion study

  • 15 February

    The Modern CIO Mentality

    Everyone in the business is making technology investments, and IT is not always being involved in those decisions. CIOs are losing ground and authority simply as a result of others’ zeal to stay current. In an article for ZDNet, Dion Hinchcliffe discusses the mentality that will allow CIOs to stay relevant. Tech on Demand Paradoxically, a major problem with IT’s ability to lead technology initiatives is IT’s wide-reaching nature. Each area of the business needs ...

  • 13 February

    I like to be challenged…

    I like to be challenged. I like to not be totally familiar with areas that I’m going into anymore, because that satisfies the creative part of me. -Mary Tyler Moore, American actress

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