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Why Smart People Ignore Good Advice

Have you ever disregarded someone’s advice and later thought to yourself, “Wow, I really should’ve listened to that person”? This video explains quickly and succinctly why you made the choice you did, so that maybe next time you’ll think twice about ignoring good advice.

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Business Casual: A Wardrobe Nightmare

“Business casual” has become an oxymoron. How casual is too casual? How business is too business? Nobody knows, and it is causing frustrations. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels sheds some light on how ridiculous business casual can be. Casual Friday…Every Day As companies look to be warmer and more inviting to new talent, there has been a notable shift in dress code over the years. Everyone has heard of “casual Friday,” which seems …

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What Is Digital Transformation?

It wouldn’t be surprising if you encountered some form of digital transformation by this point in time. The term itself means that an organization is adopting new technology into existing practices to drive stronger efficiencies and organizational alignment. However, Forbes published a statistic that stated 84% of companies have failed at this. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Ketan Patel discusses some of the nuance of digital transformation. Taking on Transformation In …

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3 Lessons for Collaboration

Modern-day IT now has the keys to the kingdom as far as collaboration goes. There are countless tools out there that can greatly benefit any organization, but nice tools alone won’t get you far. In an article for Computerworld, Thornton May gives three lessons on collaboration to make the most out of working with others: The power of collaboration can’t be tapped without a desire to collaborate. Understand your collaboration tool. Listen to everyone in …

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5 Factors Complicating Today’s IT

IT is in a weird spot when it comes to innovation and internal maintenance. There’s a pressure to be on the cutting edge, but there’s also an expectation to maintain exceptional daily operations. The large majority of IT’s time is spent on the latter, and you can’t reinvent the wheel if all you do all day is make more wheels. In an article for InformationWeek, Tim Herbert identifies five of the biggest factors making your …

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3 Ways to Take Advantage of the Talent Gap

It’s a great time to be in project management. PMI’s recent Job Growth and Talent Gap report finds that 88 million jobs will be generated globally by 2027 at a rate of 2.2 million per year. In other words, there will be a lot of positions to go around. What can you do to maximize demand for your skills? In a post for Voices on Project Management, Jen Skrabak shares three simple tips: Get additional …

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Four Ingredients for API Success

APIs are the way of the future in IT. They free up opportunities for innovation and allow for a greater level of adaptability in your company. While some of the newest tech companies set these up rather easily, they are a bit riskier and more complicated for companies that are already established. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Barry Libenson uses his experience as a CIO for Experian to give the ingredients for API …

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The 5 Pillars of Digital Transformation Success

In a world where digital transformation is everywhere, it can be different to determine what should be driving the change. While it may make sense to say the technology is changing how businesses function, making them the foundation of your digital transformation isn’t a good course of action. In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco discusses the five pillars for digital transformation success: Becoming a data-driven enterprise Becoming an on-demand enterprise Becoming a digital enterprise …

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Your Leadership Development Strategy Isn’t Good Enough

Anything that claims to have the silver bullet for a problem is usually wrong. Be it taking weight loss pills, becoming a millionaire, or even just getting your kids to eat cauliflower, solutions are a lot more complicated than that. This same principle applies to the epidemic of floundering leadership development. Drawing from research conducted at McKinsey & Company, Claudio Feser, Nicolai Nielsen, and Michael Rennie share four more effective strategies for developing leaders: Focus …

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ITSM Can’t Go Faster Standing Still

Businesses expect their IT to be nimble and complete maneuvers that put them on the cutting edge of innovation. However, they want IT to be as secure as it’s ever been too. It’d be like telling a tightrope walker to put the razzle-dazzle on for the crowd. In a post for SITS, James West explains how there is a way to strike a balance with an innovative, yet secure, IT. Shadow Solace One of the …

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Develop a Stakeholder Register the Right Way

In every project, there is always a chance that a stakeholder can throw a monkey wrench in and disrupt everything in an unpredictable way. Managing stakeholders requires a bit of administration, which can be made all the easier by using a stakeholder register. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall explains how to get the most out of a stakeholder register. Checking Out the Register Hall says that your register should contain …

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How to Use LinkedIn to Promote Your Project Management Skills

Pretty much everyone has a LinkedIn nowadays when starting up their job hunt. It is social media platform centered on connecting professionals to one another. So why only use it when you’re looking for a job? In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Elizabeth Harrin explains how to use your LinkedIn account to its fullest extent. New Strategies to Link In Your LinkedIn account shouldn’t be static; update it regularly as you go through …

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8 Tips to Set and Manage Project Expectations

Managing expectations is crucial to keeping a project from imploding in on itself. If one camp thinks the project is a week late and another thinks it’s three months ahead, you have a severe conflict of views that could wreak havoc on the schedule and the budget. In an article for CIO.com, Jennifer Lonoff Schiff gives eight suggestions you can use for setting and managing expectations: Put together the right team. Build in a discovery …

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