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Ways to Use Business Intelligence to Your Advantage

Big data without purpose is just a big mess of data. You need to have a logical strategy if data is to act as genuine business intelligence. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels uses Julian Burnett, CIO of retailer House of Fraser, as an example of someone who uses big data in the right way to create a competitive advantage. Smart Data Use Burnett has created a strategy for effective data consumption, and it …

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Command Logic and Emotion Both to Lead the Way

What stimulates employees to put in their best work? The answer is a strong sense of purpose that speaks to their hearts. To be an effective leader, you need to have a strong idea of when to invoke logic versus when to evoke emotion. In a post at his blog, leadership coach Art Petty describes how to do this. Open Palms and Hard Fists To get people on board with a new program, you might …

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3 Ways Robotics Affects the CIO Role

A survey has found that IT decision-makers believe that “59 percent of business processes can be automated in the next five years,” so the challenge right now is just to figure out how to get there. Robotic process automation (RPA) is one of the next big frontiers for IT. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Dennis Walsh pinpoints three ways that RPA will affect the CIO role moving forward: Added opportunity to be strategic …

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CIOs Must Build Adaptive IT Workforces

Traditional workforce models have always attempted to be like castles: strong, sturdy, and reliable. But when it comes to IT, rigidness is a fatal flaw that has kept organizations years behind the curve. With new technologies, processes, and programs coming out every day, IT needs to find ways to take on a more rapid pace. In an article for CIO magazine, Diana Bersohn and McCree Lake explain why CIOs need to develop adaptive workforces. Working …

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Project Management Can Be for Everyone

So many project managers have a horrible time explaining what project management is to family and friends. And that is really pretty silly, because project management is a set of skills that can help virtually anyone in any situation. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Dave Wakeman shares a few virtues of project management that you should be able to explain to anyone. The Manager in Us All On one level, project management …

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Emailing While You’re on Vacation Damages Morale

Picture you’re enjoying yourself on a beach somewhere, or maybe off in the mountains, or maybe even going to a good friend’s wedding. You have the time away, but there’s an unshakable urge to check your emails for work. Who could it hurt to just send out an email or two to see how things are going? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Katie Denis explains why this can be quite harmful to a …

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How to Communicate Effectively When You Have No Time for Meetings

You have to keep all your stakeholders informed on how your project is going, but you may not have enough time in the day to physically meet with all of them. What options beyond meetings are available to you? In a post at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin discusses potential answers. Informed Faster One thing you can do to simplify the effort of your reporting is to build a “minimum communication list.” …

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How to Become a Better Coach to Your Team Members

When you make an honest-to-goodness effort to help your team members improve, they notice, and they appreciate it. Or at the very least, they appreciate it when you actually do a good job of it. Toward that end, in a post at her website, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen discusses a few potent tips for becoming a better coach. Coaching for Specific Effect First of all, it is important to understand the difference between giving …

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