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3 Ways to Win Trust Fast

Your words are important in establishing trust, but body language plays an important part too. This video pinpoints three precise ways that body language can help you build a bond quickly.

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10 Tips for Having a Productive Day

This video from Entrepreneur gives you a plan you can use every day and be satisfied at the end with your productivity. And as a bonus, I’ll give you a tip of my own: Watch YouTube videos at 1.5x speed. You’ll still get the message, but 50 percent faster!

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5 Areas Where CIOs Need to Deliver Innovative Change

Creating an innovative product or process is bound to sell well. It can reshape an entire market, like how McDonald’s changed the food service business and created new possibilities. And in an age where the digital market is always looking for the “next big thing,” CIOs need to be able to deliver on innovation at a larger scale. In an article for Forbes, Geoff Webb gives some areas in which CIOs need to deliver change: …

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Deciphering the IT Budgeting Process

The IT budget has always been an issue for companies to deal with. Between being trimmed back and barely being able to scrape up the cash for the daily grind, IT can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to their budget. But there are some ways to go about the budgeting process that can be to your advantage. In an article for ZDNet, Patrick Gray explains what you can do to make the …

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Is Your ROI for IT Training Paying Off?

Employee training can get rather pricey quickly. Millions of dollars a year are pumped into training, and it’s a necessary expense to keep your company sharp. But you can easily be throwing money away through not utilizing this training to get a greater return on investment (ROI). In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett outlines how to evaluate if training is bringing an appropriate ROI. ROI Training Shacklett starts off by listing off some questions …

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Remedies for Failed Project Management

Everyone has their own tried and true remedies for when they get sick. To some people, chicken noodle soup is more than just a popular soup, and honey with tea works wonders for sore throats. But what do you do when project management falls ill? In an article for Project Times, David Miller gives some ways to remedy failed project management in different situations: Remedy for losing crucial pieces of information Remedy for poor communication …

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4 Steps to Build a Productive IT Culture

In the past, productivity was always hindered by the tools at mankind’s disposal. Be it mammoth steaks or steel mills, the social culture around the technology didn’t matter all that much when dealing with physical labor. But now that there’s a rise in intellectual work and stability, there needs to be a shift in the psychological stability of the workplace. In an article for CIO magazine, Eric Bloom gives four steps to help create a …

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Are Rewards or Punishments Better Motivators?

Does sparing the rod spoil the employee? Is a steady stream of incentives and rewards the ticket for drawing out optimal performance? Which methods and attitudes have the best proven track record for motivating preferred performance? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tali Sharot explains if rewards or punishment are better. Pleasure vs. Punishment A study at a New York state hospital wanted to increase the amount of employees who washed their hands when …

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How to Develop a Mobile Device Repair or Replace Strategy

The average employee is doing work on much more than just a single desktop computer these days. Company-issued phones are not uncommon now. What is uncommon is a robust, in-house strategy for repairing and/or replacing phones. However, in an article for Computerworld, Lucas Mearian discusses the advances that are being made on this front and how a viable mobile maintenance strategy is possible. Mobile Maintenance In the first place, the big part of what makes …

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Overcoming Firefighting Mode in Your Organization

Research has documented the value of project management at various levels and in a variety of organizations. In the research study Researching the Value of Project Management by Janice Thomas, Ph.D. and Mark Mullaly, PMP, the researchers found that in both public and private organizations there were measurable improvements in productivity and business outcomes. Well-executed project management, which fits within the culture of the organization, creates repeatable processes that can lead to sustainable innovation through ever-improving efficiency. …

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Our Favorite Method to Watch Our Projects Fail

All want to succeed The reality of projects is that some projects do fail. That is unfortunate. Of course, projects can fail for multiple reasons. Each project is unique and has its own context. Whole books can be written on the topic. It is an interesting topic. Failures can be the best mentor in life. Organizations do sincerely want to complete their projects successfully. After all, they are the one approving these projects. They invest …

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How to Give Actionable and Effective Feedback

Everyone wants to give effective feedback to their team, but making sure it sticks takes some work. It’s easy to rattle off someone’s flaws and tell them to fix it. There needs to be a tactful approach to providing feedback that can get your point across while keeping your team members’ spirits up. In a post at her blog, Susanne Madsen gives some guidelines on how to give constructive, specific, and well-meaning feedback: Use self-directed …

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5 Secrets to Become a Better Project Manager

Every profession has some insider tips and tricks to success. These little nuggets of wisdom are passed around to help others reach great heights, and project management is no different. In a post for the Digital Project Manager, Joanna Leigh Simon shares some secrets for successful project management: Set reasonable expectations, and over-deliver occasionally. Get to know the team. Put the right people in the right roles. Not everyone needs to know everything. Pad deadlines. …

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