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5 Strategies to Spice Up Your Hiring Strategy

If finding talent were easy, then the IT skills gap wouldn’t cause as much harm to a business as it does. In a CompTIA survey, respondents cited the skills gap as harming productivity, customer engagement, competitive edge, and profits. But where do you look for fresh talent? In an article for CIO magazine, Sarah K. White gives five ways to innovate your IT hiring strategy: Look beyond diplomas. Pay candidates. Hire for personality. Look in …

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Using Agility to Create the Learning Organization

“You learn something new every day,” is a saying that applies to many facets of life, but firms can especially learn from this. Fostering continuous learning throughout a firm helps you get more out of employees. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Roopak Jain explains the five characteristics of learning organizations: Systems thinking Personal mastery Mental models Shared vision Team learning Agile Upgrades Organized Learning Systems thinking is essentially thinking of things holistically, instead of …

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How to Tell Your Boss That You’re Not Engaged at Work

Imagine for a moment that being dissatisfied had a marketable dollar value attached to it. It’s not too far off from the truth; everyone suffers when employees aren’t satisfied with work. We lose roughly half a trillion dollars to employee dissatisfaction annually and it can be easily avoided. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Lewis Garrad explain how to tell your boss that you aren’t engaged at work. Engaging Yourself at …

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Feedback Loop: If They Don’t Think You Care, They Won’t Care Either

We have all been there before at some point or another: In an effort to understand the business, we solicit information from them in a “how are we doing” button or survey. The trouble that may present itself is that, while we are working to improve things from a delivery perspective, we may not have fully built out a strategy to manage the lifecycle of the feedback. Here are a few points to consider, but …

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Knowledge Managers

As the knowledge manager of an organization, you’re responsible for the repository of knowledge being spread around. You’re like that middle man from the movies; you know a lot of stuff and know how to get it to the right people. But just like any other position, you can always improve upon what you do to get the most out of it. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy gives seven tips …

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How to Master Time Management

There seem to be a million things on a project manager’s plate, but the most important one of these is the clock. Time management is more important than the tasks themselves, but how do you manage your time properly to get the most out of it? In a post for Project Management Tips, Elizabeth Harrin explains how to go about time management. Getting Down the Timing Managing your time requires setting deadlines. These may be …

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5 Ways to Lead Your Project Team through Conflict

Despite it sounding counterintuitive, conflict can be really good for your team. Opposing ideologies can be used to help improve a project overall. This conflict model is the basis of American democracy: Two opposing ideologies use their differences to create solutions to benefit the people as a whole (Editor’s Note: maybe). But conflict needs to be handled carefully in order to get the best results. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership …

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5 Key Considerations When Managing Remote Project Teams

As the cloud connects us more than ever before, working remotely has thrived and grown. By 2020, it’s estimated that 34% of all full-time employees will be working remotely. Managing teams of remote employees requires a different approach than the traditional, in-house route. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander gives five considerations for managing such a team: Better managing distributed teams using secured platforms Proper security platform onboarding Managing finances Maintaining a close-knit company …

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How to Make Privacy a Priority

If the recent Equifax breach has proven anything, it’s that data privacy needs to be made a higher priority for businesses. Combined with the massive Yahoo hack, it has been a one-two punch to cybersecurity that puts data privacy into the public consciousness. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels gives some ways you can help make privacy a priority in your company: Make privacy and protection core to your business strategy. Use the establishment …

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3 Ways to Improve Lessons Learned

The “lessons learned” session seems to have become less of a tool to help ensure the success of future projects and more of a reflection on how well a project went. These sessions aren’t meant to be footnotes, but rather ways to build up knowledge and an understanding for future reference. How can we turn this around? In a post for the Association for Project Management, Karlene Agard gives some ways in which we can …

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