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Three Costly Mistakes Leaders Make in Stakeholder Relations

Mishandling circumstances with board members or bosses can have career-limiting consequences. Misunderstandings with clients and customers can result in lost revenue. Failing to decipher political dynamics occurring among peers can create silos. Regardless of who the stakeholders are, some relational miscues are costly. How well do you recognize stakeholder perspectives while communicating your own? As [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|Insights|

Don’t Shy Away From Political Behavior

When you hear the term "political behavior," what happens? Maybe you cringe as you think of the antics of candidates during an election campaign. Perhaps you get a bad taste in your mouth as you recall questionable actions of corporate colleagues. Most of us have witnessed one form of political behavior that leaves a negative [...]

By |June 16th, 2020|Insights|

Two Critical Takeaways for Organizational Effectiveness

How effective is your company, division or department? I’m not merely referring to the efficient use of resources such as money, technology and materials. Organizational effectiveness is broader than that. It involves setting and accomplishing the right objectives with the right resources in the right way. Since organizational effectiveness has more than one determinant, I want [...]

By |January 8th, 2020|Insights|

The Progression and Impact of the Chief Data Officer

If your company doesn’t already have a chief data officer (CDO), there is a good chance it could be a topic of discussion. Why? According to Gartner, the office of the CDO will be a crucial function similar to IT, finance, HR and business operations in 75% of large companies by 2021. Although the CDO [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|Insights|

Is It Really Executive Presence?

You have probably heard colleagues make comments about the executive presence of certain leaders. If so, take a minute to think about whether your colleagues are truly on target. The term executive presence is tossed around quite a bit regarding someone’s positive impact in meetings and other business situations. It is misleading. Why? From my [...]

By |June 25th, 2019|Insights|

The Evolution of the Credit Card

Most of us have a plastic “chip and pin” card from a traditional credit card company we use to complete transactions. Is this method of payment still going to be the most popular form? I wouldn’t bet on it. Competing forms will likely alter how we pay with or without cards. As a starting point, [...]

By |May 31st, 2019|Finance|

Construction Embraces More Technology

The construction industry is one of the world economy’s largest industries. The economy spends $10 trillion on its good and services every year according to the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). Unfortunately, construction has lagged other industries in how quickly it evolves. For example, construction is among the least digitized sectors in the world, according to [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Engineering|

AI Growth Is More Than Hype

If you peruse business publications or pay attention to business commercials for a few minutes, you’re likely to find artificial intelligence (AI) come up in the discussion. It is one of the most used terms today. Although we may not yet have the robots and devices depicted in science-fiction, AI-driven solutions are not hype. According [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|Technology|

Increasing Leadership Finesse in STEM Organizations

How can you reduce employee churn in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) organizations that costs billions of dollars? Consider leadership finesse. In my last article, I alluded to leadership finesse and how it helps create motivating work environments where STEM-skilled employees thrive and want to stay. In this follow-up article, I expand on STEM organizations [...]

By |December 11th, 2018|Insights|

Build STEM Work Environments That Retain STEM Skills

In recent years, news outlets have stressed the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. How important are these skills? 75% of the fastest-growing occupations require STEM skills. U.S. employment in STEM fields has gone up more than 30% since 2000. This information is great to hear if you are a STEM advocate [...]

By |November 15th, 2018|Insights|

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