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Going digital is a business decision. If IT cannot make the business case it is pointless to talk about what technology to choose, and how to staff the initiative.
Some of the talent and tools won’t necessarily be found in-house. Here’s how to create a sustainable strategy for sourcing the right people and products.
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CFO and Board Members, are you prepared for this new trend in corporate financial reporting?
The idea of revealing human capital data in annual reports is not new and the reports won’t change overnight; however there is now an unmistakeable trend towards enhanced reporting. And vague statements about leadership or culture won’t cut it.
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If you want to hear what consumers think, consider hiring more introverts.
Three trends are driving demand for marketers who listen more than they talk.
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Be excellent to yourself and to each other. In a world of hard business, soft skills matter. Culture still eats strategy for breakfast.
Researchers have have discovered a way to improve performance that has nothing to do with dishing out benefits or deploying new processes.
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All CIOs, wannabe CIOs and IT Management should read this report. 
Most business executives don’t see IT departments as strategic partners that help drive corporate growth according to a new McKinsey & Co. report.
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Change is the new normal. Build your business with that assumption and develop that expectation from the start. 
Any leader facing high levels of ambiguity needs to do two apparently paradoxical things: First, get comfortable with the idea of not having all the answers, and second, take steps to reduce the uncertainty.
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Executing a mediocre strategy well will yield much better results than a perfect idea done poorly.
Apollo Education Group, parent company of The University of Phoenix announced bad earnings Wednesday. Enrollment is half of what it was 5 years ago. The stock fell over 20%.
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Have these important conversations to engage your employees. Make sure you spend more time listening rather than talking. It is not about you.
Because it is so rarely done, engaging in Expectations, Aspirations, and Preferences Conversations can also become one of the most effective ways to differentiate yourself in your quest to attract, retain, and engage talent.
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Manage people, and you will get what you expect. At best, that means an average level of performance. Average has not been good enough for decades.
Managing talent isn’t just about new hires. Somewhere along the way, most workers lose some of their motivation to make a difference and create value for their employers. Many grow apathetic over time and spend each day doing the minimum to get by.
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Change employees’ mindset and attitudes about compliance. Finding money that is laying around is a great way to motivate management engagement in compliance.

Make a point of rewarding employees for ideas that connect compliance to the top line, customer experience or shareholder value. 
Four strategies that can be used to keep employees interested in compliance and to improve the overall compliance culture.
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B2B customers are moving outside the traditional purchasing funnel. If your marketing hasn’t changed in response, it should.
B2B purchasing decisions increasingly trace complex journeys, challenging the long-standing practices of many sales organizations.
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Our volatile workplace needs people who can lead, learn and adapt to change. Hire Adapters. They are comfortable leading or following depending on the circumstances.
A study shows that it’s better to be adaptive than compliant.
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