April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Strategies: Working from Home with High School and College-Aged Kids

I’m confident that by now those of you working virtually have read many tips on how to successfully work from home. There is one area that deserves further discussion, which is how to share your workday with your kids (and vice versa). This is the first time that many people will work from home, not to mention work from home with kids in the house. It is important to recognize that this situation is highly unusual for them as well.

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April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Strategies: Maximizing Remote Meetings

As companies and teams get used to social distancing and working from home, we must all continue to execute our responsibilities, one part of which means having productive meetings with our coworkers, suppliers, clients, and others. To maximize these virtual meetings, you need to adapt. But you’d be surprised how easy that can be.

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April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Strategies: Ways for Managers to Virtually Improve Connection

As we shift to this temporary “new normal” of reduced travel, social distancing, and working from home, we are at risk of feeling disconnected from our coworkers. Not only can this cause a decrease in engagement, but it can also reduce job satisfaction, limit productivity, and create a divide between managers and employees.

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April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Strategies: Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Emotional Isolation

I’ve seen countless articles in recent days about the importance of social distancing, and the research that supports it is astounding. As a reaction, the professional world has pivoted quickly to allow remote-working options and virtual access to meetings and events. Work-from-home tips and tricks are being shared, and virtual strategies to prevent a disruption to our daily work lives are being deployed left and right.

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April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Strategies: 4 Tips for Productive Virtual Meetings

To slow the spread of Covid-19, more and more businesses are taking precautions and setting up the right environment to make a successful move to working online. But what happens when teams who are used to working together now suddenly are forced to meet virtually? From unclear direction to background noise, there are ample opportunities for meetings to go off track and productivity to plummet.

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April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Strategies: 5 Ways to Set Up a Successful Work-from-Home Environment

Dog barking. Spouse asking about dinner. Kids running around. Blender whirring. Doorbell ringing. Cat walking across keyboard. TV playing.

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February 11, 2020

Why Should I Implement Change Management Using Prosci?

Objectives are unmet and milestones missed. The speed of adoption slows and projects start going over budget. Your utilization lowers and reworks are required. Employees become fatigued; your project fails to deliver. Morale decline and projects are abandoned. Your customers are impacted and employees leave. A legacy of failed change is left.

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September 5, 2019

Design Thinking is Not Democratic

Design Thinking is not democratic. Well, at least it shouldn’t be. If you don’t know what Design Thinking is, my previous statement probably didn’t make any sense. Don’t worry. If you’ll stick with me, I’ll explain what it is before I explain why it shouldn’t be democratic.

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August 20, 2019

Using Design Thinking in Business

Design Thinking has become a well-known approach for solving problems—used now in an array of industries and businesses—but it can mean a lot of different things in different contexts and to different people. The set of activities underpinning Design Thinking have traditionally been used for product development and refinement. However, through working alongside clients and business partners with various functions and backgrounds, we’ve found that Design Thinking can be effective with almost any type of business problem or scenario.

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August 13, 2019

Understanding and Meeting Customer Needs

Clayton Christensen, the business guru and Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, notes that of the 30,000 new products launched each year for consumers approximately 95% of them end up failing. That’s a high rate of failure by any measure. While nobody who launches a new or improved product wants to be in that 95%, it is often difficult to know which steps are best to take to improve your odds of success.

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