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    Management Decisions - The Death of the 9-to-5
by Alexandra Levit and Jenna Connour - Apr, 2015
Working flexible hours. Telecommuting. Job sharing. These are all examples of flex schedules, which are becoming increasingly popular for many companies and businesses. In the coming years, as millennials become the predominant age group in the workforce, the traditional 9-to-5 work schedule may soon meet its demise. Instead, flex work schedules are set to become commonplace. To learn more about this topic, Jenna Connour chats...
 
  Build a Strong Reputation – Communicate Minor Achievements
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2015
Build a strong reputation by making the most of minor achievements. In my seminars, I am fond of discussing the importance of perception. You could be the smartest, most talented individual your organization has ever hired, but if people don’t like you or value what you have to offer, you’re dead in the water. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to project a positive image. When you meet people in person, make sure you...
 
  Can One Lazy Employee Destroy Your Team?
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2015
Peer effects are directly responsible for the work ethic of one team member mirroring that of another. Is your coworker setting a good example, or a bad one? And how is that affecting the teams’ productivity? Those who have reading my posts for a while know that I have a special interest in the intersection of economics and business, as well as the intersection of neuroscience and business. Recently, I corresponded with Ey...
 
  Hiring Managers: How to Deal with Unresonable Expectations
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2015
Until you can hire a cyborg, you’ll have to settle for flawed humans. The 2014 Job Preparedness Indicator study conducted by the Career Advisory Board confirmed previous reports that a skills gap exists at all levels of U.S. employment. Only 7 percent of hiring managers said that “nearly all” or “most” job seekers have the right combination of skills and traits that their companies need to fill open positions. This belief...
 
  Using Spreadsheets to Manage Projects? At What Cost?
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2015
Contrary to popular belief, spreadsheets are not free. I’ll admit it. I’m not exactly an early adopter of new technology. I may like thinking about future devices, but when it comes to learning how to use them and incorporating them into my daily routine, I’m a technical slacker. And yes, I’m a person who has resisted moving on from Microsoft Excel. I’ve used spreadsheets for the last 20 years and for the most part, they...
 
  Will IT Project Managers Join the Great Enterprise PMO Shift?
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2015
Current PMOs must prepare to transition to an EPMO model. Recent research on project management indicates that the field is about to enter the spotlight. Once an isolated function, project management is quickly being elevated in strategic importance. According to analyst firm Gartner, by 2017 senior executives in the largest organizations in America will rely on enterprise program management offices (EPMOs) to execute proje...
 
  5 Ways to Increase Your Team’s Well Being in the New Year
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2015
In 2015, go where no manager has gone before. It’s the beginning of a new year, and you want your team members to be as happy and productive as possible. A little while ago, we talked about some easy wellness ideas you can implement. Here are other novel ways you might switch things up for the better. Nix Email After 11PM People who work all day generally need to sleep at night. If you want healthy and happy employees...
 
  Should I Get Certified as a Project Manager?
by Alexandra Levit - Mar, 2015
The field of project management is always changing, and it’s up to us as masters of the profession to keep up. But is official certification the way to do it? Only you can answer that question for yourself, but here are some rationales from the Project Management Institute to consider. Objective Third-Party Endorsement A PMI certification reflects your project management knowledge, skills and abilities. As a respected in...
 
  Why Some Projects Will Always Fail
by Alexandra Levit - Mar, 2015
Accomplished project managers understand that it’s not always smart to play it safe. Most people with project management experience are familiar with Cobb’s Paradox. The term was coined when Canadian Martin Cobb was serving as secretary of the treasury board in the mid-90s and famously asked the question: “If we know why projects fail and we know how to prevent their failure, why do they still fail?” In his recent art...
 
  If You’re Trying to Sell, You’re Not Doing Your Job
by Alexandra Levit - Mar, 2015
The most effective way to get anything from anyone is to figure out what that person needs and how to be useful in helping them get it. When I took the Dale Carnegie class many moons ago, I remember the instructor saying that the worst thing a door-to-door salesperson could do is show up at a prospect’s house and launch into a speech like this: “I want to sell you a new vacuum cleaner. I saw this thing pick up dirt off m...
 
  Are You Classifying Your Employees Correctly?
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2015
My organization, the Career Advisory Board, which was established in 2010 by DeVry University, recently completed a research study with MBO Partners on the future of independent work. We were interested in this topic because we had seen statistics that by 2020, nearly half the American workforce will consist of contract workers. Although organizations are employing increasing numbers of freelance workers, many are not prop...
 
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