A Tool that Makes Surfing the Web Productive

Jun 17, 2014

How do you handle your to-do list for the day? Are you a day planner person? A whiteboard writer? A post-it note fan? Or maybe you’re an “I-don’t-need-to-write-it-down-I-know-what-I-need-to-get-down” type of person.

Personally, I live in the Land of a Thousand Stickies. I write everything – I mean EVERYTHING – on post-its. The only issue is that I end up with multiple to-do lists in various degrees of completion. It’s not always the most effective. Actually, most of the options aren’t that effective.

How to Work with Someone You Hate

Jun 13, 2014

We can all agree that liking the people you work with makes doing your job a heck of a lot better. In a survey by Jobsite, 70 percent of respondents said having friends at work is the most important element to a happy working life.

5 Reasons BI Platforms Fail

Jun 13, 2014

Business intelligence platforms are a valuable asset to organizations. They provide visibility, time savings, the ability to invest in ongoing improvements, real-time access to information and a single version of the truth for everyone to work off of, removing confusion and misunderstandings.

Consolidating reports and having instant access to all your information at your fingertips in one place with the ability to explore it at will without IT is undoubtedly appealing.

4 Ways to Get People to Listen

Jun 13, 2014

We all have times when it feels like we are talking to a brick wall at work. We can tell that people see us, but it feels like no one is listening to what we are saying.

Often it’s not the listening part that’s the trouble, it’s the understanding part. People hear what we are saying, but they are choosing not to understand and care.

How do you get them to understand? Turns out that it’s merely a matter of common sense.

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What Type of Decision-Maker are You?

May 6, 2014

You’re probably hearing a lot about data these days – big data, little data, BI, business analytics. There’s a huge interest in the vast amount of data available to organizations – both from within and outside.

And this interest is for good reason.

Data-driven organizations (and on a smaller scale, departments and managers) are shown to have distinct advantages. They craft better strategies, uncover new markets, have superior customer relations and keep operational costs low.

2 Tips to Keep Your To-Do List from Overwhelming You

Apr 29, 2014

One of the benefits of working with an experienced consultant and facilitator like Gary Gzik (besides his endlessly exuberant personality and the fact that he signs off all his emails with “Enthusiastically”) is the fact that he always has useful tips and tricks.

His method for managing time is one I’ve always liked. We’re all busy and I know I can spend an entire morning doing things and then look at my to-do list and realize I’ve accomplished nothing on it because I got distracted by non-essential tasks.

Are You a Pushover? 3 Tips to Increase Your Assertiveness at Work

Apr 22, 2014

Have you ever:

  • Wanted to speak up during a meeting, but were worried what others would think?
  • Had a co-worker ask you to take over some of their work when you were already overloaded, but you said yes anyway?
  • Wanted to address a difficult topic with your boss, such as a promotion, but kept pushing it off?

Many people avoid situations that require them to speak up because they want to avoid conflict or worry about what others might think of them. Instead they take the passive route of not rocking the boat and being the “nice guy.”

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need Self-Service BI

Apr 14, 2014

Do you currently have people in your IT department whose main function is just to query and write reports for your employees?

You have probably been hearing a lot of buzz lately about agile BI or self-service BI which allows your average information worker to explore your data themselves, ask questions and gain insight without the help of IT.

Perhaps you are even starting to wonder if you should be considering self-service BI for your organization, like many others are right now.

5 Tips on Having Difficult Conversations

Apr 8, 2014

Whether it’s because you disagree with someone’s approach, disapprove of their behaviour or are unhappy with their performance, difficult conversations are a part of work life. While they’re not easy, hard conversations often lead to the most growth. They also build relationships on trust and honesty when done correctly.

How Self-Service BI Empowers Workers with More Control and Faster Access

Apr 1, 2014

There is an increasing awareness in today’s economic environment of the power of data analytics.

With business needs shifting every day, organizations must remain agile and maintain the ability to make smarter, faster decisions. Because of this, business intelligence is becoming more important than ever.

The most successful organizations understand that one of their most valuable assets is their data; it is what gives them their competitive edge and allows them to discover new business opportunities.

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