7 Reasons Why Excel is No Longer Good Enough

Mar 24, 2014

It’s inexpensive, easy to learn, easy to use and on practically every employee’s PC in the world.

People can use it for everything from simple charts and reports to querying remote databases, generating complex models and planning scenarios to even creating complex budgets, forecasts and operational reports.

For $200 a pop, Excel seems like a dream tool for organizations. And many treat it that way – running large areas of their organizations on a tool that first came out almost three decades ago.

5 Signs Your Mission Statement Sucks & What to do About It

Mar 18, 2014

A mission statement can be a great asset to your organization. When created with thought and skill, it can motivate you and your team towards a common goal and quickly tell clients why they should pay attention to you.

Most organizations realize that they should have a mission statement, mainly because everyone else does. However, a lot don’t realize why it is so important and how they should create it.

Top 10 Business Priorities and Where Business Intelligence Fits In

Mar 11, 2014

Last year Gartner completed a survey of global CIO’s that now represents the world’s most comprehensive examination of business priorities and CIO strategies. The report highlighting the findings of the survey was called “Hunting and Harvesting in a Digital World: The 2013 CIO Agenda.”

Upon review of the results of the survey, there were some interesting differences when it comes to the importance of business goals and IT strategies, including business intelligence.

These were the top 10 business priorities as seen by CIO’s:

3 Things that Motivate Employees to Go the Extra Mile

Mar 4, 2014

It’s no secret what separates average organizations from high-performing extraordinary ones in today’s economy. Highly committed and engaged employees who believe in their organization’s mission and goals and are willing to go above and beyond to achieve them are the secret sauce that sets organizations apart.

Not only do engaged employees contribute to the success of the organization, but they also find great satisfaction in their work.

So how do you build a workforce of engaged employees? What motivates employees to go the extra distance?

3 Ways to Not Waste Money on Data

Feb 25, 2014

It’s clear that data is the way of the future. If you’re looking to grow and prosper, evidence-based decision-making is going to play in integral role in your business.

So if you’re like many organizations, you’ve invested in data – databases, systems, analysts, etc. Sometimes it may even be hard to see that investment at times. It may not be showing up on your expenses like your computers and office furniture, but if you have data in your organization right now, time and effort have gone in to getting it.

The Most Powerful Person in Your Organization (and it’s not your CEO)

Feb 18, 2014

You might think it is your senior leaders who matter the most in your organization; the ones planning the future and making the big strategic decisions to move everyone in the right direction.

However, senior leadership matters very little when compared with the really important people in your organization.

These people will make or break the success of your organization. They will drive high levels of productivity or cause it to plummet; they will inspire employees to go above and beyond what’s asked of them or cause continual turnover, bleeding an organization of talent.

5 Communication Blunders You’re Probably Making Right Now

Feb 11, 2014

Communicating effectively is one of those things that is easy for us to dismiss as a non-issue. With the ability to stay connected to each other 24/7 through calls, texting, email and social media it seems like communicating for business should be a simple process.

However, like it has always been, communication remains a sore point for many organizations. Perhaps even more so these days due to the sheer number of messages we receive on a daily basis and the different ways in which we receive them.

Here are 5 common communication blunders and what you can do to fix them:

Company Gains Competitive Edge with Corporate Culture: A Case Study

Feb 4, 2014

Your most important asset is building a culture in which people have the ability to work together, openly share their knowledge and leverage off each other’s insights to create something new and wonderful on an ongoing basis.

Farmers’ Mutual was the largest mutual insurance company in Ontario with 48 brokers representing 80 offices when they contacted BizXcel. They had a staff of 75 employees, most of which had been with the company for many years. They were in the process of moving into a new state-of-the-art facility.

Do You Trust Your Boss?

Jan 28, 2014

Do you trust senior leadership at your organization? Do you believe what they tell you? If you answered yes, you are in a small minority.

A recent article in Municipal World called “What leaders should know about building trust” by Nan Russell lays down the stark facts about trust and leadership in today’s business environment.

A national survey conducted by the Canadian Management Centre and Ipsos Reid revealed that a staggering 61 percent of Canadian employees do not trust senior leaders in their organization and only 39% believe what those leaders say.

The Power of Data in Human Resources

Jan 14, 2014

In Human Resources, it’s all about assigning the right employees with the right skills to the right job, at the right time.

On a daily basis, they juggle keeping employees happy, productive all while keeping costs down.

That’s a pretty big job. With companies now collecting myriads of data – staffing, training, benefits, recruiting, compensation, employee costs, payroll systems – analytics is playing an ever bigger role in the ability for organizations to reach their goals.

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