With so many ways to communicate, how do you know when your company is talking too much? A spare, three-pronged approach that loops in your internal stakeholders can help ensure your messages continue to resonate with your audience and ensure your most crucial messages stand out.
by Dale Buss on Chief Executive
There are two reasons companies fail: 1) They only do more of the same or 2) they only do what’s new. To remain relevant, there must be balance between these actions. Discover the 4 things you can do to reinvent your business and maintain its success over time.
by Knut Haanaes on Ted.com
Ready to combat digital disruption but not sure where to start? Look no further than your IT and marketing teams! Find out how building a cohesive relationship between these two distinctly different functions can keep your company ahead of the digital curve.
by Andrew Heikkila on Social Media Today
How can local economic conditions, a competitive environment, and your personal assets help or hinder your ability to get a business loan? Knowing that each financial institution has its own set of requirements, it’s difficult to know what can help or hurt you. This primer on the “Five C’s of Credit” can give you the edge you need.
by Charisse Conanan Johnson on American Express Open Forum
If they believe it, they can achieve it! From the sales team to the C-suite, people move toward success when they can picture it — but that’s tough for some. Hard-wired to fixate on the negative, we have a natural tendency to focus on mistakes. Teach your team to expect success by reframing the story, highlighting what people are doing right, and setting the vision but letting your team forge the path.
by Julie Cook Ramirez on Human Resource Executive Online
Is your company designed for success in the 21st century? Change and agility are the name of the game. Embracing technology to find new ways to work in and out of the office is just one way companies are getting ahead. How can a mobile workforce, predictive analytics, cognitive computing platforms, and shuttle buses help your company succeed? Learn the 19 components of the perfect future company.
by Clay Dillow, Andrew Nusca, and Nicolas Rapp on Fortune
Does your team brainstorm solutions? What if they brainstormed questions? Whether done anarchically or systematically, “frame-storming” removes the pressure to be creative and has allowed companies from Pfizer to Kaiser to look more deeply into processes and projects. Try these 5 steps from the Right Question Institute to spark some fresh thinking today.
by Warren Berger on FastCoDesign
Ah, the cloud — so fluffy, so friendly. But can it turn dark? It’s smart to stay on top of the risk factors with any new technology, and the cloud has its share. Close, strategic questioning of vendors and colleagues before you sign is one way to minimize risk, as is getting everything in writing. Learn what to ask to make sure you have the resiliency and backup you need.
by Seth Fineberg on Accounting Web
People person or data geek? Many go into HR because they want to work with people. But as companies increasingly put data and analytics at the heart of everything they do, HR professionals are struggling to put together the “skill and will” necessary to transform their function. Learn how the masters build data-driven HR teams able to slice and dice their way to the best people decisions.
by Julie Cook Ramirez on Human Resource Executive Online
Are you walking that talking? Whether you’re leading an initiative or a transformation, you want people solidly, even enthusiastically, behind you. Often it’s your credibility that makes all the difference. Discover the 3 steps to building a “credibility first” transformation — and 4 steps to building a road map of actions you can take to model the values and behaviors you want to see in your team.
by Augusto Giacoman on strategy+business
Maybe if we look like a creative startup . . . So many companies have gone the open office route, thinking it would foster collaboration and save them money per square foot. But sometimes you want that personal space, a door, and place to call your own. And it’s looking like “sometimes” is what makes people happiest at work.
by Stacy Vanek Smith on National Public Radio
More fun than a root canal? It’s taken years, but the Financial Standards Accounting Board has finally released its new lease accounting standard, and companies will now have to report leases on their corporate balance sheets. The transition won’t be pleasant, according to a recent survey of Fortune 1000 companies — but these 3 tips can help you meet the deadlines relatively painlessly.
by Jason Bramwell on Accounting Web
Does hiring new people, reducing hours, and cutting overtime sound familiar to you? If not, count yourself lucky. As wages continue to rise nationwide, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for employers to keep everyone in the building. What to think about as unemployment continues to fall and employees gain bargaining chips.
by Daniel Gross on strategy+business
An emotional connection with customers is what every brand is trying to achieve with advertising and customer service. But can that connection be measured and grown? Oh yes – once you determine which emotions most motivate your customers and how to capitalize on them. Here are 4 tips on using emotional metrics to accelerate organic growth.
by Scott Magids on Chief Executive
The project’s done, congratulations — now, how’s it going to look in six months? Still standing proud, or with its projected benefits heading south? Related processes that you fail to support can bring a project to its knees in no time. Here are 4 examples of things to watch out for — and don’t forget to update the lessons learned.
by Conrado Morlan on Project Management
How does your CFO decide the best ways to optimize your company’s financial growth? If the answer doesn’t include harnessing the power of data analytics, it should. But the sheer abundance of analytics platforms can overwhelm even the most seasoned finance pros – so here are 4 practical steps to start you down the data-driven road.
by Rodger Howell on CFO