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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 08:00

THE ONE WAY TO KEEP YOUR YOUNG TOP TALENT

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A recent study published in Harvard Business Review estimates that the average young, talented worker only stays at the same job for 28 months before moving on to another company. The same report stated that nearly three-quarters of a company’s young high-achieving employees are actively looking for other opportunities outside of their company, and are interviewing with another company at least once a year. On top of this, 95% admitted to regularly looking for other potential employers and employment opportunities...

Okay, take a deep breath, because I’m going to ask you a question and I want you to reflect on it and answer it honestly.  Are you ready?  Okay, here goes.  Do you openly, willingly and humbly share your knowledge with others? I know most people will instinctively and quickly say yes, but I encourage you to dig deeper.  Do you really share your insights with humility, with the idea...

Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:00

UNDERSTANDING CONTEXT - THE KEY FOR 21ST CENTURY KNOWLEDGE WORKERS

Written by Chris Browning

For knowledge workers today, it is not enough to have access to the wealth of information available in one’s organization (it is not that this is unimportant, it is just not enough). Employees must also be able to understand the context of their job and/or the issue at hand so that they can appropriately apply knowledge to the situation. It used to be that many knowledge workers could simply follow an established methodology (e.g., input data from field X on the form into field Y in the application)...

Wednesday, 23 June 2010 12:00

SaaS PROVIDERS AREN'T ALWAYS EXPERTS

Written by Chris Browning

There are a whole host of SaaS (Software as a Service) vendors, providing an assortment of viable solutions for businesses. That said, buyers should work to clarify what they need from their SaaS providers and then identify the vendors that can meet their needs. The “Service” in Software as a Service simply means that the software is being provided as a service to the buyer (e.g., the buyer “subscribes” to the software, which is hosted on the vendor’s servers). It does not necessarily mean that the vendor is providing additional services to the buyer. In other words...

About 20 years ago, I was sitting in the student section of a basketball game while an undergrad at the University of Notre Dame. We were locked in a tight battle with Syracuse and the Joyce Center was rocking. We fouled a Syracuse player late in the game, and as he stepped to the line to shoot two critical free throws, the decibel level in the building was deafening. The effect, however, was like loud white noise; the sound was loud but not distinct. The player calmly sank the two free throws and I turned to one of my roommates and exclaimed, “You know, constant...

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