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Careers You Can Get Started in Fast

Strategy Driven

Everybody wants to have a successful career, but that’s easier said than done. Not only do you have to spend years mastering your craft and working hard to succeed in any career, but most careers also require years of school and thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.

Employers Checking Social Media

Career Advancement

If you’re setting up a separate professional account, give the public full access to your information to encourage them to “friend” or “follow” you. The last thing you need after working hard to develop a professional Facebook profile is to have a goofball post something offensive on your wall. You want social media to help your career, not harm it. Information Technology Job Search Perception Q&A with Joel

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Top Careers for HR Professionals to Pursue

HR Digest

Are you seeking career growth in human resources? Here we have listed top careers for HR professionals to help you carve a niche in the industry you desire. If you want to follow a career in human resources, there are many options open to you. Careers for HR Professionals . Here are the various careers that you can diversify into under the HR umbrella. With the advancing role of technology in HR, it is a much sought after highly paid position.

Why Leaders Are Still So Hesitant to Invest in New Business Models

Harvard Business

As technology continues to change and challenge even the most successful incumbent organizations in every industry, the cost of inertia is growing. According to our research at the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management , it’s the beliefs of leaders that drive organizational investments, board selection, and management team development and selection, and these beliefs do not change quickly. Growth strategy Budgeting Information & technology Digital Article

Prepare Your Workforce for the Automation Age

Harvard Business

Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. As companies introduce software bots and digital self-service, and as they transform assembly lines, they must bring along their key employees, leaders, and customers as they redefine jobs, career paths, workforce management, and social contracts. Freeways full of driverless cars and beer trucks are still far off, because of technological and regulatory limitations.

Breaking Down Data Silos

Harvard Business

The biggest obstacle to using advanced data analysis isn’t skill base or technology; it’s plain old access to the data. Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. Vendors have also worked hard to create entire job functions and career paths centered around their software. This is a strategic goal for the entire company and, when addressed properly, will lead you to develop experience and a data infrastructure that unlocks every next step.

How Companies Will Googlefy Your Career

Harvard Business Review

The best way to understand the trajectory of your high performance career tomorrow is to look at what's happening to college undergraduates today. This can be as technically straightforward as pre-hire assessment and on-boarding (admissions testing) or as challenging as mid-career professional development (new majors with high probability for high performance success). Career planning Education Information & technology

2020 Top CHRO List – The People Leaders To Watch

N2Growth Blog

These Human Resource leaders represent the top 25 human resources leaders shaping careers, culture, and talent at the world’s most innovative people driven companies. Remember, it’s the people and culture who enable technology and marketing success – not the other way around. ?.

Featured Instigator: Will Lukang

Lead Change Blog

In addition, he has an MBA in Information and Decision Technology Management from IONA College as well as a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University. Will has over 26 years of experience in the Information Technology field. At one point in his career, he reports the strangest question he was asked in a job interview was, “Why do you want my job?”

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There Is No Career Ladder

Harvard Business Review

Reaching the apex of the career ladder by gradually getting promoted to the top is a thing of the past. From my experience as a career coach, career ladders in most organizations have not existed for at least fifteen years. Career ladders are an artifact of the Mad Men era, when you signed onto an organization at age 21, followed the rules, were incrementally promoted, and retired with a gold watch. There are better ways to think about career moves.

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How Technology Has Affected Wages for the Last 200 Years

Harvard Business Review

Today’s great paradox is that we feel the impact of technology everywhere – in our cars, our phones, the supermarket, the doctor’s office – but not in our paychecks. We work differently, communicate with each other differently, create differently, and entertain ourselves differently, all thanks to new technology. Over the last two hundred years, technological advancements have been responsible for a ten-fold increase in wages.

The Importance of Spatial Thinking Now

Harvard Business Review

Visualization is not new, and it’s much older than the “Napoleon’s March” example cited by Edward Tufte as the best information graphic. We were collecting and mapping information long before the printing press. Without the proper context, “dataviz” discussions and “data science” curricula neglect the important lessons and huge contributions from the past, contributions that can inform everything from design principles to teaching and learning.

Artificial Intelligence Is Almost Ready for Business

Harvard Business Review

AI, expert systems, and business intelligence have been with us for decades, but this time the reality almost matches the rhetoric, driven by the exponential growth in technology capabilities (e.g., And now on top of that explosion, we can also analyze “unstructured” data, such as text and video, to pick up information on customer sentiment. He told me: “I’ve spent my whole career in travel and IT. Information & technology

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Should MBAs Learn to Code?

Harvard Business Review

MBAs who lack programming skills often ask this question when they pursue careers in technology companies. Rather, my goal with the survey was to learn whether MBAs saw this well designed and rigorous course as a good investment of their time, given their career objectives and other course options. After HBS, I became one of the lead developers at my startup, which has saved the company several hundred thousand dollars.". Communicating with Developers.

A Predictive Analytics Primer

Harvard Business Review

Has your company, for example, developed a customer lifetime value (CLTV) measure? Nate Silver on Finding a Mentor, Teaching Yourself Statistics, and Not Settling in Your Career. Decision making Information & technology Knowledge management No one has the ability to capture and analyze data from the future. However, there is a way to predict the future using data from the past. It’s called predictive analytics , and organizations do it every day.

Predict What Employees Will Do Without Freaking Them Out

Harvard Business Review

This month, Credit Suisse said it calculates who is likely to quit , and proactively offers them new career roles. Will Wolf, the Global Head of Talent Acquisition & Development said that even if employees are not interested in the offered roles, “they are blown away that we’re going out of our way to try to find them something interesting and new.”. Nate Silver on Finding a Mentor, Teaching Yourself Statistics, and Not Settling in Your Career.

Big Data’s Biggest Challenge? Convincing People NOT to Trust Their Judgment

Harvard Business Review

Management education today is largely about educating for judgment —developing future leaders’ pattern-matching abilities, usually via exposure to a lot of case studies and other examples, so that they’ll be able to confidently navigate the business landscape. At the end of his career, he summarized, “There is no controversy in social science which shows such a large body of qualitatively diverse studies coming out so uniformly in the same direction as this one.

To Make Better Decisions, Combine Datasets

Harvard Business Review

Firms have been developing models that predict how their customers will behave for years. Companies have developed models that indicate which customers are likely to defect, what advertising pitches they will respond to, how likely a debtor is to default (and what can be done to avoid making loans to that person), what will prompt donors to up the ante on their giving, and even who is likely to pay more for services like car insurance.

Demand the (Right) Right Data

Harvard Business Review

They've dealt with bad data their entire careers and come to accept that checking and rechecking the "facts," fixing errors, and accommodating the uncertainties that using data one doesn't fully trust are the manager's lot in life. Managers, at all levels, should develop similar expectations for their data. Information & technology Managing peopleOne of the responders to my last post asked, "Why are managers so tolerant of poor quality data?"

It’s called human resources for a reason

ReImagine Work

I started out as an information technology professional. About 7 years into my IT career I realized I didn’t love the technology enough to excel over the long haul. These realizations settled in, and having recently survived my first downsizing in IT, I chose to pursue a career in human resources. In R&D, organization members developed things to turn into products, presumably so our company could sell them and make more money.

Make the Most of Scarce Data-Mining Talent

Harvard Business Review

The immense promise of big data to reveal new opportunities and deliver practical business results has so far been focused on technologies and models, and less on the human challenges of staffing roles and processes to take advantage of big data’s promise. The technology may be abundant, but developing, recruiting and hiring the people to use it is becoming an acute challenge for Fortune 1000 companies. Information & technology

Using Storytelling To Craft And Communicate Your Strategic Vision

Tanveer Naseer

I held that belief for most of my career, afraid that asking others for help crafting vision was a sign of intellectual weakness. For instance, Malcolm Gladwell explored the ties between choice and happiness by recounting the spectacular career of food scientist Howard Moscowitz. As leaders progress in their careers, they face increasing political and performance pressure. The vast majority of leaders who thrive develop calm-under-fire.

Hiring and Big Data: Those Who Could Be Left Behind

Harvard Business Review

One of the developments that will undoubtedly cement the relationship between big data and talent processes is the rise of massive open online courses, or MOOCs. Soon, your MOOC performance will be sold to online recruiters taking advantage of the kinds of information that big data allows—fine distinctions not only on content assimilation but also participation, contribution to, and status within associated online communities. Hiring Information & technology Talent management

Become More Data-Driven by Breaking These Bad Habits

Harvard Business Review

For some, the decision-making process involves developing the case supporting a decision after you''ve made it, while ignoring other evidence along the way. People figure out what you''re up to and develop a healthy mistrust pretty quickly. The true spirit of second-guessing involves withholding potentially useful information, then pouncing the minute a decision goes wrong. Information & technology Leadership

The Social Side of Auto-Analytics

Harvard Business Review

That's why I advocate for more measuring of ourselves in my HBR article, " You, By The Numbers ," in which I describe the emergent field of auto-analytics, self-quantification technologies and techniques that can help us improve the way we analyze and take action in our professional and personal lives. Or maybe we're more miserable in a particular career than we're willing to admit. In fact, Quantified Self hosts health experiments as well as career-focused ones.

How to be Successful at Networking


Whether it is networking in large groups to build your book of customers, or networking within your office to help nab that promotion, being able to clearly and comfortably communicate with other professionals is an important skill to develop. People who are in professions like Information Technology, Finance, Accounting, and Engineering tend to be analytic, cautious, conscientious and describe themselves as introverts. Luckily, these are skills that can be developed.

Building on Common Purpose for More Powerful and Effective Leadership

Women on Business

By Georgia Feiste in August 27th 2012 2 Comments » Filed Under Leadership Development Tags: common purpose , Leadership , team , Teamwork. Have you experienced organizations that develop a Vision Statement, a Mission Statement, and a Purpose Statement and spend enormous amounts of money to send the message throughout the organization, but the teams and individuals within that organization never commit to them?

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How to Compete Like the World’s Most Innovative Leaders

Skip Prichard

Whether you have invented an amazing new technology or product, you could still fail. Tesla’s genius and education led him to develop the foundations for electric induction motors, wireless telegraphy, radios, neon lamps, and remote control. When Edison developed a commercially viable light bulb, he was able to convince Morgan to advance him $30,000 for the Edison Electric Light Company. Innovative leaders are willing to dive in and develop expertise in new domains.

Success with the Internet of Things Requires More Than Chasing the Cool Factor

Harvard Business

In my experience with dozens of organizations implementing IoT solutions, those that achieved their expected ROI changed their traditional business approaches in one or more of the following ways: They Developed a Partner Ecosystem. Sponsored by DXC Technology. This approach lets organizations aggregate best-of-breed technologies to develop cost-effective solutions that advance their goals. ” There are several strategies that can be used to develop IoT talent.

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You Can’t Delegate Talent Management to the HR Department

Harvard Business

Successfully identifying, developing, and retaining leadership talent is critical for any organization’s long-term success. GE’s talent management people, for example, play a critical role, at both the corporate and business-unit level, in filling key positions, insuring smooth successions, driving company-wide review processes, and building tools that managers can use to direct their own careers. Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders.

But My Business Is Different… | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In today’s post I’ll share why most businesses have far more in common than most executives and entrepreneurs care to admit… Marketing, Branding, Leadership, Sales, PR, Advertising, Business Development, Operations, Administration, Finance, Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources, Innovation and the list goes on…These functional areas are representative of things that all businesses must pay attention to.

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Tear Down This Wall: 4 Ways to Fix Business and Tech’s ‘Women Problem’

Strategy Driven

Information technology (tech) is at the epicenter of the world’s economy. But those developments mask the more fundamental issue. One vital strategy is to ease the off ramps and ease the on ramps for women as they find it necessary to step aside from their careers, temporarily, often because of childbirth and child rearing issues. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are the foremost companies in the world.

Leaders: Build Your Pre-Resilience for Times of Crisis

Strategy Driven

Our world is too complex, markets too volatile, and technology too fast-paced for us to relax into complacency about organizational safety and normalcy. Our core suggestion is that you allow your own stories to inform you. A 25-year veteran in senior human resources and leadership and development roles in four multinational companies, Harry Hutson is now an independent consultant. Your organization is going to face a crisis. This is not a question of IF but WHEN.

Innovative Companies Get Their Best Ideas from Academic Research — Here’s How They Do It

Harvard Business

In virtually every advanced field, whether it’s information technology, biotechnology, agriculture, or renewable energy, America holds a leading position. Take a look at any significant innovation, such as an iPhone , and you’ll find that most, if not all, of the technology came from some government program. They are founded on new principles and new conceptions, which in turn are painstakingly developed by research in the purest realms of science.”

How Senior Executives Stay Passionate About Their Work

Harvard Business

Senior executives struggle with burnout just like everyone else, and technology has made this issue more prevalent than ever. Jim Fowler and Jeff Smith talked about peripheral vision in relation to the chief information officer role (Fowler is currently CIO at General Electric, and Smith was formerly CIO at IBM). By doing so, they can more readily adapt not just to technology trends but also to organizational and societal trends.

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The Rise of the COO

Harvard Business Review

COOs are relatively common in service industries such as financial services, energy, information technology and telecommunications, but in manufacturing sectors — such as automotive, chemical, and pharmaceutical companies — they are relatively rare. In several industries, such as consumer goods, financial services, industrial products, and logistics, COOs usually had backgrounds in either managing operations or information technology departments.

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Why Peter Drucker’s Writing Still Feels So Relevant

Harvard Business

In an era of rapid technological and social change, in which new management jargons seem to rise even faster than the disruptive startups that coin them, the career of Peter Drucker is perhaps as instructive as his writings themselves. ” Drucker did indeed inhabit such a village, and that cosmopolitanism surely helped him develop some of his trademark perspective. But the story behind his career only begins there.

GDP Is a Wildly Flawed Measure for the Digital Age

Harvard Business

Many workers have found, well into their careers, that their physical skills for making and transporting “things” are less relevant and valuable than the once were. New workers embarking on their careers are finding that their education is incomplete in many areas essential to our technology-driven lives today. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), our core measure of prosperity, was developed during the industrial age. HBR STAFF.

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Fighting Chronic Disease Starts with Better Pediatric Care

Harvard Business

The United States spends 40% more per patient than other developed countries but suffers the worse overall health outcomes. This means that all the providers a patient sees — from birth into adulthood, in and outside of the hospital, from state to state, and at school, and in the doctor’s or therapist’s office — must communicate and share information simply and efficiently. Health information and other technology.

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I think our principal observation was that what was happening was that disruptive innovations driven by largely information technology but lots of other technologies on the fringe here that are getting ready to exhibit the same kind of characteristics were entering the market in kind of this better and cheaper way. It’s not generally a technology problem; it’s a leadership problem. They see disruptive technology coming.

Diversify Your Dreams

Harvard Business Review

If you ever want to lie awake at night, go ahead and think about your "one thing" — the one thing you were born to do, the one career you were built to succeed at, and the one person you were destined to spend the rest of your life with. With permanently new dynamism in the job market and the elimination of the career ladder , the days of signing up for a 20-year, pre-configured journey to the top are over. Technology makes diversifying your dreams more achievable than ever.

Get to Know Your Boss's Boss

Harvard Business Review

If you can't answer these questions, then getting to know this leader could advance your career. And by forming a relationship with this person, you can develop that perspective too. I can name several times in my own career when my manager's immediate superior was a key factor. For example, early in my career my boss arranged for me to rehearse a presentation with her boss. Through this increased interaction, we developed a comfortable relationship.

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The Skills Doctors and Nurses Need to Be Effective Executives

Harvard Business Review

There are new types of insurance companies such as Oscar ; novel provider organizations such as OneMedical , IoraHealth , and ChenMed ; and new health information technology companies such as Castlight , Vital , and WellFrame that aim to use technology to improve care and value. Maximizing the effectiveness of physicians and nurses in these new positions, however, will require different skills than the ones they developed during their clinical training.