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  • Strategies for Excelling at Product Development
    by Alexandra Levit - November 13, 2018
    Product development is one of the most challenging aspects of running a business, because it’s a rare situation in which your offering is already so perfect you don’t need to improve or evolve with the market. You can vastly save a great deal of time and stress in your efforts to create new products and services, or expand on or enhance your existing ones, with five specific strategies. Put Yourself in Your Cust...
  • How to Lead a Team in the Workplace of the Future
    by Alexandra Levit - November 6, 2018
    Technology and office culture will undoubtedly change in the coming years, and with it, workplace dynamics. Three experts weigh in on how to lead a team in this potential new day. When writing my new book, Humanity Works: Merging People and Technology for the Workforce of the Future, I found a business world in the process of rapid transformation. I learned that one way to have a sustainable competitive advantage in a const...
  • Design Thinking: A Model of Product Innovation
    by Alexandra Levit - October 23, 2018
    Most business owners would agree that product innovation is important to their success in today's world. History is full of companies that were initially very successful but failed to innovate when the market changed, says Jeremy Brandt, founder and CEO of We Buy Houses, an online service that connects home sellers with potential buyers. And that informs the way his company operates. “At We Buy Houses, we cont...
  • 5 Tips for Driving Culture in Your Business
    by Alexandra Levit - October 16, 2018
    Driving culture involves reinforcing beliefs and behaviors that determine how that organization's leaders and employees interact internally and externally. Is there a formula for it? Not exactly. There are, however, certain best practices that I've learned along the way as an entrepreneur, and also by consulting two fellow business owners: Jacqueline Marrano, owner of accounting firm Marrano Solutions, and Re...
  • The Future of Agile Business
    by Alexandra Levit - October 9, 2018
    Considering the pace of change in today's world, agile business—the process of making quick decisions based on the information you have and the willingness to adopt new strategies as you go along—has gone from being a competitive advantage to a necessity for many organizations. I was curious about how modern business owners view the future of agile business, so I talked with Adelaida Diaz-Roa, co-founder of...
  • Creating an Agile Process: What Does it Take?
    by Alexandra Levit - October 2, 2018
    Many organizations pride themselves on having predictable policies and procedures that drive performance and growth. However, given the rate of change in today's business world, sometimes being inflexible can be a problem rather than a solution. Having an agile process can help. Agile processes are plans that involve advance planning and organization but also allow you to quickly change course if needed. To learn how bu...
  • 4 Must Have Strategies to Retain Your Best New Talent
    by Alexandra Levit - September 12, 2018
    According to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey1 of 2,250 U.S. hiring managers and HR professionals survey, companies lost an average of $14,900 on every “bad hire” in the last year, and it's a common mistake — nearly three in four employers (74 percent) say they've hired the wrong person for a position and that half of these bad hires have quit within the first six months of employment. When asked how a...
  • How to Sustain the Benefits of Corporate Training After the Course is Over
    by Alexandra Levit - August 28, 2018
    In my experience as a workforce author and consultant, I’ve observed that organizations tend to invest more in their employees during good economic times, and pull back development efforts when their businesses are feeling the pinch. Let’s recall what we learned from our earliest years in school. Our teachers encouraged us to master material through repetition. We’d be introduced to a concept in class, pra...
  • Solve 21st Century Business Problems with Connectional Intelligence
    by Alexandra Levit - August 14, 2018
    Interested in a way to maximize your potential and achieve greater levels of performance and job satisfaction? How about using that same strategy to help your company realize its most ambitious goals? Connectional Intelligence is proving to be a powerful conduit for achieving both. The brainchild of leading business strategists and researchers Erica Dhawan and Saj-Nicole Joni, Connectional Intelligence (CxQ) was coined in 2...
  • Better Office Seating Arrangements Increase Productivity
    by Alexandra Levit - May 8, 2018
    Cornerstone OnDemand researchers have discovered a surprisingly simple way to increase productivity: better office seating arrangements. In a recent article in Harvard Business Review, Jason Corsello and Dylan Minor described the results of a new study, which suggested that who an employee sits next to affects how they perform — and that grouping the right types of coworkers together can improve productivity and work...