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  • Blog Post: Why Good Leaders Foster Cooperation, Not Competition

    In many ways, working on a team can be a lot like high school sports. Is the team fraught with internal competition and distrust or is it tight-knit with a common objective? Internal competition undermines good work and taints collaboration that could lead to amazing work. Even if you've never...
  • Blog Post: 3 Key Benefits of Being a Mentor

    Mentorship, a kind of unofficial business relationship where you offer career guidance and advice to someone in your industry, is a key part of professional development for both mentor and mentee. Businesses rely on tribal knowledge and strong interpersonal relationships, and mentoring provides those...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate Swap Ideas Day with 4 Steps to Better Brainstorming

    September 10 is Swap Ideas Day, a day to connect with other people and exchange thoughts and concepts. While we swap ideas every day with other people without even realizing it, today is the day to make a more concentrated effort—and step up your brainstorming game. Use Swap Ideas Day to put...
  • Blog Post: 5 Steps to Employing a Team of Entrepreneurs

    An entrepreneurial spirit is a mindset. It's a way of identifying challenges as opportunities and actively taking steps to move toward something better. In essence, it's about creating the future rather than waiting for it to unfold. But in business—in particular, larger corporations—it...
  • Blog Post: No Job Too Small: When The CEO Works in the Call Center, Everyone Wins

    To celebrate Boss/Employee Swap Day, the first Monday after Labor Day, when teams (specifically, bosses and their employees) are encouraged to communicate openly with each other, we have a direct question: Could you, right now, walk into your company's customer service center and do a CS rep's...
  • Blog Post: Turning Community into Currency: How Startup EvyTea Grew From a Dream

    How does a young entrepreneur come up with a product, manufacture it, distribute it, and sell it all on her own? Just ask Evy Chen, founder of EvyTea, a premium cold brewed tea company based out of Boston that's transitioned from startup to scaling up in just 2 years. For Evy, it took a great deal...
  • Blog Post: BI Lessons From Motiga’s Newest Gaming Experience, “Gigantic”

    What can a video game company teach you about your business? For one thing, how to take vast amounts of data produced by thousands of people, analyze it, and use it to improve the customer experience. We sat down with Ian Brillembourg , Senior BI Manager at Motiga, Inc. , to talk about how he and...
  • Blog Post: Develop Flexible Leadership Skills for Better Business Relationships

    Multicultural, multigenerational teams are as part of today’s workplace as the morning coffee routine. It's why the need-to-have skill of flexing is so important, say executive coaches and global leadership strategists Jane Hyun and Audrey S. Lee. The two define flexing as the art of switching...
  • Blog Post: Female Entrepreneurs Who Are Taking the Tech World by Storm

    According to a Dow Jones study on female-led startups, successful startups have more females in top management than unsuccessful ones. With the number of women-led businesses growing by the year, we wanted to profile a few of the key players in this space. Here are some excerpts from both emerging and...
  • Blog Post: Author and entrepreneur Vanessa Fox: In business, “don’t jump in and fix everything.”

    It’s Women in Business Month and we can’t think of anyone we’d like to chat with more than Vanessa Fox . One of the most influential experts in online marketing today, Seattle Business Monthly has gone so far as to call Vanessa a cyberspace visionary. And we couldn’t agree more...
  • Blog Post: The Value of an Internal Social Network

    Cultivating better relationships through communications is one positive outcome of using an internal social network, but discussing the value of implementing a platform like Yammer often requires something more measurable. We spoke to Brandon Gates (no relation to the other B. Gates) on the Yammer team...
  • Blog Post: Lively CEO Dean Graziano: “Culture isn’t the most important thing; it’s the only thing”

    At the end of October, we had the chance to sit in on a Q&A session with Dean Graziano, Founder and CEO of Lively (a mobile music app available on Windows 8, iOS, and Android), at the Seattle Interactive Conference. Intrigued by his advice for business owners, we reached out to Graziano for a follow...
  • Blog Post: Power BI Webinar Series

    Big data scientists and the finance department haven’t always seen eye to eye in most companies. Now is your chance to embrace big data to free your finance department to focus on the ways to add the most value. You are invited to join Microsoft Finance Director Marc Reguera and members of the...
  • Blog Post: The True Value of the Remote Worker

    A recent survey revealed more creative professionals work outside the office today than three years ago. The demand for mobile work environments is widespread among today’s workforce—not just creatives. Some companies are embracing this trend, as it gives them access to a wider base of professionals...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Social Media: The 4 Ways It Drives Person-to-Person Interaction

    You’re not a robot. You’re not software, you’re not a cog in a machine, and you’re not a soulless organization. Neither is your business. It’s composed of people, and what people want to do is interact with each other. Enterprise social networks enable person-to-person communication...
  • Blog Post: Women in STEM: Overcoming the Many Challenges

    When it comes to equal earnings, men and women programmers are paid the same salaries their first year out of college . The same is true of women who go into engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences. That said, only 19 percent of computer science majors are female, and women comprise only one...
  • Blog Post: How to Thrive in a World of Mediocre Feedback

    Before you tell me how to do it better, before you lay out your big plans for changing, fixing, and improving me, before you teach me how to pick myself up and dust myself off so that I can be shiny and successful—know this: I’ve heard it before. I’ve been graded, rated, and ranked...
  • Blog Post: Your Chief _________ Officer: the Evolving Role of the CMO

    Your business needs a CMO who understands the increasingly complex world of data, analytics, and content management. If that person doesn’t, she isn’t setting up your organization to respond to customers in real time. "The Chief Marketing Officer cannot avoid broader responsibility...
  • Blog Post: Intuitive Mediation: Negotiating a Lifetime

    Whether you’re struggling with a difficult customer or arguing with your spouse, negotiating effectively is crucial to leading wisely and living well. For Erica Ariel Fox, a long-time lecturer at Harvard Law School and founding partner at Mobius Executive Leadership, understanding your “inner...
  • Blog Post: If All You Demand of Your Employees is Answers, You Can Say Goodbye to Innovation

    Here’s an interesting dichotomy: society rewards those who break the mold and create innovative solutions to basic questions. On the other hand, education systems and workplaces discourage healthy questioning out of fear of losing control (e.g., of a class of students or an office of employees...