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30 Oct 2015 | James Michael Stewart | No Comments | 1,419 views | Categories: Certification, Professional Skills, Security
Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals

New technologies lead to new products, which lead to a need for more cybersecurity professionals. It’s an ongoing cycle. Future security professionals will need to focus on some key concepts in order to be knowledgeable and equipped to handle the stability and security issues of tomorrow’s technology.

8 Oct 2015 | Dan Stober | No Comments | 2,594 views | Categories: Agile project management, Professional Skills, Project Management
So Many Projects, So Little Coordination: The Value of a PMO

I talked with a project manager the other day who told me that she had more than 100 active projects that she was responsible for planning, monitoring and controlling. Interestingly, she had absolutely zero input during the initiating phase. Across her organization, people were submitting projects without regard to capacity, budget, resources, or any real review process. The projects she ends up with have been approved by a functional manager who has no visibility into organizational work capacity.

10 Sep 2015 | Michelle Moore | No Comments | 1,820 views | Categories: Leadership Development, Professional Development, Professional Skills
A Step-by-Step Approach to Developing Leaders

There is no question that leadership development remains a top priority for many organizations. As we continue to prepare for the retirement of baby boomers, learning and development (L&D) professionals continue to focus on identifying and growing tomorrow’s leaders. Organizations rank developing leaders as one of their most critical issues, according to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2015 report. Eighty-six percent of all surveyed HR and business leaders cite leadership as one of their most important challenges and feel they are actually falling behind in this important activity.

3 Sep 2015 | Michelle Moore | No Comments | 2,517 views | Categories: Communication, Professional Development, Professional Skills
The Art and Science of Consulting

There is no question that client expectations and needs are changing. Internal and external clients are demanding more customized solutions that deliver more business value. They also expect projects to be executed more quickly than ever before. As a consultant required to recommend client solutions, you must be able to properly understand the client’s needs, which may be poorly defined – especially where innovation is involved. You must also be able to assess the client’s situation and recommend a solution that meets increasingly demanding expectations.

14 Jul 2015 | Bill Scott | No Comments | 2,010 views | Categories: Professional Development, Professional Skills, Project Management
Thoughts about Delegation and Meetings

I was delivering an Effective Time Management class to a financial institution in North Carolina earlier this year. As we moved through the class material, we started talking about two of the most basic time savers (not really a good term to use because we cannot save time) — delegation and meetings.

16 Jun 2015 | Perry McLeod | No Comments | 4,348 views | Categories: Business Analysis, Professional Development, Professional Skills
The Difference Between Fights and Arguments

Fights and arguments — two words that are used synonymously but could not be further apart. We all know that a fight is a disagreement based not on rational thought but rather on an emotional position. Fights, filled with gainsaying, fallacious thinking and emotional hijacking seldom do anyone any good. Argumentation, on the other hand, is reason giving. Argumentation, the gateway to effective reasoning, is an essential skill for any business-systems analyst. But what is argumentation?

19 May 2015 | Michelle Moore | No Comments | 2,867 views | Categories: Communication, Professional Skills, Technology
How To Work Successfully in a Virtual World

Work is no longer defined by where you go — it is what you do. Research conducted by Gartner shows that remote and long-distance work will continue to increase in volume and intensity, with people spending more than 80 percent of their time working collaboratively at a distance by the end of 2015. In the U.S. Forrester predicts that U.S. telecommuting ranks will swell to 63 million by 2016.

14 Jul 2014 | Doug Groover | No Comments | 9,438 views | Categories: Professional Development, Professional Skills
Chat Trends 2014: Have They Changed in the Past Two Years?

The online chat role continues to evolve in its importance of customizing the sales experience for online shoppers. According to the International Customer Management Institute (ICMI), 83 percent of online customers used live chat. But what does that mean, really?

30 May 2014 | Amanda Alderman | No Comments | 4,858 views | Categories: Leadership Development, Professional Development, Professional Skills
From Business Owner to Employee: Taming Your Inner Entrepreneur

Up until 10 years ago, I always ran my own businesses. In fact, I put myself through college that way. I justified the hard work and long hours of being a business owner as the way for me to pay for school, knowing that one day I’d work for a company with vacation days, insurance and benefits — luxuries I had to pay for myself at the time. Turns out, now that I’m an employee, I’m not basking in the sun and eating bonbons while working for “the man” like I thought I may be.

What PMI-PBA Certification Is and How to Get It

I’m sure the first question coming to mind is, “What is PMI-PBA certification?” Its full name is PMI® Professional in Business Analysis certification, and it was (probably obviously) developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI).