Planning for Career Success

28 Aug

As we have written about a lot before (for example, see 1, 2, 3), career planning is something that requires a lot of time and effort.

Are you in college now or thinking about returning to earn a graduate degree? Here is a series of steps to follow. [Note: If you are already working, most of the steps in this chart are still relevant are you. :-) ]

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General Electric: Becoming Quicker and More Agile

27 Aug

When annual sales approach $150 billion, it becomes harder to be agile and flexible in anticipating and responding to the evolving marketplace. This is something that even star companies such as General Electric – whose slogan is “GE imagination at work” — must face.

In GE’s case, it is embarking on new ways of doing business. As Bloomberg Businessweek’s Richard Clough reports:

“GE has enlisted tech entrepreneur Eric Ries to help develop FastWorks, based in part on his bestseller The Lean Startup. As detailed in the 2011 book, Ries’ lean startup philosophy is designed to help companies foster innovation and hasten product development by building imperfect early versions, releasing them to customers, getting feedback, and then ‘pivoting,’ or adapting the products when necessary. Now GE is adopting that playbook to speed the rollout of products ranging from lightbulbs to gas turbines to refrigerators. The company has already trained 40,000 employees under the new initiative, one of the largest in GE’s 122-year history.”

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Are YOU a Good Employee? Take This Quiz

26 Aug

We’d all like to think that we are good employees — hardworking, productive, and so on. But are we really?

Take this thought-provoking quiz from Careerealism and learn more about yourself. Be honest. :-)
 
 

 

Visualizing Big Data — A Microsoft Video

25 Aug

Microsoft has developed an interesting video overview that demonstrates the extent and value of big data.

Click the image to access the video.
 

 

Trends in Online Shopping

24 Aug

As we have reported before (click here, for example), online retailing remains strong both in the United States and around the world.

Here is an infographic from SnapParcel, an Ireland-based courier service, that looks at the evolution of E-commerce in the United States and around world. As Multichannel Merchant reports, global online retail sales have increased by 17% annually since 2007.
 

 

The Use of Speech Analytics

23 Aug

1to1 Media has just published a new infographic about the use of technology in analyzing speech in business settings. Check it out.
 

 

Ad Age’s 2014 Hispanic Fact Pack

22 Aug

There are more than 55 million Hispanics in the United States, representing about 17 percent of the total U.S. population. As such, Hispanics represent an important — and growing — market segment for marketers.

One good resource for understanding and marketing to Hispanics is the FREE Advertising Age Hispanic Fact Pack 2014. Click the contents to access the full report.
 
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