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    You Do What? - I'm a Crime Scene Analyst
by Ross Gardner and Tim Muma - Jun, 2016
There are many things that go into solving a crime, one of which is analyzing the scene to determine what did or did not happen. Ross Gardner is an experienced and well-respected crime scene analyst with Bevel, Gardner & Associates. Ross has played a role in determining countless criminal outcomes, and tells Tim Muma about the detailed nature of the analysis, how technology continues to evolve and improve the field, and why he...
 
    Employment Notebook - Manager's Guide to Getting Results
by David Dye and Tim Muma - May, 2016
Managerial success could be defined in a number of ways, but there's no denying the path to such success has changed over the past few decades. The workplaces, cultures, expectations and employees have all evolved and it impacts the way a manager can effectively run a team. David Dye, founder and president of Trailblaze, Inc., explains to Tim Muma how motivation is a myth and quality teams start with hiring. David also gives u...
 
    Employment Notebook - Conversations to Help Develop High Performers
by William Dann and Tim Muma - May, 2016
One key to long-term, sustainable success is the level of performance put forth by each employee. Not every person comes to your organization as an 'A' player, but there are ways to bring them up to high performer status. William Dann, founder and president of Professional Growth Systems, leverages his years in management and as a CEO to discuss the types of communication that develops high performers. He also explains to Tim...
 
    Moving Up the Ladder - Mental Training for the St. Louis Cardinals...and in Business
by Jason Selk and Tim Muma - Apr, 2016
We often get caught up in the importance of talent and skill in sports and in everyday work places. The reality is, the most consistently successful individuals have mastered the mental game as well. Dr. Jason Selk, a performance coach and former director of mental training for the St. Louis Cardinals, discusses the things elite athletes focus on to enhance their play on the field. Jason explains to Tim Muma that the same tact...
 
  Business Process Improvement - 8 Pitfalls To Avoid For Success
by Alexandra Levit - Jun, 2016
Business process improvement requires good business process visibility, or the ability to accurately and completely view the processes, transactions and other activities operating within an enterprise. In particular, it ensures that the business has a complete and accurate picture of IT operations, and vice versa. Organizations can also quickly identify process problems and get processes that don’t map to overall business o...
 
  Don't Coach Integrity Violations - Fire Them!
by Marshall Goldsmith - Jun, 2016
A very wise leader, Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford and Fortune’s #3 greatest leader in the world 2013, once told me, “The key to your success is having great customers. If you have a great customer, your process will always work. If you have the wrong customer, your process will never work.” You probably won’t be surprised to learn that not all executive coaching engagements are successful. Unsuccessful coaching engag...
 
  How to do Citizen Development the Right Way
by Alexandra Levit - Jun, 2016
Alec Sprague is not an IT guy. His background is in consumer advocacy, but in his position as database developer for Work for Progress, he has instituted a culture of citizen development at the fast-growing nonprofit organization. “Our organization is scrappy,” Sprague said. “We operate on shoestring budgets to maximize our benefit to society and our return-on-investment for our funders and donors.” At the beginning of h...
 
  Selecting the Right Goal Setting Protocol for Your Team (part 2)
by Alexandra Levit - Jun, 2016
The second part of our goal setting series looks at Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), as well as the modern business hurdles none of the current approaches seem to be able to solve. The Rise of Key Performance Indicators An outgrowth of MBO and S.M.A.R.T. goals was the Key Performance Indicator (KPI), or a key factor in monitoring the performance of strategic objectives integral to an organization’s success. Like S.M.A....
 
  Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How To Understand Conflict and Resolve yours Successfully
by Kathy Caprino - May, 2016
Conflict is everywhere. We cannot live our lives, communicate powerfully, share our diverse opinions, support our divergent agendas, or honor our own deepest values without some degree or form of conflict emerging. The question is: How can we address our conflict with others in ways that are mutually beneficial, supportive and positive, rather than damaging and bridge-burning, leaving body parts in our wake? To answer that...
 
  The 6 Dominant Action Styles: Why You Need To Know Yours To Be Happy And Successful
by Kathy Caprino - Apr, 2016
Over my 11 years of coaching professionals, five years as a therapist, and 18 years in corporate life, I’ve worked with and seen every type of person with every type of challenge you can imagine. Through the process of coaching and studying professionals, I’ve observed that there are six dominant action styles – six key ways in which humans naturally and preferentially take action towards a goal and approach change. I’ve di...
 
  Emotional Intelligence Part 2: Signs of Strong EQ
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Apr, 2016
In the tenth anniversary edition of his bestseller Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ (2005), author Daniel Goleman quotes a search firm executive who says, “CEO’s are hired for their intellect and business expertise – and fired for a lack of emotional intelligence.” Many of us grew up believing that high IQ was a surefire predictor of success, however, studies have found that, while “smarts” can help yo...
 
  How the 52/17 Model Can Revolutionize Your Productivity
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2016
Over five years ago, I wrote one of my first posts for the Fast Track blog. The article was about how I was able to hold down four paid jobs in addition to raising a toddler. Fast forward to today, when I am working on at least a dozen paid jobs and am responsible for an additional child. I’m still using the same system, and it’s still working. One of the things I mentioned in the article is how I leave two hours per day fo...
 
  The World's Largest Minority Might Surprise You, and How We Can Better Serve Them
by Kathy Caprino - Apr, 2016
Part of the series “Women, Leadership and Vision” What is the largest minority in the world? The answer might surprise you. It is people living with disabilities. In honor of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month in March, I had the honor of connecting with Loreen Arbus, a tireless disability rights activist, philanthropist, television producer, and author, who is passionate about supporting those with disabilities and ot...
 
  Can Machines Deep Learn Project Management
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2016
Artificial intelligence has been in the news a lot lately, specifically related to machines’ ability to deep learn, or more closely mimic the actions of a human brain. In the near future, will a computer’s algorithms be able to do the project manager’s job as well as you can? It started in 2011. Stanford professor Andrew Ng holed up at the Google X Lab at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters and initiated a project d...
 
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