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Alexandra Levit
Business & Workplace Author, Speaker, and Columnist.
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When you produce basically anything, strong supply chain management is imperative. When a supply chain works well, the customer experiences better product quality and distribution. When it doesn't, productivity, revenue and customer satisfaction plunge. Fortunately, business innovation in the supply... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
In the business world, women haven't always had it easy. Until the end of the 20th century, it was uncommon for women to work at all. And even once we entered the hallowed halls of American companies, we struggled with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Not long ago, offshoring of goods and services was a foolproof way to keep costs down—if you could manage it. Now, however, due to changing markets, local sourcing is experiencing an upswing. Helped by Gabriele Rizzo, futurist adviser for private... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
There's a significant amount of change taking place in business today, and it requires owners to avoid disruption to their supply chain strategy. Supply chain management plans will need to take into account automation and tech innovation, new geographies and... Continue reading
While many fear digital automation, more software arrives every day that saves business owners a great deal of money year by lowering costs and increasing productivity and efficiency. Let's look at a few business-related areas in which digital automation can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
The overall financial health of the global economy, as well as the resources we have available to make intelligent projections, will greatly impact business success in 2019. Let's have a look at two of the major market trends to expect... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
As a business owner who does a fair amount of her own accounting, I come up against reconciliation frequently. And, as a business and workplace adviser to others, I recognize its importance. Reconciliation is part of the ongoing accounting mix... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
As a futurist, I often get asked to predict the business trends that organizations can afford to ignore, because, while they generate a lot of buzz, they are also likely to fizzle out. On the other hand, we must also... Continue reading
Last week, I shared some compelling results from the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Future of Jobs Survey. To recap, this research set out to represent the current strategies, projections and estimates of global business, with a focus on large multinational... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
What is the future of jobs? The answer to that question depends on who you ask, and in what context. The World Economic Forum has its point of view, which it explored in The 2018 Future of Jobs Survey. This... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Stretch opportunities are all the rage in the workplace. But as popular as they are, it’s unclear why some people decide to accept a stretch assignment or role – and others step aside. It’s also unclear why women haven’t benefited... Continue reading
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In the last decade, webinars have become a popular vehicle for delivering training. It makes sense. Scores of software options make it possible to simultaneously showcase audio, video, slides, and other visuals to participants around the globe. Organizations don’t have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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As a human resources consultant, I’ve observed many approaches to corporate training, and most focus on content. Decisions involve what should be taught, and in what format. While delivery is equally important, sometimes it’s overlooked. I’m familiar with situations in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Many organizations have prioritized the hiring of military veterans in recent years. This is commendable, as military hiring requires a different strategy than civilian hiring because veterans do not have exactly the same needs as traditional hires. For instance, they... Continue reading
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In my almost 15 years as a workshop speaker and facilitator, I’ve learned a lot. The most valuable lesson of all? Be interactive. I’ve observed that you can be presenting the most intriguing topic of all time, but it’s only... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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In my work as a business and workforce consultant, I’ve observed that in times of change and uncertainty, some organizations stop spending money – and especially money that goes to employee training and development. However, given the future work trends... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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In my work as a human resources and leadership consultant, I’ve observed that many organizations have dedicated spaces where employees come together to receive training. Most of the time, these locations are basic conference rooms, which led me to wonder:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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... Continue reading
When writing my brand 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... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Cash-flow management involves close monitoring of cash flow, which is the amount of cash being transferred into and out of a business. If your organization has positive cash flow, it means that the amount of cash available at the beginning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
There is a great deal of advice for securing a business loan for a company that's just getting off the ground. But what's less frequently discussed is what an owner should do for financial help long after the initial setup.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom