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Alexandra Levit
Business & Workplace Author, Speaker, and Columnist.
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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 16 minutes ago 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
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As the chair of DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board, I’ve been talking about skills gaps a lot recently. Usually, I address either the technology skills gap or the soft skills gap specifically, and I’m usually referring to graduates of four-year... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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According to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey of 2,250 U.S. hiring managers and HR professionals survey, companies lost an average of $14,900 on every “bad hire” in the last year, and it's a common mistake — nearly three in four employers... Continue reading
Talent activation focuses on the experiences, processes, and metrics that create an aligned and equipped workforce in the best position to realize its true potential. It transforms talent management into a measurable continuum of experiences – during the recruitment, onboarding,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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In my experience as a workforce author and consultant, I’ve observed that organizations tend to invest more in their employees during good economic times, and pull back development efforts when their businesses are feeling the pinch. Let’s recall what we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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Recently, DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board presented a session on the applied technology skills gap at the Society for Human Resource Management’s Annual Conference in Chicago. As defined in DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board’s 2017 JPI survey, applied technology skills... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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As a business and workplace expert, I’m often asked about common leadership styles. I usually share that command-and-control, otherwise known as “what the boss says goes” is based on concentrating power over people and processes in a single person or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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Digital literary and fluency are terms that are often used interchangeably, but there are subtle differences. According to Christian Briggs and Kevin Makice, two early advocates of the concept of digital fluency and the authors of Digital Fluency: Building Success... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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According to a Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association interview with Pam Verhoff, president of Advanced RPO, because the unemployment rate is at a record low and the open job rate is at a record high, it is becoming more expensive for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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According to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey of 2,250 U.S. hiring managers and HR professionals survey, companies lost an average of $14,900 on every “bad hire” in the last year, and it's a common mistake — nearly three in four employers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
In an increasingly global world, the advantages of international trade can give your business a substantial boost. According to Abhi Golhar, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Nurse Practitioners Clinical Rotations, chief among the advantages of international trade are market-risk diversification... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Operating a business outside your home country sounds appealing, and can in fact be an excellent way to take your organization to the next level. But, in addition to ensuring that you've perfected current processes first, expanding to foreign markets... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Regulatory compliance is the act of adhering to laws, regulations, standards or guidelines relevant to a particular business. High-profile examples of such laws are the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Since violations of... Continue reading