5 Ways to Keep Your Skills and Knowledge Current

MBO Partners

Keep your skill set, knowledge base, and expertise level on the cutting edge with these five tips

How I Became a Millionaire as an Independent Consultant

Successful Independent Consulting

I’ve poured all that learning into the knowledge base and webinars at the Professional Independent Consultants of America , a new membership organization and ecosystem I co-founded to help independent consultants be successful.

Lotus Nation: Sustaining Vietnam’s Impressive Gains in Well-Being


And those issues will create formidable obstacles as Vietnam aims to transform itself into a modern knowledge-based economy. Report Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Vietnam's success over the past two decades is undeniable.

How To Get The Attention Of Top Executives: The “Sidestep” Method

Tsavo Neal

Instead, they rely on a small army of advisors who provide specialized knowledge based on their qualifications, experience, and skills. This post is a guest post written and submitted by Carl Friesen, founder of Thought Leadership Resources.

Gallup Consulting Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

However unrelated to horse racing or wrangling, Gallup is an impressive firm – based on strong analytical research and insight-gathering for key clients. . This new knowledge-base resulted in new large contracts; many contractual partners are still in force today.

Great Leaders are Great Learners

Peter Stark

Whatever their style, they are committed to continuously expanding their knowledge base. Having no preconceived ideas about where knowledge will come from enables these leaders to be receptive to new ideas and solutions, regardless of their source.

How Companies Are Benefiting from “Lite” Artificial Intelligence

Harvard Business

At the less-expensive end is a knowledge-based approach that organizes data and language into highly malleable and helpful blocks of information. But companies and government agencies are starting to find plenty of places where knowledge-based tools can make a huge difference.

Join Our 2016 Summer Institute – Strengths Communicator Training and Design Lab

Leadership Vision Consulting

Leadership Vision gives you knowledge of Strengths. This knowledge helps you understand, identify and to look for the nuances of the Strengths in individuals. Leadership Vision’s best gift to me was the Wisdom of how to help others discover this knowledge.

How We Think About Innovation at Cisco

Harvard Business

At Cisco, we are learning to answer these questions through three initiatives designed to broaden our knowledge base by bringing multiple perspectives together: embracing diversity within our walls; reaching out across industries; and building partnerships with former (and current) competitors.

A.T. Kearney Interview & Culture

Management Consulted

Named fifth-largest broad-based multidisciplined management consultancy in the U.S.; Kearney’s key specialty – sourcing and procurement – so you might be limited in your knowledge when transferring to other firms. In the other part of the interview (either before or after the case), the interviewer assesses your overall fit – based on your experience, core competencies, and potential client impact. KEARNEY INTERVIEW AND CULTURE.

Why We Shouldn’t Worry About the Declining Number of Public Companies

Harvard Business

All three factors have become more common over time, which we argue stems from firms’ increasing reliance on intangible and knowledge inputs in their business models. westend61/Getty Images.

Why Managers Shouldn’t Have the Final Say in Performance Reviews

Harvard Business

Based on this understanding, the committee then determines whether to adjust individual performance ratings. The committee has this macro-level knowledge, which enables them to assess ratings across all supervisors and promote greater consistency in performance ratings. Complex knowledge-based work is notoriously difficult to measure, often forcing companies to use subjective performance evaluation. Lucidio Studio Inc/Getty Images.

3 Ways to Build a Data-Driven Team

Harvard Business

It is no doubt a sign of progress that a significant proportion of organizations and managers today appear to feel guilty when they admit that they are making big management decisions in an intuitive rather than evidence-based way. Inti St Clair/Getty Images.

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How Mayo Clinic Is Simplifying Prenatal Care for Low-Risk Patients

Harvard Business

Here are its elements: Information and knowledge-based tracking system. From our initial needs assessment, we realized that for OB Nest to succeed we needed an information and knowledge-based tracking system that could pull together all health information needed to inform prenatal care into one easily accessible location. Pregnancy is not an illness. Rather, it is the ultimate expression of wellness — creating and carrying new life to fruition.

10 bank fraud lessons of 2012

MBO Partners

Out-of-band verification is counterproductive to compliance and security efforts: Knowledge-based authentication tools increase expenses, frustrate customers and don’t always stop criminals. As much as we’d like to think that remote banking is safe, the reality is threats across all customer channels still exist. If we aren’t ready for them we could find ourselves victims of these often preventable crimes.

Why Should Business Leaders Worry about Health and Education?

Henman Performance Executive Blog

Benjamin Freakly, “Our nation faces critical challenges that threaten our ability to produce the healthy, highly educated and skilled workforce essential to remain competitive in a knowledge-based global economy.”. About Linda. Client List. Newsletter. Executive blog Contact Us. Why Should Business Leaders Worry about Health and Education? by Linda Henman on July 11, 2011.

References Should Come from a Candidate’s Coworkers, Not Just Their Boss

Harvard Business

But in today’s dynamic, knowledge-based workplace, where work is often accomplished by teams working closely together, is talking to a manager really the best way to assess a potential employee’s fit? They may be able to speak to a person’s performance, dependability, and level of knowledge about their industry, but can they accurately speak to their interpersonal work styles? Numeric data took the form of ratings on job-specific, competency-based behaviors.

How to Set Up an AI R&D Lab

Harvard Business

If you want this capability in your organization, you have to hire the people with the perfect balance of data intuition and state-of-the-art knowledge. In a knowledge-based economy, research becomes the means of production. Paper Boat Creative/Getty Images.

Business Spotlight: Stanford GBS grad launches Returnships

Management Consulted

For example, I worked in manufacturing for 5 years, and when I went to Stanford, I wanted out of manufacturing, and that’s a whole other story, but I was able to take that 5% of my time that was spent on TQM, total quality management, as a knowledge base that I had to transfer into something different.

The Startups Most Likely to Succeed Have Technical Founders Who Quickly Hire Businesspeople

Harvard Business

Our empirical analyses are based on a comprehensive data set on German startups. Firms profit disproportionately from a mix of business and technical skills when the founder has technical knowledge and employs additional business experts. While it is reasonable to assume that a founder with technical skills has a basic understanding of business processes, it may be less likely for a founder with business skills to have basic technical knowledge. Skopein/Getty Images.

How Physicians Can Keep Up with the Knowledge Explosion in Medicine

Harvard Business

As the Institute of Medicine highlighted in a 2012 report , this gap in knowledge contributes to variation in care and suboptimal outcome. For example, Intermountain employed a team of paid clinical experts to develop such clinical-decision-support algorithms based on scientific literature and Intermountain’s own experience in order to standardize how common medical conditions (such as pneumonia) are diagnosed and treated by its physicians.

Simple Ways to Spot Unknown Unknowns

Harvard Business

Instead of making them guess about your knowledge base, ask them probing questions about their own experience — which they can answer far more easily — and then take the time to apply those lessons to your own situation. Howard George/Getty Images. Leaders face complex and uncertain situations every day: What will sales be like next year? Will our new product succeed? What will the competition do?

How Digital Technology Is Changing Farming in Africa

Harvard Business

UjuziKilimo , a Kenyan startup, uses big data and analytic capabilities to transform farmers into a knowledge-based community, with the goal of improving productivity through precision insights. Ghana-based Farmerline and AgroCenta deploy mobile and web technologies that bring farming advice, weather forecasts, market information, and financial tips to farmers, who are traditionally out of reach, due to barriers in connectivity, literacy, or language.

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Tele-Mentoring Is Creating Global Communities of Practice in Health Care

Harvard Business

Simply put, Project ECHO is a new system for transferring specialty care knowledge to primary care providers. At the start, a team of specialists with a deep knowledge of hepatitis C gathered virtually in a conference room at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. In fact, ECHO can be used to teach any nonphysical or knowledge-based skill, using its tele-mentoring, case-based method.

Can African Tech Startups Succeed in a World Dominated by Facebook and Google?

Harvard Business

The impact has been consequential: ICT is rapidly moving Africa toward knowledge-based economic structures and information societies, comprising networks of individuals, firms, and states that are linked electronically and in interdependent relationships. Ralf Pollack / EyeEm/Getty Images. Last year Facebook became the second largest e-commerce company in Africa after Jumia, the industry leader.

Scaling Customer Service as Your Startup Grows

Harvard Business

Your customer base is growing, and demand for customer support is growing along with it. Start a knowledge base. It’s time to dedicate a full-time person to building your knowledge base and providing customer education support. Toxic daily commentary is never worth it, even it comes from someone with valuable institutional knowledge. As your startup grows, what your customers expect from you will change and the volume of their requests will change.

When to Decentralize Decision Making, and When Not To

Harvard Business

knowledge management and talent management); Activities that involve cross-unit arbitration, i.e. weighing alternatives and setting priorities (e.g., Nicolai Foss and Peter Klein argue in the article “ Why Managers Still Matter ” that “In today’s knowledge-based economy, managerial authority is supposedly in decline. Artrise/istock.

The 5 Skills That Innovative Leaders Have in Common

Harvard Business

Innovation is critical in a knowledge economy — driving growth, new products, and new methods of delivering value to customers. Keeping their skills and knowledge current gives them the competitive edge they need to lead effectively, and also stimulates new ways of thinking in other workers. To develop and demonstrate curiosity, CEOs need to: Evaluate their current knowledge and skills. Identify what other skills or knowledge would move you in this direction.

How the Data That Internet Companies Collect Can Be Used for the Public Good

Harvard Business

Knowledge creation and transfer. presidential election; and LinkedIn’s Economic Graph Research Program is enabling new knowledge on economic conditions and job-seeking behaviors. Private data sets often contain a wealth of information that can enable more-accurate modeling of public services and help guide service delivery in a targeted, evidence-based manner. Nicholas Blechman. A new year has arrived, along with the usual air of optimism.

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