It’s no surprise that our workforce is changing. If your workplace is like most, a quick glance around the office will likely reveal that there are fewer Baby Boomer workers than in the past and more Gen X and Millennial workers. Canadian Business reports that Millennials are becoming the most sizable working generation in Canada, completely overtaking the other generations of employees.
Have you ever seen the movie “Zero Effect?” It stars Bill Pullman as a Private Investigator. In it, he says, “The best way to follow someone is to get where they are going, first.” In a lot of ways, the job of a Business Analyst is like being a Private Investigator. Both jobs require observation skills, listening skills, creative problem solving, and of course, the ability to ask the right questions.
I’ve attended many Microsoft conferences in the past, but this is the first conference where I can honestly say I didn’t attend a single disappointing session. After attending the conference, I thought it would make sense to distill some of the highlights.
I recently took part in a course called “Mastering the Complex Sale” by Prime Resource Group. One key thought the instructor, Jeff Thull, communicated really stuck with me: “If you don't have a system, you will be going into somebody else’s.” This thought is really becoming one of my mantras as it relates to me as a consultant and to consulting companies.
Topics: Professional Effectiveness
As a keen and diligent potential business school candidate, one question you are likely asking yourself is: What is the ROI (Return on Investment) on an MBA in today’s economy? One might consider the cost of the MBA (primarily tuition and lost income during the years you are not working) versus potential gain – salary expectation upon graduation and growth thereafter. And rightly so. In today’s economy, nothing is certain, and you want to make sure that you are getting value for your investment in further education – a good business school student would expect no less. B-schools are keenly aware of this, jockeying for rankings every year in Forbes and The Financial Times in order to appeal to the minds (and wallets) of the best and brightest candidates.
As a business analyst, I am regularly looking for new tools and techniques to add to my toolkit. I’d like to tell you about one such technique. It’s definitely a useful technique for business analysts, but could equally be useful for project managers or other types of consultants.
All individuals want an honest assessment of their behavior so they can identify potential areas of improvement. While it seems very straightforward, this assessment needs to be translated very carefully because it may deeply impact the performance of an individual in a good way – or a bad way.
This year's Building Business Capability (BBC) conference was held in Las Vegas, after years in Florida. If you've never been to Las Vegas, it's quite an experience. Personally, I think that three or four days in Vegas are more than enough to visit all the hotels, see the sights, and take in a show or two. Next year, the BBC will return to Fort Lauderdale again – a much more peaceful and relaxing location.
As portable devices continue to get smaller and more powerful, they are increasingly becoming more suitable for taking over everyday office duties. Over the past year, I've found myself using my tablet and smartphone more for tasks that I had previously allocated to my laptop.
The Swamp Donkey Adventure Race is a grueling nine-hour race over land and water that tests your endurance, your ability to think under stress and fatigue, and your ability to navigate. It takes place in the Canadian Shield in the southeastern edge of Manitoba, and includes biking, paddling, and orienteering.