Professional Effectiveness, Leadership, Business Consulting

5 Tips for Dealing with Multi-Generational Teams

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.

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By Heidi Deras on May 3, 2018 10:46:15 AM
Business Analysis, Professional Effectiveness

Asking the Right Questions

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.

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By Brent Whitfield on Jun 16, 2014 3:00:53 AM
Professional Effectiveness

If You Don't Have a System, You Will be Going Into Somebody Else’s

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.

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By Brent Whitfield on Feb 24, 2014 2:24:35 AM
Leadership, Professional Effectiveness

The Value of an MBA in Today’s Economy

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.

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By Chris Rampaul on Feb 7, 2014 4:17:42 PM
Business Analysis, Professional Effectiveness

Reflections on the 2013 BBC Conference

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.

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By Rick Strempler on Dec 2, 2013 9:56:41 AM