Reflections on Microsoft Build 2014

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.

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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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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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Tips to Providing Feedback

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.

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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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Android Apps for Business Analysts

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.

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Project Search and Rescue

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.

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