Companies bleed thousands of dollars because of conflict. A CPP Human Capital Report found "U.S. employees spend 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict, equating to approximately $359 billion in paid hours." When employees and managers don't handle conflict well, it can lead to greater costs from hiring, turnover, and training.
The times in marketing are changing, and businesses are working like mad men to make needed adjustments. "Mad men," in fact, is an appropriate term; it was coined in the fifties (more recently popularized by the TV drama Mad Men) to describe advertisers on Madison Avenue in New York City. As the popularity of TV and radio grew, advertisers in the fifties and sixties had to learn to effectively take advantage of those changes—much like today.
We looked at one another, marveling. After our careful analysis, the implications were evident. This could change everything.
Making a good decision is easy when we have all the facts. Where most of us go wrong is when we don't. In these circumstances, many of us fall prey to the #1 deadly sin of decision making: Assumptions.
No one wants to stay in the status quo. So, why do some people perform at an exceptional level while others don't? Could it be because of the Status Quo Mindset?
Here tech, there tech, tech everywhere . . . Information Technology (IT) seems to be taking over the world and revolutionizing everything. Now, Bitesize IT is taking over and revolutionizing training.
There I was doing the thing my manager told me not to do. Her face was turning red, and the pressure was building. As her mouth opened, I realized my mistake. I had forgotten what I had been "trained" to do.
The obstacles between starting your company and reaching a successful exit may seem overwhelming. That’s because they areoverwhelming! There are countless things that cause startups to fail. We’ve chosen to highlight 33 of them, because knowing is half the battle, and 33 was how many our graphic designer illustrated before he fell despondent with the realization that his side entrepreneurial effort, Sandburger Inc (still in stealth mode), was on a slow march toward death #28.
Seat belts! Why do we hate such an amazing invention? It’s been thoroughly proven to save thousands of lives—and it literally takes seconds to engage. We have been taught over and over how important it is—from Vince & Larry (the Crash Test Dummy’s), to horrific driver’s ed movies that have scarred our psyche’s forever. Then why is it so hard to create such a simple habit for something that provides so much value? Let’s examine our nation’s failures to impact this behavior over the past century—and see why training may not be the silver bullet we all think it is.
Sometimes "best practices" can be far from the best for your company. Here are some reasons why you might be picking the "worst practices."