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Sofia enables mentoring any place, any time

By William Seidman | June 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

An article in the Wall Street Journal about mentoring programs caught my eye. The article, written by Sue Shellenbarger, appeared in the Q&A section “Work & Family Mailbox” where a...

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New perspectives on transactional vs. transformational leadership

New perspectives on transactional vs. transformational leadership

The conflict between the narrow focus on operational excellence often required to keep your current business running well versus broad demands for organizational transformation required for the future business has become severe. Leaders have to simultaneously minimize disruption to their current business while consciously disrupting...
Turning learners into leaders

Turning learners into leaders

To some, disruption is a scary word. But to many, it’s a pathway to a better outcome. Did Amazon and Uber scare people when the companies started? Possibly. But the concept for these companies was based on forward-thinking ideas and both companies have changed the...
Can HR help raise worker productivity? You bet.

Can HR help raise worker productivity? You bet.

We were pleased to have HR.com publish our article recently about capturing and sharing knowledge of employees to maximize productivity. Here is the full text of the article as it appeared in HR.com.   One of the biggest challenges that HR managers face is capturing and...
Making Promotions Work — Fast

Making Promotions Work — Fast

Promoting someone is almost always a positive event for an organization. A person’s past accomplishments are recognized and a new opportunity is created for the person and the organization. It’s very exciting and energizing when someone gets a promotion. But newly promoted people often struggle...
Disruptive Technology for Leading, Learning and Organizational Transformation…Speed, Speed and More Speed

Disruptive Technology for Leading, Learning and Organizational Transformation…Speed, Speed and More Speed

We live in a Twitterized world. Everything is in 140 characters…or now its 280 characters. The fast-paced, “what have you done for me lately” world has made it even more challenging for companies and their employees to be successful. Most leadership initiatives and change programs...
Will investment in learning and development grow in 2018? It should.

Will investment in learning and development grow in 2018? It should.

As many of you know, investment in learning and development programs has, at best, stagnated since in the recession of 2008 and, at worst, experienced severe cutbacks. As we look ahead at 2018, the question is –- with what seems to be a more robust...
Cerebyte’s Sofia program helps speed leadership transformation

Cerebyte’s Sofia program helps speed leadership transformation

In an earlier post, I referred to a situation where a technical leader used our Cerebyte Sofia online learning platform to develop a best practice in just 1.5 hours. The situation that prompted this initiative is a real and common problem in a lot of...
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Is working 9 to 5 really for losers?

Take the time to work smarter. I recently read an interesting article in the New York Times entitled In Silicon Valley, 9-5 Is for Losers. The gist of the article is that the high-tech culture in Silicon Valley values extreme work hours in order to potentially make a...
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Google’s Oxygen project took months to find out what makes a manager great; Cerebyte takes a day

Recently, a colleague forwarded me an article about Google’s Oxygen project from Inc. Magazine. This is a well-known effort by Google to use statistical analysis of performance reviews to determine what makes someone a good manager. The Google team’s findings are hardly revolutionary but, because they are Google,...