Insights

Commentary and opinion

July 15, 2020 | Insights | Steven Lesser

On Being a Consultant

Thoughts on how to become a valued consultant

Many people have chosen the path of being a consultant. Businesses hire internal or external consultants to help them achieve their goals. But sometimes it’s not clear if being a consultant is “a good thing or a bad thing.” Not …

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  • June 9, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Why Remote Work is Here to Stay

    We won't all go back to the office once this is over

    COVID-19 has shaken the world to its core. There is no doubt that the world after the pandemic subsides will be markedly different from the world before it. One aspect of our lives that has already changed and will never …

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  • May 21, 2020 | Insights | Amanda Finn

    Embracing Adaptation During Challenging Times

    Flexibility is key in a changing work environment

    From mom and pop shops to major corporations, businesses are dealing with the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis. More than half of Americans are now working from home whereas less than 25 percent worked from home, even occasionally, …

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  • April 16, 2020 | Insights | Amanda Finn

    Creativity in the Workplace and Why it Matters

    This job skill is increasing in importance

    Employees crave challenges. Freelancers crave breadth. Companies crave attention.  In all three scenarios the common, simplest answer, is creativity. Creativity can help workers stay interested and focused on the job. In a 2018 Udemy study 54% of surveyed employees indicated that …

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  • April 1, 2020 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Management and Coronavirus

    Project management helps address the unexpected

    Many people have heard a lot about project management but do not really know how it works. A very effective example of project management in action is visible in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s live address on March 24 on how New …

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  • March 12, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    The State of the Gig Economy

    The changing gig landscape includes new regulations

    There are many reasons why people choose to work in the gig economy. In a 2018 study by Gianpiero Petriglieri, Susan Ashford, and Amy Wrzesniewski, the people interviewed valued the independence that came with being an independent contractor working gigs …

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  • March 1, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Automation and the Meaning of Work

    Artificial intelligence will change how we think about work

    The automation of work promised by artificial intelligence is often seen as a source of great potential for the handful of people who stand to profit from it, including those who will own the machines that replace people, and a …

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  • January 23, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    AI and its Impact on the Workforce

    automation and what it can mean for workers

    Discussions of how artificial intelligence will impact the workforce often focus on the potential for mass unemployment, the increases in productivity, and the ways in which dull, menial tasks can be shirked off to computers. We consider less often the …

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  • November 18, 2019 | Insights

    Sarah Kessler on the Gig Economy’s Pitfalls and Complexities

    Gig work offers flexibility, but the bigger story might be what it’s missing

    There was a time not so long ago when gig work was seen as a panacea for the various perceived faults of the old-fashioned world of work. Where the traditional job was weighed down by a long, rigid work week, …

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  • October 3, 2019 | Insights | Dr. David Hillson

    Capturing Opportunities – Are You Ready?

    How to optimize success for your projects and business

    A few months ago, my wife and I were on a sunrise game drive in South Africa. None of the animals seemed to be awake yet, and all was quiet. I sat on the edge of the vehicle, my camera …

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  • August 21, 2019 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    Independent Consulting: Is the Gig Economy for you?

    6 questions would-be solopreneurs must ask themselves

    Recent business trends have made it possible to start independent work more easily, and with more possibilities, than ever before. There is strong support in the business world for hiring expertise on an as-needed basis, and as a result, the …

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  • July 10, 2019 | Insights

    Ellen Ruppel Shell on Jobs and Work in the Twenty-First Century

    A deep dive into the future of work with The Atlantic correspondent Ellen Ruppel Shell

    We’ve all been hearing a lot lately about the economy: unemployment is near a record low, the stock market is at a record high, and job creation numbers have been relatively steady. Yet behind these reassuring numbers lurks a troubling …

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