Innovation

February 13, 2024 | Book Reviews | Denise Gifford

Warren Berger’s “A More Beautiful Question” is a Worthwhile Read

Berger’s examination of inquiry shows us where beautiful questions can lead

One question can make all the difference: asking the right question can get to the heart of the matter, paving the way for innovation and problem-solving. But what makes a question effective? How can we find and ask the most …

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  • January 23, 2024 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    12 Questions for Evaluating Business Solutions

    these questions can help you select the best solution to a problem

    In solving any problem, the goal is to come up with a solution that will work. But sometimes it’s not easy to evaluate a solution’s worth. It might also turn out that there are multiple, alternative solutions that are credible. …

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  • November 20, 2023 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    7 Reasons to Start a Business During a Recession

    the worst of times might actually be the smartest time to launch your company

    Starting a business during a recession may not seem like a great idea, but in fact it just might be the best time to launch your new venture. Companies such as Airbnb, Uber, and Venmo started during the recession that …

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  • September 30, 2023 | Book Reviews | Denise Gifford

    “The Creative Act” by Rick Rubin is More Art Than Craft

    Rubin explores creativity through nuggets of inspiration and insight  

    Creativity is an in-demand business skill. It’s always been important, but as more companies seek to leverage the power of technology, especially AI, creativity is a must-have to stay competitive and know how to best leverage the new tech capabilities. …

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  • May 30, 2023 | Book Reviews | Denise Gifford

    In “Peak,” Author Anders Ericsson Explored the Science of Expertise

    How does a person become an expert? Does it require talent you’re born with, or can you become an expert through practice? And what does it mean to be an “expert” in the first place? To answer these questions, psychologist …

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  • October 20, 2022 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    For Starting a New Business, Try These 5 Brainstorming Strategies

    new business ideas can be hard to come by, but these strategies are a good place start   

    For many, starting their own business seems like a wonderful dream, but it may also feel unattainable. Becoming your own boss, determining your own future, and having more freedom are some of the many attractions. In fact, most people have …

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  • February 26, 2022 | Resources

    6 Must-Reads About DAOs

    Recent opinions, perspectives, and research

    We’re all familiar with the common ways in which businesses are structured: corporations, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships are examples. But there is a new type of organization that is gaining traction. Although it is very early days, DAOs …

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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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  • May 13, 2020 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Managing Risk in Your SME

    You’re never too small to be at risk

    Many people think that risk management is only relevant to major organizations with big budgets who run mega-projects or who work in a regulated or safety-critical industry sector. Those of us who own or manage a small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME) might …

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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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  • November 7, 2019 | Knowledge | Amanda Finn

    8 Reasons Why Creativity Will Boost Your Gig Work

    Being creative can help you get and keep gig opportunities

    In a gig economy it can feel impossible to differentiate yourself from your gig competitors when pitching for a job. Whether it’s a mundane task you’ve done a thousand times or something you’re trying for the very first time, gig …

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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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