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How to Build Business Acumen on a Budget

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The complexity, connectivity and pace of business today demand that employees and leaders understand their work like never before. This goes beyond “corporate speak” and buzzword vocabulary; everyone in today’s organizations must have a working knowledge of the strategy and how that translates to the bottom-line. This is why business acumen is among the most searched and sought-after competencies by those looking to build their skills and an edge. The good news is that an MBA is not the only option. There are countless ways to acquire the knowledge critical to success, even if time and funds are running short. …

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The Dynamic Duo of Vision and Strategy

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Some things just work better together. Bread and butter Soap and water Table and chairs Love and marriage Batman and Robin In these examples, each item has value in and of itself. Yet combined, the pairs take on a more striking, pleasurable and powerful quality. The same holds true for vision and strategy: leaders who are able to master both and leverage them with their teams will drive unbeatable results. But many managers and supervisors find they might be talented or effective at one and struggle with the other… which makes perfect sense. The two tasks require very different skill …

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Growth: It’s No Longer Optional

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“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”    – John Maxwell This has been a favorite quote of mine for some time… a good reminder to take advantage of the happenings around us and leverage them toward personal or professional development.  But looking at it in the context of the 2014 workplace, I’m not sure that the last three words are as true, valid, or helpful as they once were. In today’s hyper-competitive environment, growth is no longer optional; it’s non-negotiable. Treading water is not a valid strategy in fast-moving business currents. Maintaining the status quo – whether it’s your customer base, …

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Dances of Protest

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While away for some family vacation time, I’ve had a chance to do a lot more walking than I can normally squeeze in at home.  And, as a result, I’ve been reunited with some favorite old songs that don’t get cycled through the play lists as frequently as they might. Yesterday, it was Sting’s “They Dance Alone”. It’s a haunting song set in Chile during the reign of Pinochet whose government kidnapped, tortured, and killed thousands of people over two decades. Chilean women protested in the only way that was allowed, by dancing the Cueca (the national dance of Chile) …

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