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My latest inc.com piece is available at https://www.inc.com/charles-edge/your-employees-want-extra-training-but-youre-going-to-have-to-help-them-get-star.html. It starts off like this, if it’s your kinda’ thing:

Employee engagement is dipping, according to a new study by human resources consultancy Aon Hewitt, but as an manager, you can make the workplace more appealing through positive initiatives such as employee training and development.

Indeed, I’ve often had people I manage ask for more training. My answer is always an emphatic “yes.”

But then something funny often happens: nothing. Giving staff approval for trainingdoesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll do it unless you follow up methodically and even micromanage the process.

Why does this happen and what does it show about how employers and employees alike can do a better job to make sure development happens? I have five theories.

July 7th, 2017

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My latest @inc piece is up at https://www.inc.com/charles-edge/5-ways-your-it-staff-can-make-your-business-more-tech-savvy.html.

Remember Nick Burns, the “company computer guy” played by Jimmy Fallon on “Saturday Night Live”?

IT people have long been fixtures in the office (though hopefully seldom as grumpy as Nick). However, their jobs have been radically changed by two trends — the cloud and consumerization.

The cloud has amplified what a small business can do by moving the physical server and network infrastructure that staff or consultants used to be needed to manage, to off-premises locations.

To read more, see https://www.inc.com/charles-edge/5-ways-your-it-staff-can-make-your-business-more-tech-savvy.html.

June 22nd, 2017

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My latest Inc.com piece is up and available at https://www.inc.com/charles-edge/5-ways-your-it-staff-can-make-your-business-more-tech-savvy.html. It starts a bit like this (or totally like this as the case may be):

Remember Nick Burns, the “company computer guy” played by Jimmy Fallon on “Saturday Night Live”?

IT people have long been fixtures in the office (though hopefully seldom as grumpy as Nick). However, their jobs have been radically changed by two trends — the cloud and consumerization.

To read more…

June 3rd, 2017

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My latest Inc.com piece is about collaborating on documents was just published.

Collaboration is a huge business buzzword these days. And nowhere does that feel more real than when teams work together on written materials.

Whether it’s a sales brochure or an internal proposal, teams must work well together to produce high-quality assets. This can be a challenge if the team members work in different locations.

Good habits in creating and editing documents can foster collaboration, save time and reduce headaches.

If this is the kind of thing you’re interested in, check it out at https://www.inc.com/charles-edge/how-to-collaborate-without-driving-the-rest-of-your-team-crazy.html.

May 2nd, 2017

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The original title of this piece didn’t last long. That’s too bad. ‘Cause I thought “Getting Bloggers To Talk About Your Crap” was kinda’ fun. But my latest inc.com article ended up getting called “6 Ways To Build Successful Relationships With Online Influencers” – and that’s fine. If you wanna’ check it out, it’s at: http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/6-ways-to-build-successful-relationships-with-bloggers.html.

April 4th, 2017

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My latest piece on Huffington Post:

OMG the cloud! Everything must go to the cloud, and now! And sometimes finding a tool is about workflow. And the workflow should make sense and be awesome.

But there’s an argument that you shouldn’t even keep a lot of data unless it’s kept confidential and therefore properly secured. The liability of keeping information about other people and what they do is just too great to outweigh what you might otherwise use that data for.

Security matters. Workflow matters. And with the number of services out there that you can use for any given task, if any aren’t secure enough then there are probably ten others you could use that are. So why might you choose to use a given service:

To read more, check out http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58e26367e4b0d804fbbb7501

April 3rd, 2017

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My latest Huffington Post article is available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58c2eeeee4b0c3276fb7845c and starts off as follows:

Whether establishing a business agreement with a client, buying a car, or purchasing services at work, negotiating contracts is an inevitable part of life. Most negotiation advice dispensed online or in books falls far short of the mark, and some of it can actually backfire. Pretending that you have another, better potential deal in the wings or being too aggressive, for example, both shut down the possibility of forming a real connection with the other party—thereby making them less willing to cut you a good deal. In other words, a lot of the traditional tools out there are just inauthentic.

A few strategies help set the record straight when it comes to contract negotiation, allowing you to get the best deal possible:

To read more, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58c2eeeee4b0c3276fb7845c.

March 10th, 2017

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My latest @inc piece is up, at http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/work-from-home-here-are-6-things-you-should-do-every-day.html?cid=search. It starts like this:

Telecommuting is on the rise. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 37 percent of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted at one point or another– four times greater than in 1995.

But working remotely can be a challenge. Not only can telecommuters feel disconnected from the organization, the organization can also feel disconnected from them.

If you’re into it, read the rest of the article here. Telecommute and have other tips, comment below? 🙂

March 7th, 2017

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My latest article for Inc, on building a management transition team (since you know, transition teams aren’t just for presidents) is available at http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/when-managers-change-tips-for-the-new-boss.html. It starts like this:

“The only thing that never changes is that everything changes,” author Louis L’Amour wrote.

Nowhere is this truer than in business. Managers leaveget promoted or are transferred to different jobs.

As an incoming manager, you face a special challenge when taking the reins from someone who may have led the team for a long time. As the “new kids in town” you owe it to yourself, your new reports and the organization not to get caught flat-footed during the transition.

Click here to read more!

February 22nd, 2017

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My latest Huffington Post article is available, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/office-meditation-made-easy_us_58ab05f8e4b0b0e1e0e20dcc?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004. This one is on meditating in the office.

February 19th, 2017

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