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  • Ilya Bogorad // July 27, 2009, 3:07 AM PST

    Lessons in leadership: 30 concrete hiring ideas you can apply straight away

    Ilya Bogorad offers 30 concrete tips that will bring your hiring practices up-to-date with hiring in a knowledge economy. Apply these ideas to find and recruit the best possible people for your team.


  • Michael Krigsman // July 24, 2009, 7:05 AM PST

    Evaluating the enterprise software buyer's 'Bill of Rights'

    To help customers bring greater transparency to their relationship with software vendors, a Forrester Research analyst has developed a detailed framework covering the ownership life cycle. Blogger Michael Krigsman says, despite significant caveats, he recommends that customers adopt the bill of rights. Find out why.


  • John McKee // July 22, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Motivate a slumping team with an approach that's worked for 65 years

    If you're looking to motivate your team there are some approaches that can be easily implemented and bring quick results. In this blog, leadership coach John M McKee discusses an idea that has been used very successfully worldwide for decades.


  • Rick Freedman // July 20, 2009, 2:05 AM PST

    Six Sigma: Changing organizations for the better

    The Six Sigma philosophy, which has been implemented by such companies as GE and American Express, starts with a very simple and obvious idea: defects cost money. Learn more about the philosophy in this high-level overview.


  • Scott Lowe // July 19, 2009, 1:54 PM PST

    Infighting in the IT department can lead to derailed projects

    Constructive debate is an important component in healthy organizational dynamics. However, once a decision is made, the whole group needs to get on board and forge ahead. The CIO must clarify priorities and move the group toward that goal. Benny Sisko shares with you one story of IT infighting gone bad.


  • John McKee // July 15, 2009, 6:55 AM PST

    10 great ideas from five great bosses

    Despite the negative environment, many organizations and companies are still enjoying great successes. In this article, executive and leadership coach John M. McKee shares ideas that you can use to build a more successful organization.


  • Michael Krigsman // July 13, 2009, 2:44 AM PST

    The truth about zombie projects

    Zombie projects are failures that just won't die. Gain insight and understanding into these nasty beasts, and find out how you can be a hero in your organization by killing your local zombie.


  • Scott Lowe // July 12, 2009, 6:45 AM PST

    A CIO's take on the home PC support dilemma

    This week, Bill Detwiler posed this poll question: Should corporate help desks support home PCs? CIO Scott Lowe has wrestled with this issue at two organizations. He shares his thoughts on the topic.


  • Ilya Bogorad // July 7, 2009, 11:05 PM PST

    Lessons in leadership: How to build a winning team

    Ilya Bogorad lists the key qualities of a great team and shares the seven individual traits you should aim to find when you're building a team from the ground up. He believes that if you find people with the right mindset, you can develop the specific skills later.


  • Selena Frye // July 7, 2009, 10:55 PM PST

    Protect your organization with updated policies and procedures

    From privacy statements to usage policies, we have ready-to-customize documents in this comprehensive download, IT Professional's Guide to Policies and Procedures, 4th edition. Plus, download the new Social Networking Policy for free.


  • Rick Freedman // July 6, 2009, 4:36 PM PST

    Agile requirements discovery: Tell me a story

    Having trouble gathering agile requirements from a nontechnical client? Rick Freedman says you might consider asking for user stories. These stories, which are short and written in plain English, outline what tasks users plan to do when they sit down at the keyboard.


  • Michael Krigsman // June 30, 2009, 8:24 PM PST

    Enterprise 2.0: The Kumbaya irony

    Michael Krigsman says he strongly believes in the future promise of Enterprise 2.0 systems, methods, and supporting tools. However, it's time for reasoned arguments and case studies of adoption in real organizations to replace Kumbaya optimism.


  • Rick Freedman // June 30, 2009, 3:07 AM PST

    Agile teams: Focus on the people rather than the process

    Rick Freedman believes the agile PM's most important roles are to create a collaborative environment that enables teams to achieve creative results and to encourage contributors to focus on group goals and agendas rather than the individual.


  • Scott Lowe // June 29, 2009, 2:36 PM PST

    Out with Treos, in with iPhones

    While in Louisville, Kentucky for TechRepublic's 10th birthday, Scott Lowe mentioned to Jason Hiner that Westminster College was moving away from Windows Mobile-based Treos in favor of iPhones. He tweeted this to the world, so I thought I'd follow up with a little bit of background.


  • John McKee // June 27, 2009, 2:03 AM PST

    Michael Jackson's mistakes similar to many in leadership roles

    While much has been written about Michael Jackson's quirks and issues, not much has shown the similarities of his actions and those of many corporate and political leaders. Executive coach John M McKee points out some and the reason behind them


  • John McKee // February 12, 2009, 2:50 AM PST

    Layoffs bring SARAH

    The best leaders know how to handle demanding times. In this article, leadership coach John M McKee offers some perspective to those who may be in unchartered waters in this era of massive layoffs.


  • John McKee // January 28, 2009, 5:27 AM PST

    In 2009, you need to know this

    2009 is tough. And it's going to get worse before it gets better. In this blog, leadership and success coach John M McKee shares ideas that will help you succeed when others around you are failing.


  • John McKee // January 15, 2009, 8:24 AM PST

    Can Yahoo succeed under Carol Bartz?

    Are great leadership skills enough to overcome a lack of experience? In this week's blog, leadership and career coach John M McKee considers Yahoo's recent change of CEOs and the their chances of success going forward.


  • John McKee // January 8, 2009, 3:38 AM PST

    Letting someone go doesn't have to be ugly

    Sooner or later, most leaders have to terminate someone's employment. In this article, leadership and career coach John M McKee shares his ideas about how to do it in a manner which is easiest for the leader and the employee.


  • John McKee // December 25, 2008, 3:19 AM PST

    Show some gratitude. You'll be glad you did.

    Do you feel grateful for what you have in your life? Studies show that those who do invariably are more successful. In this article, leadership and career coach John M McKee discusses the premise and provides some ideas to try.


  • John McKee // December 18, 2008, 6:52 AM PST

    Four tactics for career success in 2009

    The 2009 job outlook isn't exactly positive. Here's what career and leadership coach John M. McKee recommends for anyone who wants to come out of next year in better shape than they are today.


  • John McKee // December 4, 2008, 9:11 AM PST

    What to do when you screw up

    Sooner or later everyone screws up. Leadership coach John M. McKee says that how you react and what you do next can either derail you or help you move up the ladder.


  • John McKee // November 20, 2008, 1:03 AM PST

    Acting like a winner will ensure you are

    Company leaders often hire and promote people with whom they feel the most comfortable . Anyone wanting to get ahead should recognize this and act accordingly. In this blog, John M McKee provides several ideas about how to behave when you get a bigger role.


  • John McKee // October 30, 2008, 5:23 AM PST

    Avoid this. It's the key reason McCain lost the election

    The U.S. presidential election doesn't take place till next week, but John M. McKee already knows why John McCain lost -- he made the same mistake many leaders do. Here's what Obama did but McCain blew.


  • John McKee // October 23, 2008, 1:32 AM PST

    The 9 levels of stress can tank your results

    Today both leaders and employees are under more stress than ever. Stress causes emotional behaviors that can have a bad impact on the productivity and performance of your organization. In this piece, executive and leadership coach John M McKee outlines a model showing how to lead those who are under stress and behaving badly.


  • John McKee // October 16, 2008, 1:09 AM PST

    Doing more with less

    Does the difficult economy have to mean greater unemployment levels? Or can more thoughtful management decisions turn this environment a good thing for organizations?


  • John McKee // October 9, 2008, 1:32 AM PST

    How much is a CEO worth?

    There's a lot being said today about how much CEOs are paid. John M McKee shares insight he gained as a former leader of a $1.6B company, how the US compares with other countries, and recommendations re: compensation programs.


  • John McKee // September 25, 2008, 12:42 AM PST

    Some of these tips actually work!

    Not all career and business advice should be taken seriously. This week John M McKee shares some ideas from others which might make you more successful and cause a few chuckles.


  • John McKee // September 17, 2008, 3:06 AM PST

    Wall Street's model is broken. It can be fixed.

    Much of the agony created as a result of poor results in the stock market could have been prevented. John M McKee writes that human nature and poor system designs resulted in an outcome which was very avoidable.


  • John McKee // September 4, 2008, 8:38 AM PST

    Women are getting beaten up. Again.

    An ominous new trend is appearing with fewer women being employed outside the home and average hourly pay going down. John M McKee discusses why this is going to cause a severe impact on both genders.