The Eisenhower Matrix

Executive coach Lara Hogan uses a timeless approach to doing what’s most important to help clients cope when they feel overwhelmed at work. Covey’s Urgent/Important grid from The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People is one of the most valuable ways to think about your day and workload. Here’s how it labels activities to see […]

CSI Women’s History Month

March is the month we acknowledge the accomplishments of women throughout history. This year, our company’s national theme for Women’s History Month is #breakthebias. It’s a reminder that we still may have biases we’re not even aware of about how men and women think. Over the past few decades, the perception of leadership has changed […]

How to Take Constructive Criticism Well

Most of us cringe when we hear someone say, “Can I offer you some constructive criticism?” We’re pretty sure nothing good follows the offer. Criticism has become a word that feels loaded with negative connotations, implying disapproval of faults, although criticism means analysis in art. If you can manage your reaction to criticism, you’ll be […]

You are Not Your Slide Deck: Rethinking Presentations

This is the year we’re rethinking almost everything about work, so it might be time to rethink how we define the term “presentation” as well. PowerPoint was invented in 1987 and acquired by Microsoft three months later. It’s been plaguing meetings ever since. So we’ve resigned ourselves to long, not-very-helpful slide decks longer than some […]

Why You Should Keep a Success Journal

Self-help author Robert Collier wrote, “Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.”  Taking charge of your career means making a persuasive case for your promotability. Tracking your successes gives you information you can pull for performance reviews, to update accomplishments on our resume, and to prepare for interviews […]

Healthy Conflict

Teams that have been together a long time learn to read the room quickly. They find a rhythm, a way of communicating and collaborating that minimizes conflict. That’s a good thing, right? Actually, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Productive conflict can help teams find more innovative ideas, solve tough problems, […]

C-Suite Communication is Different

Congratulations – your project is on time, under budget, and suddenly high profile. In fact, you’ve been invited to present in front of the board. Are you ready? By ready, we mean more than having all the data at your fingertips. Of course, you know your stuff. But is your communication style ready for the […]

ERP’s Fourth Era: Composable ERP

Our clients often ask for help selecting an ERP software platform.  This is not surprising given that Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is no longer a choice for enterprises; it’s a necessity.  ERP software, used primarily by HR, Finance and Supply Chain departments, has historically been implemented to produce business process efficiencies and centralize data.  However, […]