With online education becoming more and more popular, there have been some discussions about its future potential and the expectations that it will eventually replace traditional education. There are still various hurdles to overcome, and it’s not an easy general problem to resolve, but there has been a lot of progress in that area lately. Some types of degrees can work very well in an online environment, and those seeking education in those fields should definitely consider some of the better online universities. After all, the easy access to multiple options is one of the greatest benefits this type of education has to offer.
Depending on what exactly you want to do as a computer scientist, there are various great opportunities to get yourself educated to a high degree on the Internet. Many of the activities related to computer science classes don’t require physical attendance or interacting with other students, making this degree a great choice for those who want to limit their studies to their computer. Of course, you should still reach out and explore some real-world opportunities like programmer meetups and conventions, but other than that, you should be able to handle the pursuit of such a career on your own.
Business administration is another field that’s rapidly gaining popularity among students who want to learn online, and there are many great online MBA opportunities. The field is in fact a bit competitive, so you can expect a lot of activity, both from universities as well as from students, and be prepared to prove that you deserve to study this more than others. But thanks to the way online education works, attendance seats are typically not going to be a problem and you should be able to get placed in the classes that are relevant to you.
Last but not least, accounting is a popular career path for many people, and it can also work great as an online degree if you pick the right university for it. There are some caveats here, such as the importance of ensuring that accounting is a suitable career path for you in the first place, but as long as you believe that you can handle the typical workload involved in such a degree, you should be fine. It can also pay to verify that your area offers an attractive market for accountants in the first place, as the saturation in some areas is quite severe and you may find it challenging to land a good job opportunity. As long as you do proper research in advance though, you should know whether to steer in a different direction or keep pursuing this path.
Don’t disregard the legitimacy of online education, as it’s only going to get more and more established in the future. There might even be a time when online degrees are the main method of education for most people, and this should come as no surprise to anyone that’s paying close attention to the situation on the market right now. Those who get used to the way things work stand to benefit a lot.
Remote work is not just the employment method of the future, it’s already here. In a 2017 survey, nearly 40% of the American workforce described themselves as freelancers. This means a massive in what team leaders need to do to keep their teams motivated.
There’s a wealth of management books and motivational speakers that can tell you how to increase engagement and maximize staff productivity in a physical environment. But what if you’ve never even seen your team? How do you gauge their interest? How do you find out what makes them tick?
Building the kind of cohesiveness and team spirit that defines a successful business can be especially difficult when working with remote employees. That’s why we’ve collected some of the best practices from the professional world to help you make remote working work.
Right from the start it’s important to have absolute clarity on roles and expectations. With physical distance and differences in time-zones, simple requests for clarification on responsibility can cause significant delays in projects. Similarly, it is useful to share information about the organization’s goals so that remote staff can see the bigger picture that they are part of.
One of the biggest advantages for employees when it comes to remote work is its flexibility. When employees can set their timetable around their own most productive hours the increases in productivity can be anywhere between 13% and 35%. This means loosening rigid work-hours and measuring work by actual output rather than time clocked.
Keeping a remote team happy and engaged takes some effort on the part of management and it can also be tough to shift to a very different way of working. However, with access to a global talent pool and large savings on physical space, remote working can be a game-changer for your organization.
If you’re hoping to improve your career, or even go for a complete career change, then you may be considering studying for an MBA (Master’s of Business Administration). An MBA qualification can open up several doors of opportunity for you and be the foundation that you need for a lucrative and rewarding career in business. The MBA covers a variety of different topics in relation to business, including running your own successful company, working in management, marketing, HR, and many other aspects of the business industry. Here are some of the best reasons to consider studying for an MBA.
Reason #1. GMAT Waiver Schemes:
For applicants who have some professional experience, for example, working as an entrepreneur, serving in the military, or having over five years of corporate career experience, it can be easier to be accepted to study for an MBA degree. If you fit into one of these categories, then you may not be required to take GMAT testing, making the application process a much easier one for you. Don’t forget that your professional experience may also provide you with a steady and solid foundation for learning more during your time studying for an MBA degree, For more information, visit https://onlinebusiness.syr.edu/mba/gmat-waiver-policy/, where you can find the requirements to meet for a GMAT waiver.
Reason #2. High Career Demand:
Another great reason to consider studying for an MBA, whether you’ve just graduated with your bachelor’s degree or are considering a career change later in life, is the fact that careers for MBA graduates are becoming more readily available, with successful MBA holders in higher demand than ever before. And, this doesn’t just stretch to the U.S. alone – for individuals who want to incorporate traveling more and perhaps even living abroad into their future career options, studying for an MBA can be the perfect ticket to getting what you want from your career location, with several opportunities available with companies stationed all over the world.
Reason #3. Higher Than Average Salaries:
Along with a high demand for graduates, job openings for those who have earned an MBA degree will typically also carry with them a higher than average salary. When compared to entry level positions filled by graduates with a bachelor’s degree in general business or other related master’s degree, salaries for those who have graduated with an MBA tend to be substantially higher. If improving the amount that you earn is your ultimate goal, an MBA program is one of the best investments to make in yourself and your future.
Reason #4. Build a Strong Network:
When it comes to being successful with business, building a strong network of experienced individuals and groups around you is vital. For MBA students with high hopes of starting their own company and becoming successful with it in the future, studying this program can be one of the best ways to build a strong network in the early stages. Many MBA students will lay the foundations for their business ideas during their degree program and use this time to put together a strong network of people who they can then turn to for advice and support in the future.
Reason #5. Improve Your Transferable Skills:
Today, employers aren’t just looking for well-qualified applicants; they also want to hire individuals who have had some real-life experience and have developed transferable skills that they can use to be the best at their job. Studying for an MBA program will not only give you the option to put your knowledge to the test in real-life situations, it’ll also help you improve your transferable skills and put together a portfolio of examples where you have used the skills that they require the most.
Reason #6. Experience a New Culture and Setting:
For students who want to study abroad, the great news is that MBA programs are available all over the world. If you want to both improve your qualifications and skills whilst gaining valuable life experience that you’ll never forget, then studying abroad could be the perfect option for you. MBA programs are available to international students in a variety of different countries around the world, and can also lead to increased career options in that country as well as back home.
Reason #7. Become a Strong Leader:
If you want to become a strong leader in your field, an MBA can certainly help you to achieve this goal. Whether you’re looking to become a business owner in your chosen niche or would prefer to get on the management committee of another successful company, the knowledge and skills that you can derive from studying for an MBA can certainly help you to improve your leadership skills to put you on the path to success. MBA programs allow you to choose various modules and areas of study in line with your long-term career goals for the future.
Why do you want to pursue an MBA program? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
If you could rewind the clock to the past two decades, it was a challenging time for women working in all industries. In the 21st century, the opportunities in the workplace are endless. At the same time, some industries are predominantly male-driven which includes technology or oil and gas. In these sectors, women have the chance to get ahead in leadership roles. However, long conversations with colleagues, friends or seasoned female professionals has helped women survive in a male dominated organization. The development of leadership and integrity is essential for one to move up the corporate ladder when faced with challenges along the way.
I once worked in the oil and gas industry in the business development department of a reputable company. It was an office with mainly men, and at the time I thought my experience was a pre-requisite for instant success. At times, being a woman was beneficial, and on other days, it meant that I had to prove myself more often than I expected.
Whether you are a new or seasoned professional as one of the few women at your company, here are helpful tips to help you throughout your journey.
When you think about a successful woman in a male-dominated organization, a misconception is she must be a different version of herself. The idea that a woman can’t succeed unless she is aggressive is the opposite personality trait to have to be respected as a leader. Business Insider published a controversial blog that women have innate personality traits that help them to be effective leaders. As women, we naturally are nurturers with the motherly instinct to lead a team. It means the ability to motivate, consider peoples feelings and build relationships offers you an advantage over your colleagues.
Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
According to an Uptowork blog, “Women make up 55% of workers holding jobs requiring social skills.” If your team invites you out for drinks or a golf match, gladly accept the invitation. You don’t need to be considered “one of the guys,” but the fact that you accept will help you appear to be a team player.
Stay on Top of Departmental Expenses
In the corporate world, female leaders in directorial and management positions need to pay close attention to money management while working on projects. A leader that overspends an allowable budget on event planning or purchasing equipment for their team can lose credibility in the eyes of executives.
As a woman, it is unfortunate that being responsible for all aspects of your career to avoid being denounced for an opportunity when compared to male counterparts is a part of survival. If you need help improving your skills while working with a competitive team, we recommend you invest in career development or education to be the best professional you can be.
Learn How to Say No
In all workplaces, people tend to label the weakest link on the team as the introvert and in some cases, a woman. It means menial or administrative assignments that aren’t a part of a woman’s responsibilities can be assigned to her because of biases. It can include being asked to buy the team coffee every day, cleaning the office or being a minute taker at meetings. As an employee, you have the right to say “No” if you have the experience to lead meetings or delegate tasks to your male counterparts.
Find a Sponsor
A Harvard Business Review article stated, “A sponsor confers a statistical career benefit of anything from 22 to 30%, depending on what’s being requested (assignment or pay raise) and who’s asking (men or women).”
If you have one woman in your organization you can confide in that works in the C-suite or a management position, this person can act as your sponsor. When a promotion is overdue, your mentor can speak on your behalf to the key players in the company to help you move up the corporate ladder. You can expect to be of value to this person by offering your talents to assist them in the future. The idea is to put yourself able to be open to networking with people that can help you succeed.
You hold power to be the professional you want to become despite the environment at work. It is a fact that women experience differences in income, pay raises and benefits in comparison to their male counterparts. However, it is not a reason to be a shining star in your organization. Now is the time to search within yourself to find your core strengths and weaknesses because both can help you to work harmoniously if you are one of the few women in your department. Embrace the true essence of who you are, and others will accept you as you are.
Want to Be More Self-Aware? Build a Better Team.
By Audrey Epstein
There are lots of compelling reasons to build a better team. Great teams:
Deliver stronger results faster
Are more innovative
Challenge you to learn more quickly and be at your best
Are simply more fun
Recently, I found a new reason to build a better team – because most of us are surprisingly unself-aware. Researcher and author Tasha Eurich uncovered this disturbing statistic through her multi-year study on the topic of self-awareness: about 95% of us think we are quite self-aware, but only about 10% to 15% of us actually are!
So how can better teams help with self-awareness? Here’s the important connection. We need feedback to help match our internal view of ourselves with the external view. And on the best teams, not only are teammates willing to provide feedback to each other, they are required to. On high-performing teams, peers feel accountable for each other’s success, and willingly provide both generous support and candid feedback to help each team member be at their best.
Through years of research on teamwork, I have uncovered four distinct types of teams, from the worst of the worst, Saboteur Teams, to the highest performing, or Loyalist Teams. While distrust, politics, infighting, and gossip are hallmarks of Saboteur Teams, or “team hell,” trust, candor, feedback, shared goals, and joint accountability constitute Loyalist Team behavior. In fact, compared to Saboteur Teams, Loyalist Team members are:
292 times more likely to spend time debating, discussing problems and making decisions
125 times more likely to address unacceptable team behaviors promptly
106 times more likely to give each other tough feedback
40 times less likely to have “undiscussables” the team can’t talk openly about
On Loyalist teams, team members talk honestly and openly about team and individual team member strengths and challenges. And, because team members extend trust to each other, they assume positive intent when the tougher conversations happen. Therefore, authentic and candid feedback is more easily heard and valued. It feels okay to be imperfect or to experience setbacks. It is less scary to be vulnerable.
What if you could get honest insights and feedback from co-workers who are truly committed to your success and get to see you in action all the time, on both your best and worst days? You can, and you will, if you build a Loyalist Team. Think of how much quicker you could address the unintended consequences of your actions if you were surrounded by people motivated to give you useful feedback.
If you want candid feedback, trust, and support from your teammates, try these five tips:
1. Assume positive intent. Give your teammates the benefit of the doubt. Assume they are providing feedback not to judge you but to make you better.
2. Talk to your teammates, not about them. You can’t solve problems with gossip. Venting without follow-up action ensures you are building cliques and solidifying rifts. It takes courage, but talking directly and respectfully with teammates when something goes wrong can solve many misunderstandings without creating drama or bringing others into it.
3. Care about your teammates’ success. Start by taking an interest in your teammates’ success. Ask questions about their concerns, know what their goals are, help where you can, and be a good listener and collaborator. You can’t be a Loyalist teammate if you don’t know what drives others’ success.
4. Push your teammates to do their best work and vice versa. On Loyalist Teams, team members challenge each other to reach their goals. Loyalists don’t spend energy watching their own backs, so they take risks and reach higher. Start by asking your teammates to challenge you. Bring them ideas and ask for input. Ask for feedback on your plans. Embrace the idea that your teammates make you better.
5. Ask for personal feedback. Before offering feedback, ask for it first. Ask your teammates what you could do to better support their success. Ask peers for suggestions on one behavior you could work on to become a better teammate. Give permission for teammates to share feedback by asking for it regularly and listening openly. Thank others for giving you feedback.
To defy the odds of unself-awareness, work to create a team of Loyalists around you, people who trust you, support you, and challenge you to be your best. Surround yourself with people who will speak their truth, even when it’s hard. And then listen. When you do, you will see an amazingly positive impact – on you, on them, and on the overall success of your team.
Audrey Epstein is a partner at The Trispective Group and the co-author with Linda Adams, Abby Curnow-Chavez and Rebecca Teasdale of The Loyalist Team: How Trust, Candor, and Authenticity Create Great Organizations. For more information, or to take a free team snapshot assessment, please visit, www.trispectivegroup.com.
Have you been noticing signs of conflict in the workplace? Whether you’re directly involved or not, it’s crucial you’re doing everything you can to resolve it – conflict can be terribly detrimental to employees, even if it’s simply going on around you.
With that being said, here are five essential tips to help you alleviate any conflict in the workplace.
Talk to the boss
One of, if not the simplest way of handling workplace conflict is by telling your boss (or at least any higher-up) about it. You can at least plant the seed and let them know about any conflict you’ve experienced, whether you’re directly involved or not – it’s still detrimental to the environment in the workplace regardless.
Find a good time to talk to your boss and then be sure to clearly and calmly give an explanation as to what has been happening. Bosses are often busy and unaware of goings-on internally, so it’s likely they have absolutely no idea of just how severe or damaging the conflict is becoming. It’s important to let them know.
Work together as a team
Conflict can easily arise should you not work together as a team to achieve results. Your ideas and opinions over the tasks at hand will likely be conflicted and, if you’re not working together on things, it’ll become a lot harder to be productive and reach the desired goals.
Be sure to make an effort to come together and work on things with colleagues if you need to. There’s no harm in approaching somebody, especially if you feel stuck or that a colleague possesses a higher level of skill for that certain task. Don’t fret – it’s worth asking. And, by working together, you’ll be sure to create bonds you can rely on, diminishing any chance of conflict.
Be more sociable
Try to talk to your colleagues about matters that aren’t work-related, too. It’s important to be sociable and open with your peers at work, whether it be during lunch breaks or on team-building days – so long as you’re making those relationships between the people you work with, conflict is a much less likely situation to arise.
Consider asking people at work whether they’d like to go and grab a drink, perhaps after a long Friday in the office or otherwise. It’ll help you socialise with people there may be rifts within the workplace – issues can often get in the way of personal bonds, and so socialising could help remedy any internal conflicts.
Report workplace bullying
Have you noticed some bullying occurring in the workplace? Smart Pension highlight how almost six in ten people have witnessed bullying in the workplace – it’s not uncommon. And it’s important to do something quickly about it before it becomes damaging for the victim – whether it be things such as subtle insults or name calling, or something more severe, be sure to take it up either with a boss or with HR.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re the victim or not – by eliminating the bullying, you’ll be creating a more pleasant and worthwhile atmosphere in the workplace for everyone. Take it upon yourself to be the person who does something about it, and you’ll stand out as a productive and caring employee.
Are you the boss? Be proactive
If you’re the boss and have been told of a conflict in the workplace that is affecting your staff negatively, it’s important to put an immediate plan into action in order to remedy it. Your employees’ wellbeing should be your highest priority, and so it’s important you’re doing all you can to make them feel comfortable and happy.
Perhaps talk to those affected individually to grasp a well-rounded view of the situation before going forward with a solution – get all the facts and the evidence before you do, though. Anyone being wrongly accused will not be very appreciative of it.
Your reputation is sometimes the only thing that you have. It takes years to build and can be lost in seconds. The same is true of our online reputations as that is often the first place that people come into contact with us.
Here are our tips for managing your online reputation that will help you build influence.
4 Years ago I was working as Global Head of IT Service Delivery for a large German company, I hadn’t written a single blog, I had never posted or tweeted about Leadership, and I had definitely never done any speaking on Leadership.
It’s been a great journey, one that I would never have predicted that would have ended up with this kind of recognition. It’s amazing what we can achieve if we just take the bold decision to start.
When I wrote my first blog I was very nervous because not only did I not think I was very good at writing my English teacher had pretty much told me as much when I was in school. But I decided to publish my first article, and even though it was only read by a handful of friends it was a start. One that has led me to write over 1000 articles, and many of which have been published in Entrepreneur, Inc, Fortune, Business Insider, Addicted2Success, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and many other publications.
My articles have been translated into over 20 languages, and have appeared in publications around the world. I have also written 3 books, one of which FAST – 4 Principles Everyone Needs To Achieve success and Drive Results was a finalist in the Chartered Management Institute Book of the Year. Not bad for someone who couldn’t write.
As for the speaking, that was a slightly different story, even though I hadn’t spoken on leadership before, I had done stand up comedy something which is tough enough to put anyone off speaking in front of a large audience for a lifetime. But I overcame this fear and have now spoken in front of large audiences all over the world including UK, Germany, Morocco, Belgium, USA, India, Holland, Lithuania amongst many others.
I love to speak now, whether it’s a large audience at a conference or a small workshop at a company, I really enjoy inspiring people with my FAST talks, which are Fun, Actionable, Straightforward and Thought provoking
I’d like to thank Inc, and Kevin Kruse in particular for including me on the list of Top 100 Leadership Speakers, I feel honoured to be mentioned amongst so many people that I have admired for a long time, many of whom have become good friends or colleagues.
If you have a dream it doesn’t matter where you are. Just start. Be bold. Take the risk, and believe in yourself because you never know where the journey will take you.
If you’d told me 4 years ago I would make the Inc Top 100 Leadership Speaker I would have just laughed and told you you’re crazy.
I’d also like to thank all those who have supported me on this journey, especially my wife Carine, and those who have believed in me and encouraged me to keep going when things were tough, and all of you who have read, commented on or shared my articles, as I couldn’t have done this without you.
Coming up with a solid marketing strategy isn’t an easy feat. It takes dedication, perseverance and the ability to keep up with recent trends. You have to be forward thinking and able to solve problems quickly, plus, with an abundance of competition, being quick in this digital landscape is imperative.
It’s important to document your plan and not try to manage the process from the top of your head. Get different departments involved in what you’re doing so they can support your team along the way. Educate the company on the importance of having a good marketing strategy and what they can do to help.
Learn how to Delegate
While it’s not always simple to do, delegating is extremely important for teaching others new skills. You have to be able to put your trust in those on your team if you want to achieve your lofty marketing goals. For instance, if you’re unable to design an effective web design for your BigCommerce store, you need to hire BigCommerce design professionals instead. By doing so, you can ensure that your site is being properly developed, while you can focus your energies on something else and more suited to your skills.
Listen more & Give Feedback
While it’s necessary to talk some of the time, be sure to take time to listen too. Hold brainstorming meetings and let your employees do the talking. They’re more likely to want to work hard and do a good job when you engage them right from the start. Listen, take notes and make suggestions, but be mindful not to give them all the answers. Become a better leader by listening attentively when a staff member comes to you with a problem or has a new idea. Have an open door policy and then be committed to listening when someone takes you up on the offer.
The marketing world is always changing. What you come up with at the beginning of the year may not necessarily be the right solution months later. Keep up with technology changes and what’s going on in your industry. Regularly review and adjust your marketing plan based on what changes you’re seeing in the field and your current results. Use metrics to help guide your decisions and don’t simply make modifications based on assumptions and guesses.
Focus on what Makes you Different & Better
Get together with your team and brainstorm reasons why your business is better than the competition. Ask yourselves why your target audience would choose you over the other options out there. Use this as your key selling points and in your communications to consumers. Pick a few essential points and start to zero in on them as you roll out your plan. This will also help create consistency in your delivery across channels.
Don’t worry if you’re feeling a little uneasy about building on your marketing strategy. All it takes to compile a winning plan is focus and motivation on your end. Hire the correct professionals, build a stellar marketing team and be flexible as new technologies and developments arrive at the front lines.
Every industry needs to be using SEO techniques as part of their marketing campaign and Human Resources is no exception. Over 22 million job seekers head to Google every month, and if your SEO is poor, you won’t be attracting the best candidates for your jobs. In fact, a solid SEO campaign can not only help you to hire more qualified candidates, it can also help you fill jobs quickly and stay ahead of your competitors. Here we’re going to look at some SEO advice that every recruiting company should be aware of.
1. Use Keywords in Your Job Description
In the last year, we’ve seen a lot of recruitment companies incorporating creative language into their job descriptions. And while fun and quirky adjectives do have their place in the world, their place is not on job boards. Instead, make sure you are focusing on the keywords and phrases that candidates actually search for when looking for a job. You can use the Google Keyword Planner Tool to help you determine these if you’re unsure.
2. Quality Content is Important
Whether it’s your job description or a blog post on your website, your content needs to be high quality and read well. Google has been cracking down on poorly written content and the last thing you want is for your website to disappear from the search engines due to poor writing. While you do want to use keywords on your website, you should be doing this in a conversational manner. Your content should also be original and engaging if you want to be ranked highly.
3. You Need a Mobile Optimised Website
Did you know that websites that aren’t optimised for mobile devices don’t show up in the mobile search results? Considering a lot of job seekers use their mobile devices to job hunt, you absolutely need a mobile-friendly website. If your current site can only be viewed on desktop computers, it’s time to sort this out… and fast! Your website copy needs to be easy to navigate and readers shouldn’t have to pinch their screens to enlarge text or menu bars.
4. Utilise Social Media
A study completed by Forbes found that a good social media strategy can lead to more people sharing links to your website. As links are the backbone of SEO this can only be a good thing. Make sure you have profiles on the main social media websites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Google + and ensure your branding is the same on all of them. Then use these pages to share relevant content about your company as well as job advertisements and blog posts.
5. Perform an SEO Audit
Finally, it’s a good idea to perform an SEO audit on your website to find out just how search engine friendly it is. An audit can help to identify any problem areas with your company’s website, enabling you to create an action plan to correct them. Click here to contact Click Intelligence if you need help with this.
Recruitment companies and HR departments should be concerned with SEO and marketing just like businesses in any other industry. The tips above should help you make improvements.