Marc Trudeau is an Agile Coach and Scrum Master with over 30 years of experience in Scrum/Agile/Lean deployments, program management, employee development, and more. He has numerous certifications, including Professional Scrum Master II, ICP-ACC, and OLN-OSA1. He has advised chairpersons and CEOs ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Have you ever purchased a product based on the recommendation of a friend, family member, or colleague? It's an accepted principle of marketing that consumers tend to trust and follow personal recommendations—usually from family and friends—more than they trust traditional advertising messages. And, in the digital age, a growing number of consumers are also following advice and recommendations from people they don't know but still trust: influencers.
This week, Skye Learning is excited to spotlight Justin Kates, a subject matter expert for the AEM®/CEM® Prep Course (U.S. version). This new course was created in partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), who offer the nationally recognized Associate Emergency Manager and Certified Emergency Manager certifications.
Kates is a Certified Emergency Manager and Master Continuity Practitioner. He is Director of Emergency Management for the City of Nashua, NH and Region 1 Vice President for IAEM. What’s more, Kates is an advisor for Decision Aid, an emergency management and business continuity consulting firm; an adjunct faculty member at Rivier University; a board member and Vice Chair of Volunteer NH; and more.
Organizations have always faced the need to change, but—with the current rate of technological change, intense competitive pressures, shift to a knowledge-based economy, and globalization—change has become more common and even more crucial to success. As such, leading change is an important skill for managers.
While many management experts have estimated that some 70 percent of change initiatives fail, more recent research suggests that finding valid and reliable empirical evidence of such a failure rate is problematic.
This week, Skye Learning is spotlighting Ann Connolly, a retired management consultant with a specialty in business strategy. Connolly is a subject matter expert for the Certificate in Leadership for Women in Business. Throughout this certificate, she discusses networking, communication, management, negotiation, and other leadership skills, especially as they relate to women.
Connolly has more than 30 years of experience within the financial services industry. During her career, she specialized in retirement, asset management, banking, and insurance.
Writing grants is often a critical part of gaining funding for any nonprofit organization's mission. Strategic grant writing aligns the needs of a nonprofit with funding sources, whether foundations, government agencies, corporations, or individuals. The Skye introductory-level course offers a guide to the basics of grant writing.
What behaviors and traits do successful entrepreneurs share? Research at Harvard Business School by Lynda Applegate, Janet Kraus, and Timothy Butler suggests that of eleven dimensions of entrepreneurship, founders (successful entrepreneurs) commonly excel in five key areas. The following infographic outlines those dimensions.
Stephen Palmer is a Lead Business Analyst at MultiPlan and a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP). He has a long career in business analysis and project management. Palmer is a study group facilitator and coach for the Boston chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). He has also been a panelist at Project Summit & Business Analysis World in Boston, both in 2014 and 2015.
Skye Learning is thrilled to feature Stephen Palmer as a subject matter expert for Skye’s Introduction to Business Analysis course!
Organizations are increasingly concerned about the loss or theft of electronic information, known as a data breach. Data breaches that result from unauthorized access by individuals within an organization have also become more common. These types of breaches, or data leaks, are commonly called insider threats. Insiders pose a unique challenge because they know how systems are configured, how to defeat these systems, and how to cover up any evidence.
When speaking in front of an audience, you want to feel prepared, relaxed, and confident. But in the days and moments before delivering a speech, even the most prepared individuals can struggle with stage fright and nerves. How can you manage those anxious feelings? Research shows that speech anxiety can be greatly reduced through the practice of simple relaxation techniques,such as deep breathing and visualization. Check out our latest infographic for tips on delivering a great speech.