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What’s Your Unfair Advantage?

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By Ben Baran, Ph.D., Agility Analytics Practice Leader In one of the early episodes of the StartUp Podcast—which features Alex Blumberg, formerly of This American Life and NPR’s Planet Money—he meets Chris Sacca, a renowned former venture capitalist and entrepreneur. Blumberg painfully bumbles through an attempt at pitching his business idea to Sacca. Believe me, […]

Is Micromanagement Really That Bad? Making Sure the Task is Understood, Supervised and Accomplished

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By Ben Baran, Ph.D., Agility Analytics Practice Leader One of the courses I’ve taught to both graduate and undergraduate business students is “Managerial Skill Development.” And among other high-energy theatrics that I employ during our class meetings, I typically ask students to think about the best managers they’ve ever had and the worst managers they’ve […]

Life is About Interactions

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By Ben Baran, Ph.D. Agility Analytics Practice Leader “Quite a few years of life have strengthened my conviction that each and everyone’s existence is deeply tied to that of others: Life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions.” – His Holiness Pope Francis One benefit of my unusual career path is that […]

What Everyone in HR Needs to Know About Change

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by Ben Baran, Ph.D., Agility Analytics Practice Leader Models for planning and executing organizational change abound—for example, Kotter’s eight steps, among many others. These models are helpful in highlighting many of the critical aspects of organizational change, and I highly recommend immersing yourself in them. That being said, I find that such models often deal […]

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