Career

Expert advice on career planning and success

Failure pays, but only if you learn and grow from it

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Failure inherently is a negative word. But as entrepreneurs, scientists, and inventors around the world and throughout time know, failure has its benefits. For starters, the fact that you’re actively failing at least is an indicator that you’re trying. Don’t give up! Second, failure can get you one step closer to success. That’s a principle […]

Not just great tech jobs, but great tech careers

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There are a lot of good, high-paying technology jobs out there, and the number continues to grow — even as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, and automation are taking over an increasing number of workplace responsibilities previously handled exclusively by humans. But jobs come and go. More important is that people are able to […]

Where are high-paying tech jobs located?

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While Silicon Valley has been (and will continue to be) a mecca for technology talent, not every ambitious tech pro wants to see their exorbitant salary eaten up by even more exorbitant housing costs. Granted, Boston and New York — two other tech-talent magnets — aren’t much better in terms of affordable living. But plenty […]

An action plan for upskilling your workforce

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I’ve written a few times in the Workplace of the Future blog about the importance to enterprises of investing in upskilling their employees. Helping your current workers gain new skills is a great way to bridge the talent  gap that makes it so hard for digital transformation efforts to take off. But upskilling requires a […]

The soft skills that enterprises desperately need

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By definition, disruption is an inherent component of digital transformation. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, automation, mobile devices, and other technologies have dramatically impacted how organizations do business and how employees do their jobs. For many organizations, however, digital transformation efforts are being undermined by a widening talent shortage and skills gap. In a study […]

Trust in leadership is critical to enterprise success

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Digital transformation requires organizations to be agile, adaptable, flexible, and scalable. It requires a strategic vision and a collective mindset that is focused on innovation, teamwork, and problem-solving. But without strong trust among employees in an organization’s leaders, the elements that drive digital transformation can become corroded and ineffective. It’s hard to generate enthusiasm and […]

When your tech job isn’t in tech

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When you think of technology workers, you’re apt to think of companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Samsung … you know, tech companies. But there are technology workers in every industry that deploys tech, and in many industries the percentage of workers with technology jobs has increased. “Tech jobs as a share of all […]

Four of the hottest “triple-deep” skill sets to advance your personal brand

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Personal brands can no longer be one-dimensional in the digital enterprise marketplace. The term “generalist” aims to create the illusion that a candidate is multi-dimensional, and yet it actually says, “I’m willing to try anything to get a job.” The marketplace is becoming more and more specialized, and even people with self-perceived specialist skills are […]

You’re one good idea away from your own tech podcast

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In a recent blog post, I argued that podcasting offers technology professionals an opportunity to raise their profiles and advance their careers. There are three main reasons for this: Podcasting is an intimate medium perfectly suited for articulate people to demonstrate their knowledge of a particular topic in conversations and interviews. Podcasters who know their […]

The mistake made by nearly 1 in 3 millennial managers

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Younger enterprise managers are far more likely than their older counterparts to understand the need for workplace flexibility and the value of leveraging the skills of freelance professionals. A survey commissioned by freelance website Upwork of more than 1,000 U.S. hiring managers shows that nearly three-quarters (74%) of millennial/Generation Z managers supervise workers who spend […]