Category: Strategic Thinking

Article: Recent Google Study of Successful Managerial Skills Now Includes Influence

What makes a great boss? Google has been asking this question for the past 10 years. According to this article, Google identified eight key behaviors back in 2008 and began training their managers accordingly.  Google has been studying and restudying

Article: Influence and Change Management

Gregg Brown is not just a published author and change management specialist, he is a long-time friend and facilitator for Barnes & Conti. In this article, he makes a case that in order to manage change efficiently, two of the

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Don’t Let Disruptive Innovation Disrupt You

Contributed by Nelson Soken PhD We at Barnes & Conti have been going back and forth regarding the topic of incremental versus disruptive innovation. What spurred our conversation was a blog post that discussed the necessity for insurance companies to

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“Soft Skills” They’re Difficult!

I’m sure you’ve heard the term, “Soft Skills.” Wikipedia explains that they “complement hard skills…the occupational requirements of a job and many other activities. They are related to feelings, emotions, insights and (some would say) an ‘inner knowing’ – i.e.

Five Steps for Planning an Enriching Experience at ASTD 2014

The ASTD 2014 International Conference and Expo will have nine content tracks, 250 educational sessions, and over 9,000 attendees. This sounds overwhelming when you only have three days to experience it all. And if you’re like me, you have little

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