5 Biggest Benchmark Problems and How To Fix Them

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As you may have heard from us a few times, benchmarking is a top tool used by leadership teams to support decision making. So, to dig into that topic, APQC surveyed over 300 professionals—across functional boundaries—to understand their common benchmarking practices and the value derived from benchmarking. What we found is that benchmarking does indeed play a vital role in many organizations.

APQC takes on KMWorld 2016!

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Countdown is on! I will be attending KMWorld 2016 November 14-17in Washington DC, and I’m bringing along 4 of my APQC colleagues – Darcy, Lauren, Zakiya, and Jennifer. Jane Dysart and her group put on a wonderful week and we get to be part of that in a big way!

Skeptics Beware: Communities of Practice Are the Real Deal

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I read on Facebook that October 13 is International Skeptics Day.

Or is it?

If you’re like me, you’ve probably learned to view a lot of what you see on social media with a skeptical eye. You figured out a long time ago that just about anyone can create a meme designed to convince you that aliens are coming, a politician is up to no good, or clowns are lurking behind every corner. And you’re not buying it.

Amazon Prime’s Random Approach To Productivity

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Amazon.  The Behemoth of Booksellers.  The Disruptor of Retail.   The Patron Saint of the US Postal Service (their Prime saved USPS’s bacon).

Amazon. The Paragon of Predictive Analytics.  The Role Model of Recommendation Systems.

Given Amazon’s obsession with data and analytics, I was blown away when I saw this video of how Amazon arranges their Prime Now warehouse.

3 Surprising Knowledge Management Workspace Trends

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It feels like I can’t open a browser these days without encountering a sweeping statement about the future of work. A lot of the headlines are intentionally over the top, from robots coming to take your job to Millennials not wanting to work. But beyond the clickbait, people’s relationship to work is changing.

How Process Management is Like Teenage Boys?

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As many of you know by now, I’m the proud parent of a high school student, with all the joys and frustrations that entails. I was recently struck with how much being a parent is like managing a business. Think about it. There are:

  • performance measures to monitor—grades and standardized tests,

  • workflows to manage—time management and study habits, and

  • employees to engage—celebrating successes, keeping morale high, and working with my son to embrace changes to study habits and prioritizing assignments over video games.

The Procrastination Situation

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Today, September 6, is Fight Procrastination Day. About a week ago, I decided this would be a great topic for a blog post. But then Labor Day weekend came and went, and this morning found me sitting at my desk, typing furiously, finally putting down all the thoughts that have been bubbling in my brain while I enjoyed some downtime these last few days.

Virtual Reality Needs to Go Social to Benefit KM

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Driving a Rover on Mars? Touring Valen's Reef in the Bird’s Head Seascape international preserve? Reliving Hurricane Sandy as the waters rose? I had a chance to experience all three of these in virtual reality (VR) at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival. 

Is Your Knowledge Management Mentoring Program Meeting Its Goals?

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4 Reasons Business Mentoring Matters

Regardless of what business purpose an organization pursues through mentoring, it must evaluate its program in order to determine whether itTwo men shaking hands in lobby of building is achieving its goals.

5 Tips From Adam Grant on How to Speak Up Without Getting Shot Down

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Adam Grant is a supremely practical management guru with a well-deserved reputation based on his popularity as the youngest full professor at Wharton Business School, two best-selling books and a much-read Sunday New York Times contributor. (He might be the next Peter Drucker.) My very first BTBI interview was with Adam about his first best seller, Give and Take.