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6 Common Chart Mistakes To Avoid When Presenting Data

6 Common Chart Mistakes To Avoid When Presenting Data


They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Graphs and charts are wonderful things. They give you the power to explain what’s in your dataset while requiring you to write only a small amount of dreary text. However, ... Read more

What Makes a Good Manager?

What Makes a Good Manager?

'Manager.'

It's an important role.  Some people think being manager means you are the boss, but in fact what you are, for all intents and purposes, is an enabler;Read more

How to Construct a Sensitivity Chart in Excel

How to Construct a Sensitivity Chart in Excel


When you are modelling a business problem in Excel, you will often want to know how the output of your model is affected by changes in some of the input variables. To do this you use sensitivity analysis, which is so called because you are ... Read more

Why Your Business Should Learn Tableau

Why Your Business Should Learn Tableau

Over the past few years, many large organizations have adopted business intelligence platforms like Tableau and are rolling them out to varying degrees of success. If your engagement has a heavy data analysis component, it’s highly likely that your clients will expect you to use toolkits like ... Read more

How The Kirkpatrick Model Can Help You Evaluate Workplace Training Programs

How The Kirkpatrick Model Can Help You Evaluate Workplace Training Programs


Training your team is an investment. It costs time, energy and money to teach a workforce a new skill. It is therefore important that companies be able to identify how effective training ... Read more

The Best Excel Formulas for Business

The Best Excel Formulas for Business

When I initially started writing this post, I intended to focus on the most widely used Excel formulas for business. All I could think of was very basic formulas like SUM, AVG, IF, AND and so on. Of course, these are very ... Read more

10 Ways To Be A Terrible Leader

10 Ways To Be A Terrible Leader

So you want to be a terrible leader?

You might think it looks easy (and you would be right), but even "pretty bad" leaders can benefit from some tips and tricks to achieve their full ... Read more

Work Faster and Smarter with these Excel Shortcuts (Part 2)

Work Faster and Smarter with these Excel Shortcuts (Part 2)

When working in Excel, keyboard shortcuts are probably the single best way of improving your skills and in particular, your productivity. In the previous ... Read more

7 Ways to Make a Business Case for e-Learning

7 Ways to Make a Business Case for e-Learning

Over the past few years, we’ve noticed that the managers who were most successful in implementing e-learning had a few common characteristics. One characteristic was that they understood the importance of the dynamics of effective implementation. This knowledge enabled them to not just deliver ... Read more

Work faster and smarter with these Excel shortcuts (Part 1)

Work faster and smarter with these Excel shortcuts (Part 1)

 There's a big difference between knowing how to use Excel and knowing how to use it efficiently. Whether you’re new to Excel, or even if you’ve used it for a while, it’s very tempting and easy to do everything with the ... Read more

5 Ways To Encourage Learning in the Workplace

5 Ways To Encourage Learning in the Workplace

"A company’s ability to innovate, improve, and learn ties directly to the company’s value" - David P. Norton and Robert S. Kaplan

Learning in the workplace is beneficial to both employees and employers. Most successful businesses will recognize that highly skilled workers are ... Read more

If it can be measured, it can be manipulated

If it can be measured, it can be manipulated

NOTE: This post was written by Ted Coiné, an Inc. Top 100 Leadership and Management Expert. It is a thought-provoking piece that has helped shape how we advise our clients on the implementation of our e-learning platform. Ted has kindly allows us to reproduce it here ... Read more