I had the opportunity to experience the Presidential Precinct Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Opening Ceremony first hand on June 16, 2014, where we were greeted by fellows and leaders, including the honorable Tim Kaine, followed by a reception at the pavilion and a noon luncheon at Garrett Hall at the University of Virginia. To top it off, we all gathered at a local Mexican restaurant where we watched the USA vs. Ghana World Cup game - a victory for USA with memorable performances from Ghana. Check out this video of the fellows cheering on Ghana after they made their first goal.
The next six weeks will be full of leadership training, academic coursework and mentoring for the Washington Fellows representing 18 African countries.… Read more »
Yesterday, I spoke at the 2014 Strata conference in Santa Clara alongside a brilliant and like-minded data scientist, Kim Stedman. Every year the conference brings together the top minds in the data world to talk about the most important issues companies are facing. In past years, there has been a strong focus on new technologies like Hadoop, that are enabling organizations to store, process and analyze vast quantities of data. While these tools are exciting things to talk about, we are seeing a shift back to the fundamentals of data, and the most important question of how to get value from the data that we capture and store. After all, the tools are a moot point if we don't know how to make data work for our organizations.… Read more »
Today we are pleased to announce Socialcast Challenges, a new social ideation feature that provides companies with the ability to crowdsource ideas to drive continuous innovation.
Continuous innovation is what separates great companies from the average ones. Companies that manage innovation well tend to spot trends faster, deliver what customers want, and find smarter ways to do business.
A steady stream of new ideas that are brought to life by dedicated, engaged champions fuels innovation. More often than not, breakthrough ideas come from within your own organization.… Read more »
Gallup has been conducting an ongoing study of employee engagement in the American workplace. The latest report, looking at data from 2010 to 2012, shows the number of “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” employees hovers around 70% -- a statistic that hasn’t really changed in the past twelve years!
In previous blogs, we’ve talked about employee engagement – its impact on companies and what can be done about it.
But the real question is why, despite an improving economy, workplace perks like flex time and telecommuting, and major investments in mobile and productivity tools, do American workers continue to feel so disenchanted at work?
Part of the answer could be the dramatic increase in “work about work.… Read more »
People can be productive from almost anywhere thanks to high-speed networks, cloud computing, and mobile devices. Flexible work options are fast becoming the norm, with 57% of US companies offering some form of telecommuting. Today's #E2sday takes a look at a few characteristics of people working out of the office.
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