6 Tips for Executives To Present A Better Story

“The art of storytelling can be used to drive change”. Richard Branson To be an effective leader of an organization requires good communication and motivation skills. As a leader you must be able to clearly and succinctly explain everything from organizational goals to specific tasks. Sometimes leaders do not tell good stories when presenting. They fail to connect emotionally with their audience due to behavior and/or content. Having presented at–and attended–hundreds of conferences and events, I have learned to determine which presenters are good storytellers and which ones to avoid. I want to hear a good story. How can you avoid becoming one of those avoided? Demosthenes, put…

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Hands-on session

Connecting the last mile of finance at Workiva Amplify

Key takeaway: Connecting financial close and compliance can help to relieve congestion in the last mile of finance, saving days or even weeks in producing financial disclosures. Workiva Amplify was a hands-on summit. The majority of sessions in this 17-parallel-tracks summit were hands-on sessions with Workiva, and they were packed. And the attendees were younger than other conferences I’ve participated in over the years — not counting Scouting jamborees. I’ve been to conferences with a lot of buzz, but a conference of auditors, financial managers and compliance professionals with so much energy — I haven’t experienced that before. … some companies lock up the key members of the…

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IBM’s CEO Big Bet: Can Red Hat Deal Save Cloud Services Roads to Revenue?

Key takeaway – The Red Hat acquisition can be a win-win for IBM and CIOs’ multicloud strategies, so long as IBM resists the temptation to overload Red Hat solutions with IBM services. IBM’s CEO Rometty acquired Red Hat Inc for $34 billion to turn around cloud computing services. This is IBM’s largest acquisition in over 100 years, according to Reuters. IBM agreed to pay Red Hat shareholders $190 a share, or a high 63% premium over its value, as reported by Bloomberg media. IBM has had some missteps in the cloud computing execution over the last five years. It is in 4th place in cloud leadership behind Amazon…

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Beware of forecasts of immediate massive change for no doubt they’re wrong!

Reading time: 3 minutes Dennis Simanaitis, Engineering Editor for Road & Track magazine from the end of the 1970s to 2012, filled my casual reading with delicious stories galore of the details of automobiles and internal combustion engines for most of that career. Afterward, he began to blog, most recently penning a piece on premature requiems for the internal combustion engine.

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Watch this Airspace

Amazon says that it has conducted 10,000 real-world tests of the MK27 delivery drone. The deliveries must be within 8.5 miles making for a 15-mile round trip. They will begin in rural areas and creep toward more densely populated areas.

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Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency: Failure to Launch?

Facebook’s Libra plan is a massive digital cryptocurrency for peer-to-peer payments. It has the appearance as a way to reinvent itself with a new digital disruptive service. This creative destruction financial concept could go in the Silicon Valley record book to break up global banking models. Yet, the Libra plan has three key major challenges that could lead it to implode and fail. Facebook seems to follow its mantra to “go fast, release it, break things, clean up, and worry about regulators later”. If Libra cryptocurrency is successful for peer-to-peer payments, then it’s a new global currency. This proposed Libra coin could have a major impact and influence…

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The New Micro Swarming

It is wise to have a robot/automation strategy for your business that is open to new advancements in this field. This is a technological threshold where swarms of robots will perform a wide variety of different tasks.

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Avoid Pitfalls in Vendor Selection

You saw software do something your organization cannot do today but should do soon. What do you do? Capterra blog details how technology is changing how churches connect with its members. As a result, faith-based organizations are adopting and leveraging technology-centric tools and services. To better engage their communities. Avoid the potential for poor decision-making and costly mistakes when selecting and procuring vendors. Follow these tips. 1. Adopt the mantra of trust but verify.  If you can’t exploit a tool it might as well not exist. Software offerings maybe built on older data models. Containing code that is difficult for rewriting applications. Be circumspect of vendor participation in…

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