Identifying Trends in Technology

“Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.”

– Joseph Krutch, Writer

With technology becoming increasingly prevalent in our daily lives, there is a growing interest for a number of businesses to better integrate emerging tech into their regular practices. For many, significant integration of this nature may seem irrelevant to their type of business or too complicated. However, simply identifying certain trends in technology can serve to spark more creative ideas, or better prepare you for both future integration and innovation.

One constantly evolving area of tech that most are already aware of is cloud computing. The storing and transferring of memory via the internet has become a staple with nearly every sort of communicative interaction in the modern age. It can be of use to many (especially as file sizes grow larger) to always be on the lookout for new and improved services that allow this process to work more efficiently. Things like more storage space, fast download and upload speeds, and more secure protections all contribute to maximizing the use of these platforms.

Along the same lines, there have been a number of innovations to transfer much of the work environment to a more digital space. And even in physical spaces, things like voice interfaces (such as Amazon Alexa or Siri), and other business focused “smart” devices are being integrated in the office and home areas as additive technologies to increase efficiencies. The growing trends seem to be more and more focused not just on artificial intelligence such as these but also making all technology increasingly accessible no matter the location.

With nearly every working person owning a smart device of some capacity, internet service providers have worked to make the internet (with fast and wide reaching speeds) available for all areas of the world. Innovations to 5G technology allow users to access the internet away from traditional wifi or grounded internet facilities. And with their increasing compatibility with smartphone users, this tech has caused more and more people to conduct businesses on the go and away from the desk.

All of these innovations do not necessarily demand immediate integration of said tech; but simply being aware of trends will allow you to better identify possible pitfalls, as well as possible efficiencies. Technology has slowly become one of the dominant forces of business, understanding and embracing this fact can only better your chances of success.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
The world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization

The Benefits of Business Blogging

“Good writing is clear thinking made visible.”

– William Wheeler

In many ways, journaling or chronicling one’s thoughts in any form can have an immensely positive effect on one’s success. However, there is something to be said about retooling these writings for a personal blog focused on your business. As simple as it may seem, it should be understood that the effect of a business blog can extend to not only personal fulfillment but also positive effects on your business. There are a few ways blogging can lead to future success.

For one, translating your business onto a new platform leads to more exposure and awareness. Like any good marketing or general communication, making sure your message is seen and heard by the maximum number of people (this time via blog) tunes more people to hear what you will also have to say in the future. A consistent and well thought out blog can establish a solid reader base that has a sense of trust in what you are trying to do with your business.

This being said, a blog isn’t necessarily merely a form of marketing; it actually has its own unique value. Where marketing is typically focused solely on servicing a product or company, a blog can interact more with human needs or particular reader interests. While information on your business can certainly be included, an effort to pursue these sorts of interests can go a long way in creating a successful blog. A blog in this way is not a reiteration of your business but rather another side of your business, in some ways functioning as its own entity.

All this said, a blog should be initially inspired by your interests and how they (at least tangentially) relate to your business. Channeling this inspiration can not only make it easier to write, but also transmute a sense of passion that will help keep readers engaged. Focusing on the blog itself instead of hyper-focusing on how it can directly help your business can allow it to exist on its own, and in turn lead even more well informed people to you and your business.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
The world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization

Organizing Internal Involvement

“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”

– Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric

When focusing on involvement, there can be a number of questions guiding you aside the basic “Who do I want involved?” Deciding who is best to address certain needs of a business is a multifaceted process but an essential one. The simple question to be answered is “who is best for the job?” Though this works a majority of the time, this is only one way to go about efficient involvement management. Proper involvement comes with understanding the scope of your business at its fullest scale, and therefore understanding the perspectives of all your employees working for a shared success.

There are a number of ways to look at this process, one of those being on a purely personnel management level. This process takes not only work production into account but also personality and chemistry traits. Oftentimes there may be someone “best fitted” for a task based on their surface level ability, but in reality your business as a whole does not exist in a vacuum. This means that while this person may be able to perform this task efficiently, their time may be better used in another area that is more needing of their ability. Every area of involvement should, in this way, work in harmony with one another in order to achieve the maximum amount of production.

When determining efficient involvement organization, especially among groups of people, a proper understanding of their leadership and working styles is a must. Stronger personalities tend to butt heads when grouped together for tasks that involve significant teamwork. But while traditional understanding is to separate these types (which is still a viable quick fix), potential success can be found in working through these difficulties with proper communication. If both personalities are aware of the involvement process in its entirety, including the concern for potential conflict, there is potential for positive dialog, understanding, and ultimately an even stronger output of production.

As with most business decisions, proper communication (even in the involvement process) can help avoid potential pitfalls. While relaying every step of the process isn’t necessary for solid communication, a baseline of clear reasoning and organizational philosophy goes a long way in achieving a common understanding for all those involved.