Oct 10, 2018
If there’s one thing our professors, mentors, and advisors drilled into us as we prepared to finish school it’s that networking, and building a robust group of professional contacts, is foundational to a successful career. But for many of us, the traditional idea of networking— waltzing into a room full of strangers and yukking it up while trying to balance a drink, a tiny hors d’oeuvres plate, and endless handshakes—sounds like nothing short of torture.
Unfortunately, all those people who preach networking are right.
Fortunately, there’s more than one way to go about it.
Oct 03, 2018
Recently, higher education institutions have found themselves under pressure to show evidence of student learning. In a recent article in the Hechinger Report, University of Bloomington professor and head of the National Survey of Student Engagement Alexander McCormick theorized that this has to do with the continually rising costs of these programs. Given the size of their investments, consumers and policymakers are eager to see an ROI on ungrad and graduate studies.
Oct 01, 2018
Whether you’re an aspiring TED speaker or a leader climbing toward the C-Suite, you recognize that your communication skills will play a huge role in getting you to the top. But when it comes to developing those skills, there are so many factors to focus on and, usually, so much room for improvement, that the goal of communicating on the level of a best-in-class speaker seems utterly unattainable.
Sep 26, 2018
Here at Quantified, we’re always looking for new research and data on what makes leaders great. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of resources out there, and some of our favorite information comes from podcasts (this is, after all, the year of the voice).
Sep 24, 2018
When it comes time to give examples of great talks, there are plenty of old standbys we reference regularly: President Reagan’s Challenger speech, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream, or David Foster Wallace’s This Is Water, to name a few. But we’re always on the lookout for new talks that can illustrate the impact a world-class speaker can have on an audience. That’s why “Quantified’s Best Practices” is our favorite part of our biweekly newsletter. So we were thrilled to discover James Clear’s ongoing list, “Great Talks Most People Have Never Heard.”
Sep 20, 2018
Though there are plenty of valid arguments to the contrary, most research indicates that, in school, grades play an important role in helping students learn. They’re an incentive to work hard and a measure of success (or at least, we hope, progress).
Sep 13, 2018
Fifty, thirty, and even fifteen years ago, it was a relatively straight shot up the corporate ladder. That’s not to say there weren’t challenges in rising through the ranks or running a business—of course there were. But the quantitative decision-making and other skills required were a little more uniform and predictable. So MBA programs taught those hard skills and sent graduates out into the world, prepared for successful careers in the corporate world.
Sep 06, 2018
Here at Quantified, we talk and write a lot about how organizations that embrace the latest online, adaptive, and AI-driven learning technologies give themselves an important competitive advantage in today’s job market. And the same is true in the higher education world, as the institutions that embrace technology as a way to enhance recruitment, retention, and student success have begun to set themselves apart. Soon, those that hold out will fall behind.
Aug 30, 2018
A chief communications officer at a Fortune 100 company recently told me, “Our CEO considers himself to be the chief communicator.”
Aug 23, 2018
Where has the year gone? It seems like just yesterday we were posting our predictions for communication in 2018. Now we’re near the end of summer, and the fall semester is just around the corner.