Nov 28, 2018
In a recent article for Forbes, leadership strategist Victor Lipman writes that new managers making the transition into their first leadership roles are in need of more training than anyone else in the organization, and yet these young rising stars often have little to no support.
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).
Jun 04, 2018
At Quantified Communications, one of our favorite things about spring is commencement season. Every year in May and June, we get to enjoy a series of talks from some of the world’s best-known leaders and influencers in politics, business, and entertainment. And every year, we look forward to identifying some of our favorites.
Apr 18, 2018
TED’s annual mainstage conference always kicks off with a bang, but this year the vibe at the first session felt a little different. From the #MeToo movement to the Parkland shooting to the dark side of tech, the opening talks in Vancouver set a new kind of tone for TED. It was heavier. More emotional. More frustrating.
Apr 06, 2018
Earlier this month, we took a deep dive into the science behind storytelling, exploring the way a good story affects listeners’ brains. We know that, thanks to the neurological and chemical changes they cause in our brains, stories are powerful motivators that make us more likely to remember and believe in a message.
Apr 04, 2018
One of our biggest pet peeves around the QC office is the use of the term “soft skills” to talk about critical leadership qualities like communication, self-awareness, and teamwork. The term undermines the value of these traits, making them sound hollow and frivolous when we all know that the “soft skills”—particularly communication—are among the most important that recruiters look for in new hires.
Apr 02, 2018
When was the last time you got lost in a story? Perhaps you sat down to read “just one chapter” of a book and grew completely absorbed, spending three or four hours buried in the pages without realizing it. Perhaps you tuned into a podcast on your morning walk and became so engrossed you went on autopilot, finding yourself back at home without quite knowing how you got there. Or maybe you lost yourself in a movie, heart racing, tears flowing, breath caught in your throat right along with the characters.
Mar 27, 2018
As the future of work becomes more and more automated, MBA programs are beginning to integrate technological innovations to prepare their students for the new realities of running a business. From lectures on algorithm-driven decision making to full-blown partnerships with computer science and engineering programs, these schools are working hard to prepare our future leaders for the future of business.
Mar 06, 2018
Look at a rundown of the characteristics required of leaders, and you’ll see several concrete traits—decisiveness, intelligence, flexibility—but at the very top of the list, you’ll notice one big buzzword: “executive presence.”