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Axellium Newsletter – February 2015

Judging by the number of articles published to-date on the topic, 2016 promises to be the year of process improvement. As February comes to a close, much is being written about how to align and improve processes, organizations, technologies and objectives.

We've selected a few samples ranging from personal tips to full scale enterprise perspectives, starting with mastering Excel and dealing with email volume, all the way to implementing continuous improvement and bridging cultural differences.

In any business, a number of improvements can generally be made up and down the value chain, none too big or too small to be considered. One of the challenges is to sort through the opportunities, and pick the ones that will have the most favorable impact when deployed at scale. While there is no "I" in team as the saying goes, Arnold H. Glasow did say that "Improvement begins with "I"." Indeed it has to start somewhere.

Happy readings.

The Axellium Team.

5 Barriers to Continuous Improvement


by Ýr Gunnarsdóttir, Contributor, Process Excellence Network
 
Continuous improvement is increasingly being touted as a competitive differentiator, but all too often companies are their own worst enemies, writes contributor Ýr Gunnarsdóttir. Here are the main barriers to continuous improvement. Read more…
 

5 keys to bridging cultural differences


by Patrick Boulard Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Axellium

Having spent many years of my career in global positions, working with and managing multi-cultural teams, I wanted to share some of the lessons I learned about culture, and how you can improve your chances to make cultural differences work for you. Read more...
 

Economy affecting career confidence for millennials

 
By Stephanie Overby, CIO.com and CIO magazine contributor

Young people in emerging economies possess a brighter outlook toward their technology prowess and job opportunities than those in developed countries, according to a report by IT outsourcing provider Infosys. Read more…

 

An industrial-age solution to email overload

 
By Cal Newport, Assistant Professor at Georgetown University

A century ago, the Pullman Company came up with an ingenious solution to help brass workers do their jobs without distraction. How could the same principles apply to challenges and distractions faced by today's office workers when dealing with email overload? Read more...
 

7 handy Excel tricks to impress your boss


By Carly Stec, Staff Writer, HubSpot Marketing and Agency Blogs

To help you master some impressive Excel tricks, check out the infographic below from Microsoft Training. Whether you're looking to visually summarize data, highlight specific values, or calculate for seasonality, these instructions will help get you ramped up. Read more...
 

How to win the war for IT talent


By Sharon Florentine, Senior Writer, CIO.com
 
The battle to hire IT professionals is only going to get more brutal in 2016. Even IT heavyweights are struggling to find IT talent and are exploring unorthodox methods for sourcing and screening. Read more...