Companies are turning to sentiment analysis to learn what customers think and to boost customer-centric strategies for sales and marketing campaigns. Predicting consumer behaviour can be a difficult task, especially with significant amounts of data coming from so many and varied channels of communication, one of the most representative being social media. Therefore, marketing departments rely on using predictive analytics and devising marketing campaigns based on various criteria, in order to improve brand awareness and loyalty and to approach consumer interactions at a higher and more personal level.
Digital transformation is at the top of global development strategy priorities, according to a survey by Forbes Insights, which comprised 573 executives from around the world. According to the study, the next two years will be critical from this point of view, with half of respondents considering that their organizations will be drastically digitally transformed in this period.
Among the themes most challenging for managers across industries, performance related conversations with team members is always somewhere on top. Now why is that so complicated? Isn’t it something like “Hey Jack, you’ve done a good job but I know you can make it even better…”?
Truth be told, people hate office briefings. We tend to grumble and complain when we go to briefings, so instead of briefings we call them team meetings or gatherings, but sometimes even this change can’t help. The truth is that these meetings are important for the business development and everybody is aware of that in some way.
Back to the last summer, it was the middle of August, the heat of the summer holidays. Yet, I was working hard in my office. My schedule was full of coaching sessions with tired, stressed out managers up to their ears in work and they all seem not to have time to enjoy the sunny days. How did this happen?
The Romanian IT&C industry, an industry which is continuing its upward trend, currently has around 80.000 specialists. The biggest players are clustered around Bucharest, Cluj and Iasi and they are continuing to recruit local talent. However all of these companies have the same challenges.
The IT industry continues to be a booming one. An area that is constantly innovating and attracts the best talents. As this industry continues to grow, apart from the need for specialists in various technologies, there is also a need for people to manage these specialists. Team Leaders, Managers or Project Managers that know how to effectively use the talents and resources of the company.
There is an old chestnut saying “if a tree falls into a forest and nobody hears it, did it happen?” Following this saying, if we don’t talk about cultural differences, does this mean they don’t exist?
We have constantly opening new offices and recruit (put together) more international teams than ever in the human history to follow global opportunities. And this is why cross cultural interaction are of ever growing interest for us.
When you are in a managerial role you can seldom say that you don’t have enough to do: analyzing various areas, developing business plans, setting goals, monitoring performance, solving conflicts, making decisions, coaching subordinates etc.