Mark Hurd, Oracle's co-CEO, expressed optimism about his company's cloud business and about global IT spending in general in a keynote address on Wednesday at Goldman Sachs'  (GS - Get Report) annual technology and internet conference in San Francisco. Here are the top takeaways from the presentation by Hurd. Hurd talked up...
One of the challenging aspects to the interview process is talking about compensation and how to address the topic without losing the employer’s interest. Often the difference between a good offer and a dream offer is your skills in discussing compensation. The more confidence you gain in talking about money,...
When we at the Katzenbach Center ask a client’s employees what it is that makes them proud to work there, we often marvel at how consistent the answers are throughout an organization, regardless of level, function, or team. These cultural anchors aren’t always immediately obvious to outsiders, but if you take...
Since the mid-2000s, organizational change management and transformation have become permanent features of the business landscape. Vast new markets and labor pools have opened up, innovative technologies have put once-powerful business models on the chopping block, and capital flows and investor demand have become less predictable. To meet these...
Everyone makes mistakes – even bosses. If you admit to your faults and express your remorse, you might expect to be forgiven. However, according to a recent study, managers are rarely believed to be sorry. The research found that when powerful figures apologize, it comes across as disingenuous. According to...
How do you really get to know another person? More specifically, how do you know what type of employee that person will be? To help answer this question, many firms have incorporated personality tests into their applicant screening or employee training and development processes over the last several decades....
Performance reviews are valuable for both the employee and the employer. It's a chance for managers to give praise for exceptional work and guidance for any shortcomings, and to have an open discussion about the future of the company and the potential for employee growth. However, giving a review is...
The legal structure you choose for your business is one of the most important decisions you will make in the startup process. Each business entity has its own pros and cons, and it's important to sort through it all before settling on one. Your choice can greatly affect the...
Facebook's Workplace has been on the market for a little over a year and has seen rapid adoption by organizations of all sizes around the world. According to Facebook, more than 14,000 companies use Workplace as their internal team collaboration tool. Given people's familiarity with the social media giant, it's no...
Thinking about making a career change, even though you're over 45? You're not alone. Though younger workers have a reputation for job hopping, research from the American Institute for Economic Research shows that workers in the middle of their careers frequently change jobs as well. Why workers make a midlife career change Many workers...