Why All CEO’s Value Education Above All Else

It’s important to know how to run a business in the modern world. While in centuries past it might have been sufficient to be the only retailer of a certain good in your area, now you must likely compete with several businesses in your city just to stay afloat. All CEO’s and leaders of businesses value self-tuition over all, and this is for a good reason. In order to develop and progress in manner that most affords positive and continual development, the ability to discern between good and bad information is paramount.

This means that understanding where to draw these parameters is one of the most advantageous intellectual battles you can take care of in the life of your firm. After all, ideas are the generators of business, and without them your efforts would quickly fade into irrelevance. Here are a few reasons as to why continual self-development is so important as a business leader:

Historical Understanding

Understand the past, and you can predict the future. At least in part, and to the degree that is worthwhile. In noticing patterns and being able to scope out the tastes of a market, you might just develop or market a product perfectly in line with the innovation-hungry and novelty-interested tastes of a market. This might even help you develop practices that make more sense. For example, studying ecommerce history could give you a more inclusive attitude about how to adopt certain accommodations in future, and try to tailor the direction of your business in a compatible tandem with that.

It also allows you to see the current historical significance of your product and firm as a whole, and try to tailor this to become more appealing in future. Those without a good knowledge of history are doomed to repeat it (as they say,) meaning that taking care of this can arguably provide benefits on many levels, from the customer base to your staff to your upper management.

A solid historical understanding might also mean reading and analysing case studies of previous businesses (like yours,) that tried and failed. This can inform your understanding, as the wise amongst us learn from those around us.

Blind Spots

Blind spots are always there for us ignore. No matter how competent or well-read you are, they will occur. This lessens your ability to serve in all roles as a business leader, or to make effective decisions. With the correct education in new and growing fields relating to your business, you can lessen this impact. You might not be able to completely protect against this, but you can surely become better at discerning the difficulty and acting upon it.

For example, learning how online transactions are usually conducted might allow you to systemize your approach to accepting them in your business, despite being a perfectly store-led company until now. Times seem to be changing faster than ever, and with the right educational refinement, you can keep up with all of this.

So why not make an effort towards educating yourself today? Revolutionizing your business and potential success might demand nothing less.

 

Educate Yourself on the Top Career Choices

Whether you are looking for that first real job out of college or you are thinking about changing careers after all these years, what role will your education play in all of this?

For many people looking to improve their career situations, education plays a major role when all is said and done.

That said how do you know what type of education is best for your career aspirations?

Although it may seem like a simple choice to choose this or that line of degrees, keep in mind that educations and careers are almost always influx. As a result, what you get today in terms of an education may not suit you even a few years down the road.

Meantime, while some careers (medical, accounting etc.) will always be there to fill jobs due to the needs of the public, others have come and gone over the years.

So, how can you educate yourself on the top career choices for the next few years, not to mention secure your educational needs?

Researching Your Options is Critical

In order to best serve both your education and career requirements, keep a couple of pointers in mind:

  • Jobs – First and foremost, it is all but impossible to survive in today’s economic climate without a good job. Yes, many people do get by one way or the other, but it can prove quite difficult. There is a good chance you know (maybe even yourself) a number of people working not only a full-time job, but holding down a part-time job or two on the side. In most cases, those individuals are doing it not out of choice, but instead out of necessity. Whether it is increasing rents or mortgages, increasing health insurance costs, the ever-increasing expenses for gas and utilities etc. the list could go on and on. While you may love the career you are currently in, does it calmly pay all your bills at the end of the day? If not, the time for a better job (notably in terms of salary) may be a necessity come 2017. Do your research to see which careers offer the most, that is in terms of money, healthcare benefits etc. In doing so, you will be better educated as to where you career aspirations may be headed;
  • Schooling – If the need for more schooling is necessary either right out of high school or down the road for a career change or career growth, where do you start? While it may seem rather easy to choose from a list of schools, many people will tell just the opposite. The preferred approach to take in selecting the best school for your career is typically lots of research. Whether you go on to work in the educational field itself with young students or hundreds of other professions, researching your options is critical. Unlike several decades ago prior to the Internet, most of that research was done via magazines and brochures, radio and television advertisements, and even word-of-mouth. In today’s digital age, most students out of high school or those looking to advance their educational requirements are using the worldwide web. By doing so, they can visit countless educational institutions, learning much of what there is to know about them. From the curriculum to the average student-teacher ratio, you can learn lots of valuable information by visiting respective college and university websites etc. 

Being an Educated Employee

As important as your education certainly is, it is also critical that you are educated in terms of your career options, especially as they pertain to 2017.

Once again, the Internet can prove to be a great resource tool for any and all such information.

Seeing which careers seem primed for now and down the road will help you in your decisions, both on education and jobs.

When you are an educated individual, both with degree in-hand and with what’s going on around you, your ability to grow and support yourself will reach new heights.

About the Author: Dave Thomas covers business and education topics on the web.

Is the Cloud Part of Your Business Makeup?

Businessman pushing shopping cartAn increasing number of businesses are moving their systems and processes to the Cloud, because it can help them improve the efficiency of their processes, reduce costs and innovate more effectively.

However, some types of businesses stand to benefit more from such a move than others.

Here is a look at seven industries that should step up their adoption of Cloud technology.

Education

With Cloud computing, educational institutes can achieve higher levels of efficiency and productivity by automating their administrative processes.

By developing a centralized information and knowledge depository, they will be able to improve communication with their students, employees and other people.

Life Sciences

As their clinical trial data becomes more voluminous and complex, researchers need to find new ways to filter data.

Switching to the Cloud enables them to reduce the costs of clinical trials and boost innovation, as well as improve health care eventually.

Real Estate

One of the main reasons why many real estate companies are adopting Cloud computing is because of its data storage capabilities. It allows agents to recover files more easily and quickly than a traditional tape storage system.

It is also significantly more cost-effective to back up data in the Cloud than to buy back up drives, update backup software and perform backups manually.

Finance

According to an article entitled “7 Types of Businesses that Need Better Cloud Performance“, the finance industry is one of the top five biggest spenders on Cloud services.

Its investment in Cloud services is expected to amount to approximately $84 billion from 2011 to 2016.

By adopting Cloud computing, financial services companies will be able to access condensed, readily usable data with greater ease and speed, and they do not need to have separate client databases and banking portals for different branches.

Telecommunications

In a study conducted by Rackspace, about 56 percent of mobile telecommunications companies said that they saw an increase in their profits after adopting Cloud computing.

Moving to the Cloud can help them lower their IT costs and attract more customers by offering Cloud services.

Hospitality

Travel booking websites such as Hotels.com, Travelocity and Expedia are eating into the profits of hotels.

One of the reasons why hotels cannot compete with popular travel booking websites is because many of them are still using antiquated IT systems such as Excel.

There are now SAS solutions available to enable hotels to take measures such as testing price elasticity on their own websites to boost their competitiveness.

Consumer Goods

Cloud computing can help consumer goods companies boost the effectiveness and expertise of their sales teams, introduce new products to the marketplace more quickly and improve customer satisfaction.

They can realize these benefits by moving their customer relationship management systems to the Cloud and mixing their web, social media, email and mobile marketing campaigns to target consumers in a more customized manner.

Businesses may experience some growing pains when they try to implement Cloud computing solutions.

However, the benefits they stand to gain more than outweigh any difficulty they may face.

About the Author: John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from social media marketing to Cloud computing.

Don’t Close the Books on Continuing Education

Regardless of how set you are in your field, you should always consider continuing education.

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It also doesn’t really matter what field you’re in – continuing education is always important.

Some companies require it. Some recommend it. But all will appreciate it. The more you can stay abreast of your field, the more productive and successful you will be.

Does Your Career Demand More Classwork?

Some careers require more continuing education than others.

For instance, those in the educational/academic fields are constantly attending continuing ed conferences, classes and adding on certifications.

Of course, healthcare is also a huge one for continuing education. Between techniques, new research and safety methods, healthcare workers need to stay up to date on what is new and relevant in their field.

Lawyers and accountants also need to stay on top of laws and requirements so as not to mislead or misrepresent their clients.

Many of the fields that require continuing education do so not only as a training factor, but also as a liability/safety issue. Whereas teachers need training on new technology techniques or new curriculum, they also need training on laws pertaining to students and the field.

The Beauty of Continuing Education

Another field requiring continuing education is estheticians.

Because they are dealing with skin and skincare, they need to be aware of not only general procedures and what’s new and trendy, but also sanitation and sterilization, safety procedures, signs of allergic reactions, and some basic diagnostic and treatment knowledge.

As the following article looks at, here are 4 reasons continuing education for Estheticians is so important:

  • Safety – New and better techniques are consistently coming out, you want to keep your clients as safe as possible.
  • Trends – Things in this field often change quite quickly. You want to stay atop of the hottest cosmetology trends.
  • Licensing – States require licensing for cosmetologists to practice, and if your license expires, you will be out of a job. Keep current through continuing ed.
  • Advanced techniques – Often you can get by with the basics, but you become more marketable and in demand the more you can offer. Broaden your repertoire or find a specialty through continuing education.

If cost becomes a concern while considering continuing education, you probably have a few factors to think about.

For one, many companies will cover your continuing ed fees. If yours doesn’t, think about if you will be able to make more money with your new found knowledge.

Return on investment is an important factor. Can you tie it in with another degree?

Often people will seek continuing education and gain another degree while doing so.

For instance, teachers may earn their credit hours while working on a master’s degree or certification in another subject area.

Continuing education is usually a win-win situation, even when it’s not a requirement.

If you’re thinking about it, you’re already on the right track.

About the Author: Heather Legg is a writer who covers topics related to social media, small business and education.