Category: Advice

Leadership Development Dos and Don’ts We hear the words “leader” and “leadership” used all the time. Organizations need leaders. That much is rather simple. But leadership in and of itself is very complex. In fact, leadership is one of the single most researched topics in Industrial-Organizational (“I-O”) psychology. And leadership development – while fascinating, can be a […]

Whether you like it or not, LinkedIn is a staple for businesses, job seekers, and professionals looking to network across the world. It is the mecca for professional development – where careers of all kinds and talent of all ages, backgrounds… all shapes, sizes, colors, and creed… collide. FACT: there are an average of 100 million […]

I started my career in tech almost ten years ago as a Network Engineer. I’ve grown from what we call a “Tier One Technician” (which is essentially someone who receives, assesses and assigns support requests) to a senior level Engineer on the 14 West Global Technologies team… or WesTech as we like to call it. […]

We recently talked about an Aesop fable that we’ve used to help boost revenue. What did we learn? ”Please all and you’ll please none.” Managers everywhere can relate. Understanding how to work with different people who need different things to grow, develop and perform… it’s not easy. And sometimes it feels like you simply cannot win. Should […]

    “Fail Fast” & “Ready, Fire, Aim” are phrases you hear early and often in your career at The Agora Companies. And while they’re said with a certain amount of tongue in cheek, there is truth to them. The Agora Companies are based on ideas, and those ideas are not always fully formed – or […]

  True, not all projects need a Project Manager. But there’s a reason (in fact, lots of reasons) that the demand for Project Managers has been on a steep and steady incline in recent years. And there are no signs of that trend slowing. Nevertheless, there is a fairly common misconception that a Project Manager is an excessive […]

Story Time… A man and his son were once walking with their donkey to the market. As they were walking along its side, a countryman passed them and said, “You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?” So the man put the boy on the donkey and they went on their way. […]

  14 West Organizational Development: A Case Study Recently a company came to us with a major issue. They were losing 1.2 million dollars a year   … in large part due to high employee turnover. But they couldn’t figure out why. Together, we pinpointed problems, crafted effective solutions, and now just a year later they’ve […]

  If you ask the managers at your organization about the top challenges they face, we’re willing to bet that “finding and hiring the right people” would be somewhere near the top. At least we know that’s the case for many of the managers from around The Agora Companies. And yet, there is a proven […]

    There’s a new phishing technique in town, and hackers are having a blast with it. Here’s how the latest shady maneuver is working: Hackers are approaching people and telling them that they’ve hacked into their email and/ or computer and have found some sort of “dirt” on them. Then comes the threat to […]