Dec 16, 2020
Somehow it seems this year both flew by and lasted at least a decade, but here we are, sliding headfirst into the holidays and preparing to bid 2020 good riddance. But before we do, we wanted to take a minute to reflect on some of the small silver linings that came from this difficult year. We’re not talking big, life-altering blessings, though there were plenty of those, too. We’re talking about the small joys and useful innovations to help adapt to the new world of remote working during a pandemic. So, in the tradition of The Sound of Music, “these are a few of our favorite things.”
Dec 02, 2020
Tommaso Padula lives in Milan, Italy, with his wife. He has a degree in business administration from Bocconi University, he currently works as a brand strategist at Artefice, an Italian brand consultancy firm, and he dreams of one day starting a business in the food sector.
He is also a Harvard Business School student who recently completed HBS’s online course, Developing Yourself as a Leader. As part of that course, he was granted access to Quantified’s platform to measure and improve his professional communication skills in the English language — both during the course and over the next twelve months.
Oct 14, 2020
Video communication is relatively new as a workplace collaboration tool, but given the rapid shift to remote work, it has quickly become a primary communication channel. From conducting team meetings to delivering keynotes to thousands of viewers, how someone shows up on video can conjure a certain image of them as a leader.
Sep 30, 2020
In the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses across the globe hunkered down, cutting costs where they could and scrambling to stay afloat. It was quite the finale to the first quarter of 2020. But now, as we’re wading into Q4, something has changed. We haven’t eradicated COVID yet, and most of us aren’t back in our offices. But businesses have come out of that initial defense and stabilization mode, and they’re looking for ways to continue serving their customers, bringing in revenue, and building the momentum they’ll need to remain competitive when the economy rebounds.
Sep 16, 2020
What We Already Know
We know leadership development is a critical initiative for businesses, and we also know that communication is one of the most important skills businesses are looking for in leaders and high performers. But communication, in and of itself, is a remarkably broad category.
What kind of communication skills, exactly, do our future leaders need?
Sep 02, 2020
With companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others announcing that they intend to let their employees work from home indefinitely, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that remote work is likely to become more than just a pandemic-induced trend. In fact Global Workplace Analytics has recently found that 77 percent of the workforce says they want to keep working from home at least a day or two per week once the pandemic is over.
As employees scattered from their workplaces to their home offices in March, many businesses went into a sort of “emergency mode,” doubling down just to keep the gears turning. But now that we’ve all had some time to acclimate to this “new normal” and uncover best practices for general business operations, it’s time to reintroduce a critical activity that may have gotten lost in the initial shuffle: learning and development.
Aug 19, 2020
With More University Classes Online than Ever, How Can Educators Prepare Their Students for Real-World Success?
When the pandemic shuttered schools in mid-March, educators from kindergarten through graduate school went into emergency mode, shifting to synchronous and asynchronous distance learning as fast as possible. Now, as we head into the fall semester, schools have had the opportunity to catch their breath and think through not only how to teach online at all, but how to provide the quality education students expect from in-person classes under the new, hybrid and remote models they’ve adopted in an effort to continue flattening the curve.
Aug 03, 2020
The virtual work world is here to stay, and here at Quantified, we’re excited to actively support businesses as they navigate the new, remote business landscape — whether they’re digital veterans or diving in for the first time in the wake of the pandemic. We’ve taught teams how to achieve the ideal setup for their video communication as well as what to wear and how to set up their space. And now, with our direct integration with Zoom video conferencing, we’re making it easier than ever for leaders and high performers to assess and improve their newly minted video communication skills.
Jul 21, 2020
by Noah Zandan and David Murray
When COVID-19 first emptied workplaces and sent employees scattering to their home offices, the question on company leaders’ minds was, “How do we communicate virtually?” But as we’ve become accustomed to videoconferences and cleared the initial hurdles of remote work, leaders are revising the question, asking not only how to communicate virtually, but how to do so exceptionally.
Jun 26, 2020
For the foreseeable future, at least, it seems video communication is here to stay.
In a recent survey we conducted with Harvard Business Review (HBR), 86 percent of respondents said they are satisfied with their communication via video conference, and 70 percent anticipate using video conferencing the same amount as today or more, even after social distancing guidelines are lifted.
Whether you’re taking Zoom calls from your dedicated home office or from the far end of your dining room table, chances are good you’ve spent some time experimenting with lighting, computer camera positioning, fancy backgrounds, and more to try to achieve the perfect setup for every video call. Here at Quantified, we’ve been experimenting, too, but we’ve also been talking with communication experts and conducting surveys to identify what works best in terms of engaging audiences, building trust, and getting your point across on video.