Our 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we wanted to share the top 10 most viewed posts from the Allari Blog. The readers picked a good mix of topics including managing others and self, data and analytics and one of the major technology trends for the year.

We wanted to create a blog that would provide insightful ideas to help IT leaders improve as leaders, managers and technologists. More so as a spark to ignite their interest and perhaps want to look further. It turned out to be more about sharing than teaching as the exponential speed of technology just gave us enough time to share what we were learning. Of course, as IT leaders we don't lead technology - we lead people.  Mark Twain said, "There is a great deal of human nature in people." This human nature tends to be much more constant than technology, yet we still seem to struggle to understand it.  We share below our top 10 most viewed blogs by our readers over the past year and the results are a good mix of posts about managing, technology trends,  productivity and trying to figure out human nature. 


10. The Rise of the Knowledge Worker and How to Boost Their Effectiveness

Knowledge workers have been on the rise over the last 40 years. As digital transformation begins to dominate the agenda for most companies productivity will be a key to success. This post outlines 5 tips to improve knowledge worker productivity.dilbert-1.jpg

9. 5 Steps to Go from Data to Decisions

Many companies invest in the technology to capture, store and access data but are weaker in building the organization and processes to use the data to make decisions. This post outlines the 5 steps of the BADIR ( Business question, Analysis plan, Data collection, Insights, and Recommendations) approach to make the technology investment really pay off.

8. The Dollars and Sense of Employee Engagement

Surveys indicate 40% of employees feel they are disengaged and 80% feel they are not completely engaged. This infographic details some of the causes and the costs that result from this pervasive disengagement.

7. Are Low Value Tasks Holding You Back?

This post highlights the fact that just removing the external distractions such as email, phone calls and meetings may not be enough. We all have tasks that are embedded into our daily routine by design that may be holding us back and this blog provides some tips on how to make changes to better avoid this situation.

6. The Mayhem of Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking is typically something we proudly claim to do on a regular basis. This post and infographic tells us why we really detective-holmes.jpgcan't multi-task and when we try we only become less productive. Uni-tasking with some depth is a better path to creativity and productivity.

5. What Really Motivates Us?

Money is thought to be the big motivator. A closer look reveals this is not the case in this blog that also looks at job dissatisfaction and job satisfaction as two different measures. Take a read to find out if and where more money falls.

4. What Makes a Good Team?

Conventional wisdom indicates when you put together a team of superstars you get high performance. The data driven people ops group at Google decided to put that to a test. The surprising results found a team of average individual performers can
perform better than a team of superstars if they had one key team norm. 

3. Are We Turning Data into Knowledge?

We love being in our comfort zone but sometimes getting out of it can be rewarding. This post provides an example of a school district that made information more difficult to process to gain far better results. Read about how cognitive disfluency can be used to get us to process information which is a key to turn data into knowledge.

2. How to Use Google and LinkedIn's Tool for Goal Settingsaturday-night-live-season-one-cast.jpg

In March of this year, one of the Icons of technology, Andrew Grove, passed away. Grove used a framework called OKR to answer two key questions: where do you want to go? and how do you know when you get there? This post overviews the OKR framework and how it can help you in both goal setting and more importantly, achieving the ones you set.

1. 7 Ways the Internet of Things Will Impact Your Life

By 2050, 50 billion devices will be connected to each other and the cloud. Our most viewed blog outlines how this will impact our homes, health, entertainment, work, transportation and economy. Combining IoT with Artificial Intelligence and Analytics will provide incredible productivity gains, cost reduction and transform our lives at work and home.

 

We look forward to continuing to share what we learn in 2017.


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