Batter Up: 5 Things Workforce Planners Can Learn From Fantasy Baseball

It’s that time of year again. Baseball superfans know what I’m talking about. It’s time to draft your fantasy baseball team. If you’re like millions of Americans, you’re grabbing your peanuts and Cracker Jacks and getting ready for an exciting season.

For many, the fantasy draft isn’t a one-and-done event. Avid baseball fans actively observe signings, releases, injuries and news about prospects throughout the off-season. People who would otherwise cringe in the face of data find themselves knee deep in acronyms like OBP and WAR, and statistically normed stats. They know how to separate the five-tool players from those who wear their glove on the wrong hand. Read More


How to Give Your Brand’s Website a Facelift

Recently, I led a project team tasked with making a client’s website a more effective communications tool. During our audit, we documented numerous content, navigation and design errors that significantly impaired the website’s functions.

Our findings weren’t all that uncommon.

These days, it seems that everyone has one or more websites, for personal and professional purposes. For many consumers, an organization website is the first―if not only―place to gather information. With that in mind, it is extremely important to nail that first impression of your brand the website gives and ensure that it enhances visitors’ experience. Read More


Do These 6 Things Now to Prepare for the DATA Act

By now everyone is familiar with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) passed by Congress last year with specific deadlines and know that Treasury, OMB, and others are busy preparing to address its requirements to disclose direct expenditures and link them to contracts, loans and grants. It requires the establishment of standards, improvements in the quality of data and streamlined reporting through the use of USASpending.gov. It may also, at the discretion of the Secretary of Treasury, establish a data analysis center to facilitate better analysis and increase efficiency. If implemented correctly, the act could provide an underlying framework to support not only transparency and accountability in government, but the improvement in efficiency and effectiveness of government programs. Read More