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You can have the most talented, experienced team of tech professionals all under one roof, but if they don’t have high morale, success will be hard to reach. That’s why a group like Plasticity Labs—which uses data analytics to gauge workplace morale—can even exist.

Although executive presence is something executives should have for success, it’s a demeanor people at all levels can benefit from acquiring, both to be effective in their current positions and to advance. Read on to find out what qualities entail executive presence and how you can cultivate them.

Most of us look at optimism and pessimism as purely black or white: Optimism is always good, and pessimism is always bad. A new angle adds another dimension, where you identify as either credulous or skeptical. Could knowing "your pair" help you better achieve your work objectives?

Institutes of higher learning are bringing in leaders from certain industries as visiting professors or guest lecturers. This helps provide unique, on-the-job perspectives to the curriculum. One recent example is Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, who will be a valuable addition to Stanford's MBA program.

If the project you're managing goes better than planned—you finish ahead of schedule, under budget, or with greater results than expected—you might be inclined to chalk it up to luck and not want to draw attention. But here's an argument for why you should make sure people notice and you get credit.

Not a day goes by that you don’t have occasion to try to persuade others, whether it’s for something big like canceling a project or something inconsequential like deciding where to go for lunch. Read on for tips to help convince people and get them on your side, both on a team and outside work.

From the outside, it’s difficult to assess an organization’s culture. But before taking a new job, it’s important to learn as much as you can so you won’t encounter a culture clash. If you've got an interview and are wondering whether a new workplace will be a good fit, read on for ways to find out.

Although it may not always be easy for us to make bold decisions, there are simple but powerful steps to keep in mind about becoming a bold decision maker. These include being quick and nimble, acknowledging that you may fail, and recognizing opportunities that come along the way. Read on.

When considering leadership in testing, before leading others, try leading yourself. Don’t do typical “leader” stuff. Instead, look at what you do as a professional. How polished are your technical skills? How about your communication and interpersonal skills? What do you do to make yourself better?

No one has a crystal ball, but it's critical for test professionals to seriously ponder what the future holds as they plan their career journeys. Where is technology headed? What testing roles will be in most demand? Where will a tester spend the most time? Here are some predictions.