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Raymond E. DiDonna


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3 Ways Actuaries Can Effectively Communicate with Nontechnical Audiences

Mar 14, 2018 12:48:04 PM / by Raymond E. DiDonna

The content of this article was originally published in The Actuary as Simplifying the Complex: How to speak to nontechnical audiences.

A natural part of anyone’s business career, the further you advance, the broader your audience becomes. And that applies to both formal and informal settings.

As an actuarial student, your primary audience is your boss (an actuary), his or her peers (other actuaries) and your peers (actuarial students). For the most part, this group is homogenous and very similar to you. Thus, it’s not too difficult to prepare to present information to them. You just need to focus on how you want to present the information since, generally speaking, the way you want to present it is the way they want to receive it. Said differently, early in your career you already know your audience well. This is not true, how­ever, as your career advances and your audience gets more diverse.

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[CEO Series] 7 Tips To Become a Better Influencer

May 30, 2016 1:02:02 PM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Thought Leadership, CEO Series

Have you ever thought about how many instances there are in a day where you influence other people? The budget you need to get approval on, the client who is so close to signing on the dotted line, the colleague who can’t decide between pizza or salad for lunch. All of these are just a few examples of opportunities you have to influence – and those are just instances in the workplace! Your personal life is full of them, too. So when you come across these moments where you have the potential to influence another person, you want to be as successful as possible.

I recently had the chance to speak about Critical Influencing Skills for Advancing Professionals at the 2016 TAI User Group Meeting. The conference is primarily focused on educating TAI users on updates and advancements in their reinsurance software solutions. This year was an exciting one, where they announced the release of two new products: Connector and Insights. So you may be wondering where the discussion around influencing fits in? Well, 

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Two Necessary Business Strategies For Continued Growth

Apr 26, 2016 5:40:04 PM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in LOGiQ3 Culture, Thought Leadership, CEO Series

So you’ve made it past the ten year mark as a company. That’s a huge accomplishment (and one we celebrated this year) considering 90% of startups fail. You are proud of what you have accomplished but you’re likely focused on the future and how to continue building on that growth and momentum. In other words, how can your business grow bigger and get better all while maintaining success. As CEO, this is a question I am tasked with every day. Of course the specific answers to this question will look different for every company but I think there are a two overarching strategies that can lead you to continued success. Find out what they are below.

 

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ReFocus Conference Revealed - The Need for Change in the Life Insurance Industry

Mar 31, 2016 4:28:17 PM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Reinsurance, Life Insurance

Earlier this month the 10th annual ReFocus Conference, co-sponsored by the ACLI and the Society of Actuaries, was held in Las Vegas. ReFocus has become a “Must” Go-To destination for leaders in the life insurance and reinsurance market in North America and beyond. Our team was also invited to speak at the conference and share insight (see here for a sneak peek of our presentation highlights!). This year, more than 600 participants from around the world attended. As always, there was a variety of topics to peak the interests of attendees. But an overriding theme was the need for change in the life insurance industry to be able to better serve its customers of today and tomorrow.

There are some harsh realities in the life insurance world, some of which have always existed, while others are only now becoming prevalent.

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Effective Leadership: The Influence of Six Sigma

Dec 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Thought Leadership

Several years ago I was part of General Electric's world renowned Six Sigma process improvement initiative. The program itself was well developed and GE, among many other companies, derived great value from exercising the methodology.

While I haven't done true Six Sigma work for quite a while, I had the occasion recently to reflect on the methodology and think about how Six Sigma has influenced my leadership style here at LOGiQ3.

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