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Are You Ready For A Virtual Assistant? Posted By : Valerie Jennings

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0400

Today more than ever Virtual Assistants are becoming more popular business. Hiring a VA is the easy part-finding out if you are ready to hire a Virtual Assistant is a whole different matter. What is a Virtual Assistant? Simple put, a virtual assistant is someone who provides a variety of services to businesses and individuals remotely. Virtual Assistants are just that - Virtual. They are independent contractors that work from their own location.

How Ice Breaker Games Are Used In Business Posted By : Michiel Van Kets

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0400

It is be a misconception to think that games are just for children. Ice breaker games can be used effectively in business settings and serve a wide number of functions. The primary use for icebreakers, as the name implies, is as a form of facilitation between members in a group that may not be familiar with one another, as a means to introduce strangers or distant colleagues to each other.

Seven Practices of Successful Teams in Sport and Business Posted By : Leslie Allan

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0400

There are a small number of key practices that we use when we play a team sport. However, those practices are often forgotten when we try to get the best from our employees. Successful business owners and managers apply these important practices day in and day out. Find out what these key practices are and start applying them today in your business.

Agile Management Methods Posted By : Gary Mattock

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400

Is your industry highly responsive to developments in their external environment, be that regarding consumer basic need, regulatory changes, material expenses - and other aspects of their particular environment? You're not alone. Find out how about half of 1500 modern world organisation managers think that their own businesses are not totally ready as well or just what they're planning to begin doing about this.

What you Should Know About the ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 Certification Posted By : Ajmes Dean

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400

ISO14001 is the internationally recognised Environmental Management Standard and it sets out the requirements of an Environmental Management System. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised Quality Management Standard for all types of organisations

Some Tips on Avoiding the Pitfalls for New Managers Posted By : Jennifer Mears

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0400

If you have just gained promotion to your first management position then you will almost certainly have to examine things in a new light. If you are tasked with managing a team you used to be part of, the difficulties increase significantly. Here are some common pitfalls to watch out for and some tips for dealing with them.

Guidance on Clause 4.2 of ISO 9001:2008 Posted By : Penny Fox

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400

The following comments are intended to assist users of ISO 9001:2008 in understanding the intent of the general documentation requirements of the International Standard. a) Documented statements of a quality policy and objectives: Requirements for the quality policy are defined in clause 5.3 of ISO 9001:2008. The documented quality policy has to be controlled according to the requirements of clause 4.2.3.

Why Precision Mail and Sales Order Processing is Essential for Modern Business Posted By : Kathryn Dawson

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400

Having more than one channel through which to accrue sales is ideal. But without a system that can handle multiple channels, a business risks making mistakes, missing deadlines and, as a result, losing valued customers. This article looks at why processing both sales and mail orders with speed and efficiency is the key to success.

Management Through Coaching Posted By : Craig Nathanson

Sat, 14 May 2011 00:00:00 -0400

The daily life of a manager is complex and requires a combination of skills and approaches. The important thing to remember is that action which a manager takes has a direct relationship to the whole system. When a manager plans a project, it impacts how the project will be organized. Who will be asked to lead and participate in the project. How the results will be measured. How all of this will be communicated.

Constructive Criticism As An IT Imperative Posted By : Eric Bloom

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400

Discipline can sometimes be required. Just like a parent disciplining a child, the punishment for misbehavior in an IT group must match the "crime". I've said before that being an IT manager would be easy if it wasn't for the IT staff! Technology tends to be more predictable than people. And effectively managing technologists, a smart, determined and sometimes freakily focused and opinionated group of individuals is like... well, it's like corralling a gang of kids and focusing their considerable energy in a specific direction. When well done, the results can be amazing. But they don't always behave the way you'd like, and that's the price you pay for all that power than you are harnessing.

Complexity: The Execution Challenge You Don't See Posted By : James D. Murphy

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400

Complexity lies in every aspect of strategic planning and it is a concept that needs to be clearly understood in order to anticipate and overcome execution challenges. We live in a highly complex world and - for the most part - we cannot comprehend the intricate concepts needed for strategic planning. With outside management consulting, companies often see that it is easier to understand the complex architecture of cause and effect.

Want to Excel? Create a Culture of Leadership Posted By : Richard Magid

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400

The legendary football coach Vince Lombardi called the notion of a 'born leader' a myth. To Lombardi, success was a matter of passion, commitment, and sacrifice - not genetics. So does this mean that anyone can become a leader? While it is theoretically possible that many people have the capacity to lead, becoming a leader is a little more complicated than simply wanting it. Above all, you want your organization to be one in which leadership can thrive. In order to create a culture of leadership, several important factors have to be considered.

Improvement Methods That Will Not Help You Posted By : Andre de Waal

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400

In recent years, managers have been bombarded with hype about one or the other improvement method. But most of these improvements were initiated without any scientific proof that they truly work, so there was a lot of chaff under the wheat, so to speak. Organizations were regularly set on the wrong track and exerted a lot of effort in the area of improvement without a demonstrable, permanent result. Our study of High Performance Organizations (HPOs) marks a dividing line.

The Different Types of Organisational Structure in a Nonprofit Posted By : Angela Eden

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0400

People invest a lot of time in thinking about the most effective structure for their organisation. There are many options and the best way to start is to think about your strategy (where you are going) and your resources (how much time, money and people you have to work with). Many organisations structure themselves in a traditional and recognisable way using a hierarchy. The dictionary definition of hierarchy is a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system. Hierarchy describes reporting levels and the status of people in the structure.

Engaging With And Supporting Good Causes Posted By : Nan Hannah

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0400

This article provides an introduction to the possible sources of funding for non profit organizations, and how individuals can get involved and support good causes. According to NCVO's 2010 Almanac, the two principal funding sources for the non profit sector are individuals and statutory funding. The presaged cuts in public funding will have a significant impact; this impact will be different in different areas of the sector according to their dependence on this source of income.

5 Tips To Increase The Number Of Attendees For Your Event Posted By : Alex Shown

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Finding venues, negotiating with vendors, choosing menus, selecting mood music etc. is easy compared to figuring out what marketing approach will convince people to get off their couches, go online and register to attend your conference, exhibition or sporting event. Without attendees, the most fabulously organized event with scrumptious food, best entertainment and the most eloquent of speakers will pale. In fact, it is accurate to say that the success and profitability of your event hinges on your ability to convince attendees that attending your event is one of the most important things he or she will do this year.

Why Are Unsecured Loan Agreements And Confidentiality Agreements Needed For Your Protection? Posted By : Derik James

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Have a medical emergency and can't pay your bills? Have a great invention but fear the idea will be stolen in production? As an individual or as a businessperson two of the most important legal documents you may come to need are an unsecured loan agreement and a confidentiality agreement. If you are seeking to minimize your costs and want to obtain these legal documents without the help of a solicitor, there are many online resources that provide them.

How To Protect Your Business And Not Get Sued Posted By : Derik James

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0400

More than ever, the workplace has become a hotbed of legal battles where employees are suing businesses, businesses are suing contractors, and workers are suing businesses and contractors. If you want to protect yourself and your business from this occurrence, you will need to be armed with the right legal documents. Documents like employment policies and procedures, equipment lease agreements, a construction health and safety policy, and construction equipment leases are the types of documents that can be vital to your business.

Professional Employer Organization Disadvantages (actually Myths) Posted By : Anthony Kelly
A commonly asked question we receive from small business owners asks if there are disadvantages to creating a relationship with a PEO. We have decided that this would be a great article to put together; to dispel some of the myths concerning PEO disadvantages. Many of these perceptions, while understandable, are not backed up by any facts.a