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Published: Sat, 27 May 2017 16:53:11 -0500


The Power of Being a Disruptive Leader

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:23:26 -0500

Throughout history, there have been leaders who created new paradigms. Many see them as lucky or people with extraordinary abilities. However, this is a myth. They have simply developed a disruptive leader's mindset. Here I speak about how to become a disruptive leader and what stops most from being one.

Secrets to Running a Business

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:19:34 -0500

In my professional life I have developed several methods of knowing a business that I do not have the complete knowledge of. In order to know whether a business can stand alone or if you need financial help to jump to growth you must first know all the debts you own and the fees you have to face. The first step would be to calculate how much we earn from each product sold, or know the margin of profit that leaves us each sale.

Three Early Warning Signs Your Business Is Growing Too Quickly

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:57:22 -0500

It can be a wild and exciting ride when business takes off and growth gets into top gear, but if you're not ready for it things can get out of hand quickly and it's not unheard of for businesses to go into administration because they grew too quickly. So it's important to have some early warning signs to look out for and some plans in place in case they happen. Here we discuss three objective signals to monitor in a high growth business.

Leaders Not Making Time to Communicate With Employees? Here Are 5 Ways to Create Buy-In

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:40:54 -0500

Do you struggle getting leaders to communicate effectively? They're smart and sophisticated, but they're often not communication experts. Maybe they're stuck saying, "Here's what I want to communicate," rather than, "What's in it for employees?

3 Mistakes to Avoid If You Want Relevant KPIs

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:07:15 -0500

A relevant KPI measures direct evidence of your goal. It tells you the degree to which your goal is being achieved. But when you look closer, many KPIs fail to do this. It's because of three mistakes in how we design those KPIs.

Five Management Basics

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:27:49 -0500

Yes, there are many more fundamental management, supervision and leadership traits but after working with hundreds of organizations worldwide I believe if you will follow these five you will be well on your way to being an exceptional manager and leader. 1) You get the behavior you reward. 2) You are responsible to people not for them. 3) You job is not to motivate employees but create a positive motivational culture. 4) Creating self-accountability. 5) Validating employees.

How to Ease Stress on Your Employees

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:46:47 -0500

How to Ease Stress on Your Employees Posted by Mitzi Branvold | Wednesday, May 10, 2017 How to Ease Stress on Your Employees Stress wreaks havoc on both the mind and the body. When your company's workers experience excessive pressure regularly, their productivity suffers. Reducing and managing strain poses a challenge. Don't leave your employees to deal with job anxiety on their own. Take initiatives to help them alleviate and deal with the stresses that hinder performance.

Seven Mistakes New Managers Often Commit

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:45:52 -0500

Young professionals exhibit a variety of great traits. They are excited, energetic and generally fearless. These attributes often create a great amount of success for these in-charge individuals. Unfortunately, youth can have its downside. Learn what seven critical mistakes new leaders often commit.

First Line Managers: Must You Tote the Corporate Water and Be the Hammer?

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:48:07 -0500

I was talking to a close friend at my company, he said, "How could you stay in management so long? I never wanted to be a manager. I never wanted to tote the corporate water or be a corporate hammer." Wow, this person was a very successful individual contributor. I can understand why he never was a manager. His view of management was so narrow and so wrong.

FDA FALCPA Labeling Part 1 & Part 2

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:34:56 -0500

FDA FALCPA Labeling Part 1 - Declaration of major food allergens on food labels complying with FALCPA FALCPA requires food manufacturers to label food products that are made with an ingredient that is a major food allergen in one of the following two ways: Are single ingredient foods that are major food allergens required to comply with FALCPA? Single ingredient foods must comply with the allergen declaration requirements in Section 403(w)(1). A single ingredient food that is, or contains protein derived from milk, egg, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts,...

Practical Agile - 6 Implementation Principles to Secure Project Success

Tue, 16 May 2017 21:23:45 -0500

Depending on where an organization is at in its systems development methodology journey, it may not be able to jump to a purist agile model and be successful. I've learned that the following six principles are paramount in a successful agile project.

3 Must-Have Abilities of Project Managers

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:16:30 -0500

Over the years, I've been fortunate to work with many top-notch project managers. These men and women do what is necessary to meet the objectives of the project. They encounter obstacles along the way, including spending more than budgeted, and falling behind schedule. However, they quickly identify the problem, and take corrective action to keep pressing ahead.

3 Professional Development Lessons Worth Learning

Sat, 13 May 2017 10:09:23 -0500

On most social media sites in addition to seeing with your very own eyes whether sitting in traffic in front of a graduation venue or even noticing large dining parties while eating at your favorite dining establishment, no doubt you've noticed the plethora of collegiate graduates that will soon flood into the labor market. Not all, but most (and I mean over 90%) are full of optimistic vigor and robust veracity for the road of professional life that lies ahead for most of them. With this understanding, please find below the Top 3 Business Lessons Learned from Former Managers that...

Some New Rules to Run Your Business

Thu, 11 May 2017 08:21:28 -0500

RULE ONE - Don't Make Rushed Decisions - If the issue is serious, never make a decision on the spot unless you absolutely have to. Think it over for a few minutes, an evening, or a weekend, and then go into the office with your answer. Give yourself the time you need to avoid the mistakes that often result from haste.

Why Managers Need to Be Reformed Into Leaders

Tue, 09 May 2017 14:52:15 -0500

Leaders and managers are believed to be same in a line of performing and completing tasks within timelines.A good leader can become the best manager, but all managers cannot be the leaders. Leaders acquire skills as they grow.

What You Can Do to Build Trust

Tue, 09 May 2017 14:49:34 -0500

Do all good leaders have the caliber to become exceptional leaders? The answer is "NO". There are leaders who take charge of a bad situation themselves and perform exceptionally well. This is what is expected from the good leader " When the going gets tough, the tough get going".

Why Engagement Is Required for Achieving Excellance

Tue, 09 May 2017 14:48:27 -0500

Engagement and leadership go hand in hand. Engagement involves in investing hands, head and heart in actively, full work performance. A leader's behavior should be displaying commitment and engaging workforce. The workplace engagement is a result of leadership behavior despite teams differences

Why Take Project Management Certification to Improve Your Managerial Skills?

Tue, 09 May 2017 10:15:06 -0500

Being a project manager can be a very good experience. It allows you to harness your skills and take them to the next level. You need to find the very best project management certification that will help you stand out among all the others. But why should you become a certified project manager?

How to Get Your HR Department to "Back You Up"

Tue, 09 May 2017 08:48:05 -0500

We sometimes forget that the Human Resources Department is our partner. We can forget that when it comes time to discipline an employee. Sometimes their priorities and viewpoint conflicts with ours, but there are things you can do to resolve these conflicts.

How to Clean Up a KPI Mess With a Simple KPI Audit

Mon, 08 May 2017 21:17:40 -0500

Many organisations have a KPI mess: too many useless measures, not enough of the right measures, and little idea of exactly how many measures altogether. This mess is an unnecessary cost, and it's not that hard to clean it up.

Reducing the (Real) Cost of Disengaged Workers

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:41:28 -0500

Employee engagement is among the most popular subjects in many managerial circles, but it is less common to hear people speak in specific terms about the real, often hidden, costs associated with disengagement. Fortunately, there are specific steps an organization can take to avoid these costs.

Overcoming Challenges for IT Project Planning

Thu, 04 May 2017 10:42:35 -0500

Overcoming Challenges for IT Project Planning which will come in the future. One of the most common reasons for changing requirements is that clients will simply change their minds which presents a challenge for IT project planning.

Are Servant Leaders Obsolete?

Thu, 04 May 2017 07:09:10 -0500

The current public personas of people whom we would title "leaders" are a far cry from the model Robert Greenleaf developed during his 40 years with American Telephone and Telegraph (now AT&T). Learn how he created servant leadership and what it means to be a servant leader.

Are You Leading Your Business With a Limp?

Tue, 02 May 2017 11:14:27 -0500

Do you find yourself leading your business with a limp? Let me explain further..

Are You Winging It In Your Business?

Tue, 02 May 2017 11:12:22 -0500

Are you so busy that you feel like you've fallen off track? Are your deadlines more like suggestions? Do you feel like your business is struggling, has lost its focus, or is out of control?

Who's Paying the Price for Your Mood?

Tue, 02 May 2017 11:07:08 -0500

Have you ever considered who's paying the price for your emotional state? If you're in a bad mood in one meeting, do you find that you've taken that mood into the next meeting? And then, those people in the second meeting are paying the price for what's happened previously, and often have absolutely no idea why.

Recent Full-Time Mommies Make For The Best Professionals

Tue, 02 May 2017 07:56:59 -0500

Motherhood and corporate jobs are never mentioned in the same sentence except maybe to explain vehemently that they are two ends of a spectrum. But corporates are run by humans for humans and so human nature still decides success in business. Caring for another living being enriches character, more so when it is for a growing child. Here is why the hand that rocks the cradle can very well rule the business world.

Replace Your Action-Oriented Goals With Result-Oriented Goals

Tue, 02 May 2017 07:19:41 -0500

One of the reasons why we can't find meaningful performance measures for our goals has to do with whether the goals are about actions or results. Action-oriented goals aren't true goals, since goals should be about making a difference, not just doing stuff.

Why Should Business Owners, Board Members and Managers Conduct a Cyber Risk Assessment?

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:02:13 -0500

The nation and globe is experiencing a cyber crime wave. The threats are growing and law enforcement has been unable to stop it. Existing law squarely places the responsibility of maintaining the confidence, integrity and availability of confidential information on the shoulders of business owners.

Quality Management - "A Master Key to Success"

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:57:24 -0500

Quality can never be an accidental outcome, in fact, this is the result of vigorous efforts and regular practices. In the present world, if one has understood the key to managing the quality of task he performs, he has secured the power to win over the world. Because quality makes us stand unique among the crowd and uniqueness is absolutely liked by all.

How to Lead KPIs When Leaders Don't

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:52:00 -0500

A performance culture - including performance measurement practice - should be led from the top. But it doesn't always happen that way. When leaders won't lead KPIs, the best thing to do is be... courageous.

CEO Interview With Ron Samuels of Avenue Bank

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:41:55 -0500

SME leaders have dramatically increased their optimism about the US economy post-election, from 38% to 68% in one quarter. That is the kind of jump rarely seen. Clients are reporting that within 30 days of the election, pent up demand began unleashing and orders were coming in at a stronger pace. While enthusiastic about this change, my question was, "Will it last?". I turned to Ron Samuels for answers.

How to Get in the "Flow" for Better Performance

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:38:43 -0500

Do you ever get so involved in something that you forget about time, move effortlessly along with your task and are not tempted to take a break? This experience has a name; "flow", is a state where you energetically work with intense focus and enjoyment.

Bearing Project News Whether Good or Bad

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:25:36 -0500

Projects help deliver unique initiatives to move organisations forward. Projects do not always necessarily go as planned, but Project Managers must be ready to deal with the inevitable. This article is meant to prep you up on when you need to give an update in the worst circumstances and still raise your head up high.

How to Select the "Best" Question on the PMP Exam

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:50:30 -0500

I remember the day I took the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. It was a hot Friday afternoon in San Antonio, Texas, when I walked into the Prometric testing center. My study plan was 30 days, and I hit the books every day leading up to the exam. Even though I committed more than 200 hours to prepare, I still felt there were many gaps that could be exposed on the exam. I was right!

Make My Day

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:34:49 -0500

Using humour to create a point of difference and create customer loyalty is a win-win for business - both with customers and staff. Easy to say, but it is not usually done because managers lack a way of doing it safely, professionally and in line with the business brand. This shows practical ways to achieve a more humorous, profitable workplace.

ISO 37001: Anti-Bribery Management Systems

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:32:54 -0500

In this globalizing world, managing risk is a huge task for multinational organizations. ISO 37001: Anti-Bribery Management Systems can help mitigate some of that risk by helping the organization create a management system, or improve the current system the organization has. Bribery disturbs the flow of business and can damage the brand and value of an organization. Globalized firms are more susceptible to risk and should implement a system of compliance to ultimately safeguard the organization.

How Globalization Affects a Small Business

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:58:48 -0500

This article touches on a few aspects of globalization and how they affect an owner/manager of an Italian Restaurant in Philadelphia. Immigration and tariffs are some examples.

5 Tips On How To Choose A Freight Forwarder

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 15:11:32 -0500

Your imports and exports should be in good hands at all times. Therefore, we suggest that you choose a freight forwarder who can handle your goods in the best way. With so many providers out there, how can you choose a trustworthy one? We can help you go about it. In this article, you will read 5 tips that can help you choose a good freight forwarder.

Lean Practices Can Help Any Business

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:37:05 -0500

Lean is a mindset, a way of thinking with a commitment to achieve a totally waste -free organization that is driven by the customer. It is about leading with respect and full employee involvement. Lean is achieved by simplifying and continuously improving all your processes (administrative and manufacturing).

Throw Out the Old Playbook to Manage Millennials

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:14:57 -0500

I got off the phone the other day with an exasperated manager who was complaining about Millennials. Of course, every generation becomes the proverbial punching bag of the previous generations. What else is new?

To Build or Not to Build: That Is the Question

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:37:49 -0500

At some point, many growing companies face a dilemma. They have to decide if they will continue to grow organically - internal sales - or strategic growth - acquire other companies. While acquisitions can be expensive, there are benefits. This article outlines the pros and cons of both.

How to Measure Productivity by Proxy

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 09:03:10 -0500

Every organisation wants a productive workforce. But measuring productivity, which is critical to improving it, is a struggle. It's hard to make it tangible. In his book Smart Work, productivity expert Dermot Crowley gives us a clue about a way to measure productivity using a very practical proxy.

Avoiding Long Arm Of The Law

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:31:08 -0500

How can you avoid Long Arm of the Law? We already know that if we follow some rules/laws it gives us a good result. So it's better to follow it and we need to avoid some things that need to avoid. A better work leads to a better life and we can apply it in our daily life or even our business.

Simple Way to Conduct a Survey

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:15:44 -0500

I like the phrase "Involve people who knows the job best". There is no one who knows everything perfectly. It is very important to get ideas, opinions from everyone who involves in it in order to be successful. Most of the organizations which understand the importance of getting people's ideas, they always conduct a number of surveys and develop action plans based on the feedback from those surveys for improvement. It may not be easy for those who do not have experience to manage the whole survey process. This article will explore more about how to conduct a survey properly.

How Business Coaching And Mentoring Can Improve Your Business

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:41:51 -0500

Business training can benefit any kind and size of the organization in more ways than one. If you are a serious business, then you should consider getting your employees through effective training programs that also involve business coaching and mentoring. Such opportunities offer employees a path to connect, grow and learn within their career paths and within the company as well. With your staff doing well, you can be sure to see good results as far as the company performance goes. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider business training to make business improvements.

Key Success Factors For M&A Deals

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:59:09 -0500

To increase the odds of a successful M&A deal, meticulous planning and a comprehensive screening process should take place before closing the deal. Furthermore, both parties should be fully committed to executing the agreed post-acquisition plan once the deal is signed. It is worth bearing in mind the adage, "fail to plan, plan to fail".

How to Understand Your Merchant Services Statement

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:50:31 -0500

This article will help greatly in understanding and deciphering your merchant services statement. It doesn't have to be complicated but, unfortunately, many providers make their statements that way, by design.

Customers Are Not Always Right

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:58:40 -0500

Did you know that not all customers are always right? We always use "Customers is always right" on business, but not all customers are right. In these article you know what are the characteristic that customers that do when they right or wrong. You can differentiate their attitude or even their personal doing.

How To Contact Perfect Strangers For Business

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:21:37 -0500

On entire business community spamming is the most common and hated status on business. So you don't want to be one of those people who are contacting to fraud people and make their life problematic. Know first the people you met and then track their history before you go business or even other purposes to make sure that you're not involved to any wrong people with the wrong business that you joined.

The 5 Qualities of Excellent Corporate KPIs

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:26:51 -0500

Most organisations have lame corporate KPIs. They don't align to strategy, give evidence of impact, or offer actionable feedback. If they can't do these things, they can't really be called corporate KPIs!

What Do You Know About Florida's Information Protection Statute?

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:07:29 -0500

Florida's information privacy act, 501.171, requires the protection of personally identifiable information. Managers should know what is a "covered entity" and the obligation does it shoulder for protecting confidential information. The law simply requires that "reasonable measures" be taken by persons who are leadership roles. Find out if you can stand the test.

Are You a Business Owner or Manager? If So, You Had Better Know About Information Security

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:40:38 -0500

Business owners and managers are responsible for the security of information asserts. How can they do it. This article summarizes ten cyber security precautions that can be taken to enhance information assurance and business continuity.

Why a Good Reward System Should Be Performance-Based Rather Than Time-Based

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:26:23 -0500

Most companies tend to reward their employees based on the time they have been in the office and the time they take to accomplish a task. Giving strict timelines or specific hours for which an employee needs to be in office or doing a task to me is a wrong.

Business Process Management: Bizagi Workflow Solutions

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:16:14 -0500

Managing the processes within your business is essential to the livelihood of any institution. It is imperative to know at any given time where a particular order is in the process as well as where it is on the timeline. Bizagi is a software system that offers a simplified way to create and manage the process workflow for businesses.

The Hidden Gold

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:44:50 -0500

There is hidden gold in the organization's human assets. It is up to the manager to find and refine that gold.

The Need For A Good Quality Management System

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:59:59 -0500

An effective quality management system is the main basis of a good organization. Even if large amounts of resources have not been put into quality management by small businesses, business can still be carried out perfectly.

My Start-Up Is A Success - HELP!

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:04:10 -0500

Bravo! You launched your start-up and all of a sudden the business is going great guns. Your P & L shows that top line revenues are well ahead of projections and your venture could show a bottom line profit just after the 12-month mark. You are thrilled to pieces. You are also overwhelmed and not sure how to manage your good luck. Fortunately, some challenges can be overcome through sound business practices that are aided by modestly priced IT hardware and software. Here are areas where conservative IT investments can help Entrepreneurs manage common business stumbling blocks. Are you ready to trade-up from your Excel spreadsheet?

How Many Organisations Have Meaningful KPIs?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:31:31 -0500

Meaningful KPIs are quantifiable, able to be monitored over time, and are direct evidence of the goals they measure. This practical study of 50 organisations reveals just how many organisations do (or don't!) have KPIs that are meaningful.

How to Engage Your Client Better

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:12:43 -0500

Success of a deal largely depends on client engagement. Client engagement is the parameter to gauge client's interest in your deals and offers. It becomes very important to attract, involve and indulge your clients in the deal to make it a success. Best businessmen and marketers achieve high levels of client/customer engagement through advertising and promotions. However, it takes a lot of capital and investment to air the advertisement projects. But this should not be a matter of concern for small businessmen and agents because a lot of cost effective ways to enhance client engagement exist. Have a look!

What Is A Workflow Solution?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:24:42 -0500

Large businesses already have an idea of what a workflow solution is however many SMMEs battle to get their workflow to function efficiently. In short, a workflow solution is the method of controlling and managing the flow of orders and documents within an organisation. It is the process of when an order is received, capturing all the documents along the way until the order is completed. For some businesses this procedure is short as in it only involves one or two staff members whereas for other businesses it involves a lengthy step-by-step process that involves anything from four to ten staff members.

Can Print Management Solutions Improve Your Business?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:24:23 -0500

Printing is not what it used to be in the past. Decades ago printers were obsolete as people used to keep handwritten documentation. Can you imagine how many orders were processed by hand and how long that must have taken? Luckily for us, we live in the modern age where printers and computers make our lives much easier and software solutions simply make it a breeze. In saying that, print management solutions are certainly a good way to improve your business and this is how.

Leading People in the VUCA World

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:02:57 -0500

Warren Bennis, an American scholar and a pioneer of the contemporary field of Leadership Studies said that success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing. Especially, we are now moving into digital age and everything moves very fast. If we cannot keep up with those changes, we will be left behind. This article will explore 4 key areas to deal with fast changing world.

Are You Ready For 2017?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:23:18 -0500

Every successful person has a plan, strategy, blueprint and road map with directions,for the New Year! There's still time for you to set up your Master Plan for Success!

4 Competencies in 2017

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:21:07 -0500

4 Competencies Critical to Move Past Survival in 2017 - You must develop and work on these, and if you don't have a trainer, do it yourself. OBJECTIVE SELF AWARENESS - the ability to know yourself, have knowledge that you are objective and can tap into that self-regulation and how to use it to create flexibility, self control, changes and emotional control, be able to pace yourself, control positive emotions. Parents and those who work with different generations understand this very well.

Are Your Performance Expectations Reasonable?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:40:25 -0500

Managers need to set reasonable and achievable expectations for the work that their employees perform. These performance expectations should be specific, objective, observable, measurable, realistic and time-bound. There are five strategies that can help managers set expectations that will allow their employees to perform better and reduce their own frustration and stress in the work place.

How To Help New Supervisors Succeed

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:38:45 -0500

There are at least twenty-four reasons why an employee might be unsuccessful when transitioning into a supervisory position, such as being unwilling or unable to supervise former co-workers. Organizations can help new supervisors be successful through ongoing communication, training and support.

In These Austere Days of Austerity, Do You Need a Great Cause to Which You Can Commit Your Life?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:34:03 -0500

"We are probably in for another seven years austerity. That is not the way it was in the Bible!" - so reported the BBC News Economics Commentator. Ah, but there does not appear to be a Joseph around. Joseph was the man who rescued a massive area of the Middle East from starvation and death, in time of famine, but at such painful personal cost during his early life. If only there had been a Joseph in RBS and HBOS, we might not be in the financial predicament facing our nation. Joseph was a man of God who was also a prophetic visionary. He was an 'extremist'. If he were raised up by God today most would ridicule and laugh, and more than likely dismiss his 'ramblings'.

The Three Human Conditions for KPI Targets to Work

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:20:39 -0500

In our search for how to choose meaningful targets for our KPIs and performance measures, we often look for a procedure or a formula to set the right target value. But what we ought to do before that, is check if the conditions are right for any target to work.

Self-Leadership Challenge 4: Why Great Self-Leaders Know Arguing Is a Good Thing

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:26:47 -0600

My executive coaching client, Sonya, was head of the Operations function in her organization when her boss was struck with a severe illness that forced him to suddenly quit his job. As a result, Sonya was catapulted overnight to the role of General Manager. She went from being peers with her fellow function heads to becoming their boss.

Process Credit Cards for FREE

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:31:48 -0600

Processing credit cards for FREE isn't all that it seems to be. Take the time to get a better understanding before proceeding forward with this type of processing.

Seven Mistakes With Performance Dashboards That Prevent Evidence-Based Decisions

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 07:05:52 -0600

The purpose of a performance dashboard is to interpret quickly and accurately how an organisation's top priority performance results are doing compared to target, and initiate action to close gaps between actual and target performance. But there are some dashboard design mistakes that derail this purpose.

Stop Giving Unsolicited Advice

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 12:31:13 -0600

There are a number of reasons why people give unsolicited advice. If you have this tendency, you may want to consider what drives you to offer your opinions. Managers often feel that they are expected to solve any problem that their employees bring to them. Few people like to be told what to do, and this is true of employees. Managers can better serve their employees if they simply act as a sounding board to help guide their staff to develop their own solutions. Managers who struggle to reconcile their responsibility to lead with their responsibility to develop their staff will find the OARS model to be a useful tool.

Take Care of the People in Your Business

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 12:22:15 -0600

Those of us who our own businesses can become preoccupied with cash flow; winning orders, cutting costs, fine-tuning each stage of the process. All important, but there are other ways to make your business super-efficient. Let's focus here on your main resource, the people in your business!

Leadership and Humor: Jolly Good!

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:56:09 -0600

A good leader knows that when humor occurs by chance, positive things can happen. But a great leader knows that humor applied with purpose can change the world. Learn how!

How Are Airport Management Services Important to Stakeholders?

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 08:22:43 -0600

Finding the right airport management service provider is important for all airport stakeholders and operators. Read on to find some of the key aspects that matter in the decision.

3 Business Obstacles That A Solopreneur Can Overcome

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:25:03 -0600

Going it alone as a Solopreneur can be equal parts basking in the validation of your expertise and frustration that stems from facing business obstacles. To counteract anticipated negatives that could undermine your position, you'll be wise to include in your business strategy elements of risk management tactics, to help you overcome obstacles that would stand between you and a thriving client list. Let's spotlight three common obstacles that can potentially trip up those who lead a consulting services practice.

The 5 Stages to Start Evidence-Based Leadership

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:43:37 -0600

The implementation of evidence-based leadership is iterative. It's too profound a shift to happen in one go. And it will never happen if we wait to thoroughly research our current state, detail a change management plan, save enough budget to resource it all, and delay until the time is just right and the planets have lined up.

How Men and Women Use Power and Influence In the Workplace

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:04:57 -0600

Within cross-functional teams of people representing different departments, positions and even cultures, a leader's success often depends on his or her ability to gain the cooperation and support of others. Research by our colleagues has shown some influencing styles vary across cultures, but we wanted to know if gender differences might also play a role in using power and influence in the workplace. To answer this question, a study was conducted using a 360 degree feedback questionnaire to gather data on the influencing styles of 223 leaders (116 men and 107 women) across organizations and industries. While we found some significant differences, we also found some surprising similarities. Here's a summary of what we found and how your leaders can use them to maximize their influence.

Job of Non Technical Project Manager - Precarious at Best?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:46:47 -0600

The role of the traditional project manager in a software development team appears now to be a luxury that is the first to be cut down during lean times. The article discusses the mindset of the industry which has led to this depreciation of the PM's value.

Reasons Why You Should Consider Regular Corporate Training For Your Employees

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:53:24 -0600

Continuous staff training and development courses can go a long way in improving your business. Corporate training benefits both individuals and the company and hence any serious business should consider training for staff once in a while. Most businesses only offer such kind of training to new employees, but the truth is it can be beneficial even to long serving employees.

Managers - The Most Comprehensive Seven Type Categorization

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:46:59 -0600

Manager: This word will flood our memories with many words: supportive, demanding, task-master, kind-hearted, humorous, motivational, energetic, knowledgeable, flexible, reasonable, human, egoistic, approachable, mentor, allergic, aggressive... unrealistic, scheming, unreasonable, fearful, de-motivating, sarcastic... sadistic, the list is endless. Some managers have had an immense positive effect and some drastic negative effects on our lives. I have segmented them into seven categories and briefly detailed only the positives aspects of each of these categories. Check out your type, or your manager type and adapt.

The Right Performance Culture Starts at the Top

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:21:10 -0600

Measurement is the most practical way to create a performance culture that is capable of taking the journey to become a high-performance organisation. But it won't work quickly enough, or nearly as well, if it doesn't start with the senior leadership team.

Humor As A Negotiation Tool, Or How Humor Saved The World

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:11:56 -0600

Negotiation is a necessary skill for anyone in business but it's especially critical for people in leadership and sales. Learn how you can use this tactic with humor to help you become the master of negotiation.

Leadership: "Sarcasm - Handle With Care"

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:13:25 -0600

Wise leaders use humor-including sarcasm-in an intentional and strategic manner. It's a subtle skill. But then, great leaders know how to wield a host of tools to help them direct human behavior. Learn how.

How To Write Learning Objectives

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:30:58 -0600

The purpose of any training is to change behaviour, you want people to do something different afterwards. The learning objectives for a course cover what you want people to be able to do at the end of it.

Generating Ideas With SCAMPER

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:37:33 -0600

Whenever there is a need to generate ideas, brainstorming inevitably comes to mind. But there is another method called SCAMPER that puts a spin on brainstorming. SCAMPER stands for Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to another use, Eliminate, and Reverse. You go down the list, using each of the words as a prompt for questions to brainstorm, when you want to come up with new ideas to develop or improve a product, process, service or even people.

Should We Bother to Measure Love, Loyalty and Trust?

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:33:03 -0600

These are soft and subjective things... love, loyalty, trust, satisfaction, engagement, commitment, pride. They are feelings that people have toward other things, like our products or services or brand. So it's tempting to want to measure these things, as evidence of our success. But I'm not so sure we should bother.

This One Tip Will Make You an Exceptional Employer of Choice

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:05:35 -0600

Not so long ago I found my dream job advertised. I was SO excited. I polished my resume and included my most up to date skills; I wrote a fabulous job application and even included something a little out of left field with my application so I might be remembered. I sat back and waited for the phone call asking me to come in for an interview because I was their dream candidate.

What Is An Online Business Manager, and Is It Time for You to Hire One?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:54:49 -0600

When your business revenues hit the multiple six-figure+ range, business owners are typically faced with a new challenge in their business - creating new growth. Most business owners hire an Online Business Manager when they've hit the ceiling, feel frustrated, are stuck, and simply cannot grow the business anymore by being the only one in charge of everything! They realize that they must step out of being the one that is "DOING" making space to fully step into a leadership role in order to grow to 7-figures and beyond.

Are You Stuck in the Day-To-Day Operations of Your Business?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:54:31 -0600

Your business operations keep your company running and generating revenue, so they're necessary. But you don't need to be the one who manages them. If you have a multiple 6-figure+ business and find yourself creating and maintaining systems, establishing guidelines and deadlines for your team, or handling product and service delivery, you're stuck in the "DOING" of the business.

Importance of Business Communication

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:55:35 -0600

Business Communication is the most effective way to present your ideas in the market. You must create effective email to attract the target audience. It can be used as a tool to market your concept and give strength to your business.

Team Coaching

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:53:50 -0600

Supporting people performance and team development are as much a part of a team leader's role as minding the business. In fact, in an ideal world, team leaders would spend at least 70% of their time on team coaching. In these days of reduced staff it is not always possible to delegate all task oriented activities, but the more the leader can be a coaching manager, encouraging people to think for themselves, plan ahead and create their own solutions, the more one will see the team working together, rising to the challenge and achieving extraordinary things. Conversely, the more a manager corrects the team and interferes with the team's decisions (which is about directional management rather than team coaching), the less people will bother to think for themselves, and team development in terms of creativity and people performance will slow down.

Coaching Tools of the Trade

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:53:10 -0600

Coaching is fundamentally a simple process, a way of being and communicating which is aided by a small number of guidelines and rules. It is perfectly possible, and indeed quite common, to deliver a session which can literally change the course of someone's life or business using no more than the foundation coaching skills of listening, questioning, and clarifying, supported by structured coaching models like GROW and EXACT for goal setting.

Four Roles Necessary for Productive Communication

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:57:36 -0600

One very basic communication model states that communication requires three basic elements: the sender (speaker), the receiver (listener), and the message. However, according to David Kantor there are four roles that a person can take in any conversation. In Kantor's Four Player Model, these roles include the Mover, the Follower, the Opposer and the Bystander.

3 Ways to Innovate Better As A Leader

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:41:33 -0600

Innovation does not happen inside a vacuum, innovation happens when existing ideas are expanded upon or seemingly random items come together to create a new solution. Every single one was built on previous inventions created by other inventors years, decades or even centuries before. Every invention has problems, and it might not be until some other inventor comes along that they get solved.

The Biggest KPI Question to Answer First

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:31:47 -0600

Over the past 10 years of Measure Up's life, over 13,000 subscribers have shared their biggest KPI questions with me. Almost 90% of all those questions come down to a core set of 11 questions. Only one of these is the right question to answer first.

First Line Manager: Leaders Must Manage to Lead

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:31:13 -0600

Leaders must be managers; but, managers do not necessarily have to be leaders. Leaders have to manager all the resources at their disposal, self, others, communication, etc. Managers also must do the same.

Identifying Critical Processes

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:16:58 -0600

The first step in business process management is to identify the processes that are critical to the success of a business. There are many different processes in a business, too many to manage all at once. Thus, it is necessary to identify the most critical ones and actively manage them. This article describes how to identify the most critical processes using criteria common to businesses.

Creating Opportunity With Numbers

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:29:04 -0600

Lack employee engagement? Learn about the deployment of a simple tool to get staff to take ownership of improvements. Get your business running smoother with higher employee satisfaction.