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Published: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:22:17 -0500


Falling (or Staying!) in Love With Your Business

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:56:38 -0500

If you're an entrepreneur, I'm sure you have a story about the naysayers in your midst. It's that moment when you say "darn right I am!

A Fairy Tale With A Business Cash Flow Management Lesson

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:29:42 -0500

In the fairy tale "The Princess And The Pea" a prince uses a test to find a REAL princess to marry who will help him run the realm to a good result. When it comes to your business cash flow, you should take a lesson from the prince before making another cash flow management decision that impacts the financial future of your company.

Transport My Shipment Cheap? Sure! But What Do I Consider First?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:13:48 -0500

Whenever Meyer, an old friend of mine, generates $10,000 in sales at his blade factory in Montreal, his net profit (not gross) is usually in the region of $1,500. He realized much later that cutting costs by $1,500 would invariably mean generating $10,000 in sales even without selling! Wow!! He thought. Now, the question is how would he drop his logistics costs to realize this type of savings and additional profit?

Transport My Shipment Intermodally? Sure! But What's In It For Me?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:12:53 -0500

Intermodal transportation in cargo movement refers to the movement of freight in an intermodal container or vehicle, using several modes of transportation like rail, road, water, and air without necessarily handling the freight at the various mode interchanges. Intermodal transportation has many advantages which certainly include:

ABC's Of Leadership - V Is For Value

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:58:59 -0500

There have been numerous articles discussing the compensation of the CEO versus the average worker. A CEO's pay can be in the millions while a staff member could make in the $50,000s to $70,000s. Some questions arise including "Is the CEO worth it?

ABC's Of Leadership - U Is For Upward

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:58:10 -0500

Companies want increased sales and profitability; in essence they want to "move up". However, there are times when a leader should deliberately keep the company in a maintenance mode or even retrench. There may be several reasons to do this but a savvy leader will know that to move a company forward, it may be critical to take a half a step back - to reconfigure equipment; to not over saturate the market which could cannibalize existing products and/or services; or to re-evaluate a business strategy.

ABC's Of Leadership - T Is For Transparency And Trust

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:57:31 -0500

In today's workplace, employees want to have their leaders be transparent. In the old days, the "executive floor" had always been a place where decisions were made and it was assumed everyone would accept these "surprises". Employees today want to work in an organization where leaders are proactive in sharing what direction the company is going, and more importantly, how they fit in the strategic plan.

ABC's Of Leadership - S Is For Sustainability

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:57:23 -0500

Sustainability is challenging for most businesses because of several factors - competitors, the economy, and changes in the overall market landscape. A business that has been around for years may now find itself struggling to survive. An interesting article by Mark Perry of The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) analyzes the list of Fortune 500 companies from 1955 and 2016; only 60 of these companies still exist today.

When We Are Free to Move, Anything Is Possible

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:16:02 -0500

Super Bowl LII was an unforgettable game. The game, the commercials, and stories gave viewers hope, motivation and inspiration. Learn the 4 key leadership lessons that can help us acheive success.

How Peer Learning Groups Help Managers Manage

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:13:49 -0500

The peer learning group process helps managers become more comfortable with their role and responsibilities, gain confidence in their decisions, and learn how to handle common management challenges. It is also provides them with knowledge, experience and support of other managers.

Why Managers Don't Manage - They Simply Don't Know What To Do

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:13:02 -0500

One reason why managers don't manage is that they simply don't know what to do. The managers simply don't know when a decision needs to be made or how to make that decision.

Why Managers Don't Manage: They're Uncomfortable in Their Role

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:12:57 -0500

We've observed that there are reasons why managers don't manage. One reason is that they are uncomfortable in their role. Managers have to make difficult and sometimes painful decisions. Some individuals are just not psychologically suited or emotionally ready to be managers

Why Managers Don't Manage: They Lack Confidence

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:12:45 -0500

One reason why managers don't manage is that they lack confidence in their skills. Some managers avoid making the difficult decisions because they are afraid of making a mistake. They lack confidence in their ability to assess a situation and determine the best way to respond.

ABC's Of Leadership - R Is For Resilient

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:23:15 -0500

Resilient leaders are the ones that can bounce back after being faced with a difficult challenge. These challenges could occur from a downturn in the economy, a defective product, bad customer experiences, or possibly unsustainable profitability. The key to a leader being resilient is to recognize that the situation is most likely temporary and to focus on the positives, if any.

ABC's Of Leadership - Q Is For Question

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:33:31 -0500

Even though most business leaders have years of experience and confidence in their knowledge and abilities, knowing that they don't always have the right answers is a critical skill all great leaders must develop. They not only need to ask the right questions of their employees, vendors, clients, and partners but they also need to constantly question how they can improve their own performance and ways of doing things. They also definitely need to be open to hearing and utilizing suggestions from others.

ABC's Of Leadership - P Is For Patience

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:27:32 -0500

In today's fast-paced, ever-changing world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be patient, but the better leaders know that to succeed, you must be patient in most cases. As an example, when introducing a new product or service, research and testing needs to be conducted. It has been proven time and again that when a company goes quick to market, they end up losing profitability in the long-run while their competitors are coming up fast behind them.

ABC's Of Leadership - O Is For Objectivity

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:26:11 -0500

Leaders need to be objective but that is a difficult challenge when dealing with all of the other demands and deadlines that face them daily. They may also be experiencing stress or even lack of sleep which can affect their ability to think, and more importantly to act objectively. The important thing for leaders to recognize is how they interpret information and then what behaviors do they exhibit when faced with a situation where they need to be objective.

ABC's Of Leadership - N Is For Negotiate

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:32:54 -0500

Negotiation is a skill that almost everyone uses in their daily lives. For leaders, negotiation is critical to move a business forward and achieve significant profit growth. Negotiations are not only with vendors and customers but also occur internally with employees, regarding promotions, raises, time off, and project assignments.

ABC's Of Leadership - M Is For Mission

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:00:40 -0500

A leader's mission is to direct an organization, so it can achieve profitability. Although this seems like a simple statement, the reality as we know is much more complicated. A leader needs to oversee a maze of issues while staying ahead of the organization's competitors.

ABC's Of Leadership - L Is For Loyalty

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:00:30 -0500

Does company loyalty exist anymore? The definition of company loyalty has certainly changed over the years. Gone are the days when an employee would stay with one company for thirty years, especially since that is what employers valued back then.

ABC's Of Leadership - K Is For Knowledge

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:00:08 -0500

A true leader definitely needs to be experienced but he or she should also seek out others who are more knowledgeable in certain areas than they are. Ego gets in the way, however, because some leaders will not admit they do not have all of the answers.

Preparing Your Business for Some Unexpected Downtime

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:56:23 -0500

This has been a rough flu season. Our whole team is virtual, and none of us are in the same city, but some how we all caught the flu off each other!

Machine Monitoring - Your Insider Informant to Reduce Unplanned Downtime

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:28:43 -0500

Monitoring is crucial to manufacturing processes. It helps in keeping various processes streamlined and lean. A lean system must work in perfect order to give the greatest profit. But, this is very difficult to achieve. Unplanned downtimes, process failures, and other bottlenecks are the main obstacles. Out of these, unplanned downtime is one of the biggest but curable problem.

4 Signs You Should Quit KPIs Before You Start

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:20:27 -0500

Performance measurement is for every organisation or company, but not necessarily at any time. Sometimes it's better to quit before you start, to avoid making a big mess.

Executive Presence: What Is It and How Can I Build It?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:56:44 -0600

Executive Presence is something many can't define but want desperately to have in their professional lives. Here are some tips about identifying and building your leadership skills so that everyone can appreciate them.

ABC's Of Leadership - J Is For Juggle

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:05:54 -0600

Needless to say, there are many duties that a leader has to manage which includes overseeing the staff's activities. Priorities will shift as things come up but when one is leading an organization there may be too many urgencies and not enough time. Juggling starts to occur but is that the best use of a leader's time?

ABC's Of Leadership - I Is For Influence

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:05:32 -0600

A leader who is influential versus controlling and/or authoritative is much more effective. By influencing others to achieve an objective, a leader is empowering them which is much more productive and beneficial to an organization in the long run. Influencing others is not easy.

ABC's Of Leadership - H Is For Hero

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:05:17 -0600

A hero can be defined as an individual who is highly regarded for his or her personal qualities or exceptional achievements. He or she is often also considered a mentor or a role model. This does not necessarily mean, however, that all heroes are viewed as leaders.

How to Measure Employee Engagement and Its Drivers

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 07:21:35 -0600

If you're measuring employee engagement using Staff Turnover, you're well off mark. Leadership expert Zoë Routh offers us a more meaningful and practical way to measure employee engagement and its drivers.

12 Easy Steps to Get Started With a Lean KPI Methodology

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 07:19:35 -0600

Starting with a lean KPI methodology is the simple and practical way for the beginner, the busy, and the budget-constrained to measure what matters for business performance. Ultimately, I will always advocate that a robust performance measurement methodology is critical for every organisation to master. If we can't know how well what matters is working, we can't really manage anything well.

Signs of Trouble and Signs of Hope (in Teams)

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:43:53 -0600

I have worked with players and coaches of many teams that have undergone a regime change while I was working with them. As a result, I have been fortunate enough to have an inside view of many of the dynamics that are affected when this happens. Many, but not all, of the ones I have been involved with, occurred because of disappointing prior results.

Failure To Launch: A Case of an After-Sales Service Center for Auto Dealership

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:41:22 -0600

SMC used to be one of the major Palestinian auto dealers for several world leading German, English and French car brands. After a series of financial and managerial problems, the company had lost, or was forced to sell several of its exclusive dealership agreements to other competitors. Having only one or two major brand names remaining under its umbrella, the company was finally bought out by a major Palestinian car leasing and financing company by the name of GL, originally based in Jerusalem.

Why Contracts Management

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 07:31:36 -0600

Executing and operating a contract is our day to day activity. We will enter into a contract knowingly and some unknowingly (example: oral contracts). An agreement is formed if the offer by one party is being accepted by other and if such agreement is enforceable under law it becomes a contract. Generally, for contracts of less value/consideration, the tendency is to go with formats available in the legal portals on the internet and user more often than not does not show much importance on the contract clauses. For contracts with high value or consideration, parties may be executing a reasonably good contract, but, may miss incorporation of the key contract clauses. I am attempting to elaborate those important aspects in contract and its management in this article, and present to the reader as how a good contract management helps to achieve profits, eradicate losses, maintain good relationships with various parties and helps to grow (y)our business.

First Line Manager: Mission Confused? Ignored? Aborted!

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:01:04 -0600

I wonder if we have gotten to the point where mission statements are ignored. Every organization seems to be creating a mission statement. How effective are these mission statements?

Is Your Company Culture, One of 'Work Sucks' or 'Work Success'?

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:44:25 -0600

Does your company culture leave your employees feeling like their life purpose is success, or do they feel like their job sucks? How can you ensure your workplace thrives on a positive thinking and success mentality? What has pecking order got to do with all this?

Using the I Ching for Managing Large Projects

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:48:33 -0600

The I Ching is a very useful to for helping you and your business. In this article I go over how to use the I Ching to help you complete large projects.

Everyone Loves a Gross Margin Report

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:37:52 -0600

What would we do without the good old Gross Margin Report? It is a handy guide that helps analyze our staffing firm's profitability and forecast future revenue.

Organizational Commitment

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:25:17 -0600

The concept associated with employee commitment to business has gotten increasing recognition as it is going to help the business to retain additional staff members and thereby improve in performance, profitability and productivity. Commitment of staff is vital for a number of reasons, it'll inevitably decrease employee turnover. Highly committed employees are going to tend to operate far more effectively than less committed workers with much more work satisfaction.

Controlling Organizations

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:24:36 -0600

Any manager, no matter the company or maybe position, has 4 duties he must carry out in case he's fulfilling his role effectively. He should figure out what his team needs to attain and come up with the ideal strategy on how you can attain those objectives. He must organize the subordinates so that they are able to execute the plan of his by placing them in the very best place to be successful.

Are Leaders Really Needed in Organizations?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:44:07 -0600

For decades, some businesses have attempted to eliminate the need for CEOs. There are companies owned by employees. And there are companies that have eliminated all titles. In the 21st Century, there is a new business model that attempts to flatten the entire organization. This article looks at the costs and benefits of that new model. While the intention of this new model is honorable, it may have major gaps. With that said, I would love to hear if eliminating leadership is the right for your enterprise.

Tips For The Best Employee Training & Development

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:37:31 -0600

Employee training is essential for an organization's success. Training is a program that helps employees learn specific knowledge or skills to improve performance in their current roles. Employee training is a process focused on communicating with and teaching an employee information and/or instructions.

Great Leaders Inspire Their Team

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:02:15 -0600

In all aspects of our lives, from our family life to our daily interactions with people we meet to business clients and your interactions at work - there are leaders and there are followers that we are interacting with all day long, every day of our life. Are we "born" into one role or the other? No. Can we build our leadership skills and move from being a follower and become a leader? Absolutely. It starts while you are in the role of the follower. Hone the ability to be a follower and that will lay the foundation to be a great leader

The Master Skill of Coaching: Building Rapport

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:44:17 -0600

The master skill of coaching is building rapport; without it all the other skills become increasingly redundant. In building rapport it is useful to think of a three step process: knowing you, liking you and finally trusting you. This is as true in coaching as it is in sales; for ultimately we are all into selling our ability to influence others.

Tools to Being an Effective Office Manager

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:02:17 -0600

The basic tools to being an effective office manage include a calendar, time tracking software, accounting software, group messaging, project management software, and password manager. It's not all about tools though, patience, leadership, organizational, and communication skills are also needed.

3 Simple Hacks for Better KPIs

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:01:06 -0600

When you don't have the time and energy to take on a deliberate approach to developing great KPIs, these 3 simple hacks are the best things to do to get better KPIs. While I do believe, very deeply, in taking a deliberate and proper approach to select, implement and use KPIs and performance measures, sometimes reality gets in the way. Sometimes there is too much urgent stuff to fix.

5 Convincing Facts Why A Business Needs An Asset Management Module in ERP

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:27:42 -0600

This article aims at explaining the causes that shows a business is in deliberate need of an Asset Management module in the ERP software. When companies are in their initial stages, asset tracking or management is not that backbreaking job.

Which KPI Methodology Is Best For Your Organisation?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:24:00 -0600

Which KPI methodology works best for your sector or industry or organisation size or culture? It's the wrong question. The right question is which KPI methodology works best at producing the right KPIs for your organisation's unique strategy.

Instrumental Vs Integrative Motivation

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:03:21 -0600

Based on their own type of motivation, human beings will devote themselves to their work in completely different ways. Discover the two types of motivation that will clearly change your view of your employees and their impact upon your company.

Workforce Management - The Best Solution for Effective Performance

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:29:04 -0600

Everything starts with one question: what is workforce management (WFM)? Workforce management describes a set of activities and approaches to managing staff in the way that is the most efficient, effective, and in the way that results in a higher employee engagement-all while still delivering the best customer experience.

Marketing In The Public Sector Vs Private Sector Business Development [Some Thoughts]

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:35:48 -0600

The first thought of writing this article came to me whilst in the middle of a public sector business consult; as I adopted my go to market customer identification and needs based approach - I came across various roadblocks. I.e. to me they were roadblocks but normal course of operation for those not normally confronted with market driven requirements which often if not met could result in the loss of $Millions of revenue.

5 Reasons Why You Should Work With a 3PL Provider

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:47:08 -0600

We're living in a competitive world. Due to high competition, shippers and importers are always on the lookout for ways so that they can gain a competitive edge over their rivals. The fact cannot be held for denial that global supply chains are becoming more and more complex.

What Is The Tipping Point Toward a High-Performance Culture?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:14:54 -0600

A high-performance culture smooths the way to achieving organisational outcomes. And good measurement is the tipping point that smooths the way to creating a high-performance culture.

Strategic Workforce Planning

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 08:17:07 -0600

Strategic workforce planning is the process of matching workforce demand and supply over a foreseeable time period. Organisations conduct workforce planning that builds upon quantitative activities such as headcount planning and workforce analytics, and use these data as part of qualitative decisions to support and implement organisational strategies.

ABC's Of Leadership - F Is For Fail Forward

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:08:05 -0600

Failing forward, or learning from what went wrong with a specific project or situation, is a critical component of having a successful career and being an effective leader. Becoming better from your mistakes, rather than spending all your time focusing on covering them up or defending them, is the key here. As a leader, one must strive to develop a growth mindset.

Strengths, Struggles and Stressors! What's Yours?

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:13:50 -0600

Do you know your strengths, struggles and stressors, and how these are affecting those around you? Much of our behaviour is unconscious and only becomes apparent as the "reputation" we have in the office. And our reputation can be very different to our internal dialogue or intention. But reputation is what we will be hired or fired on, and what determines the roles we're offered.

The Importance and Use of Pentaho Online Training

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:04:05 -0600

The focus is to discuss on aspects of business tool and contribution of one of its mechanism. It also focuses on the acquisition and growth of business strategy.

ABC's Of Leadership - G Is For Grit

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:14:20 -0600

A skilled leader needs to demonstrate that he or she can stand up to others and tackle tough problems. In our fast-moving world, this is not an easy task to accomplish, but it is necessary for a company to survive. Also, it is important because if staff members do not have confidence in their leader, the organization will lack cohesiveness and the staff members will lose their overall sense of purpose.

Great Leaders Don't Tell You What to Do

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:29:22 -0600

Many leaders believe their title gives them authority over others. However, the greatest leaders use their authority develop their people. They also make themselves obsolete in some respects. That way leadership is able to focus on moving the company into new and more lucrative horizons. This article outlines what happens when leaders use their authority to tell people what to do in contrast to leaders who develop their people to be effective and powerful.

Finding the Wheelhouse of Passion and Purpose

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:13:05 -0600

Sometimes you just need to ask the question "am I living my passion?" Too many people get late into life and discover that all those years at work meant very little.

Which Bandaids Are You Using To Fix Your Performance Culture?

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 07:24:29 -0600

We all want to say we have a high-performance culture. But if you're relying on any of these bandaids, you're not going to get one.

How To Create A Business Model

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 12:06:09 -0600

How does your business operate? The reality, most business owners can't define day to day operations or show an active schedule of their own business development. They literally don't know. But the solution is easy. Create a Business Model!

An Iron Addict's Life (and Biz) Lessons

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:09:10 -0600

At 38, with 3 little kids, barely sleeping at night, I lift heavier weights than guys much bigger and younger than me at the gym. When most guys my age sit at home with an aching back, tired of life, I'm getting astonished looks of disbelief from the youngsters that keep flexing and smiling in front of the mirrors. The gym is a microcosmos of our lives, and in business - so in life...

ABC's of Leadership - E Is For Empower, Encourage, and Energize

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:57:24 -0600

If a company is to be truly effective, the organizational chart should be upside down with the leader on the bottom. His or her role should really be to encourage, empower, and energize their team to perform at their best. In addition, they need to provide their staff with the proper resources, training, and coaching.

ABC's Of Leadership - D Is For Duty

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:57:17 -0600

The news has covered many stories about CEOs and other members of the senior management team misbehaving in terms of lavish parties, exorbitant salaries, etc. When the economy tanked, other issues of exploiting executive privileges came to light as well. There were also a few executives that seemed to be unaware that certain bad practices were occurring under their so-called leadership.

Is Big Data A Big Risk For KPIs?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:22:03 -0600

When people have a fear of KPIs, of under-performance or bad decision-making being exposed, performance cannot improve. We have to kill the fear of KPIs. And we can.

Top 6 Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Warehouse

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:05:39 -0600

Many businesses express a great concern about using a warehouse for storage purpose. However, there are some factors to consider when choosing a new warehouse.

6 Tips for Business for IP Portfolio Management

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:57:46 -0600

Intellectual Property (IP) is one of the most valuable assets of a company or organization. It covers company names, domains, symbols, drawings, logos, images, designs, ideas, or anything that distinguish your business from your competitors. You can use intellectual property to build start-ups, diversify products, license/sell to other businesses, and even as collateral for securing corporate loans.

ABC's Of Leadership - C Is For Catalyst, Change, And Communication

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:02:10 -0600

Most definitions for catalyst describe a chemical reaction, but it also means "a person or thing that precipitates an event or change". A leader not only has to suggest changes to move an organization forward, but also has to have a solid plan to not only execute these changes, but to communicate them effectively so that everyone knows what is expected of them. Unfortunately, many leaders are not the best communicators so when the message is not delivered concisely, fear and anxiety build amongst staff members.

ABC's Of Leadership - B Is For Bold

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:02:01 -0600

If you think about true leaders, whether they are in a big or small company, in a service or product industry, one key attribute they must possess is being bold. The leader does not have to be loud or overly demonstrative, but must come across that they are the one who is directing their organization. The issue for some that was mentioned in the previous blog is that they are not aware of their own behaviors so they are perceived as too aggressive or the opposite, too wimpy.

ABC's Of Leadership - A Is For Awareness

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:00:36 -0600

Before one can become a leader, it is imperative to be aware of one's own self. Too many leaders are not aware of how they behave and then are surprised when their interactions and relationships with others are not as fruitful as they can be. In addition, the way these leaders perceive themselves under normal circumstances and under stress are not necessarily the way others perceive them.

How to Measure Marketing Outreach

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:23:44 -0600

Marketing outreach is essentially sending a message out into a target audience, to attract more people that our organisation or business exists to help. It can be time consuming and expensive, so we want to make sure it's working. But what do you measure to find that out?

How to Kill the Ever-Present Fear of KPIs

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:21:39 -0600

When people have a fear of KPIs, of under-performance or bad decision-making being exposed, performance cannot improve. We have to kill the fear of KPIs. And we can.

How To Improve Employee Expense Management In Business

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:44:35 -0600

Expense management software is a fantastic feather to the cap but it needs to be used appropriately. There are different ways in which your company can improve expense management in business.

What Is a Mindset Coach Anyway?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:20:00 -0600

As a Mindset and Performance Coach, a lot of people don't understand exactly what this means or the benefit one can provide. Hiring a coach, whether executive, business, wellness, etc. is an investment you make in improving some area of your life, or those of others.

Why Management Training Fails - And What To Do About It - 3

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 08:44:37 -0600

In two previous articles, we addressed the first two reasons why management training fails: it focuses on skill deficits instead of performance, and it occurs outside the manager's organizational context and culture. In this article, we focus on the third and final reason for the failure of management training: because it does not reinforce application of new knowledge or a change in behavior.

Why Management Training Fails - And What To Do About It - 2

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 08:43:45 -0600

In a previous article, we looked at the first reason why management training fails: It focuses on skill deficits rather than performance. In this article, we will focus on the second reason, and address the third and final reason in a following article. The second reason why management training fails is because it occurs outside of the managers' organizational context and culture.

Why Management Training Fails - And What To Do About It - 1

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 08:43:02 -0600

There are three key reasons why management training fails: 1. It focuses on skill deficits rather than performance, 2. It occurs outside of the managers' organizational context and culture, and 3. It does not reinforce application of new knowledge or behavior. In this article we'll focus on the first reason for the failure and how to avoid it.

You Can't Lead By Following

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:11:24 -0600

Learn the skills of an effective leader. You must understand that no one will follow a follower. But know that a follower will follow a leader.

How to Increase Operational Efficiency Through Workforce Management

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:10:38 -0600

Although complex and efficiently run, Operations do require workforce management. This may be just the solution to workforce planning, forecasting, and scheduling. An added bonus is the fact that your employees will be granted transparent access to staff performance, skills, and any possible bottlenecks. An Operations Excellence program is a workforce management solution that can be used to achieve the same efficiency across your organization.

Three Asset Tracking Tips To Successfully Manage Your Business' Most Valuable Assets

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:38:19 -0600

An effective asset tracking is essential if an organization wants to get the foundation in place. An organization should perform a test drive to know various features and ensure the software is a good fit for the company.

The Perfect Mantra for a Hotel's Successful Online Reputation Management

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:49:59 -0600

It is famous fact that selling to an old customer is far cheaper than getting a new customer. Increasingly hotels have realized this fact and are now focussing more towards increasing customer satisfaction and brand loyalty to retain existing customers.

Better Health: It's Systemic

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 11:00:08 -0600

This perspective will either challenge, motivate, inspire, or encourage you to live a greater destiny or make you mad for the greater good. When I look at the end in mind first, what people need and want is to live a healthy life that catalyzes their independence to live their greatest dreams - freedom.

Ways to Keep Employees Motivated

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:17:16 -0600

There is no organization without employees and there would be no employees if they are not motivated enough towards their job. So it is very important to keep them charged and motivated all the time.

Here's Why Knowledge Transfer From One Generation to the Next Is Rarely Effective

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:27:48 -0600

Being a mentor can be a rewarding experience. It creates an opportunity for two-way learning and knowledge transfer. And it helps the next generation avoid mistakes of the past. However, if the mentor does not understand a method to most effectively pass on his or her knowledge and experience, it may land on deaf ears. The result is history will repeat itself. This article outlines the importance effective communication between mentor and mentee. And it provides steps that can be taken to establish powerful knowledge transfer.

The Connoisseurs of Charismatic Leadership

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:07:48 -0600

Among the five different styles of leadership that exists, Charismatic leadership comes under the category of transformational leadership which depends highly on the skills and excellence in communication of the leader which influence the followers to achieve the goals. If considered within a work environment, the leader's previous credentials, performance and credibility in line with his or her excellent communication skills encourages and motivates the employees to work beyond their scope or skillset and enhance productivity and efficiency through inspiration of the charismatic leader. For a charismatic leadership environment, the leader is set to focus on the broader picture and...

Such Is the Importance of a Complaints Policy for a Business Set-Up

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:57:15 -0600

For any given business or corporate management, having an effective complaints policy is extremely important. It's a simple concept which makes corporate establishments (be it of any scale) carry out their responsibilities properly. Successful business runners declare it to be a must have for any business.

Product Information Management System: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:39:44 -0600

What is PIM? Today various ecommerce sites, other online channels and mobile search are where consumers head to when searching for information on products. According to Retail dive, more than 65% of consumers conduct online product research before stepping foot in a store.

The Benefits Of Creating A Corporate Board Game

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:24:34 -0600

Creating board games are not for the seniors. There are tangible benefits.

Why You Should Quit Brainstorming KPIs

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 07:11:08 -0600

We brainstorm KPIs and performance measures because it seems easy and fast. So why change to another KPI selection method? Because brainstorming isn't as easy and fast as we might think.

How To Lead Through Tough Times With Truth

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:06:14 -0600

When we consent to the positions of leadership that are bestowed upon us, it is often a struggle within ourselves - and with others - to know that we do not have all of the answers. After all, we have been put in these positions due to our intellect and trustworthiness - the same reasons the emperor had appointed people to his court. How you lead others in your court determines how successful you are. This post deals with leading through tough times with truth.

3 Ways in Which the Visitor Management System Saves Your Money

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:40:51 -0600

The traditional way of visitor management is done and out - no one has the time and patience to handle visitor records manually.. Corporate offices and businesses are all adopting the latest ways of visitor management through apps or anything that saves them a lot of time and money -which is an ultra smart move. This write-up explains the many reasons in which the digital visitor management systems save money for businesses and offices.

New Projects: Vision Casting With Charter and Scope Agreements

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:18:34 -0600

It is a safe bet that most people go to work hoping for peace of mind and satisfaction in their work contributions, which includes project managers. The process of project management has been so well developed and then defined by the Project Management Institute that there does not seem to be much left unsaid, except the lessons and unique stories of the PM practitioners which put humanity into project management. Most people wish to be part of a meaningful and clearly defined vision with good future prospects.

Leadership: Finding a Good Fit

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:45:47 -0600

Companies spend a lot of time and money trying to identify "good fit" during their hiring process. Candidate selection is driven by the magical, mystical notion of making a good fit decision.

Leading in Life: Survive or Thrive

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:44:40 -0600

Leadership in life and business is about influencing others to achieve something; hit a goal, make a mark, win a prize. Usually, we think about leadership in terms of doing something special.

Handling the Entrepreneur's Conundrum

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:43:11 -0600

Anyone who has taken the leap and started a business faces challenges almost daily. Being an entrepreneur means, you are the CEO alright, but it means Chief EVERYTHING Officer when you first start out.

How to Align Everyone to Organisational Outcomes

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:23:17 -0600

It can be a struggle to align everyone's work to the corporate strategy. But the solution is not to make up dubious linkages. The solution is to remember that an organisation's strategy is not the same as its business model.

Chasing the Jackalope

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:31:01 -0600

Employees join a Company already engaged. Employers need to learn how engagement is achieved and not confuse engagement with satisfaction.

Strategic Management for Business Development

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 07:47:36 -0600

Strategic management plays a pivotal role in the growth of a business. It has become a serious concern for companies in the increasingly competitive business environment. Strategic management practitioners analyze the business strategy and form the blueprint of development for their businesses with necessary improvements in it. The article talks about different approaches to strategic management, latest trends in it and the future perspective of strategic management into business world.

Diversity Unconscious Bias And Management

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:55:38 -0600

Whatever one's view and opinions regarding diversity and inclusion is along with that of unconscious bias within the workplace and the makeup of the key decision makers within an organisation. How this key business imperative is incorporated into and implemented within the workplace lies with the decisions made by the management teams.

The Whale Has Beached

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:58:26 -0600

Each leader has the responsibility to take an introspective look at their team, department, or organization. They must understand what they can do better from a cultural perspective to increase employee buy-in and give the employee the type of leadership that they are craving for.