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Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:25:24 -0500


Why Some of Your Best People Will Leave Your Company

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:16:36 -0500

It is expensive to lose your top employees. Don't make the mistakes that other businesses and organizations make. Learn how to keep you best employees happy and employed at your organization.

How the Sales Industry Colludes in Failure

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:37:44 -0500

Would you consider a baseball player with a 95% failure rate Successful? Would you choose a surgeon with a 95% failure rate? Can you think of any field but sales, with an industry-standard close rate of 5%, that considers 95% failure 'Success'?

How to Make 'Diversity' Measurable

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:06:09 -0500

There are lots of goals that are really hard to measure. I've written about measuring workforce capability, but another hard-to-measure goal is workforce diversity. Don't expect a list of the best measures, though. The problem lies with what diversity actually means to you...

Top Strategies for Building a Self-Sufficient Team

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:03:20 -0500

Having a Team that is able to work on their own without requiring constant intervention from management is like money in the bank. Creating a team like this is a valuable skill that any manager needs.

Creating a Culture That Supports Giving and Receiving Feedback

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:53:37 -0500

Although the idea of giving regular ongoing feedback to employees and not waiting until the annual performance review has been around for decades it look like companies like Kimberly-Clark, GE and IBM are finally getting serious about it. The availability of performance management software to track performance has helped fuel the trend to "manage out dead wood." The success of this trend starts with ensuring you have a strong organizational culture that supports 360 feedback-constructive comments from managers, peers and direct reports. And it's first and second line managers who are primarily responsible for creating a culture where feedback is seen as productive and normative. There are four steps managers can take to help shape the organization's culture so it becomes more feedback-oriented.

Why Being Negative Can Be A Great Start For Training

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:37:04 -0500

Negativity is often seen as a bad thing. We're always being urged to be more positive, to have an optimistic, "can do" attitude, to look for solutions rather than problems. But there are times when being negative is actually a great starting point for training.

How to Lead Your Team in a Noisy Environment

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:48:45 -0500

When did gardening get so noisy? I was taking a walk around my neighbourhood the other day and came across these two gardeners working outside an apartment building. The noise coming from their hedge trimmer and leaf blower was so loud they needed ear muffs.

More Sales by Implementing Mobile Payment

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:19:29 -0500

Here are 5 ways that can help boost your sales by providing customers with mobile payment Incorporate and boost incentive programs Incorporating incentive and loyalty programs into your mobile payment applications is among the greatest advantages of using mobile payment. Customer information is stored in the application, making it easier for customers to make a purchase using their mobile device, as compared to keeping up with key ring tags or punch cards. Whenever businesses link a payment to their loyalty programs and points using technology, this gives more value to...

How Likely Are You To Succeed With KPIs?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:09:34 -0500

I've been thinking about achievement lately, and why some people do it regularly, and others just struggle. Certainly in my own likelihood to achieve, I see a pattern. And I reckon I see a similar pattern when it comes to how likely my clients are to succeed with performance measurement.

The Power of Positivity - Why Employee Recognition Matters

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:42:42 -0500

One of the most important duties as a leader is to recognize and appreciate talented and hard working employees. Doing so not only produces more loyal and dedicated employees but it is the right thing to do. Everyone wants to be appreciated for doing good work. So the questions is do you appreciate your employees, team members and subordinates? When hard working employees go unappreciated, they may and most likely will become discouraged and not feel valued at all. In fact, it is one of the reasons people often leave their jobs. Therefore, it's a smart idea to add an employee recognition program in your workplace.

Leadership and Teamwork Are Necessary Management Tools

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:24:39 -0500

When qualified employees are appointed to a leadership position in their field of expertise, it is assumed that they understand how to encourage teamwork and leadership. Unfortunately this is not always the case because it is assumed that because of their skill sets, management training in Leadership and Teamwork is not required. This is a mistake.

Are You Playing "Monkey See, Monkey Do" Leadership?

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:15:49 -0500

"Bill's been to a seminar!" I was a new leader, barely into my twenties, and the TV station I worked for had sent me to a leadership seminar. I eagerly returned to the office the next day, head and notebook brimming with ideas, recommendations, and "best practices." In a classic mistake, I just as eagerly shared nearly all of these ideas with my staff, excitedly telling them about all the great changes we can now make. Silence. They all just looked at me. Then, after what seemed like minutes, John looked around at everyone else and said: "Bill's been to a seminar!" While some members of my current team might say-with some accuracy-that I still occasionally fall victim to the "bright, shiny object/latest and greatest/flavor of the month" trap, I like to think that I've learned a little something in the ensuing years.

10 Risks of Outsourcing

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:29:38 -0500

This article explains the 10 most frequently occurring risks in outsourcing engagements. Although it might lead to numerous, lucrative benefits, buyers and providers should be aware of possible shortcomings and pitfalls, which to their worst extend ruined whole businesses.

Simplifying Work Activities As an IT Project Manager

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:58:19 -0500

The project manager is the one who is heart and soul of the management. The article is written to brief about the manager workability and IT project manager handlings accordingly.

How to Decide When to Retire or Change a KPI

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:52:50 -0500

KPIs or performance measures are like clothes: they each have a certain fit, use, purpose and lifetime. But it's usually quite more obvious when to retire a garment than it is to retire a KPI.

Be a PM Closer

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:33:00 -0500

Throughout my years I've come to appreciate the importance of the closer in baseball, but have also drawn an important parallel between a closer and what we do as project managers. Time after time many project managers will start out of the blocks full of excitement and passion about their project. Then along the way things start going wrong, whether it be unanticipated schedule or budget issues, an unforeseen risk spinning out of control, or an ugly issue rearing its head. Rather than act deliberately, many PM's will sweep the problem under the rug, start screaming "fire", panic, or politically disengage themselves from the problem by blaming someone else. In any event, rather than act to address the problem the PM does nothing to help the situation and most likely does things to further exacerbate the problem.

9 Ways Your Company Can Improve Strategy Execution

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:26:18 -0500

Companies frequently develop vision and mission statements about being the best at what they do and how they reward good performance. Yet more often than not, these statements are so far from reality that they become joke fodder for clients and employees alike. Senior leaders often have a blind spot in this area. Many believe that their job is setting the direction and tone, and that execution is the responsibility of lower-level managers. They assume that if they clearly communicate an exciting vision of the future to an engaged workforce, strategy execution will take care of itself. But you can make a conscious effort to close the execution gap. You simply have to take some tried and true steps to creating a "get it done" culture. Here are our top 9 ways.

Giving And Receiving Feedback: Going Back to the Basics

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:26:14 -0500

Giving and receiving feedback is an important part of coaching. Technology can greatly enhance leaders' ability to do this, especially when they are juggling the challenges of virtual coaching. In general, the use of technology in coaching is a positive trend because it makes it easier for managers to give immediate feedback. Smartphone apps and other tools also allow managers and employees to keep a record of the positive comments and concerns others have shared with them. Unfortunately, it appears that convenience and data collection have a higher priority than the quality of the feedback.

The 5 Colour Mistakes in Your Performance Reports

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:14:40 -0500

Colour is a hugely important part of how we design our performance reports and dashboards, particularly the KPI graphs they contain. But there are 5 big mistakes that can destroy the ease and integrity of interpreting the information they contain. Are you making any of them? Let's find out.

Are You Up For Changing How You Communicate?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:42:57 -0500

Things change... which is good, even great. And how we communicate - what vehicles we use, the phrases we say, the frequency we engage ideas does morph over time. But some things never change such as our need as human beings to be communicated with (and to be listened to). And we all want and need that little jolt of a quick praise, a "good job"... to stay energized, creative and productive.

3 Ways Egalitarian Leadership Creates Trust

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:42:35 -0500

Anyone who has worked in corporate America, and is familiar with the well-meaning employee satisfaction survey, knows that it is very typical to have both trust and communication surface as top issues when it comes to leadership. Who is always responsible? The manager. How can an egalitarian leadership style create trust?

Tough But Tender - How You Can Be A Boss Chick With Compassion

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:14:18 -0500

As a boss lady, you must remember that people are always watching to see your weakness that come with nature. But as a leader, you must also remember that people only get to respect you and adhere to your leadership when you show all qualities of a good leader. Contrary to what most people think, a tough leader is actually much respected compared to feared. You just need to know how to strike your balance between toughness and tenderness.

Why Mustard Is Vital To Your Company Profitability

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:01:39 -0500

On the face of it, there's no obvious connection between mustard manufacture and election results, and neither can have much to do with your company profitability, can they? Well, yes they can, because the same thing has a bearing on all three, and matters when is comes to expense management.

The 5 Steps to Engage People in KPIs

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:36:54 -0500

When we want people to understand and adopt a new idea, often we rush in, guns blazing, and overwhelm them with too much "how to", too soon. We might be excited about the new idea, but they will be wary. Another band wagon, another fad, another distraction from their "real work". So we need a gentler approach that starts from where they are, not where we are.

A Loser Is a Loser

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:15:07 -0500

The single biggest waste of time you can do as a manager is to spend it with your bottom producers. In my business, I'm so committed to training my salesforce to be top salespeople, that I use both Grant Cardone's Cardone University and monthly sales training visits with my friend Coach Michael Burt. The cost?

Professional Assistance Makes It Easier To Recover Outstanding Debts And Financial Claims

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:45:47 -0500

Businesses and organisations that are having trouble collecting on outstanding debts can quickly find themselves in a very difficult financial position. Lacking the training, experience and other resources that may be required to recover outstanding financial claims is often very limiting. Electing to do business with a professional service provider may prove to be the best solution.

Using a Property Management Company Can Save You Time

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:41:38 -0500

A property management company can help you keep your investment(s) running smoothly without you needing to be onsite 24/7. However, be sure the company you work with has your best interest at heart.

Five Steps for Making Better Decisions

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:28:31 -0500

What you decide to work on, what you decide to improve, which projects you decide to undertake - these decisions make all of the difference in your organization's success. Traditionally, people have thought that if they had more data they could make better decisions. But, now with the flood of data, many decisions are becoming more complex and the decisions are not always better! The safest path is to develop and consistently apply a decision-making process.

What Every Manager Should Know Before Becoming a Manager

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:14:05 -0500

At some point, most managers face the decision to correct unproductive behavior from an employee. If the behavior is not corrected, it can become contagious to the rest of the enterprise. This article shines a spotlight on apathetic employees who can infect others. It also makes a case for why immediate action must be taken.

What Does It REALLY Mean to Be a Producer?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:21:09 -0500

"So, what does a producer really do?" I used to answer that question from a very specific, TV-centric focus. Made sense, right? I mean, I was a TV producer, after all. But after working with thousands of leaders in hundreds of industries, I've realized that what I did as a TV producer is not that different from what you do as a producer in your industry. (With the possible exception of that time I had to audition bikini models for a comedy sketch.) With that in mind, let's take a look at what it really means to be a producer.

The Expectant Duties of a Manager

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:55:32 -0500

All managers at all levels of every organization perform some basic functions. However, the amount of time a manager spends on each one depends on both the level of management and the specific organization. Some of these functions include planning, organizing, directing and much more.

No Data Is No Excuse

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:42:22 -0500

Often, new performance measures can't be constructed on existing data. We've not measured them before, so not thought to collect that kind of data before. Sadly, too many important and useful measures are not brought to life because of too much procrastination in gathering the data. Guest author, Jerry, shares a great example of how to handle this problem, from his experience working with the local government sector.

Brand Owners and Pre-Flight

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:13:38 -0500

"A stitch in time saves nine." These six words capture the essence of pre-flight. As with any process, the more upstream a problem is detected, the easier and cheaper it is to fix them.

The New "CEO" of the Future

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:47:17 -0500

We all know who the CEO of the company is... the Chief Executive Officer... the one in charge of everything... the Big Kahuna... the "Boss"... the Big Cheese. It's the top person in any organization and where the "buck ultimately stops" in anything that goes on in the company. But their role is also going to be changing and becoming something many have not had to be in the past... the CHIEF "EXPERIENCE" OFFICER of the company. Why the change in their role? Those that move rapidly to changing their customer experience to one that is awesome and incredible will be gone (according to Forrester, McKinsey, Gartner, Accenture, and many other well respected consulting/research firms) but the ones that see this and make the changes will be the winners in the future. There is incredible OPPORTUNITY for companies today to break away from their pack of "commodity competitors" and differentiate themselves through an awesome customer experience. This change in direction IS SIGNIFICANT.

It's Urgent, Send It to Print - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:50:20 -0500

Many a marketers' famous last words. If you are really lucky and the designer is experienced and understands the print process and it's a small change and the printer double checks everything and this and that, it could turn out ok. But in reality it's something that you don't want to risk.

The Wrong Way to Plan a KPI Project

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:16:22 -0500

The project team gets together and sets the scope of their KPI project. They outline the steps that need to be followed. They specify how much time to allow for each step. They define the report to be delivered at the end of the project. Then they call for quotes from KPI consultants. And even though this hasn't worked in the past, they wonder why it doesn't work again.

Goals Are Dreams With Deadlines for the Project Managers

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:44:46 -0500

The project manager is one of the most creative and innovative people. They work in a systematic manner while carrying out the project work in terms of lead, and goal based who understand what is in common and gathers with manpower and work for the common goal of the organization whereas project management is a process, application, methods, and experience to achieve certain objectives of the organization.

Humour at Work

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:28:26 -0500

Most businesses would like more fun in their workplace - they just don't know how to do it. his article draws on the four theories of humour and how they can be applied in the workplace.

Lean Management for Small Business

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:41:23 -0500

Lean management isn't just for large companies, it can also be implemented in small business with improved benefits to the business and its customers. This article provides a broad outline to improving business process in small business learned from my own experiences working with small business and publicly traded businesses.

The 3 Problems With Staff Training

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 13:47:12 -0500

There are a lot of staff training courses out there. Here are the 3 reasons why they don't work as well as they should.

How to Measure Your Organisation's Mission

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:51:37 -0500

Mission statements really ought to state the ultimate purpose of an organisation - its desired impact on its customers. To know if an organisation is fulfilling its mission (and isn't that important to know?), it needs to be measured. But most mission statements are immeasurable.

How to Design Performance-Boosting Business Experiments

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:38:25 -0500

Experiments are what scientists use to stop assumptions from limiting how much they learn about the natural world. And we can use them in business to stop our assumptions from limiting how we can elevate performance, and from wasting the resources we invest to do it.

Praise and Criticism: How Can The Neuroscience Shape Leadership?

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:04:48 -0500

You probably react better to a leader who praises you rather than criticises you? Someone who is constantly building you up and making you sound good is far more attractive than someone constantly knocking you down. But good leadership is more complex than this. It is about getting the best out of people. This may not be achieved simply by consistent praise. There is a place for the right type of criticism - and the brain shows us why...

Does It Really Matter How Much People Like You?

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:42:40 -0500

Forget all that Facebook "like" stuff, there is a much bigger question that you need to be able to answer. Just how likeable are you in real life? You might shrug that question off and say that it doesn't really matter, it's what you can use your IT manager skills to accomplish that matters, but you'd be wrong. The people who control your career want to promote people that they like. Do they like you?

Project Management Professionals Can Help To Achieve Business Goals

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:03:12 -0500

Forward looking companies must seek transformational tools/programs for creating business value in all most all industries. The fact is that some companies fail to handle large projects and cannot add value to their company.

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Moving Off Of Legacy IT Systems

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:21:20 -0500

As the person with the CIO job, we like to spend our time looking forward and thinking about the importance of information technology. Trying to detect IT trends and then positioning our IT department to be where it needs to be in order to take advantage of changes when they occur. What we generally don't do enough of is look at our IT shop and discover what is old and needs to be removed. Moving off of legacy IT systems is hard work, but it is part of the job of the person who is in the CIO position.

3 Important Factors to Consider When Selecting Time Tracking Software

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:41:29 -0500

Time tracking software can make huge difference in the way your business runs. Clearly, you need an employee attendance management system because it can track and save work time, cut project costs and enhance work efficiency. Whether you run a small business or have a big company, a time tracking software will not only assist you with tracking individual employee time but also the time involved in an entire project. This will help you keep a check on your operating costs.

Implement Knowledge Management for Sales to Reap Great Benefits From Your Assets

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:24:37 -0500

In the knowledge-driven era of highly specialized experts that's in front of us, businesses that can share and multiply the expertise the fastest can only win the race. As the competition is getting complex day-by-day, all most employees must focus on is knowledge work - implementing highly specialized knowledge and expertise. An organization's competitive advantage revolves around its most advanced talent - those leading knowledge workers who solve challenging problems, develop new products, and take the organization in new directions.

The 3 Questions Every Leader Needs to Ask Every Day

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:53:17 -0500

Leaders need to be focused on ways to be more effective and to make a positive impact on the teams that he/she leads. Find out the 3 questions leaders need to ask every day.

An Introduction To IT Infrastructure Management

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:14:18 -0500

It is important for every business enterprise to establish a good IT infrastructure but it is difficult to manage the IT infrastructure on your own. Therefore, a perfect blend of IT manager, processes and technology is needed.

Are You About to Lose One of Your Best Employees?

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:00:22 -0500

I'm angry at Janie's boss. I don't know Janie's boss. I've never met Janie's boss. But I do know Janie. Janie is one of the most diligent, hard-working, eager-to-learn people I've ever met. But because Janie's boss doesn't understand one of the basic rules of leadership, Janie is being made to feel like a failure in her job, and is thinking about leaving. So what's the rule that Janie's boss doesn't understand? It's this: It's a leader's job to create an environment where team members can thrive.

The Steps to Use KPIs for Iterative Strategy Execution

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:02:41 -0500

Instead of implementing our change initiatives as long, drawn-out projects, we can run them as a series of iterations. Iterating our way toward a closed performance gap is going to be faster than trying to close that gap with a single big solution.

A Return to Dark Ages Pushes Millennials Away

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:51:49 -0500

Despite all the talk about wanting to attract and keep young savvy workers, too many managers in the United States are jumping backward in work/life policies. According to a new survey of nearly 10,000 workers in eight countries by Ernst & Young's Global Generations Research, millennials are the most dissatisfied.

Will You Outsource Your Wisdom?

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:24:56 -0500

"She was so clear about the vision for my business, but now, I'm not sure." My client Lorraine had worked with a coach who felt super clear about what she should be doing next. At the time, Lorraine had felt it too.

How a Question Changed Ben Hogan's Life And What We Can Learn From It

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:45:25 -0500

A story about how Ben Hogan's response to a question posed by his wife provided the key for his success in golf. An explanation of the elements of what made his reaction profound and what it can teach us about the questions we choose to respond to in our lives, our companies and organizations. Each of us has the power to change the results for ourselves, our departments and our organizations through the questions we ask and how we respond to them.

Case Study Epilogue: Break-Through Results Through Continual Problem-Solving

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:44:43 -0500

The case study "Red to Black" made the claim, that if done well, strategic marketing can be a company's fastest way to turn-around sales and create significant year-over-year revenue growth. This epilogue describes the value of adopting a simple problem-solving approach to achieve impactful outcomes - and sometimes break-through results.

Effective Meeting Checklist: 13 Things You MUST Do So You're Not Wasting Time & Money

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:57:09 -0500

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that U.S. businesses lose $37 Billion in unnecessary meetings every year. Yes, that's with a "B". Here are 13 things you must do before, during and after to avoid useless meetings.

Why Leaders Mustn't Delegate the Design of KPIs

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:42:45 -0500

It's not uncommon, in larger organisations particularly, for the senior leaders to write the strategic goals, then delegate the design of the KPIs for those goals to the strategy and performance people. And the result is a lot of wasted time for a set of KPIs no-one really owns.

The Missing Piece in the Project Managment

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:02:10 -0500

A project manager has a tough job to satisfy all the stakeholders involved! They have specific targets to reach, which are traditionally defined in financial terms as well as a strict time line. Certified project managers are well trained and often experts in different project planning methods, scheduling structures and project management tools. However, the results are rarely congruent with expectations, and projects frequently experience cost overruns and delays. A key element in project management seems to be consistently overlooked and undervalued: Effective leadership!

IT Managers Need To Learn How To Avoid Thinking Negative Thoughts

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:08:19 -0500

I have bad days at work. The cause of a bad day for me can vary, but generally it all comes down to some interaction that I've had with someone that did not go well despite all of my IT manager skills. When the day is done and I'm finally at home, it can be difficult to shake the memory of the day and what went wrong with it - it can just keep replaying over and over in your head. For some IT managers this is a huge problem and it keeps them from being as effective as they could be.

CIOs Need To Make Sure They Don't Do Outsourcing The Wrong Way

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:10:47 -0500

Here we are at the start of the 21st Century and although we all know about the importance of information technology, are we still talking about outsourcing? The answer is yes. Outsourcing is a difficult task for anyone with the CIO job to take on. There are a lot of different variable involved, every company is different, and it is all too easy to go about doing this stuff the wrong way. What we need is some guidance for CIOs so that they do their outsourcing the right way.

How To Pick And Install An Effective Project Tracking App

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:54:30 -0500

Generally speaking, companies today are pretty good in saving funds. At any moment, your CFO (or at least the bookkeeper) can tell you how much money is made and spent, and where income comes from and goes to. Money is recognized as a worthy and important commodity, and financial planning and tracking systems are put in place so that employees may rest easy knowing that every cent is accounted for.

Businesses Favour Greener Supply Chain Management

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:27:39 -0500

Sustainable supply chain management, as it originally meant, is getting complete visibility of a supply chain and capture information that can be translated into useful data that can help a business prepare for possible disruptions besides higher customer experience. It meant taking faster decisions, smarter logistics and better performance. Over the time, the term sustainability became more inclusive. It also meant environment friendly initiatives on part of businesses.

Project Management Effectiveness

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:20:09 -0500

It's related to the factors responsible for the effectiveness of any project. To get the desired result from a business project, you need to know exactly what you want to achieve. It often helps to break down larger projects into smaller manageable stages to ensure effective project management.

4 Problems Which You Will Forget With a Time Tracker

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 07:50:18 -0500

Wise men said that time is money. While the saying can be ancient, it is still very true in a modern business world. Time seems to slip through your fingers. Employees try to do more tasks in less time. By the end of a work day many of them wonder where work time has gone because there is still so much left to do. This is why a time tracking is critically important in all modern companies.

Why Leaders Are Scared of KPIs

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 06:48:36 -0500

The most visible leader in almost any country is the country's political leader. We want such leaders to make a real difference, a positive difference, to the quality of life we enjoy in our country. But what do those leaders care about? How would they measure their impact? Here's one response from such a leader.

8 Questions You Need To Ask To Avoid Wasting Time With Training

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 06:45:15 -0500

Whether you work within an organisation in a Learning and Development team or you are an independent trainer, you need to be sure that any training you develop has a real purpose and that it is going to be effective. That may seem obvious, but I do see quite a lot of people designing training sessions where I'm not sure that they have really identified a clear need for the training first. Here are 8 questions you need to ask before you design any training to make sure you are not wasting your time...

The 8 Core Behaviors of People Who Positively Impact the World

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:16:45 -0500

Are you ready to make a substantial contribution to the world around you? Do you question whether you, as an individual, are capable of affecting the world in any measurable way? You can, if you allow yourself to be empowered by the notion that yes, you are that powerful! Consider being a maker, shaker and disruption in 2016.

I Am Powerful & Fearless (My Power & Strength Come From Within)

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:13:30 -0500

All of us are passive or acquiescent at times. That is, we use a mild form of passive-aggressiveness: "saying yes when we mean no." Passivity is a coping mechanism we use when we perceive ourselves to be powerless or when we fear using our power will lead to bad outcomes.

How To Integrate A Time Tracker With Your Bookkeeping

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 10:53:44 -0500

One of the harder tasks for companies is tracking their team's work time. Knowing how your employees spend work time during a work day and what they work on is actually impossible without a good time tracker app. But if time tracking is used properly, it can be very beneficial to any business; however, if used improperly it may lead to irritated employees, bad company morale, subpar productivity and results.

Structured Product Label (SPL)

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:52:49 -0500

Structured Product Label refers to the electronic document to be submitted by Manufacturers for Drug establishment registration and Drug listing information to US FDA. The electronic document is in XML format with a pre-defined structure detailing the different sections as indicated by FDA. The SPL is created with a list of acceptable terms or variables as recognised by FDA SPL has been mandated since 31-Oct-2005 for all labelling submissions to the FDA's Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).

Strategy Execution: How Top Companies Get Ahead of the Competition and Stay There

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:48:26 -0500

We all would like to be part of a top-performing company, but what does it really take to build one? Research on how top-performing companies prepare for and manage change and how they execute plans and strategies effectively reveals some interesting similarities and differences between the best and less successful companies. Here's a look at what top-performing companies have in common and how you can apply these findings to your strategy execution.

The Power of Conscious Thoughts Is A Creative Power

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:34:23 -0500

Centering Thought "The Power of I AM... " Affirmation "I am what I believe I am. I create the life I see in my mind." Why is it that we usually won't accept the negative comments expressed by others but we accept our own inner negative chatter.

Better Your Life By Managing Expectations - Reaching a Mutual Understanding

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:14:04 -0500

We all have expectations in our lives; what we want out of life and who we want to become. I believe one of the keys to happiness lies within the management of our expectations of others and of situations and circumstances. Some people feel if you do not have expectations, you can never be disappointed.

Accountability - The Art To Completion

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:13:06 -0500

According to a 2013 survey by AMA Enterprises, a division of the American Management Association, a fifth of business leaders believe that 30-50% of employees are not held accountable for their performance; causing accountability to still be a huge issue within companies. Poor accountability is a manager's bane of existence. It causes low performance, poor morale, and can symptomatically cause companies to not achieve their business goals and objectives.

Our Source of Power - "We All Have Our Choice of Leverage in Leadership"

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:11:33 -0500

Aside from society's preferred use of power and one's influence as a result of power; often we harbor negative sentiments around the notion of power - or power is heavily frowned upon when it's identified. It's believed that those who seem to care about power, only tend to gravitate to the ability to have control and influence over people or things (and ultimately a good portion of it). However, power holds much more weight and value then what we know.

Why Venting Is The Wrong Way To Deal With Workplace Anger

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:46:18 -0500

So here's an interesting question for you: have you ever become angry at work? If you've been working for any length of time, the answer to this question has to be "yes" - we all have. Now comes the much bigger question: what did you do about it? It turns out that there are right things and wrong things to do when we become angry at work.

Building a System of Highly Networked Think Tanks at the State Level - Easier Said Than Done

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 06:52:17 -0500

Does a progressive nation need a Think Tank of Think Tanks to set public policy? What about in a nation like China, a complex country run by a group of self-proclaimed Technocrats, with a population of 1.35 Billion people and an economy now rivaling the United States? It's okay I suppose to have such a group of mastermind's all under one roof, providing it doesn't get too caught up in Communist Dictates, group think, or a bureaucracy of never ending committees. Let's discuss this idea and concept for a moment shall we?

5 Ways of How to Destroy a Business Partnership: Don't Start That New Business Until You Read This

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 10:54:56 -0500

Launching a new venture is always nerve-wracking and exhilarating at the same time. Business partners spend hours planning and discussing what resources are needed for the new venture. There is one incredibly perilous but delicate subject that's bypassed way too often and has the power to destroy everything you dreamed of in 12 months or less. Please allow me to explain.

Does Your Company Need An Internal Social Network?

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:51:12 -0500

Wow - that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. sure got really big overnight, didn't it? One idea that has been running through almost every CEO's head as of late has been the concept of creating something like Facebook, but restricting it to only exist within the company. The idea that employees could quickly and seamlessly exchange ideas is a great concept, but will it work in real life?

Humor: What's Holding You Back?

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:42:00 -0500

In business, it's important to be able to stretch out of your comfort zone to achieve different and better results. Humor is a safe way to do just that. And the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Learn why.

I Can't Possibly Be Wrong!

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:48:04 -0500

Have you been in a meeting where you've tried to defend your position, but feel that you're losing the argument? Your voice may get louder, you start talking over and correcting others, or you go into overdrive to prove your point. Unfortunately, it's human nature that once we've taken a position, we would rather stick to our guns than admit we're wrong (even to ourselves).

No Failure, Only Feedback

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 08:34:17 -0500

One person that always seems to have fun around failure is Adam Savage, from Mythbusters. He's like a big kid, wide-eyed and giggling, as he and his more stoic co-star, Jamie Hyneman, test all kinds of pop-culture myths, like whether you can ride a motorcycle on water, escape a turtled car under water, and put your hand into molten lead and not be injured. Adam routinely says that he doesn't care what result they get, just that they get a result. When their tests succeed, he laughs. When their tests fail, he laughs. And in both cases, he learns (and loves it). Why can't we all be more like Adam Savage?

Project Management Screw-Up 1 - We Weren't Addressing the Right Problem

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:56:15 -0500

Virtually every (rational) project has at its core a need to solve some problem that is perceived by someone. Problems can manifest themselves as barriers to getting something done ("we can't possibly ship 10,000 units/week with our existing systems") or as opportunity to doing something better ("we need to reduce the cost of processing purchase orders by 20%"). In any event, there is a desire to do something tomorrow that can't be done acceptably today.

Mistakes In The Business World

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:23:33 -0500

Mistakes are inevitable. Regardless of how cautious you are or how much care you take, no one is perfect. Eventually, you will slip up.

Are IT Managers Really Needed?

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:47:02 -0500

As an IT manager, I'm pretty sure that you think that you are hot stuff. You provide your company with a valuable service and if you were not there, then they would miss you and your IT manager skills. However, there is a flip side to this thought - is it possible that you are no longer needed and if you weren't there nobody would notice?

Business Manager - Vital Cog in Business Enterprises

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:12:23 -0500

A Business Manager is a professional who is entrusted with the job of managing a business firm or a corporate enterprise or a private enterprise on behalf of a company or individual with the outcome of earning profits and revenues. There are several areas where a Business Manager can use his or her knowledge and expertise to serve - accounting, auditing, budgeting and taxes, data processing and analysis, finance, HR and personnel, marketing and public relations, operations analysis, purchasing and so on. Besides there are also specific technical areas in which a Business Manager can have specialized knowledge and skills...

How Can CIOs Deal With The Challenge Of Creating Very Large Networks?

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:54:32 -0500

I'm pretty sure that you would agree with me if I told you that your enterprise network will just be getting bigger and bigger over time. As the person with the CIO job, it's going to be your job to find ways for the company to keep building out its network without going broke. Got any ideas on how to go about doing this?

Six Leadership Lessons From Game of Thrones Season Six

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:03:11 -0500

****Contains Spoilers from Game of Thrones Season Six**** Game of Thrones is a world of alliances and competition, politics, powerbrokers, fair and failed leaders, trust, deception, limited resources, plus a few dragons. It shouldn't be surprising that it's a world filled with leadership lessons delightfully delivered by our most loved, and hated, characters. In honor of Season Six, here are six lessons all business leaders can learn from Game of Thrones.

The Questions Which Will Undermine Your Training

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:54:57 -0500

You're just about to start a training session. You're all prepared, you've got all your resources and materials. You know exactly what you're going to cover and how you want to deliver it.

The Appearance of Non-Leaders

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:51:07 -0500

I suppose it is not surprising that when there is a leadership vacuum all sorts of non-leaders seek to fill it! Much has been written about leaders but what about non-leaders? Well here is my attempt at identifying non-leaders in a leadership contest

Getting Your Team On Board With The Time Tracker

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:21:51 -0500

Time trackers helps many companies to realize successful time tracking policies in their businesses. This had certainly influenced the efficiency of their businesses a great deal. The most fortunate of them are the ones that got their staff to understand that the time tracker is a positive addition to their working style.

Your Best Cattery, Right Meow!

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:44:27 -0500

Attract more customers and increase the revenue of your cattery today using some simple marketing tricks. Read on to find out how to get the most out of your pet business!

5 Steps to a Better Pet Boarding Business

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:43:26 -0500

5 simple ways to improve your pet boarding business that are quick and easy to implement. Don't wait... Read on to find out how to best manage your pet business!

Financial Strategy - The Fourth Pillar of Financial Success

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:53:03 -0500

Growing a business takes lots of methodical planning which is why Financial Strategy is the final pillar of Financial Success. It focuses on analytics, pricing and strategies to grow your business.

Did You Notice That All The Good IT Manager Jobs Are Going To Indians?

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:17:45 -0500

Just to be very clear about things: this article has nothing to do with bashing Indian managers. You will not hear me complaining that "they are taking all of the good jobs". You won't hear this, because it's simply not true - there are a lot of good IT manager jobs out there for all of us. However, when Google announced that they were reorganizing and promoting Sundar Pichai to the CEO position, it suddenly struck me that a lot of guys from India have been doing well lately. What's up with this?

The Importance of Employee Management Software in a Modern Office

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:51:25 -0500

If you are an organization that uses the Internet for everyday business practices, then there should nothing stopping you from going one step further and applying technology provided on the Internet to employee management. Under piles of workloads, appointments, and meetings, it often becomes understandably difficult for a manager to give employees the time and attention, encouragement and stimulus that they deserve. Making use of a company's greatest assets - its human resources - to their fullest potential sometimes means adopting technology that efficiently tackles time constraints, management challenges, a employee dissatisfaction.

Why Your Workplace Needs to Be a Classroom

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:55:50 -0500

I've written quite a bit about how and why leaders need to be continuous learners. I believe that, as a leader, if you're not continuously - and intentionally - learning, then you're not really a leader. I mean, c'mon - would a real leader ever think, "Well, that's it. I've learned everything I need to. My brain is full, so I'm done." Outside of Congress, that is. But let's leave aside for a moment the question of whether you, the leader, are actively pursuing continuous learning, and let's ask a different question: What are you doing to foster continuous learning within your team?

Netflix Closed Their Last Data Center - Should You Do The Same?

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:54:36 -0500

The Netflix announcement back in August of 2015 wasn't a very big deal. In fact it probably went unnoticed by most people. However, from the point of view of those of us with the CIO job, it was sorta like a bomb had gone off. The company sent an email out that announced that in a month they planned on shutting down their very last operational data center. What this means is that they are now running their company entirely in "the cloud". Should you be doing this?

Three Ideas to Boost Employee Retention

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:54:23 -0500

A recent survey of human resource managers shows that employee turnover remains one of the most critical workplace issues. Sixty percent say that skilled-person power is "scarce". Forty six percent say that worker retention is a "very serious" issue and another 28 percent believe it to be "serious".