Delegate, Dont Abdicate
One of the key skills for the leaders of growing businesses is to 'get' the distinction between delegation and abdication.Many managers and business leaders fall into one of two extreme categories:They delegate too little and try to do it all themselves or they give too much away, abdicating both their responsibilities and the prerogatives of power.
Improving Your Inter-Company Communications At No Cost
It's all very well having a flashy (and expensive) advertising campaign, backed up by a wealth of positive PR, but if your staff are not all pulling in the same direction this could be the biggest leak in your plan.Want a more in-depth guide to internal and customer communications, plus a CD-ROM with software with advice, additional content and links to helpful sites?Buy 'Marketing your Business' todayFirstly, everyone need to be able to get accurate information, so ensure that you have a good computer network (or better still, a fully-fledged Intranet) and routinely store the latest versions of documents where everyone can access them.
Performance Expectations - 5 Tips and 5 Questions
People want to understand their role - they want to do well! So by being clear, really clear about what it expected of them, makes a big, big difference! And that improves performance as well as saving you time chasing others around to deliver what you want.5 TipsBe Clear - your people need to know what they are doing, both in terms of actions and the standards that you will be expecting.
Resistance - How to Handle It
Do you ever meet with resistance from other people - I bet
you do! It might be a customer, a colleague, a member of
your team or even someone in your personal life. Dealing
with resistance or objections is one of the biggest
challenges faced by business people; so let's consider why
we get resistance and how we can handle it.
Negative Self-talk is Too Expensive
I'm always fascinated by the people who lift huge weights,
particularly in competitions like the Olympic Games. There
are events for men and women and they get up on stage to
lift a bar with huge weights attached.
Managing Creativity - An Oxymoron! Not
Interrogated on a beach in Barbados by friends insistent that there was little validity to my speciality, I have felt compelled to answer the most common objections in the field of Managing Creativity and Innovation.a) Managing Creativity and Innovation is an oxymoron!When ideas are required, leaders tend to herd people into a room with a flip chart and conduct (usually an ineffective) brainstorming session.
Employees - Treat Them the Way They Expect to be Treated
When you have to deal with one of your team who's complaining to you, rather than allowing your negative programmes to take over, get your thinking part in gear and try to see the situation the way they see it. You don't necessarily have to agree with them but perhaps you can empathise with their point of view.
Rapport - How to Build it with Your Team
I've often heard managers say - "My door is always open,
come and talk to me anytime."You have to accept the fact that your team won't always do
People - You Cant Make Them What Theyre Not
Many business people and managers are spending too much time trying to change the underperforming people who work for them. They seem to believe that if they train people - tell them what to do or even threaten them with the sack - then the performance level will go up.
Is Your Management Style Assisting or Hurting Your Business?
Many times business owners can have significant differences in management styles that can deter the growth of both the employees and the business.Employees can have differing needs that require differing methods of management as well.
Issue Management Methodology for Tracking Project Issues
1. What is an Issue?An issue is an incident, circumstance, problem or inquiry that affects or potentially affects the timely delivery of the project, product or service, it may also impact the quality of deliverables and the cost of production.
Interviewing Applicants Can Be Hazardous to Your Wealth
1st Fact: Interviewing applicants is the most common way companies decide whom to hire.2nd Fact: Research proves most interviewers do lousy at predicting if an applicant will succeed - or flop - if hired.
How to Reject a Job Applicant
A Nightmare That Really HappenedOver 10 years ago, when I worked as a manager at a major corporation, I received a call from a headhunter about a magnificent job opening. It sounded like the perfect job for me.
Coaching Champions at Work
I saw Brian Kerr (the Irish national football coach) on television not so long ago and it reminded me of a platform I shared with him at a Banking Institute seminar in Dublin. Whilst I was waiting for my turn I listened to Brian and experienced two emotions - admiration and jealousy.
Productive Meetings: How to Make Your Meetings More Productive
There's one simple secret to effective meetings: set an agenda and stick to it. The agenda drives the content and outcomes of the meeting and, where appropriate, should reflect the needs of all attendees so everyone has a buy-in and an interest in the outcomes.
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