5 Steps to Better Decision Making

Decision-making seems like it should be a simple process, but sometimes we can find ourselves vacillating back and forth between one or more choices, truly unable to make a solid decision. One of the things that make decision-making so unnerving is the fear of making a wrong move. We may hesitate about making any kind of decision because we’re not sure of what the outcome will be. We get mired in “what ifs,” paralyzed by fears of what could go wrong. We worry that choosing wrong will cause an avalanche of bad luck to fall on our heads, or even worse, our decision will be wrong AND irreversible. However, even worse than making the wrong decision is letting our fear prevent us from making any decision at all.

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What Makes a Good Boss?

A study analyzing 20,000 exit interviews revealed that the most common reason that people leave a job situation is poor supervision –- basically, they had a bad boss. Probably the biggest factor contributing to the perception of poor leadership seemed to be poor communication skills. How can you as a boss improve your communication with your employees? Here are 7 easy ideas to improve your communication skills and be a better boss…

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Strategic Planning is No Longer a Discretionary Decision!

It has been said, “We’d better pay attention to the future because that’s where we’re going to spend the rest of our lives.” Success in any business is a clear picture of where the business is going and even though there is technically no “end,” what will the end result look like? The propensity of most management teams right now is to focus on the present, to put out fires, and manage by crisis. With all of the changes in the business environment over the last 24 months, that propensity is understandable; however, crisis management doesn’t prepare your organization for future growth and opportunity.

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Using SWOT Analysis To Improve Your Business

Analyzing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of a business is a well-established tool that is widely used by academics, consultants, and advisors. Although it is a simple concept, business owners often struggle when trying to use it because it is so broad. It is difficult to determine where to start, what questions to ask, and where to focus. The obvious problems get attention while many other important issues get overlooked. 

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Team Building And Job Satisfaction

Team building remains one of the most vital functions for long-term success in business. The reasons are many, but as more and more employees leave the workforce for more personally fulfilling options such as home-based businesses, the decline in both morale and available talent is diminished. One of the top reasons people leave their jobs is that they feel unappreciated or undervalued.

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Ten Tips For Successfully Setting Goals

My guess is that if you are reading this, you want to achieve more. Most of us wish that we could be more effective in our jobs and have a higher level of satisfaction. Believe it or not, this has a lot to do with successfully setting and following through on your goals. To get you off on the right track, here is a tried and tested goal setting strategy to set and achieve your goals.

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Workforce Management Policies to Keep Skilled People

You might be able to attract people with high value skills through a well-presented ad. However, to keep them with you, your organization must have put in place workforce management policies that make these people want to continue with the organization. The policies must fit in with the organization and the place where it is located. If the policies are incompatible with the existing organization and place, they are likely to remain just book policies that will not be implemented in their true spirit. We look at some standard workforce management policies that can create an environment that make people want to remain with you.

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Why Team Building Is Vital to Your Success

Great teamwork is one of the most important keys to your company'’s success. The more harmoniously people work together, the better it is for your company. Teamwork is the way that things get done these days, –and if you don'’t have a cohesive team, you’’re seriously handicapping your company out in the marketplace. Team building is necessary for success because it’'s unnatural for people to come together in a new group and immediately begin to get along.

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Why Businesses Succeed

If you search for “why businesses fail” you will get millions of results talking about the pitfalls and untold reasons why businesses go out of business. Instead of the focusing on what went wrong, focus on planning and building for success. Outcomes that are focused on are typically the outcomes that are generated. If you want to build a successful business you need to focus on success.  We can learn a great deal from businesses that fail and apply that knowledge to actions step that propel a business toward success and away from failure. Here are some important elements of a successful business to consider.

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ESCAPE the Holiday Productivity Blahs

It’s that time of year again: the time of holiday parties, Christmas cards to write, shopping to do (even online at work!), vacations, family commitments, and more stress. It is no wonder that a recent survey by Accountemps found that 44% of executives feel employees are less productive the week before a major holiday. While this may be true, there are ways in which we as leaders can counteract all of the distractions and stress and help people be as productive now as the rest of the year.

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