Archive for June, 2013

Project Managers: How to Manage That Meeting

Posted on June 29th, 2013 · Posted in Leadership, Management

One of the major and probably the biggest responsibilities of project managers—aside from managing customers and requirements—is leading teams. Leading teams involves managing projects, schedules, and team member talent. In addition to leading teams, project managers often times need to coordinate and run meetings. Regardless of whether meetings take place..
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The Power of Team Dynamics

Posted on June 25th, 2013 · Posted in Leadership, Small Business, Tips and Tricks

Team Dynamics deals with all those underlying forces between the different people on a team that influences how a team operates. It can really make a difference on how a team reacts, behaves or performs. Ideally you want a highly cohesive and supportive team, working together to get the job..
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National Small Business Week: Project Management and Small Business

Posted on June 22nd, 2013 · Posted in Entrepreneurship, Management, Project Management

What does project management have to do with small business? This might seem like an obvious question to some, but a foreign question to others. In addition to working in many different organizations and industries, project managers are often times entrepreneurs. Most start up businesses require the owner to wear..
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How Do You Get Team Members to Come Prepared for the Meeting?

Posted on June 19th, 2013 · Posted in Management, Tips and Tricks

The Problem: We’ve all attended meetings where participants were asked to read a document, do some research, or conduct some other “homework” prior to the meeting but very few people actually did it.  Obviously, the intent of assigning the pre-work is to ensure that all attendees are prepared which should..
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Workflow Solutions: Tackling the Necessity Question

Posted on June 18th, 2013 · Posted in Decisions, Workflow

Efficiency is changing the face of businesses forever. Workflow solutions are becoming increasingly popular. Workflow automation software has turned into a ubiquitous enterprise backdrop for most businesses, the same way a logo is part and parcel of official correspondences. For the uninitiated, a workflow solution is a niche software that..
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The Project Management Pattern

Posted on June 17th, 2013 · Posted in Leadership, Management, Project Management

As we’ve seen from previous articles, project management can be a highly challenging role. It involves an acquired skill set, such as organization, time management, a keen eye for detail, and the ability to multi-task. With that being said, it’s true that project management isn’t for everyone. In addition to..
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Why is Project Management Software Important for Entrepreneurs?

Posted on June 14th, 2013 · Posted in Entrepreneurship, Management, Project Management

Who are entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurs are the professionals who organize the affairs of a business and are inclined towards its growth. They are also responsible for the conduction of the financial affairs of a business. An entrepreneur is the main driving force of a business. He nurtures a business in a..
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Are You Leading a Team…or Combing Spaghetti?

Posted on June 11th, 2013 · Posted in Leadership, Tips and Tricks

As a corporate trainer and leadership coach, I often consult with team leaders and executives who are at their whit’s end – completely frustrated with team members who seem to make their own rules, don’t deliver as promised, misunderstand or misinterpret tasks/requests, complain about unclear priorities, etc.  If that’s you,..
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Reasons for Hiring a Business Facilitator

Posted on June 10th, 2013 · Posted in Leadership, Management

Companies that hold disorganized meetings lose hundreds, thousands or even millions of dollars every year. If meetings are only 50 percent productive, companies can end up losing money due to so much wasted time, which unfortunately leads to having even more uselessly unproductive meetings. A facilitator prevents this from occurring..
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Why You Should LOVE Your Worst Clients

Posted on June 10th, 2013 · Posted in Project Management, Small Business

You’re familiar with the 80-20 rule, right? If not, it goes like this: 80% of your sales come from 20% of your customers, or 20% of your clients take 80% of your time. And if you provide services for clients (I use the word clients to refer to people within..
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