Monthly Archives: September 2015

Let’s Change Some Business Processes!

Almost everyone, in every organization, has heard this or a similar statement at some point. In customer driven environments, we must ensure that hierarchical approaches do not waste individual talents and let unproductive activities drain our energy. We must create

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Time Guzzlers … Paperwork and Email!

In large organizations, a great deal of communication is in written format. The key to managing paperwork is to handle each piece of paper only once. To do this, decide where each letter or memo or other piece of paper

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Organizing Your Projects

Projects teams are made up of a combination of employees and outside contractors. The internal and external members of the team must be clear about their roles and responsibilities. Intra-functional Work is divided by function such as sales, customer service,

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Difficult People …in meetings!

On April 7, 2015, I published an article entitled, “in meetings, Behave Yourself”.  That article examined some meeting behaviors. However, this article will describe four additional types of team member behaviors that you may need to manage. Of course, there

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Time Guzzlers … The Telephone!

There are a number of time guzzlers that tend to trap even the most organized people. Some of these are caused by issues in your department and organization and some may be outside of your immediate environment. How much time

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Developing Your Project Plan

Your project definition or, statement of work, briefly describes the project, exclusions, and criteria for success. The project manager must ensure that the project’s product, or deliverable, meets the specifications determined by the client or customer. The project leader translates

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meetings, Meetings and MORE MEETINGS!

Meetings can be one of the biggest time-guzzler in the workplace. Millions of business meetings are held every day in the United States, and many of them are unnecessary or poorly managed. Although meetings can be an efficient method of

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