What would happen if you could increase your senior team’s effectiveness by 20%? An effective senior management team will make a great difference to the success of your organisation. If learning to work together is good for junior teams, imagine how much you would gain from a senior team that worked together more effectively? However, […]
New year’s resolutions can be a bit of a cliche, but this is actually not a bad time of year to take a step back and think about what you want to do next year to make your business more successful. Here are my suggestions:.
As the new year begins, you are probably thinking about what to do to make your business more successful this year. If you liken your business to a great meal, you will need to get all the right ingredients together and then mix together using an effective recipe. For a well risen business, you’ll need: […]
When planning any important activities, projects or the future of our organisations, the historic approach has always been to set long term goals. We determine where we want to be in say, 3 or 5 years’ time, and set our plans accordingly. The problem with this approach is that the pace of change is increasing, […]
No organisation can do without a manager of some sort, if it is to survive. An effective manager will save time, effort and costs, and ensure resources, e.g. people, are effectively utilised. In small organisations, the manager is often the overall business leader as well. To be effective as a manager or leader, it is […]
IT Management is easy, right? If only! Although IT has now been with us for many years, we still have a number of misconceptions about how to do IT management effectively. You may THINK you understand what IT people need, but you probably don’t understand them as well as you could. How many of these […]
Are you starting your first management job? Having started out my career as first a building site engineer, then a software programmer, it wasn’t long before I wanted to become a manager. Managers have status. Managers get big pay packages with company cars. I took some time off, and enrolled onto an MBA. The MBA was […]
How important is Entrepreneurship? Economic performance, whether you work in a small company or a large organisation, relies on the ability of people to come up with new ideas and implement them i.e. entrepreneurship. When you are deep in the depths of delivery, it is easy to forget this. We use the excuses that we […]
Kung Hey Fat Choy 恭禧發財- Happiness and Prosperity, in this year of the Monkey. On February 8th 2016, the Chinese year of the Monkey began. Every year is governed by a different animal (in a cycle of twelve) and each animal has different qualities and prospects. The Chinese horoscope tells us that these will have […]
How many times have you heard that? Maybe you have even said it yourself. Imagine what would have happened if the Greeks had said that when they were contemplating how to seize the city of Troy. There would have been no Trojan horse and many more years of misery for both them and the Trojans. […]
Recently, I said that management is dead. Lots of people agreed with me. However, without some sort of management we will descend into anarchy and chaos. What we need is new management, with managers who think and act differently. We need new management with managers who: Think and act like a Facilitator In these modern […]
All professionals in every field have their own words to describe what they do as a short cut to communication within their own expert group. Unfortunately, we often assume everyone else understands these terms. No one will own up to it of course for fear of sounding stupid. No one will question a term or […]
We all want more time! Time management is something we all wish we were better at but, in these frantic times, this is often very hard to achieve. Here are ten tips for busy managers: 1. Write stuff down Time management means taking notes. No-one’s memory is perfect. Everyone forgets stuff, especially when stressed. If […]
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Catastrophe avoided! I was reading an article today by Daniel Priestley about his experience of running a Catastrophe Report. It all sounds very good, but it still relies on your team knowing the processes and ‘pinch’ points. These can often be very helpful and are fun to do, but often miss critical risks. It occurred […]
What the difference between Leadership and Management? It’s often said, that a leader does the right thing, while a Manager does things right. Does a Manager need to be a Leader then? In our current times of rapid technical and social change, both inside and outside organisations, managers need to be effective change managers. To […]
UK Government pays 50% of the cost of using a Consultant!
I’m pleased to confirm that I have been approved to provide support under the new government grant ‘Growth Vouchers’. This will pay up to £2000 towards business advice, which you have to match. You can only use this with approved advisers. This is available to any small business with less than 50 employees and who has not paid for business advice in the past 3 years.
Before you think ‘this must be another hoax’ , unfortunately it isn’t. I’ve seen this nasty attack twice in the last week, and the effect is nothing short of a disaster. The first you will know about it having got onto your system will be:
• You open a file, and find it is gobbledegook
• You get a large red message telling you that your files are now all encrypted, and you must pay a $300 ‘ransom’ for the unencryption code within (usually) 72 hours.
Are you indispensable? No! Picture the scene. You are still in the office fixing problems late into the evening. You took your mobile phone on holiday, even though your wife said ‘no work this time darling or I’ll leave you/go on my own next time/drop your phone in the swimming pool (you choose)’. You may […]
I’m often asked, what is collaboration? According to the dictionary, collaboration is where two or more people or organizations work together to realise shared goals. Collaboration enables you to share skills, experience, tools, knowledge, ‘clout’, resources etc. Done well, it can save you time and money, and get you more business faster. There are lots of different ways to collaborate and over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking at the different ways you can collaborate and benefit your business.
Management is the art of getting the best from your team, without getting in the way of allowing them to use their skills to produce the best results. This is especially true if they are highly technical or senior professionals.
We all want better business management, but when was the last time you took a step back to think about what you want to do to make your business more successful? Here are are few ideas to consider:
According to the dictionary, collaboration is where two or more people or organizations work together to realise shared goals. According to the dictionary, collaboration is where two or more people or organizations work together to realise shared goals. Collaboration enables you to share skills, experience, tools, knowledge, ‘clout’, resources etc. Done well, it can save you time and money, and get you more business faster.. Here are some key considerations to making collaboration work
by Jacqui Hogan There is lots of stuff written about the key success factors in selling, but they all boil down to these: Focus on the customer It’s very easy to get so enthusiastic about your products, services or even you ideas, that you forget about that very crucial person – the customer or buyer. […]
by Jacqui Hogan Why set goals? Goal setting is used by Olympic athletes, successful business managers and almost all high achievers to give them a clear long-term vision of what they want to achieve. Goals create motivation and help build your confidence. Goals should be clear As far as possible, define the goals in […]
London 2012 was considered to be huge success, both in terms of our athletics prowess and ability to recruit and manage a vast army of volunteers.Managing such a large army of volunteers is a huge challenge. Especially when most of the Managers were themselves volunteers. There is much talk of our legacy, but what can we learn as managers from how the volunteers were managed?
This is what I learned from being a volunteer Manager.
We all talk about the importance of Innovation; that you should focus on new ideas, new services, new markets etc. But, in our enthusiasm, often forget that the monetary benefits can take a long time to come to fruition. So should we, instead, focus all our efforts on conserving our existing business? In the current economic climate, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of focusing only on short term survival. Sure, for some of us, this IS the only option. But without investment in the future, in your next great product or service, there will come a moment when there is no more business, because the rest of the market has moved on.
by Jacqui Hogan As a self confessed ‘girl geek’, when Social Media Networking came along, I couldn’t resist getting involved. However, as my time spent on the different media started to get longer and longer, I decided that I had to have a strategy for how I used it. After talking to many different people, […]
Crowd looking upMost of us would really rather not have to have meetings, but they are hard to avoid.
If, like me, you attend lots of meetings where you come away thinking ‘what was that for?’, then the following tips may help you to run your meetings more effectively.
A manager’s listening skills are key to team building, motivation, creating enthusiasm and mutual respect.
Through good listening skills you acquire information, enabling you to identify and clarify issues, make decisions, resolve conflict and be creative.
As some of you know, I belong to Toastmasters, and often do speeches there on a variety of topics. Last night, I did a speech about ‘the effective salesperson’, which seemed to hit the spot, so hopefully, you will find it useful too. There is lots of stuff written about the key success factors in […]
As we all know, the business environment is constantly changing, but it can be hard to find time to consider what the impact might be. A SWOT is a well tested method that does not take too much time, but still produces the information needed to make good business decisions.
Business innovation is a vital ingredient in raising the productivity, competitiveness and growth potential of modern economies. Essentially, Innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideas. These can be ideas for products, services or processes. It includes both radical new ideas and incremental changes to existing ones. All businesses can, and should, innovate.
You might set out on a journey without a Map. You might even attempt to cook a banquet without a recipe. But don’t try to run a business without a Business Plan! A good business plan will save you time, money and possibly even your business. It isn’t difficult to do if you follow these tips:
If you’re a very small business, you probably don’t think you need to manage your cashflow. At least that’s what many of the small businesses I meet say! I start talking to them about the importance of forecasting what you’re going to get paid and what you’re going to spend, and I see their eyes glaze over as they shuffle sideways to get away from this BORING person!