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 I tell people I mentor managers, after asking ‘what is a Mentor,’ the next question usually is “what is a Manager”. If you read the various groups here in LinkedIn, you might be forgiven for thinking that a Manager is a poorly skilled, pen pushing, process follower, who is disrespected by his team. But […]
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 […]
It was a monday, and for the first few moments of my arrival into the office, it seemed an ordinary day. The sun was shining, our receptionist smiled as I walked towards the lift and all seemed calm. As I set down my briefcase next to my chair and turned on my laptop computer, I noticed a small huddle of people a few desks away. Murmurs of ‘…where’s the data?…’ and ‘…it doesn’t appear to be there…’ reached my ears.
by Jacqui Hogan These are a selection of common management problems that seem to come up over and over again. Managing innovation Q: “My ideas never seem to get anywhere because of bureaucracy and an aversion to risk. How can I persuade other people that new ideas are not always dangerous and can actually be […]
Ecollaboration is not just simply a set of tools, a methodology or a mechanism for getting something done in a particular way. Ecollaboration has its own special identity, and involves approaching a number of business challenges with a new thinking model.
Before looking in detail at how to successful ecollaborate, we need to separate some facts from fiction.
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.
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 IT people. Before I became a manager, I used to be a Techie. I trained in the details of software […]
Where’s my team?
With all the technology we have available these days, you would be forgiven for thinking that managers would welcome a request from a team member to work from home in a more flexible way. But, as you have seen from recent news from Yahoo and others, even companies who spend a lot of money on making remote working possible, are now pulling people back into the office.
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.
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, […]
Some managers are born, some are made and some shouldn’t ever be let near a team, ever!
You can get training, but if more than a few of the following apply to, then you should seriously consider whether management is for you!
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.
Effective Managers take time to review what is going well and what could be improved going forward without assigning blame. They know that assigning blame kills motivation and shuts down the improvement process. They also know that a simple and sincere ‘thankyou’ to individuals in the team makes all the difference. For more about this […]
Effective Managers will know what the wider business priorities are, and will be able to judge whether an ‘urgent’ request is actually important, or whether it can wait. And be able to manage those who can’t tell the difference. For more about this habit and to read my book about the 7 Habits of an […]
Effective managers do not wait for someone to tell them what to do. They anticipate and act before chaos reigns down on the team. For more about this habit and to read my book about the 7 Habits of an effective manager
Poor managers mean spiralling costs, lousy performance and miserable people. Here are some of bad habits to watch out for (and what to do about them!) This isn’t you……or is it? Bad Habit #1 – Going through the motions Bad Managers aren’t very self-aware. They wait to be told what to do and how to […]
Effective Project Managers spend time and effort to understand what is important and plan accordingly. Effective project managers know that early success in a project builds confidence in everyone involved. Effective project managers know that a coherent approach to change management can make the difference between project success and project failure.
All project managers define goals, but effective project managers make sure these are defined clearly and that they understand them unambigously at every level. They make sure they don’t just understand the words, but the meaning and impact of the goals and what the results should be for the business.
You could start by…
When I started out as a Project Manager, long, long ago (before Prince 2 was invented) me and my fellow Project Managers would wait patiently for instructions from the business as to what they wanted me to do. One of our greatest frustrations was…
Over the next few days, I’ll be blogging on the 7 Habits of an Effective Project Manager. These are based on my accumulated experience as a Project Manager, Programme Manager and manager of other Project Managers over the past 30 years or so.
Zombies come in a variety of horrible forms. All of them need to be dealt with before successful project completion. Here are a few examples.
Getting a great RESULT doesn’t mean you necessarily need a complicated Project methodology like Prince 2, but by following a few simple tips, you can make sure that next time, you deliver what you expect, when you expect it and for the cost you expect.