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This post is made possible by UPrinting.com, a socially responsible online printing, marketing and technology firm. Managers and business owners have it tough – they’re actually expected to take time off delegating responsibilities and watching expenses in order to…well…manage people! The nerve some employees have – suggesting that any of your decisions can be less than perfect! After all, you made them, didn’t you? Here are some things you could do to encourage your employees…

If you are in events, PR, media or even marketing, there’s a strong chance you have picked up some useful habits, strange ticks and useful eccentricities along the way. I have worked on project management, on building sites, inside department store window displays, in exhibition halls, backstage and onstage. It’s affected my world view and made me a pessimistic optimist with a dash of nihilism: I hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and assume it’s probably impossible to make…

We all know that every business backbone is its unique working process, but your employees are the lifeblood of your company. Yet, it’s sad to say that not many businesses provide their employees with a happy environment, which may lead to a downfall of their brand. Branding is not an easy task. Sure, a right marketing strategy coupled with tweaks around social presence might do the trick, but your employees are a part of what makes your brand whole. It’s not uncommon to see a displeased…

Time Management is a contradiction in itself! It is also a myth! Two dangerous statements I often make during training sessions and if nothing else, they provide a lively discussion. Time Management is a contradiction To qualify my claims – firstly, we cannot manage time; we can only manage what we do with the time that is available to us. In our world that is 24 hours in the day, 365 days in a year with an extra day every fours years. [As an aside, what did you do with your extra free day…

What?  How could a leadership coach say something like that you say?  It’s easy.  Listen to small business owners complain about customers who barter them down to a price proposal that’s unprofitable.  Work with a small business owner who can’t tell you what their sales were for last year – but still want to make more this year and next. Yes, it’s a challenge as a leadership coach to help small business owners get out of their own way.  It’s also a challenge providing leader as…

Continuous quality improvement (CQI) is used in organizations as a strategy to bring about continuous organizational change.  It is a systematic approach for continually improving all processes that deliver products and services.  These can be incremental improvement to processes over time or dramatic for more immediate changes.  All processes are continually reviewed in terms of their efficiency, effectiveness, and flexibility. In our leadership training program we work to understand how…

A recent Business Week article discussed the many challenging problems of Sprint Nextel, a distant #3 player in the U.S. wireless market, significantly behind AT&T and Verizon, and losing customers virtually every month. Sprint is the only vendor of the three offering an unlimited usage plan, and thus faces the costs and network capacity issues related to it.  It is either courageous marketing or a sign of desperation.  A Bloomberg analyst commented, “They need the subscribers.…

“Oh no!  It’s that time of year.  The people in human resources want my employee performance reviews within the next 30 days – and I’ve already wasted the month of July by avoiding the task, after all, I went for a week’s vacation, my staff took time off too, and let’s not forget the week where the air conditioning system went bonkers.” Have you heard a similar refrain or even said it yourself when faced with the annual performance review?  Well, take heart.  There are quite a…

Recently I sat down with Jay Niblick, author of the best-selling book What’s Your Genius – How the Best Think for Success in the New Economy and the Owner of Innermetrix, Inc., to talk about the two significant concepts within What’s Your Genius.  This is the conclusion of a two-part interview. What Does Low Self-Awareness Really Mean – Can You Measure It? In order to become more authentic you need to become more self-aware.  It is sequential.  You need increased self-awareness…

Recently I sat down with Jay Niblick, author of the best-selling book What’s Your Genius – How the Best Think for Success in the New Economy and the Owner of Innermetrix, Inc., to talk about the two significant concepts within What’s Your Genius.  This is the first of a two-part interview. Jay, How Did You Come Up With The Idea To Write What’s Your Genius? As a psychometrics profile company that measures competencies our consultants and coaches in the field were noticing trends in the…