Organization

Confidential Information

How we designate information as confidential and maintain this confidentiality is often overlooked. Yet confidential information needs two things: accessibility to those who need it and protection from those who don’t.

What Needs to Be Confidential?

I suggest that we work backwards in this process. That is, start with Read the rest of this entry »

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Company Grapevine Pros and Cons

The company grapevine is unavoidable. That said, how can you make it work for the company and not against it? To address this let’s take a look at the company grapevine pros and cons. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mentoring Time

Have you ever had a job where you felt like you were left to sink or swim entirely on your own? Did your boss fail to allocate sufficient mentoring time to help you develop skills and improve the likelihood you would make meaningful contributions to the success of the company as well as your career?

We All Want to Matter

A mentor can be one of the most valuable people in Read the rest of this entry »

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Remote or In the Office

Do you think more gets done if your work is performed remote or in the office? This is really not a new question.

A Little Personal History

I can recall a number of times early in my career where I did a significant amount of work at Read the rest of this entry »

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Is it Urgent?

Everyone at some time feels the pressure to do something that either they or someone else has deemed urgent. But is it urgent?

Some Background

In the posting Triage for Business Issues we looked at how we use our time with a diagram based on Stephen R. Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The diagram has four quadrants as follows:

  1. Urgent and Important
  2. Not Urgent but Important
  3. Urgent but Not Important
  4. Not Urgent and Not Important

Amazingly many people manage to Read the rest of this entry »

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Who is My Customer?

When I look at some businesses I sometimes think they have never considered the basic question, “who is my customer?”

My Customer is Everybody!

Some businesses think everybody is their customer, but the truth is not even Walmart can say that. Some people simply will not shop there. But, let’s get back to your small business. You are Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee Ideas Revisited

Have you ever worked at a place where all decisions were top down ones and employee ideas were ignored? On the other hand, perhaps you are managing a company that operates this way. Companies that do this put themselves at a distinct disadvantage.

Nobody Knows it All

By cutting off employee input management is limiting the knowledge they have to make decisions. They are effectively shutting down Read the rest of this entry »

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How Flex Time Helps Business

More and more companies are moving to flex hours. Is that beneficial and why?

People Operate Differently

How many times have you heard the question, “Are you a morning person or an evening person?” The answer is probably a lot. At times this seems to be almost a rhetorical question where the answer was merely to satisfy curiosity or explain why somebody was the way they are. Well, that’s not very helpful. But, when coupled with the idea of Read the rest of this entry »

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Dangers of Keeping Employees Uninformed

Do the employees in your company know the things they need to know? Not the things required for performing their job, mind you, but the things that help them understand where the company is headed and how their roles fit into the overall plan. One of the dangers of keeping employees uninformed is that they will Read the rest of this entry »

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Making an Impact

How often have you heard people say they want to live in such a way that they know they are making an impact? This thought probably is one of the most common ones people have. We all want to think we are significant and are leaving a lasting impact. Read the rest of this entry »

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