As a management consultant, I’ve seen many business leaders struggle to delegate. Whether it’s a reluctance to let go of responsibilities, or failure to bring in professional management to deal with burgeoning administrative workloads, failure to delegate can stop business growth in its tracks.
In this article I want to look at the art of delegation and how an approach known as ‘monkey management’ can help increase workplace productivity at all levels of management. (more…)
A manager provides guidance and has upper decision-making power to those under them. Business managers are typically in charge of the bottom line whether that is seen as financial productivity, or customer satisfaction. It takes a great deal of expertise and often higher education to become a manager, but it also takes some important habits to be truly successful. (more…)
Project management is an art which has to be understood both in terms of theory and practical application to be utilised in a successful way. There are dozens (sometimes thousands) of things that can go wrong on any project, from small integration processes to the biggest engineering projects in the world. It is the project manager’s responsibility to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible with as little disruption caused to the project as possible.
There are a lot of good project managers, but not many great ones – how can you elevate what you do to ensure that you’re a level above everyone else working in the project management field? (more…)
The more you can have your employees working on assignments aligned with their skill set, the more productive your small business will be. Rather than have them stop every couple of minutes to work on a smaller task, it can help to find other methods to get simpler tasks done rather than have your employees stop everything they’re working on to do it. Here are a few great, efficient, and more affordable ways of getting the busy work out of the way so your team can focus on their assignments.
It can be a bit of a dirty word these days, but outsourcing is an effective way to do business for not only large corporations, but smaller businesses as well. Your company should be focused on really doing one particular niche activity very well. Anything outside of the scope of that focus, or anything that your business may not be skilled at working on, could potentially be outsourced. Companies that emphasize their strength at writing code for websites, for example, could do things much better and faster.
What is the coolest thing your manager or CEO has ever given you? A free lunch? The chance to work at home? Free samples of whatever your company produces?
Whatever it is, it probably pales in comparison to some of the things big name CEO’s are handing out to their employees these days. Of course we could have found a lot more than three examples of CEO’s being generous – there are plenty of stories out there about bosses divvying up their holiday bonuses, or taking a pay cut to help out with things get tough. But these were the three that had our social media department buzzing, and we thought’d it would be pretty cool to look at the perks being given out in the corporate world. (more…)
The boss is away, so should the employees play? Of course not – managers deserve time off without having to worry about the office falling to ruins without them. Most people would agree, but there is still the issue about the best way to handle the boss being out of the office. Are there extra responsibilities that need to be taken up? Should anything in the office change, or should day-to-day life continue unhindered? Since our own boss is currently partying it up with Mickey Mouse on the Disney Cruise Line, the Social Media department figured that others could benefit from our sage advice on how we deal with the managerial absence in the office. (more…)
Most bosses love the self-starter type. The person who is willing to go the extra mile, ask for more work and then not only do it well, but finish it early.
Unfortunately, most people aren’t that type of person. And that’s okay! If you focused that hard on every little trivial task you’ve been assigned you will end up burning out before you ever make your mark, collapsing on your keyboard after seven straight hours of database updates. That’s bad for your image at work and the keyboard.
The trick is to learn how to manage yourself like, well, a manager. Maybe your boss is involved in every step of every project you have, or maybe you only see your boss as they leave the office at one in the afternoon to go play golf. Either way, a great method to keeping yourself on task without running into a wall is to manage your workload like you would manage employees. With that in mind, here are our tips on how to be your own boss, even if you’re not. (more…)