What is a weekly review of your work schedule? It’s a structured evaluation and discovery process that allows you to determine how effective your work process has been throughout the week. It allows you to determine what went well, what scheduled work did not get completed, and what priorities need to be set for next week. The weekly review is an effective tool for organizing … [Read more...]
The Myth of Multitasking
We have all heard that women are better at multitasking then me, but, where does that get us? Studies indicate that multitasking actually does not make a positive contribution in our use of time or the quality of our productivity. When we multitask, we actually have less focus on the work we are doing and the combined tasks take longer to complete. So let’s look at an … [Read more...]
Love What You Do
Love is the Missing Piece No, this isn’t an ad for a dating site, although maybe it should be.... I was in the process of writing on a different subject when I found myself in a conversation with a client (who shall remain nameless but will likely know its them when they read this ;) ) We were discussing their business and a particularly rough couple of weeks they have … [Read more...]
Time is Love
There is a new song out by Josh Turner entitled "Time is Love". Every time I hear this song it is a mini-exercise in personal and professional strategic planning for me. How often do we think about where we spend our time- and really get honest with ourselves? How often do we think about what we really care about, what matters most? And the final step... how often do we … [Read more...]
What Happens if the Person Picking Your Brain is Already a Paying Client?
A lot of us have seen this article on Forbes making its round on the various social media platforms: No You Can’t Pick My Brain. It Costs Too Much. But – what happens if the person picking your brain is already a paying client? Most small business owners or consultants would agree – we give entirely too much information away for free. For me, a lot of times this occurs … [Read more...]
The Capable Employee
As a modern business owner, I’ve caught the fever to rely on gadgets and depend on electronic communication in lieu of actually picking up the phone; but I wonder, have I done my company a disservice? As I visit client sites and assess the challenges they face, it becomes clear that sometimes the culprit is not the employee, it’s the technology. Excessive reliance on … [Read more...]
You Are What You Say You Are….
Leadership is an elusive quality and few people ever really get it, but as the figurehead of a company you are supposed to know what it means to be a leader and a motivator even if it wasn’t taught to you. In my industry I see a lot of individuals who were really good at their chosen profession and that skill got them thrust into the management arena. Leadership is an elusive … [Read more...]
Project Management 101: The Stages of Project Management
I remember when I picked up my first project management book. I was working as a low-level retail manager and thought it would be helpful. I picked it up, glanced through the table of contents, got terrified and immediately put it back on the shelf. The book was full of technical jargon, extensive charts and graphs, and appeared to be designed for someone who had a Ph.D and … [Read more...]