Simplicity Brings You Focus

Roundup for Weeks Ending Oct 16, 23, 30

One way to protect against being overwhelmed with information is to just focus on one of the main business areas for improvement in a given week or month or even quarter. I like to divide a business organization into 4 main parts: 1) sales, marketing & branding, 2) operations, product development & customer service, 3) finance, legal, HR & IT, and 4) management & leadership. You can even go deeper in one those areas and focus on those. simple_but_not_simpler_einstein_ii

For instance, you can focus just on sales one week, marketing the next and then branding the following week. Ask yourself: which one area do I want to focus on in my company, my work-team and my circle of influence this week for improvement?

TIP: You don’t always have to focus on your weakest area. You can also focus on one of the strongest areas. One of the best strategies for businesses is to operate around its strengths. You can always make your strongest facet even stronger and maintain that edge in the marketplace.

Here we go…

Leadership and Management

Managers: When you meet your employees, how do you structure your conversation? #awayre (How Clear Communication Contributes To Successful ProjectManagement)

How often do you ask your employees for feedback? What would happen if you did it more often? (Everything you need to know about employee pulse surveys)

Why repatriated expats often make great employees. #awayre (Are Expats and ‘Repats’ the next unicorn candidates?)

Being an a-hole is NOT a good leadership strategy! #awayre (Jerks Be Warned: You’re Never Too Busy to Be Nice)

You have a business plan even when you think you don’t have it. The question is: Have you written it down? #awayre (What a Business Plan can do for You)

Sales, Marketing, and Branding

What’s the probability of closing a sale at each how_do_you_structure_conversationstage in your sales pipeline? (Sales Pipeline Stages and Probability Percentages)

Is your customers’ perception of your company consistent across social media channels? (The Importance of Brand Consistency on SocialMedia)

Are your customers receiving conflicting messages about your company from different channels? (How to Deliver A Seamless Customer Experience Across Digital Channels)

Test: Do you think it’s important to *engage* your prospective customers? (How To Create Brand Loyalty With Your Small Business Customers)

Comprehensive yet un-fluffy (it’s a word now!) (The Ultimate Guide to Building Your PersonalBrand: The step-by-step playbook)

Does your branding drive your operations and your culture or is it only a marketing-brochure deep? #awayre (The best branding comes when you align what you SAY with what you DO)

Innovation, Operations, and Customer Service

Would your customers engage with your company more if they thought it was fun? (Optimizing Customer Retention Through Gamification)

Legal, Finance, Insurance, Taxes, HR, IT

We are nearing the end of 2016. Is it time to start getting your financial house in order? (Financial yearend: the ultimate survival guide)

Strategy

It’s not just a theory, by the way. It’s common sense and oh so true. “…while people buy quarter-inch drills, what they actually want are quarter-inch holes.” Also, this is not just you_have_a_business_plantrue in strategy but also in sales and marketing.  (The question about ‘grand strategy’ that made Tim Cook unhappy on Apple’s earnings call was based on a Harvard professor’s theory that is uncomfortable reading for Apple)

Ever wonder how Pokemon Go makes money? #awayre (Revealed: Secret Strategies of World’s Most Lucrative Apps)

But… you can always have ONE flagship product and then create variants of it. (How Malcolm Gladwell and spaghetti sauce helped me build a company)

Productivity and Mindfulness

How do you *feel* when you procrastinate? (How to Stop Procrastination and Accomplish Your Daily Goals)

I say they are more relevant now than ever. #awayre (Are the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Still Relevant?)

TIP: Just because you detest office politics doesn’t mean others won’t be political with you. #awayre (Winning in Office Politics: Lessons from Game of Thrones)

Ask yourself: How can I be relaxed while in control? (How to control your business vs. having it control you)

ONE WAY to get different results is to change your habits. (Transform Your Habits)

‘Till next time,

Bhavesh.


Is your business built around your people’s strengths? You can find out here by taking Business Health Check AQ. It’s free and comes with a strategy guide to help you leverage your people’s strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.

Copyright 2016 Bhavesh Naik and Awayre, LLC. All rights reserved. Articles referred from this site are the properties of their original authors.

Knowledge is a Distraction, Not Power. Unless…

Weekly Roundup Ending 10/2/2016 and 10/9/2016

“Knowledge is power,” it’s been said. That may have been true 30 years ago. Today, I think the opposite is true. Knowledge, the way the word is used by most of us – to describe the accumulation of information we hold in our memory banks – actually inundates and overwhelms. Too much information, because it overwhelms our ability to process it and everything_thats_you_halloweenmake it practical, is useless. To really find meaningful nuggets of information, we must know one thing more than anything else: ourselves. As we are exposed to more and more information, we need to find deeper and deeper core of who we are: what roles we play, what’s important to us, and what our priorities are. Then, even one piece of information, if understood well and applied with sincere understanding, will have the ability to bring a meaningful change in an important aspect of our lives.

It’s not just important to know who we are, however; it’s also important to have the strength and the discipline to ignore what’s not relevant to us at any given time. That’s one reason I produce these round-ups. Take one thing if you can and leave the rest. It will be here if you ever feel the need to review or revisit it.

Leadership and Management

Ask yourself: Do I need to change the deeper, unconscious values and beliefs of our people? Why? (Company Culture can kill change)

Strategy Pallete: What a cool idea! I would add “competition” to the mix, however. (How leaders need to match their bizstrategy with their business environment)

“Guiding Principles” is one way to keep an organization focused.(Guiding Principles For Planning And Scheduling)

Opinion Alert: I think a manager’s job is to cultivate self-motivated individuals, not to motivate people who are not willing to motivate themselves. (Easy Wins to Create Unstoppable Waves of Motivation)

Which sport best resembles your workplace? (Sporting Psychology In The Workplace)

If you “employee-shared,” would you know how to manage them? (Employee Sharing – The New Employee-Employer Relationship)

Be awesome at remote working or don’t do it at all. (11 Ways to Be Totally Awesome at RemoteWork)motivation_managers_job

Branding, Marketing, and Sales

What is your “brand promise?” (The best brand promises say more than “This is what we do.”)

Do you think it’s important to inculcate your brand deep into your people’s psyche and behaviors? (5 Sure Steps to get your Team on Brand)

Sure, but first get comfortable with the idea that “profit” is not a four-letter word. (Why Making Money Means Thinking Beyond Profits)

But, you can always have ONE flagship product and then create variants of it. (How Malcolm Gladwell and spaghetti sauce helped me build a company)

Legal, Finance, HR, and IT

Do you offer IT products and service or consume them? (Expert advice: 6 key legal issues with IT contracts)

Productivity, Self Mastery, and Introspection

How much are you swayed by others’ opinions and judgments of you? What’s your most important anchoring tool? (The Greatest Tool Everyone Has at Their Disposal)

‘Till next time,

Bhavesh.


Is your business built around your people’s strengths? You can find out here by taking Business Health Check AQ. It’s free and comes with a strategy guide to help you leverage your people’s strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.

Copyright 2016 Bhavesh Naik and Awayre, LLC. All rights reserved. Articles referred from this site are the properties of their original authors.

You Bring Meaning to It

Weekly Roundup Weeks Ending 9.4.2016 and 9.11.2016

“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it.” ~ Joseph Campbell

What’s the common theme in everything that shows up in your life? This may not be very obvious to you at first glance, but when you think about it, you will realize that, of course, it’s you. You are the one who gives meaning, if there is to be any, to everything that shows you_bring_meaning_to_lifeup in your life. You are the main character in the story that’s you and your life. And that story, your life experiences tied in a thread, gives you a perspective. That’s why, the meaning that you and your team give to the data and the information that’s there for you to process is extremely important. In fact, that – the meaning you have for the information you review – is the only thing that matters to you.

I suggest that you pick only one piece of information that’s relevant to you from the following articles and see where and how it could be applied to your business, your work or your life. Let the rest go by the wayside for now; it will be here on this blog if you need to come back and review later.

Branding, Marketing, and Sales

Never before in the known history was it easier to control how people perceive you. But, it’s also easier than ever for others to define you. Who is winning the war for your personal brand – you or them? (Nobody Can Define Who You Are)

My takeaway: Don’t trade your “humanness” – fun, creativity and independence in this case – for obsessive analytics and performance measures.  (4 Branding Lessons from Asking MailChimp Anything)

“Stories make us experience information, as opposed to just consuming it.” (Why storytelling is essential to effective communication)

Leadership and Management

Idea: The reason why managers become the bottlenecks in an organization is because they really don’t know what they are supposed to be doing as a manager! Agree or Disagree? (Are Your Managers Bottlenecks in Your Improvement Process?)

Our smartphones offer a terrific opportunity to minimize extraneous in-person communication. But it also means that we need to get the most out of those communications when they do happen. How would you make in-person conversations in your workplace more meaningful when they do happen? (Do face-to-face meetings matter anymore?)

How risky is it to be fully transparent about an important decision? How do you (or do you, really?) deal with that risk? (How one founder’s $5 million risk paid off)

As you read this, ask yourself: “How can I use data, ‘big’ or small, in managing my people better?” (15 Visual Insights To Get Your Organization Ready For The Future)

Research, Development, and Customer Service

#6: Find ways to make people feel like they are dealing with human beings, not machines, even as you build a process to manage incoming work requests. (5 Best Practices for Managing Incoming Work Requests)

 HR, IT and Finance

#9: They don’t use their superior technical knowledge to impress – or intimidate – the non-techies! Instead, they impress with their ability to fully understand and appreciate their customers’ issues and challenges. (8 attributes of amazing IT managers)

Learning, Personal Development, and Self-Mastery

Don’t let others define how you set and achieve goals. (Know Your Innate Goal-Setting Style to Move Forward in Life)

One way to truly learn is to question some of our most sacred dogma: “Taleb convincingly criticizes everything from the Gaussian curve and the scientific method, to heuristics and human cognition.” (Book review: The Black Swan)

When you multiply your efforts, you work smarter, not harder. (A guide to productivity – the Multiplier Manifesto)

‘Till next time,

Bhavesh.


Is your business built around your people’s strengths? You can find out here by taking Business Health Check AQ. It’s free and comes with a strategy guide to help you leverage your people’s strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.

Copyright 2016 Bhavesh Naik and Awayre, LLC. All rights reserved. Articles referred from this site are the properties of their original authors.

Don’t Lose Your Humanness in a Business Process

Roundup for Weeks Ending 8.1.2016 and 8.12.2016

What makes us human? When I ask the question, I am not asking you to compare us, the human species, with other species, like animals or birds. My question is more basic than that. What I am asking is what makes us alive – not dead or inert. To me, what makes us human is the life-force that courses through us all. It may be perceived as intelligence, awareness, emotions, feelings, or sensations.

experience_of_being_alive_joseph_campbellBut underneath it all is a source that’s as mysterious as it is intimate. You might say that that mysterious life-force is us.

As useful as processes are, a risk in making anything a “process” in business is that as we go about making it a process, we take the life-force out of it. We take something as human as a group of real people working together and make them a “thing” that’s inert and lifeless.While processes are important, what’s also important is to preserve the part of us that makes us human so that we are still passionate, engaged and perhaps even occasionally inspired as we work through a process.

So the question I implore you to ask yourself is: How do you – and the people who work for you – stay alive as you consider and put in practice the many tricks, tips, strategies and processes I share below that have the potential to make us feel mechanical and mechanistic?

Leadership & Management

This is not an endorsement of the product featured but the article makes a good point about communication, organization, and collaboration. However, what I do like to emphasize is that most businesses I have worked with have a tendency to jump too prematurely into “automating” work without having a manual process that works without technology. Technology can only help as a tool to aid human intelligence, not as its replacement. (How to Improve Your Collaborative Project Management)

The trick is to have a process that does not imprison and stifle but frees us up to do our best, like a cyclist who gets in a “zone” or a figure skater who performs effortlessly. (Focus on the process and get great results every time)

If you are an established business, can you still experiment with the “lean process” in launching a new product or a project? In a nutshell, a lean process allows you to get the absolute core of your product or service out to the market so you don’t fiddle around getting it 100% right the first time. I can argue both ways on this. For example, I can think of many scenarios in which it’s best to wait and get your product as “perfect” as possible before launching. Putting a house on the market is a good example. But in certain scenarios, it’s best to get the absolute minimum right and get it out there, get feedback and then release the nest iteration. Which process is a better fit for the products and services in *your* business? (How our guy Vincent applied ‘Lean Startup’ by launching his own startup)

Sales, Marketing and Branding

TIP: If you lead a team within a corporate environment, consider a social media strategy for the team. Remember to check in with the corporate so you are within their social media guidelines too. (A Beginner’s Strategy for Social Media Marketing)

Also helpful if you are an existing business launching a new product. (Branding Essentials: How To Come Up With The Best Name For Your Startup)

TIP BEHIND THESE TIPS: Think like and act as if you are a business owner. (Ten Ways Salespeople Can Crush)

I add: Interrupt the pattern. Don’t sound or look like a killer, closing, crunching [backgorund sound of a shark approaching in the movie Jaws] salesperson. In fact, do exactly the opposite of what your prospect expects a salesperson to do. (How to talk to new buyers who don’t know your business)

Productivity and Personal Development

Ask yourself: Do I care to increase my productivity? If no (nothing wrong with it!), why not? If yes, read this article. (25 Ways To Get More Done In The Workplace)

Strategy

How to model growth for two-sided marketplaces, like drivers and riders (Uber) or landlords and renters (Airbnb). Are you a business that can create (or help create, or invest in) such a marketplace in your industry? Think twice before you say “No.” (How Segment Models Growth for Two-Sided Marketplaces)

Love this: “Risk = Consequence x Likelihood.” The longer I live and the more I have to lose, the more I realize that defense is more important than offense. (Effective Risk Management Strategies – OTUS Group)

And last but not least…

A Rant on Recruiting Young Salespeople!

TIP: Always pay at least some base salary to an independent sales rep. I am approached almost daily by companies looking to hire salespeople. You will be surprised how many companies are looking for a FREE (read: commission only) salesperson. I can tell within a fraction of a second if someone is looking for a free sales rep. How? By the way they phrase the job description or how they paint a rosy picture of the “huge growth potential.” I have seen too many of these to be fooled by it.

Sorry, I won’t be referring my ambitious, hard-working, intelligent niece over to your company to toil for free. If you are not committed to the people who work for you, I guarantee that they won’t be committed to you. One way to show commitment to someone’s success is to take a chance and pay them a base salary while they learn the ropes. The only situation in which commission-only salespeople will work is for an established company with a solid product and a good reputation and following in the marketplace.

In my experience – and yours might be different – most people who are looking for free salespeople are a new company with a half-baked product suite with zero following in the marketplace. Unless you find a certifiable pro with a deep rolodex, this commission-only salesperson is bound to fail. Sure, you can get a few free leads that you can close long after the free salesperson is gone, but will you sleep well at night knowing that you built your success on the back of those who failed? [rant over] (How to Hire the Right Lead Generation Representative – Pipeliner CRM Blog)

‘Till next time,
Bhavesh.


Is your business built around your people’s strengths? You can find out here by taking Business Health Check AQ. It’s free and comes with a strategy guide to help you leverage your people’s strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.

Copyright 2016 Bhavesh Naik and Awayre, LLC. All rights reserved. Articles referred from this site are the properties of their original authors.

Misconceived Notions Hide True Learning

Weekly Roundup Ending July 31, 2016

Myths often develop when we begin to pay too much attention to the popular business press and take their word on what’s right and what’s wrong, on what works and what does not. Buying into myths can inject dysfunction in our teams and our businesses.

Irrationaly_Held_Truths_IITwo examples of such myths are in leadership & management and in the idea of “mindfulness.”

I think that we give the art and the skill of management too much of a bad rap by believing that all managers need to be leaders. In working with over a hundred companies, I have found that nothing can be further from the truth. Businesses, small, large and all size in-between, need both management and leadership skills. A business can’t function well with just one of the two.

Another one is the idea of mindfulness. The misconception here is that it’s a “practice” that should be followed. Being mindful is simply being the consciousness or awareness that we already are. It’s not something to reach for and “practice.” When we make it a practice to follow, mindfulness becomes something that’s tedious and unpleasant. Truly being aware results in a sense of pleasant calmness that makes us clear-minded and, strangely, more productive.

To that end, the material I share is meant to get you to think out of the box more than to educate and inform. I hope that you try some of this stuff in your world and make your own judgments about what works and what doesn’t. With that…

Leadership, Management, and Recruiting

Hiring – getting the right people onboard – is the most important thing a leader and a manager ever engages in. (Hiring to win: Why it’s easier to fix a broken product than a broken team)

But first, do you know what your ideal candidate looks like? (Expert Interview with Steven Rothberg on College Recruiting)

With a caveat that a boss needs to be both a leader and a boss. A myth is developing with these “leader vs manager” articles that a boss must be a leader and not a manager. A boss needs to learn how to do both* and choose the role she is required to play in a given situation. (3 Key Traits That Differentiate You From A Boss and A Leader)

Bottomline: We love our smartphones! Leader-Managers: How can you use this trend to improve your employees’ engagement and performance? (Released: 2016 Mobile Productivity Report)

Sales, Marketing and Branding

How do you convey to your customers the amount of thought and care you put into the development of your products and services – without saying it the way everybody else does? (The age of Innocent copycats is over: welcome artisans)

I will add that the process of revitalizing a logo – the dialogue amongst people about what your message is and if the logo is a good representation of that message – is just as important as the logo you come up with. Revitalizing a company’s logo is an excellent opportunity for its people to realign around its core marketing message. (3 Undeniable Reasons You Need a New Logo – Better Than Success)

Research, Development, Innovation, and Operations

Is your marketing team disconnected from your product team? Are your marketing efforts disconnected from your product development efforts? (What Happens When You Combine Product & Marketing)

Productivity and Mindfulness

Do you live so much in your head that you forget to live? (What being crap at wood carving taught me about perfection!)

Is the mind full when one “practices” mindfulness? Hmm… (How Being Mindful Can Help You Make Better Decisions)

‘Til next time,
Bhavesh.


Is your business built around your people’s strengths? You can find out here by taking Business Health Check AQ. It’s free and comes with a strategy guide to help you leverage your people’s strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.

Copyright 2016 Bhavesh Naik and Awayre, LLC. All rights reserved. Articles referred from this site are the properties of their original authors.

Questions are a Learning Tool

Week Ending 7.3.2016

Questions have power. One way to learn is to formulate questions from the materials that we get exposed to. That way, we don’t get trapped in the author’s way of thinking about an issue but rather develop our own insights into our challenges and issues. This may happen, mind you, even if we just formulate the questions. They don’t necessarily have to be answered, not right away anyway. (On that note, check this out.) It’s also a great way of making everything we read and learn relevant to our world and our lives.

I have shared some the-best-answer-is-an-unanswered-questionquestions you can ask yourself as you consider the ideas in the articles shared below. They are highlighted in orange.

Branding, Messaging, Sales, and Marketing

I think every business has at least one idea that they can build into a rapidly growing business. If that’s something you want – and it’s ok to NOT want it – here’s a blueprint. What one product or service idea in your business can you build into a rapidly growing business? (Build a Foundation for an Exponential Business Model)

Interesting angle to social media marketing. I don’t see myself doing this but you may be different – so here it goes. How can you make your competition one of your most leveraged assets? (Co-opertition: How To Make The Competition Your Most Leveragable Asset)

Recruiting and Onboarding

I would add that employee onboarding is an ongoing process, not just an event that happens on her first day at work. And it’s never too late to onboard your existing employees the right way. What process have you been following in onboarding your employees so that they function well in their work? (The Step-by-Step Guide to Onboarding New Hires)

Leadership and Management

I don’t think transparency – the tendency of the employers to share *everything* about their business with their employees – is the only way, or even a preferred way, to create trust and engagement in employees. In fact, sharing everything may be a lazy way to engender trust. A better way is to open up channels of communication, both between employees and the manager and from employee to employee. But such an effort also must be paired with creating a culture of positive reinforcement and positive values so that what does get communicated helps the organization as well as the people involved. If not, the workplace will degenerate into back-biting, back-stabbing and even sabotage. We are funny animals, us humans! What do you do as a leader and a manager to instill trust and a sense of security and belonging in your employees?  (The Ugly Side of Transparency in HR (And Everything Else))

Idea: Separate relative urgency from absolute urgency. Especially useful if you manage projects and people. How do you make sure that not all of the tasks in the project you manage are driven by urgency? (The Boy Who Cried Late! – Why Most Deadlines are Meaningless)

Running Effective Meetings

I would add one more. #10: Engage viscerally by asking meaningful questions. How do you define an effective meeting? (9 Ways to Make Sure You Run Effective Meetings)

“If you want more productive meetings, … keep them small and short, and schedule them for a time… after employees have had a chance to be productive and produce.” Sure. But also make sure you find ways to keep them engaged with their whole selves through the whole meeting. Ask me how the next time we meet. How will you know when a meeting has been productive – nor not?  (The Science of Productive Team Meetings: Quality Over Quantity)

Personal Performance and Productivity

The question is: Have we developed the habit to honoring all our commitments? Can this hack work if we have not developed such a habit? (This Productivity Hack Completely Changed My Life, and It Can Improve Yours)

I would add mind-mapping tools, which allow you to visually connect random ideas and then put them in a linear outline. My favorites are Mindjet Mindmanager and Scapple. Do you see the benefit of outlining your ideas before making a presentation, for example, or do you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants? (Make a Plan: How to Outline Your Ideas with 20 Powerful Tools)

Even a non-Excel-geek like me can pick up a tip or two. What’s your favorite tool or method for crunching numbers and making them meaningful?  (Pimp my Excel: 10 geeky poweruser spreadsheet tools and tips)

Future Trends 

Human intelligence has become more sought-after over the years and will continue to become more so in the future. How can you use this piece of information or at least this concept in making better hiring and firing decisions in your team or your business?  (How Machines Destroy and Create Jobs)

Thanks for reading. I will be back next week with more! Until then…

Wishing you a very Happy Success,
Bhavesh.


 

Is your business built around your people’s strengths? You can find out here by taking Business Health Check AQ. It’s free and comes with a strategy guide to help you leverage your people’s strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.

Copyright 2016 Bhavesh Naik and Awayre, LLC. All rights reserved. Articles referred from this site are the properties of their original authors.

True Learning is Not afraid of Truth

Weekly Roundup Ending 6.26.2016

One of the objectives I have in putting out this content on a daily basis is not necessarily to immediately solve a problem in your work or business with a trick or a strategy. That may or may not happen. My real intent is to get you to question the assumptions we make about things, about certain aspects of our business, our teams, our work and our people.

You may or mDecartes Quote Seeker of Truthay not be helped by the strategy or the trick that’s shared by a particular article. But you can certainly take a fresh look at an aspect of your work, your business or your people and perhaps develop some fresh insights that may make your work more effective. That may mean that sometimes we question some of the commonly accepted wisdom and assumptions behind how a business is run and how work gets done.

Recruiting is by far is the most important task that a manager can engage in, so we start with some thoughts on recruiting…

Recruiting

I disagree with the core premise of this article which is that “The future of HR is analytical and, well, more intelligent.” Recruiting is a very human affair and making it strictly data and intelligence driven sucks the soul out of a business. I think the future of HR is recognizing and honoring of our inherent humanness, which goes way beyond intelligence. (How Analytics are Transforming the Hiring Process)

How do you make sure that your employees are emotionally engaged, right from the get-go when you interview them? Tap into what their “pain” is, which covers all three layers of their brains mentioned in this article! And remember to make sure that you lay out what your expectations are if and when they come to work for you. Don’t ever beg or flatter; make it a business partnership. (Neuro-Recruiting: 5 Ways To Tap Directly Into The Candidate Brain And Influence Decisions  Recruiting)

Sales and Marketing

A story is an indispensable marketing tool. But a story does not always need to be told in words. Sometimes, a picture can tell stories that words can’t. Ask yourself: How can I use data visualization or infographics, even if it’s not a map, to tell my story? Pictures are also a great way to look at your business’s story from a yet another perspective. (7 Compelling Visualizations That Show The Power and Value of Maps)

Speaking of which: “…sales and marketing teams must be aligned.” Consider having a joint meeting between your sales and marketing teams frequently so they are in sync; and while at it, get them to develop a story together. (Closing the Gap: the Road to Quality Leads)

Here’s a good first step towards defining your personal brand. But don’t stop there. It’s the work of a lifetime. Bonus point: Develop your personal brand as a story! (Creative Personal Branding  – Find Your Brand in 4 Easy Steps)

Now that you have a story to tell, you might as well forget that you have one and focus on the stories that other people have to tell. If you remembered only one thing the next time you attended a networking meeting, this would be it!  (How To Open And Master The Art Of Conversation And Networking)

Leadership and Management

The problem today in management is not that there is not enough advice out there; it’s that there is too much. Judging by the number of books on sale at Amazon on the subject, there are over 100,000 theories on management and leadership. How do you pick (or create) the right one for you? Ask me the next time we meet! (70+ Free Resources For Becoming a Better Boss)

Consider this before you meet with your staff next time: “… ditch the chairs!” It could work especially well in meetings that you want to keep hyper-focused. But I think a good manager will also conduct meetings where things do get a little personal . When things get personal, we become engaged. (How to Get The Most Out Of Your Management Meetings)

Customer Service

“Focus on People, Not on Personas” and “Merge Product Development and Customer Development”: Among some nuggets of insight in this article. (Should You Listen to Your Customers’ Needs or Do They Even Know What They Really Want?)

LIFT (Legal, Insurance, Finance, Taxes), IT & HR

For the in-house IT management team, a company’s employees are its customers. So why are they not consulted for input in IT initiatives? (Why employee consultation matters with new IT projects)

Personal Productivity and Performance

There is only one reason why I have a to-do list (and I do have it), which is that it frees me up to do whatever I want to do, even if those things are not on my to-do list. But that’s me. Do you suffer from the dark side of the to-do lists? (Do Your To-Do Lists Damage Your Productivity?)

Thanks for reading. I will be back next week with more! Until then…

Wishing you a very Happy Success,
Bhavesh.

Is your business built around your people’s strengths? You can find out here by taking Business Health Check AQ. It’s free and comes with a strategy guide to help you leverage your people’s strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.
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