41 questions every business leader should ask (The Invisible Thread) Change is the only constant in the world, there’s no doubt about it. Today more than ever, businesses must face – and effectively manage – rising change and complexity. Uncertainty is everywhere we look. From marketplace shifts to surprise disruptions, managing this new reality is not an easy task. If you think about our organizations today, they are all part of a dynamic business network of relationships with customers, partners and suppliers that shape the way we do business. Bottom line is that the time is up for sitting on the sidelines. As you consider the processes that make your business run, here are 41 key questions you should ask yourself: Does your organization change effectively when it needs to? Tags: ceo business-agility business-leader featured change questions cio agile cto complexity it-leader
What is Project Management? - Project management from MindTools.com Managing Complex Tasks and People © iStockphotoRidofranz Opening Day: Your project's complete! Project management is the process of organizing the way that changes are implemented efficiently within an organization. Many businesses achieve their goals by completing projects that contribute to their objectives. Often, projects have a finite length, involve a number of activities and people, and have deadlines and fixed budgets. The Benefits of Developing Project Management Skills No matter what your role, you may have to manage, or play an active role in, a project at some point during your career. You contribute to meeting an organization's objectives by completing projects on time and on budget. Project Management Approaches Once you are familiar with the many tools that can help you manage your projects more efficiently, you may want to learn more about the main project management methodologies. One is PMBOK, which stands for Project Management Body Of Knowledge. Scheduling Scope Management
List of Resume and Cover Letter Action Keywords Do you need keywords to use in your resume and cover letters? Using the right keywords not only shows what you have accomplished in previous jobs. They also help your job application materials get selected by the software and hiring managers who screen your documents. Resume and Cover Letter Action Keywords A Achieved, accomplished, adapted, addressed, analyzed, authored, authorized, assessed, assisted, appraised, amended, advised, allocated, altered, accelerated, acquired, acted, aided, assembled B Budgeted, built, balanced C Compiled, combined, challenged, chaired, committed, communicated, coordinated, calculated, contributed, commissioned D Decided, developed, disclosed, documented, discovered, designed, determined, demonstrated, deferred, distributed, directed, devoted, drafted, doubled, diversified F Facilitated, focused, financed, fueled, figured, fit, formed, fortified, functioned G Guided, grouped, gave, garnered, granted, generated H Hired, handled J Judged N Negotiated, noticed
How to pick a co-founder &045; Venture Hacks Naval · November 12th, 2009 Update: Also see our 40-minute interview on this topic. Picking a co-founder is your most important decision. It’s more important than your product, market, and investors. The ideal founding team is two individuals, with a history of working together, of similar age and financial standing, with mutual respect. One is good at building products and the other is good at selling them. The power of two Two is the right number — avoid the three-body problem. One founder companies can work, against the odds (hello, Mark Zuckerberg). Two founders works because unanimity is possible, there are no founder politics, interests can easily align, and founder stakes are high post-financing. Someone you have history with You wouldn’t marry someone you’d just met. One builds, one sells The best builders can prototype and perhaps even build the entire product, end-to-end. The seller doesn’t have to be a “salesman” or “business guy”. Aligned motives required Don’t settle FAQs
www.comparebusinessproducts Updated: June 16, 2009 Management is all about connecting with the people on your team. So how do you effectively manage a team? With common knowledge, of course. These are a few back-to-basics rules that will help you develop management skills that really matter. Body Language Like it or not, your body speaks volumes, even when you are silent. 1. Meeting Deadlines No one will be happy if your team has to rush around at the last minute to complete a project. 11. Getting Along with Employees A happy office is a productive one. 21. Manage Yourself Being a good manager isn't just about what you can encourage other people to do, it's also about managing your own performance. 32. Boosting Productivity Getting the most out of your day can be difficult with a busy schedule, but you can use these tips to help you maximize your time in order to be better available to employees. 44. Managing Finances and Resources 56. Communicating with Clients 67. Keep Up with Change 76. Resolving Problems 84. 93.
Eight Toughest Interview Questions | The Corner Office - Part 1 Interviews are designed to do just one thing: identify the best possible candidate for the advertised job. And sometimes it may feel that the questions being asked have been designed to deliberately catch you out or make you question whether you are up to the job or not. But that’s not their intention. Some questions aim to establish how well you cope under pressure, others will be to reveal your personality or to see what your career aspirations are. Just remember that there is no need to draw a blank or clam up if you have done your research and preparation beforehand. If you want to avoid an interview disaster, here are some of the toughest interview questions and their suggested responses. Q: “Tell me about yourself” This is perhaps the most open-ended question of them all and is typically used by interviewers as a warm-up question to give you the opportunity to shine. Q: “What are your salary expectations?” Q: “Why should we hire you” Q: “Why did you leave your last job?”
team building games ideas, exercises, business games and activities for corporate team building, training, management, motivation, kids activities and childrens party games teamwork Great teamwork makes things happen more than anything else in organizations. The diagram representing McGregor's X-Y Theory helps illustrate how and why empowered teams get the best results. Empowering people is more about attitude and behaviour towards staff than processes and tools. At the heart of this approach is love and spirituality which helps bring mutual respect, compassion, and humanity to work. using and planning team-building activities People are best motivated if you can involve them in designing and deciding the activities - ask them. team exercises and events for developing ethical organizations Team-building exercises and activities also provide a wonderful opportunity to bring to life the increasing awareness and interest in 'ethical organizations'. Ensure that team-building activities and all corporate events comply with equality and discrimination policy and law in respect of gender, race, disability, age, etc. corporate events and social responsibility
fosslien I was recently asked for interview advice. 1. These are guidelines and examples. Don't repeat them verbatim. Have I disclaimered myself enough? Interview Objective: Join the 180° Club What You Hopefully Did Months Ago Because I GUARANTEE This Will Happen Before Your Interview What You Should Do Leading Up to the Interview What You Should Bring The Suit This is Not a Party "Fashionably Late" Does Not Exist The Handshake How Enthusiastic You Should Appear Question Category Overview: What I (the Interviewer) am Really Trying to Figure Out Tell Me About Yourself What are Your Strengths? What are Your Weaknesses? Your Phone Describe a Time You Had Difficulty Working with a Coworker. What Was Your Biggest Mistake? Describe Your Ideal Workplace What Do You Know About this Company? Why do You Want this Job? Do You Have Any Questions for Me? Lunch: Price Considerations Lunch: Limit Your Pickiness Lunch: Appropriate BAC Level Lunch: Very Important Additional Consideration What to Remember Regarding a Thank You Email
The Mind Trick That Will Change the Way You Write Cover Letters Forever Finally. You found it. The dreamiest dream job that ever waltzed into existence. And you're ready to apply. You sit down to craft your cover letter, and the primary thought in your mind is: I hope they choose me. Anxiety floods your body, triggering a rush of paralyzing thoughts and questions: Am I good enough? What pours out of your fingertips goes something like this: Dear Sir or Madam, I am writing to inform you of my interest in applying for the position of social media director at Save the Dolphins. You stop mid-sentence, realizing that your cover letter sounds totally depressing and awkward. The good news? Pretend. Pretend that the person you're writing to already loves and respects you. This person already gets what makes you great. You could even pretend that you just received an email from your soon-to-be boss, saying: Hey, since you're practically already part of the family, we'd all love to learn a little more about you! So, tell us: What inspired you to apply for this position?
20 ways to motivate your employees without raising their pay. It is a costly mistake to get lost in the false theory that more money equals happy employees. Believing this is costing you valuable time, revenue, employees...and even threatening your own job. Cash will always be a major factor in motivating people and a solid compensation plan is critical to attracting and keeping key personnel. Too many bonus or commission checks get cashed, spent and forgotten just that quickly. One alternative to giving commissions or bonus dollars is to give gifts through a catalog point system. The company you choose will provide you with catalogs, price sheets and point checks at no charge. The stimulation involved is long-lasting. Whenever I have implemented this program, the employees are overwhelmingly in favor of the point system as opposed to cash. With solid compensation in place, let's look at non-monetary motivation...20 steps to success. 1. 2. Using plaques or trophies is another effective way of applauding your people. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Beursvloer van De Waaijer Waarom presenteerde KIVI zich? KIVI is een vereniging die midden in de maatschappij wil staan. Techniek vormt in al haar gedaanten een belangrijk onderdeel van de maatschappij. Maatschappelijk betrokken ondernemen (MBO) is het onderdeel van maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen dat zich met name richt op het terrein dat betrekking heeft op het versterken van de relatie van het bedrijf met haar eigen omgeving. Het regiobestuur is ervan overtuigd dat de kennis die in het netwerk aanwezig is toegevoegde waarde heeft voor veel maatschappelijke thema’s, problemen en ontwikkelingen in de samenleving. Wij willen graag samen met onze leden nadenken over hoe we met elkaar een dergelijke samenwerking willen en kunnen vormgeven.
here’s an example of a great cover letter A reader recently sent me one of the best cover letters I’ve ever seen, and she nicely agreed to allow me to reprint it here in case it inspires anyone else. Note: Don’t steal this letter or even parts of it. The reason this letter works is because it’s so customized to the writer’s situation and the job she’s applying for. The idea here is inspiration, not copying! Here’s some background from the writer before we get to the letter itself: I’ve been out of work (but doing freelancing) for the last several years since my company closed. Got a call a couple of days later, and it was the guy from the ad who said, “You should know that you get the award for best cover letter ever.” There’s your background. Dear ___, As soon as I saw your posting for a ____, I knew it was the perfect position for me – and that I was the perfect solution for you. As you will see from the attached resume, I’ve worn a lot of different hats. While writing is my passion, project management is my bread and butter.