14 Ways to De-Stress Employee Vacations

Employees truly deserve paid vacations. Theystruggle through stressful jobs most of the year,and productivity goes down if they don't get abreak. From a corporate perspective, investment ingood vacation programs reduces workplace stressabsenteeism, health care costs, and accidents.Many employees, however, come back from vacationwith the half-joking remark about having to returnto... Read More

MANAGING CRISIS; when you?re too good at it

When you are acclaimed for excellence during times of crisis you may not feel so good in a non-crisis environment. You may not shine so bright, perform so well, be quite so acclaimed. If crisis is how you satisfy your personal need to be needed, to feel accomplished, to be... Read More

Spirits in the Corporate Boardroom.......Oh, sure......

There is a growing movement in the spiritual and holistic fields to bring a more metaphysical and human potential approach to the business community. Holism has been intergrating into both the health and mental health professions for many years now. The men's , women's and environmental movements are... Read More

Seeking Help

Where does the time go? Billable time. As a consultant, your practice may be doing reasonably well; you're charging $100-150 an hour. As an independent consultant, you're probably also doing everything from grinding the coffee to editing the umpteenth draft of your brochure.To understand where you spend your time, list... Read More

Delegate or Die!

You Can't Do It All - Learning To DelegateThere is not a single management skill more critical to your personal and professional success as an entrepreneur than learning to delegate. But delegating successfully is much more than simply handing out assignments. It is more an exercise in understanding and accepting... Read More

Communicate To The Four Main Personality Types

You probably know this already, but there are generally held to be four main personality types, which I call: Extrovert, Amiable, Analytical and Pragmatic . Let's take a moment to consider each of them in the workplace. Extrovert: someone who probably has a messy desk; who leaves projects... Read More

Forget The Sandwich Technique

Do you remember being told to use the "sandwich" technique when you needed to reprimand someone? Let me give you an example:"Fred, I'm really pleased with how you've been progressing since you joined us and you're doing a great job. However you're not getting your reports in on time and... Read More

6 Simple Steps to Dealing with Difficult Managers

The challenge of managing difficult managers can be rather daunting, especially when you inherit them! If they are your own born and bred, then hopefully they would have evolved into great managers!Experience shows that difficult managers are difficult because they are angry and frustrated about something or somebody (even themselves... Read More

Is Your Company in Need of Family Therapy?

How Companies Are Like FamiliesLike a family, a company is a group of people who have an ongoing relationship with one another. Companies have several things in common with families:1. Families have distinct ways of communicating and degrees of togetherness. For example:? Communication may be overt or covert.? Relationships tend... Read More

How to Create a Positive Work Atmosphere

Positive versus Negative WorkplacesWe have all worked in places where we grew to dread getting up in the morning, and a few of us have had the pleasure of working for a boss who makes us feel like we can do anything. Let's take a look at the differences between... Read More

In The News:


Clinton council looks to slow hiring of hospital's management firm
Bloomington Pantagraph
Last month, the board voted to replace hospital administrator Earl Sheehy with Alliant Management Services of Louisville, Ky., and amended the budget to pay the cost of hiring the firm. On Monday, over the objections of Mayor Carolyn Peters, the ...


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7 Ways to Advance Your Project Management Career
CIO
(Well, almost everyone.) Project managers are no different. Hence the number of certification exams project managers take. But just having PMP (for Project Management Professional) after your name is no longer enough in today's high-tech mobile world.


Peoples Bank passes major milestone, now has $1 billion under management
nwitimes.com
NorthWest Indiana Bancorp, the holding company of Munster-based Peoples Bank, grew its profits by 8 percent in the first quarter and pushed its assets under management past the $1 billion threshold. Peoples Bank reported net income of $1.8 million in ...


NewBridge announces five percent loss of workforce due to management ...
Lexington Dispatch
Barksdale said that the new management model will not effect consumer product, nor should it effect the operation of any physical locations. He said that since fewer people come into the branches to cash checks or make deposits, when they do come in it ...

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Megan & Liz Leave Management/Label, Premiere New 'Simple Life' Single ...
Billboard
Twin-sister pop duo Megan & Liz will return later this year with the new EP "Simple Life," their first piece of new material away from Collective Sounds, the label arm of management group The Collective. Billboard can exclusively confirm that, with ...

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Three Elements of Successful Change Management
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In the last year, this marketing organization has added various capabilities, including customer relationship management, marketing automation, and marketing resource management systems. The marketing operations director has a staff, which includes the ...


April 23 – Pulse on AF force management
Air Force Link
The new fiscal 2014 force management temporary early retirement authority application window is now open. The window is open from April 15 – May 13 and is for Airmen who were unable to apply during the original application window that ended March 26 ...


Earnings Increase Expected for Waste Management
Forbes
Wall Street is high on Waste Management, expecting it to report earnings that are up 12% from a year ago when it reports its first-quarter earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The consensus estimate is 45 cents per share, up from earnings of 40 cents ...

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Daylite 5 adds refinements to the business management app
tuaw.com
Whether it's calendar, email, or contact management; project tracking or following up on business opportunities, Daylite is hands-down the best and most comprehensive tool for managing a business. Now the company has just introduced Daylite 5, the ...

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Ares Management Seeks Up to $418.4 Million in US IPO
Bloomberg
Ares Management LP (ARES), the asset manager whose private-equity investments include Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. and Jacuzzi Brands Corp., is seeking to raise as much as $418.4 million in its U.S. initial public offering. Ares is offering 18.2 million ...

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Contract Management Software: the Solution to the Problem of Coordination

Charles Petrie, from Stanford, released a short article entitled "The... Read More

Meetings and Road Trips

Managing a meeting is like setting off on a long... Read More

Making Your Workers Your Partners

There is an inherent conflict between owners and managers of... Read More

Climb out of the Box - How to Hold Effective Meetings

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Write Winning Proposals For Venture Capitalists

You need to secure money for your project. You visit... Read More

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Results of Poor Cross Cultural Awareness. Having a poor understanding... Read More

Eight Key Steps to Building B2B Major Account Client Alliances

Audiences who saw the fabled Broadway musical, Chorus Line, marveled... Read More

Organizational Culture, Creativity, Innovation

It can be concluded with great certainty that certain organizational... Read More

Focus on Outcomes to Keep Your Business On-Course

Did you know that an airplane in flight is off... Read More

Performance Management - Getting The Most Out of Your Employees

Managing for Best PerformanceIn it's simplest form, performance management is... Read More

Are you NICE or do you CARE?

Are you NICE or do you CARE? ... Read More

Create Your Dashboard for Success

Driving down the road our eyes frequently scan the vital... Read More

The Walmart Cult

The CultBecoming a part of the Cult, consists of being... Read More

Making Meetings Work

We have all attended meetings that were boring, mindless and... Read More

The Top 10 Requirements for Your Business to Become and Remain Profitable

We live in a relentlessly competitive world. The daily pressure... Read More

Steps to Build ISO 9001 Compliant Program

Implementing an ISO 9001 system represents a major effort. However,... Read More

Problem-Solving Success Tip: Look For Sponsors And Solution Owners

Look for sponsors and solution owners rather than problem owners.Everyone... Read More

Communicating CEOs

I see a PR firm has done a survey on... Read More

To Outsource or Not to Outsource

In these days of restricted head count and tight budgets,... Read More

Why Employees Are the Best Source of Cost-cutting Ideas

Cost cutting has become a necessary and important reality in... Read More

The Seven Cs: Partnership Danger Signs - The 6th C: Changing Vision

A series of articles exploring the seven critical areas that... Read More

Terrible Meetings - Ten Ways to Spot Them!

Sometimes, better than giving advice about how to run things... Read More

How to Get the Best from Outsourcing

There's a great little article ('Business Lifeforms') on... Read More

Top Ten Things About Creating a Business Vision

To visualise where you are going, is deeper and more... Read More

6 Steps to Effective Communication

Effective leaders are known for being excellent communicators. Here's what... Read More