Why your employees are not working efficiently!

Bernd Geropp

Why are your employees not working efficiently? Some business owners are unhappy with the performance of their employees: “My employees often do not focus on the right things and they simply do not work efficiently!” To be efficient and to be effective!

Rethink the Value of Each Customer for Efficient Growth

Women on Business

Typically, companies calculate the CLV of a customer merely by looking at their projected direct revenue. By understanding the value of each customer, you’re now armed to create more efficient, effective marketing campaigns.

Managing projects effectively

Lead on Purpose

In general, a project is defined as an activity or endeavor that has a definite start and end date, and is done to achieve certain goals or objectives. The common stages of a project include Initiation, Planning, Execution, Control and Completion. A project is also run by a project manager, who is responsible for the day-to-day execution of tasks, and is often appointed by the project owner or sponsor. Define Project Scale and Scope.

Project Management Best Practice 11 – Project Performance Executive Dashboards

Strategy Driven

Most managers would acknowledge that the use of efficient metrics is a key component to the successful planning, tracking, and execution of projects. Although the definition of those efficient metrics can be relatively easy when the project is small in schedule and resource size, the task can be much more challenging when considering the proper tracking metrics for a larger project. How do you know if you are tracking the most efficient data?

Tactical Execution Best Practice 7 – Target Non-Value-Adding Work to Improve Efficiency

Strategy Driven

All high-performing organizations continually look for ways to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency. Greg Gaskey is a StrategyDriven Principal with over twenty years of nuclear plant operations, maintenance, and large-scale program and project management experience.

Make a list of “to becomes”

Aspire-CS

As you consider that big global project that you need to start (the “to do”), think about the impact that listening better (the “to become”) can have on its’ success. How might better listening help you to assure the success of that project?

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Chart Your Course

Effective June 2013, all employees were required to work in the office. Your business is adding a new time-management system, which requires employees to log their hours on specific projects. This past February Yahoo!’s s fledgling CEO Marissa Mayer made her first misstep.

How To Have A Perfect Day, Every Day.

Rich Gee Group

The project? If it was such a good day — you were effective, efficient, and energized — can you put those pieces into play again and produce another powerful day? Did you ever have a day not only hit your expectations, but surpass them? Yesterday was one of those days for me.

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Guest Post: Keeping Your Finances Afloat While Working From Home

Survive Your Promotion

In times when business is good, one should make certain they do not concentrate too long on one single issue or assignment, particularly if they may result in not giving adequate attention to other projects waiting in the wings behind it. photo credit: Jeremy Levine Design.

How to use Measurement to Manage Like a Pro

Lead on Purpose

It’s easy to lose sight of “people” thanks to the inordinate focus on specifics, business goals, projects, and deadlines. While efficiency and performance are certainly key inputs for effective business processes, it’s still people that you’d have to manage. Mary Prescott is working as a community manager at WorkZone – A web-based project management software company. Guest post by Mary Prescott.

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Eighth Annual Hay Group Study Identifies Best Companies for Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Leaders work hard to connect people with projects that are personally meaningful to them. Actively applies sustainable and energy-efficient policies. Hollywood has the Oscars, Television the Emmys, publishing has the Pulitzer prizes, and leadership development has its own annual awards. There are a few of these annual leader rankings, and quite frankly, it’s difficult to keep them straight.

Simon Pont: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

His next project, Digital State: [.]. Bob's blog entries "There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all" Albert Einstein Alice's adventures in Wonderland Apple “Be yourself. Simon Pont is a writer, commentator and brand-builder. Hollywood movie studios, Icelandic investment banks, British chocolate bars and Middle Eastern airlines figure amongst his time on the inside of Adland.

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Using Good Decision Making Procedures can have a Positive Effect on the Team

Mike Cardus

You’ll be more efficient. Team members will be more committed to the course of action, and more willing to do the project work. Select and apply the most time-efficient decision-making approach that will also meet the needs for quality and acceptance.

The Top 5 Ways Enterprise Social Collaboration Can Boost Organizational Productivity

Strategy Driven

It improves the use of resources and efficiencies. In addition, onboarding can become more efficient with a faster learning curve established for new employees.

Are You an Effective Business Leader?

Lead on Purpose

First of all, every business leader that wants to be successful in his or her field needs to know the field inside out and understand even the smallest details, which are sometimes the most important factors in business projects. With good judgment, business leaders will be able to delegate all the task properly and to the right workers, meaning that everything will be done as efficiently as possible and without any wasted time or resources. Guest post by Mike Gardener.

Tactical Execution Best Practice 7c – Are You Thinking Lean? The ‘Wastes’ of Execution: Inventory

Strategy Driven

Greg Gaskey is a StrategyDriven Principal with over twenty years of nuclear plant operations, maintenance, and large-scale program and project management experience. Tactical Execution Best Practice 7 – Target Non-Value-Adding Work to Improve Efficiency.

Tactical Execution Best Practice 7a – Are You Thinking Lean? The ‘Wastes’ of Execution: Overproduction

Strategy Driven

Greg Gaskey is a StrategyDriven Principal with over twenty years of nuclear plant operations, maintenance, and large-scale program and project management experience. Relate Articles: Tactical Execution Best Practice 7 – Target Non-Value-Adding Work to Improve Efficiency.

After the Talent Review…Now What?

Great Leadership By Dan

T alent reviews are an efficient and effective way to assess employees, but a 360 degree or behavioral assessment will go much deeper and provide more specific and accurate feedback to the employee and can be used for development planning. Decide on a “stretch assignment” (challenging project) for the individual. I was at a conference recently and the session topic was leadership development and succession planning.

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Tactical Execution Best Practice 7b – Are You Thinking Lean? The ‘Wastes’ of Execution: Transportation

Strategy Driven

Greg Gaskey is a StrategyDriven Principal with over twenty years of nuclear plant operations, maintenance, and large-scale program and project management experience. Tactical Execution Best Practice 7 – Target Non-Value-Adding Work to Improve Efficiency.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 5 of 7

Strategy Driven

In our rush to ‘modernize’ everything and make our enterprises more efficient, we have mistakenly come to believe that information is our most valuable commodity. Silent Killer #4: Worship of Information.

StrategyDriven Enterprises Extends its Energy Advisory Services, Partners with NTE Solutions

Strategy Driven

This partnership will create a more complete set of offerings that efficiently serve diversified generation utility executives.” Project development and management.

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The Right Way to Converse With a Virtual Team

Steve Farber

If you’re serious about leading teams, you need to consider the technology you’re using to help you foster that connection efficiently. And if you’re thinking that email is the easiest, most efficient conduit for communication, think again.

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The Psychology Of A Company Leader

Tim Milburn

Successful business leaders know how to keep moral high during the daily and sometimes mundane essential work that needs to be done to reach goals and finish projects efficiently and effectively. The following is a guest post by Scott McGinty.

Greg Gaskey Named StrategyDriven Enterprises Chief Operations Officer

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven advisors work with executives and managers to define their organization’s needs and develop and manage the complex, mission critical projects needed to improve operational effectiveness and lower costs in response to today’s most pressing challenges.

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

Harvard Business Review

The result, I think, is a set of ideas that together are important, useful, and original, and that feel like quite an accurate account of the management concerns many of us shared in 2013. McKinsey may have been hired in 2013 by the Vatican, the Bank of England, and the owners of the Rangers and Knicks, but they’re also acting to stave off threats to their business model. The right kind of project management — and project manager — really matters.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 4 of 7

Strategy Driven

While this might have been the most efficient way to train assembly line workers during the Industrial Era, human capital is now the greatest resource for most companies. Silent Killer #3: Bureaucratic Styles.

Nathan Ives Named StrategyDriven Enterprises Chief Executive Officer

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven advisors work with executives and managers to define their organization’s needs and develop and manage the complex, mission critical projects needed to improve operational effectiveness and lower costs in response to today’s most pressing challenges. “I’m

Great Quotes: Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky

QAspire

The term ’project management’ makes most creative people cringe. Depending on your approach and your mind-set, the experience of organizing and managing a project can be miserable or deeply satisfying. On Productivity. “…productivity is not about how efficient you are at work.

How To Balance Strategy & Creativity To Move Your Ideas Forward

Ron Edmondson

As a creative young businessman, I initiated many projects that eventually ran off the rails. This is a positive application of force and the most efficient way to turn. In terms of canoe speed and momentum, this is the least efficient way to turn.

7 Common Energy and Time Wasters for Leaders

Ron Edmondson

Original thoughts, better than ours, are usually in the room or the organization if we will welcome them to the table and it preserves my time for more efficient use. It could be attending a meeting…or supervising a project.

7 Secrets to Being a High Achiever

Ron Edmondson

I frequently take on extra writing projects and speaking opportunities, which usually keeps me doing something different every week. Related posts: Pre-Planning Your Week For Efficiency.

Keeping Work Organized when Your Team Is Fragmented

Harvard Business Review

Leading teams Operations Project managementCompanies increasingly use outside specialists to do their work.

To Go From Big Data to Big Insight, Start With a Visual

Harvard Business Review

This project is a relative of the widely noted Cascade project. Asking important questions and avoiding unnecessary ones is essential to moving forward effectively and efficiently with big data.

China’s Bad Bet on the Environment

Harvard Business Review

Finally, in September 2013, faced with mounting social discontent, Premier Li Keqiang announced a sweeping new plan to try to address the country’s air quality problems. In 2013, the environment surpassed illegal land expropriation as the largest source of social unrest in the country.

A Board Director's Perspective on What IT Has to Get Right

Harvard Business Review

I''m often struck by how many articles exclusively focus on new or emerging technology and their productivity or efficiency effects. Improving Operational Efficiency. The biggest opportunities for these companies are simplification and horizontal integration projects.

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How Good Management Stifles Breakthrough Innovation

Harvard Business Review

And companies’ success at cranking out these enhancements hampers them from getting better at the radical projects. Instead, you’ll see that efficiency-minded project managers are inadvertently discouraging the explorations – and therefore the learning – that make radical ideas practical.

We Need a New Approach to Solve the Innovation Talent Gap

Harvard Business Review

It’s an IT and business consulting staffing business that: (a) recruits top programmers and program managers; (b) identifies key projects at large tech companies; and (c) makes a match. The projects last a long time, and team members come and go. Who was the project manager?

Intelligent Redesign of Health Care

Harvard Business Review

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is seeking to reduce its cost structure by redesigning its health-care-delivery model to reflect the true costs of care (the early stages of the project were described in a 2011 Harvard Business Review article by Robert S.

A Global Online Network Lets Health Professionals Share Expertise

Harvard Business Review

In response, our team at the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard launched an online platform to generate and disseminate knowledge in health care delivery. As of July 2013, there were 50 private communities.

Redefining the Patient Experience with Collaborative Care

Harvard Business Review

By 2013, all eight medical-surgical units in the two hospitals had been converted to the collaborative-care model. The results to date show that the inpatient-care model is succeeding in improving safety, efficiency, and effectiveness.

The Dangerous Tension Between CMOs and CIOs

Harvard Business Review

CMOs do not believe they are getting fast enough turnaround on projects and adequate quality from the IT departments. Business is largely about competition and, even within organizations, a healthy dose of rivalry between colleagues can be a good thing.

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Integrating Maintenance of Board Certification and Health Systems’ Quality-Improvement Programs

Harvard Business Review

Most physicians complete quality-improvement projects individually by completing modules provided by the specialty certification boards to collect, analyze, and improve quality on subsets of 25 to 50 patients.

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The First 90 Days in a New CIO Position

Harvard Business Review

The following are a few key areas on which I''ve focused in my first 90 days that I think would be valuable for other new CIOs to consider as they plan for their own organizations'' future: Create a Sound Service and Project Management Framework.

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