Nov

21

2018

Contractors are not mind readers. It’d be wonderful if they were. It would certainly save you some time and energy. But they aren’t. You have to not only let your contractor know what you need and what’s expected, you also have to let them know how they did. It’s called giving feedback and it’s...

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Nov

20

2018

A little application can go a long way toward building a long term relationship. Contractors are business owners and entrepreneurs too. They have ideal customers and people they enjoy working with. Show appreciation and become your contractor’s top client. Say “Thank you.” There’s a lot of power...

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Nov

19

2018

Not everyone will look forward to change as a good thing. Remember the four styles of change? Not all of the people who exhibit certain styles will be easily moved to accept what is going on in the company. While you can’t decide on their reaction for them, you can take a stand to act resiliently and...

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Nov

18

2018

No one likes change. It challenges everything that we know and have accepted as “comfortable”. But, nevertheless, change is a part of life – both within the workplace and within our personal lives. As a manager who oversees a team, prepare to meet even a little resistance when you have to report...

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Nov

17

2018

If you stay employed at a company for any length of time, you will experience a change or two. How long you stay with the company depends on your view of these changes. We know that every change begins a cycle that gets harder before it gets easier. While you may not have any control over the external...

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Nov

15

2018

Let’s plan your next project. The team has come up with a vision and objectives for the project. Each person can virtually “see” what the desired outcome will be. Now it’s time to make that happen. Running a project begins with planning well for it. It’s time to choose manageable tasks and...

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Nov

14

2018

Now that the project plan is complete, it’s time to get to work. Each team member has their marching orders to get the ball rolling. So, what is the project manager to do? This is where you monitor the team, stay in contact with the sponsor and communicate with the client (or high-level decision makers). What...

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Nov

11

2018

How do you spend your days? Do you spend them the way you want to? Do you find at the end of the day you’re longing for more time? Does the end of the week come too soon and you hear yourself saying things like “There’s not enough time in the day” or “I’d love another day to get this all...

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Nov

6

2018

One of the most common complaints about outsourcing and delegating is that the situation doesn’t work out. Projects are delivered late, the contractor doesn’t produce a desirable result, and entrepreneurs often feel like they spend more time managing their contractors than they do running their businesses....

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Nov

2

2018

 The market is down, business is floundering, and your spouse seems to disagree with you at every turn. You want to stay calm, but you find yourself feeling irritated, angry, and anxious. You feel like you’re losing control. Does this sound familiar?  Keep your cool by employing these techniques:  Avoid...

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