Small and large scale projects are happening around us constantly. Whether it’s a new technology that’s being implemented or the execution of a marketing campaign, someone in your organization is running the show. But how do they do it, managing so many personalities (internal and external), deadlines and expectations?
Project management is a complex yet essential role in any business. From my experience, here are a few keys to ensuring that the next project you manage goes smoothly.
1. Understand the scope of the project. As the project manager (PM), be sure that you understand why it is that your company wants to devote their time and resources to this project. They aren’t just trying to keep you busy. They have an end goal in mind, whether it is increased awareness or increased revenue. Be sure you are on the same page as those who originally envisioned the final product. Continue reading
It’s no small secret that businesses (locally and globally) are embracing technology now more than ever. Technology helps to streamline processes, make employees more efficient, and even automate when necessary. But with all the options out there, and they seem infinite, how would you ever know which one to choose for your business and more importantly, when to implement it?
Here are six reasons to embrace technology now, and in the future:
1. Recognizing the need. At some point most businesses have the need to embrace technology. Recognizing that it’s a necessary component to your success is essential. It may not be obvious anymore but at one point in history the printing press, the telephony, and the fax machine were cutting edge technologies that made businesses run smoother and be more profitable. Think about what’s out there that can help your business gain more exposure or be more productive. Continue reading
The holiday season is fast approaching. Amongst all the fun events, parties, and celebrations, there will be many food and beverage temptations. While I am in full support of indulging in your favorite cookie or a holiday toast, I also know how good it feels to start the New Year already on the right track. Here are some tips to help you avoid holiday weight gain.
1. Take a bite. If it is not REALLY good, throw it out. While I don’t advocate wasting food, I also don’t advocate eating something just because.
2. Small choices can add up to big results. For example, do you love pie? Is it the whole pie you love or can you fill the same craving by leaving the crust and just eating the inside of the pie? Does the 10th bite taste anywhere near as good as the 1st? If it doesn’t, stop eating. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. Decorations are going up in your office, employees are scheduling time off around the holidays, company parties are popping up, and the list goes on. But what about holiday cards? Are you thinking of skipping them this year to save money or are you thinking about sending an email greeting? If you’re on the fence, read these thoughts on company holiday greeting cards and how it can help grow your business. Continue reading
Aunts, Grandparents, Siblings, Parents, Friends, Acquaintances, Business Partners, Co-workers, Babysitters…
How do you show everyone in your life that you appreciate them without busting your budget? It’s easy. (And we can thank Pinterest for that!)
When you need to gift on a budget, consider these awesome gift ideas, tailored to your loved ones!
1. Sharpie Love. Head on over to the dollar store and pick out some glass or ceramic dishes and containers. Jars, plates, bowls and cups work great. Purchase a Sharpie Paint marker or a regular Sharpie (silver and gold are best for the holidays) and a clear protective spray-on coating (found at your craft store). Create your very own custom piece – a design, a saying or a phrase works wonderfully. Bake up your best cookies, tie on a bow and bam! You’re done! Estimated Cost: $5 – $10
2. Baker’s Best. What’s your favorite cake or cookie recipe? Make your way to Walmart, buy yourself a set of Mason jars, and load them up with all the necessary dry cookie or cake ingredients. Hand-make a tag with recipe, instructions and additional items needed. Voilà! Estimated Cost: <$5 Continue reading
As much as we want to be filled with peace, love and joy during the holiday season, it often can be a struggle to accomplish just one of these three. You can’t find the doll your daughter really wants, you have to be at four family parties in one day and your son just informed you that four dozen frosted cookies are needed for tomorrow’s school recital.
It’s understandable then that you may want to pull your hair out before the holidays even start. But to avoid feeling overwhelmed, consider these tips to ensure you have a happy holiday season:
1. Start your shopping early. If you have several people on your list to buy for, get started as soon as you have ideas for what they need. In October, I was at a toy store and overheard a mom putting several items on layaway for Christmas. This mom was one smart cookie: she most likely wouldn’t be stressed come December searching for the ‘perfect’ toys, and, she didn’t have to pay all of the money upfront. Instead, she could pay in installments and know when it was paid off, everything would be waiting for her. Continue reading