What is networking as it relates to business? Many people have an "I know it when I see it" attitude about it. Networking principles, and how they differ from word of mouth, are discussed.
Grant Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author. His 4 books offer professional sales training and knowledgeable advice for entrepreneurs and business people the world over. How you read them is important as it will affect how much you gain and gather.
Customers buy from those they know, like and trust. But if those are the only reasons, beware of possible convenience and pity sales! See sales tips for handling these tricky situations.
Passive-aggressive behavior in the workplace is common, and it can be a very serious problem. Read on to find out how to recognize and deal with it.
Post-Millennials or Generation Z (kids born in 2000 and later) are entering the workforce. Their world bears little resemblance to what came before. What should we expect from these young employees?
A hub on processing documents in word (at NVQ Level 2 or 3) and this part deals with identifying & entering information and combining various documents using appropriate techniques and editing tools
Business cards are one of the cheapest, easiest and most effective sales and networking tools. Get business cards tips for size, printing, photos, contact info and more!
A collection of words of wisdom from one of the Philippines' most successful self- made business magnates, John L. Gokongwei, Jr.
Market segmentation helps businesses hone in on groups of prospects which can be the most viable. Find out what is market segmentation and how it is used in marketing.
How to write good business letters in English. Examples of opening sentences, closing sentences, date, address, salutation, signature and format.
Few people would argue with the fact that that workers who enjoy job satisfaction are likely to be the most productive, and for many it is the ultimate goal - to do something they like and to get paid for it.
Many teachers just want to teach so they are unprepared when they are promoted to positions of responsibility, such as becoming subject heads or heads of year. Suddenly you have to people manage.
Want your meetings to be more productive and more efficient? Incorporate these five essential elements of an agenda. They will create a road map to success while increasing participant engagement.
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the heart of all economic activities in Vietnam. Investing in Ho Chi Minh City is a smart move for your money, and this hub summarizes the reasons why.
This article walks through these basics, exploring everything from defining activities, estimating activity durations, sequencing activities, and finally, building a simple network diagram.
Qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis can be very helpful to a business or organization wishing to formulate an effective marketing strategy. Yet, understanding qualitative and quantitative statistics and its tools can be very confusing....
This tutorial on how to create a P-chart in Minitab includes sample data to follow along with. Explore this short explanation and an analysis of the results.
What are third party rights in contracts? When does a third party have obligations or rights per a contract?
If you are stuck at work over the Christmas holidays, take advantage of office downtime to achieve your career goals and increase your network of friends, supporters, and allies.
This article tackles the topic of UPS as an organization, its role in the industry, strategy, management's role, and the organization's actions.
Changing jobs can be a daunting endeavor. Understanding the nuances of new employment will make any new hire ready to be successful in their new role.
The American Association of University Women found that men are over four times as likely to negotiate a salary for a new job as are women.
Tap into an employee's potential. Determine these two things about the natural aptitude of each person’s personality type for building team talent and make the best use of their potential.
The unexpected death of a colleague in the workplace can present a number of challenges. HR and management can implement a number of measures that acknowledges the emotional state of their workers and provides support during this difficult time.
This article explains when a redundancy situation is valid, how you could be selected for redundancy, when you can receive a payment, and when you should be offered an alternate role.
With thoughtful management systems and a good personality you can turn customer complaints into new business generators. Here, I show you how to do it.
Find out how being more appreciative and thankful at work can make a huge difference to your level of job satisfaction. Daily gratitude can improve your work relationships and attract new business.
By observing the specific characteristics of successful people, we can follow their lead to help us move toward our own goals and dreams.
It can be difficult to navigate the process of getting licensed for professional work. This article helps streamline the process for candidate health insurance producers.
This tutorial on how to create a Pareto chart in Minitab includes sample data to follow along with. Explore this straightforward explanation and a short analysis of the results.
What are the Mandatory ISO 9001:2008 procedures and how should they be written and structured for your Quality Management System?
This side-by-side comparison of avant-garde printing company Moo's business cards with two traditional business card options demonstrates the high quality and creativity of Moo's offerings.
The difference between and good speech and an awful speech is often determined within the first few moments after a speaker takes the stage.
A financial market is a place for buying and selling of financial securities such as stocks and bonds. It facilitates: The raising of capital (in the capital markets) The transfer of risk (in the derivatives markets In matching those who...
Does a perfectly competitive market exist anywhere in the world? The best answer is, "No," because perfect competition is an "ideal." Not reality. So, how far from "ideal" is America's market system?
5 Whys root cause analysis is a powerful but very simple tool for identifying root causes. It allows us to solve problems rather than just applying a band aid.
How to use the Pareto Chart and the 80:20 rule for continuous process improvement. Learn to focus your resources on the vital few.
Is a manager a leader? This question might come to mind when one asks oneself, "What qualities make a good manager? What does it take?" The answers can be interesting and somewhat unexpected.
Forecasting is one of the important aspects of administration. The comer-stone of successful marketing planning is the measurement and forecasting of market demand. A sales forecast is an estimation of sales volume that a company can expect to attain within the plan period.
HR professionals must find creative ways to stay up-to-date on trends and employment law changes in the workplace.
A sound BPM methodology and automating with technology will put process ownership into your managers’ hands and cost savings onto your bottom line.
Do you have a business mobile app idea? If you're sure about its viability then it's time you get it developed. Read this article for the top things you need to consider when creating a business app.
How much will it cost to complete a project? How long will it take? Senior executives want an answer early. Create a realistic time and cost estimate.
How do you write an apology letter to an employee? What is an example of a sample apology letter to an employee?
You should have the right to speak your mind and disagree with your boss, as long as you communicate in a fair and respectful manner.
The intent with a fika is to eat something sweet or a snack, while having a pointless, or meaningful conversation with one or several friends. A fika can mean success at work and also on a first date!
One of today's hottest consulting and coaching models is the mastermind group. But what is a mastermind group? Pros and cons of using them are discussed.
Perhaps the simplest way of looking at leadership styles is to look at the task-oriented approach versus a relationship-oriented approach.
This hub uses the context of Circuit City Stores' failure to take a look at The Competing Values Framework and how it can be used to bring changes in organizational culture.
The Toyota Production System (TPS) usse Muda, Mura and Muri to signify waste within their system. What are the the Seven Muda or seven wastes and how do we eliminate them from our processes?
Explore various methods of performing a job analysis; discover when and why the analysis is done; lastly, find out why a job analysis may be viewed negatively, and learn how to get everyone on board.
You need to be equipped with a very broad set of skills in order to be a successful project manager. This article walks through that skill set if you're considering a career in project management.
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of marginal costing (also called direct, variable, and contribution costing) in accounting.
Small businesses face many types of legal regulations. Research and planning are key to getting your business off the ground safely.
Sometimes businesses change hands and you end up with a new boss. Here are some tips for employees on how to deal with a change in management or a transfer of business ownership
Continental Airlines was an airline that was about to fly into oblivion. The company was broke and its people demoralized. Learn how excellent leadership changed the fortunes of this airline.
Knowing the spatial relationships between you, your customers, and your suppliers can have a profound effect on your profitability.
The project charter is the driving part of every project. This article outlines the key elements that should be included in every project charter.
A study guide to a Principles of Management course, according to the text "Management: Leading & Collaborating in the Competitive World (11th ed.)."
Job ads on the internet require online writing skills. While the employment advertisement needs to attract the best candidate for the role, it still needs to consider the habits of the online reader.
If you're looking for a better office chair, and are struggling with back pain and discomfort with your current chair, see what I went through and found. A great office chair.
Not a fan of staff parties? These tips on how to control your nerves and handle yourself with poise will get you through even the most cringe-inducing, awkward staff parties and social situations.
Strategies for fixing recurring problems in organizations of all sizes. This Zombie Problems article includes videos and success tips.
In places of work, learning, healing and creating, cultural competence is key to people from various cultures to learn, work, plan and develop together. This is a simple guide to cultural competence.
We all need more time. In today’s world there simply is not enough time to get everything we need and want done. Unfortunately it is frequently those things that are most important to us that are left by the wayside. Work is, more often than not, what saps most of our time and energy. Life balance is hard to achieve. There are, however, ways in which to resolve this issue...
Feedback is a really important part of professional development. Sharing feedback with my team, having them give each other feedback, or getting feedback from the team are all good opportunities for team members and myself to continuously improve and for me to grow in my team.
Good customer service is the key to success whether business is conducted online or in a store. Read on to learn key strategies and how small businesses actually have more leverage.
Cultural intelligence is knowledge about culture, awareness about yourself and other and behaviours of yourself and others put together. I ensure that I look at people from their point of view rather than mine, so that I know exactly how they...
When is a worker properly classified as an employee or as an independent contractor? What happens when an employer gets it wrong? Here's an overview of employee misclassification issues.
Playing games to encourage suggestively selling high profit items will encourage teamwork, productivity, and morale while building sales for your restaurant.
Injuries at work are some of the most stressful matters you will ever deal with. Here are some honest thoughts from a former legal assistant.
Successful completion of a project requires managing much more than scope, time, and money. We must also address quality, risk, communications, and other factors. This article focuses on practical success and introduces the nine areas of project management as defined by the Project Management Institute.
Are you guilty of any of these common writing errors in your business communications? Find out how you could be annoying people with common mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and word choice.
My experience and work during the course of my Level 3 diploma in Customer Service. Anyone pursuing this course, has to have experience in an organisation dealing with internal / external customers
Clarifying a communication is an important aspect of customer services. When talking to customers, different questioning techniques need to be used to make sure of what customers are telling you.
You can be a confident speaker by following a few simple steps before and during your moment in the spotlight.
The line between the roles of project managers and business analysts is a blurry one. This article explores how each role fits into the equation within the five standard phases of a project.
Are you leading a team of direct sales professionals? Sooner or later, you will find yourself navigating through a conflict. Use this article as a guide for a successful resolution.
Everyone loves a potluck at work. It boosts morale and gives employees a break from every day work routine, and gives them a chance to mingle with other departments they normally don’t have contact with. How to plan a corporate Thanksgiving Potluck will get you started in the right direction if you are the event coordinator at your office.
A brief note on creating and modifying layout and structures for word processing documents, use of templates and styles and organising information in a document.
PERT, the Project Evaluation and Review Technique, is a way of knowing if your project is on time and on budget. If it is running behind or over budget, you'll know how much extra time or money it will take to deliver. Here's how to do it!
The current state of the economy has increased the number of people out of work and looking for work a hundredfold. Human resource professionals have a much more diverse group to select from.
Can you spot the subtle signs that trust is being eroded in your office? If you're a team leader who wants to bring out the best in others, read these tips on how to build trust in the workplace.
I have managed projects for over 25 years and there are a few golden rules I have learned from these projects that are standard on any type of project. I share them here.
Millionaires will tell you to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. How does that pay off? Try these proven ways to increase your salary at work. They worked for me.
What does it take to be successful in today's competitive work environment? These few ideas helped triple my income.
More than likely you have had to deal with a bad boss in the workplace. Or you could be dealing with one right now. Find out what options are available to you on how to deal with a bad boss.
If you have introverts at work and aren't sure how to manage them you've come to the right place. Increase productivity at the office by using these 9 ways to take advantage of office introverts.
Everyone at some time needs to take time out from their job for personal reasons. Teachers are no exception, but the responsibilities of working in a school make asking a little more complicated.
The first few weeks of a new project are the most critical. This article walks you through key pieces of information you'll need to gather early on to ensure the project goes smoothly.
Shows how six sigma level of a process (process sigma), can be calculated with use of the upper tolerance limit (UTL), lower tolerance limit (LTL), mean, and Standard deviation of a process.
A project without a plan is like a vacation without an itinerary. You'll get lost, miss your flight, and have a miserable time. And you'll probably get fired, too! Make a clear project plan, and deliver great results on time and under budget - every time! Here's how!
“Lean Six Sigma for Dummies” is a guide to LSS written for managers but accessible to everyone. What are the pros and cons of this Lean Six Sigma guide?
Communicating using simple plain English is vital to customer service, as the customer service advisor will be dealing with clients from different parts of the world who speak different dialects.
Successful meetings start with careful planning. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you lead effective and enjoyable meetings in the workplace.
The swing shift can be a rewarding, but difficult shift to work. However, for the right person, the afternoon shift can be the perfect fit. Learn if it's the right fit for you.
An organized office means an organized mind, which means you'll work faster and more efficiently. Here are some tips.
How we can drive continuous quality improvement using PDCA and DMAIC. Using the Deming Cycle / Shewhart Cycle) and DMAIC can help your business grow and compete.
Communication plays a very important role in everyone's day-to-day life, both personal and professional.
A story demonstrating how examining one's thinking and values is the first step to aligning personal and corporate values.
This Hub examines methods used to set prices when a company has more than one product for sale. From using a "skimming" strategy while bringing a new product to market, to bundling old and new products together, into a "package deal," this article explores pricing structures used by companies with several market offerings.
Your professional image at work contributes to your success. Your office or place of employment may not have a dress code, but knowing what is appropriate does reflect your attitude and ambition to others. Learn how to dress to present your best image.
Have you got good written communication skills and great attention to detail? A career as a Bid Manager may be the ideal role for you!
Active listening is about listening to people and understanding them, rather than being understood. It is about valuing the speaker, their speech and their feelings and also finding out the unspoken.
A lot of people say they minister to people on their job. They use their workplace as a place to let others know about God. There is a proper way to do it without losing your job.
You'll likely be spending many hours at work. Here's how to assess whether or not your prospective employer's work environment can meet your basic needs for comfort, cleanliness, and safety.
Planning tools, recipes, templates, and easy invitations to make planning a potluck meal at work easy and effortless are just a few clicks away. Learn more about how to plan an office potluck party!
Job burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion created by chronic stress. Learn its signs and symptoms, causes, and tips for dealing with it.
Do you work at a haunted office? Are you constantly terrified of going to work? Do you think a ghost might attack you at your desk? Well, you are not alone!
Age discrimination and forced retirement can be stressful to an older person who is still a good worker and doesn't want to retire. This article examines pros and cons of age discrimination.
Tips for giving an impressive presentation when you suffer from glossophobia—the fear of public speaking.
Why is China attractive to investors? This article explores factors that led to to the country's competitive advantage and the attractiveness in investing into the world largest market.
Daily Scrum meetings are one of the best features of the Agile Scrum method of web development but at only 15 minutes a day how can you be certain you are using the time effectively?
Conducting an employee performance evaluation can be a stressful experience. This guide covers how to prepare, write, and give an employee performance review effectively and easily.
Have you been unfairly dismissed?Find out exactly what constitutes a lawful and unlawful dismissal, and the different types of redundancies in a business. We will look at a case of age discrimination.
Why is team building so important? As management, you want to create a productive atmosphere for all of your staff members. Team building is a fun way to begin to foster this environment.
It's important to retain face-to-face communication among our social skills in order to achieve clear and precise communication.
It sounds like a dream lifestyle, travelling and getting paid to write about it. Whether you want to do this full time or just for extra cash, there are many online sites which buy from freelancers.
Learn Web Design And Development Today. This guide will teach you how to become a functional web developer in less than 6 months using various resources including free college courses.
If you have a business out there and you aren't doing most or all of these, you still have a lot of opportunity in front of you to increase sales and profits. Even the photos speak 1000 words about these businesses!
What drives the workplace bully to harass his coworkers? How does he do it? Why does he get away with it?
Most projects fail, and the most common reason is that the goal is not clearly defined. When the goal, or scope of the project, is clearly defined, success becomes possible. Learn how to define project scope and goals clearly, and communicate it to the project team and the customers, so you can get it done right!
Some of the greatest mistake areas decision-makers render comes from a place where information is “known” incorrectly, deferred maintenance is one of these areas, resulting is loss of many dollars.
Practical strategies for improving business writing in organizations of all sizes. Key content writing problems and mistakes to avoid.
Red flags to watch for during the interview process. Seven types of bad bosses and how to deal with each one.
Different situations call for different types of leadership. Does your company need a visionary, a peacemaker, a motivator, or an architect? Probably all four. Can you be all types of leader, and know which type to be when? Or can you build a leadership team with all these qualities?
Our organisation together with (______________) the Police department, the Fire department, the Health department, the Education department and also the Town & Parish Councils, works towards community engagement. They work towards...
Shift work is something hundreds of thousands of people experience on a daily basis. Are you up to the task of working in a profession that requires shift work? Find out in this article.
Understanding the History of Lean Manufacturing, how and why it developed, will help you in implementing lean effectively to improve your organization.
This article addresses the most frequently raised questions regarding age discrimination and its potential effect on your employment.
Labor unions have fallen on hard times lately. Have they become a thing of the past; or are they still viable in today's competitive marketplace? Please take our poll at the bottom of this article.
When you find a request for proposal (RFP) that you don't fully qualify for, consider hiring a subcontractor to fill in the missing expertise.
Find out what Re REally stands for and what the heck a CC is. If you've ever looked at the lines of a blank Fax Cover Page and wondered what to write, check out this Hub.
In every office, a large volume of communication like letters, circulars, telegrams are sent to outsiders or received from them. Inside the organisation also written materials are exchanged between different departments. A planned and efficient handling of the mail is essential for the success of any business organisation. It is described as the backbone and an integral part of an office.
When you are forced to leave your job you can have a lot of questions. This article answers the three most critical questions you should be answering before you bring a claim.
Trade show booths are a big investment. Yet many don't produce sales and waste marketing dollars. Discover several "don't let this happen to you" booth blunders and what they say about you.
What is Lean System Engineering? How is Lean System Engineering different from Six Sigma and Lean Engineering?
Are exit interviews required? When you quit your job, your boss may ask you to do an exit interview. There is a downside to doing an exit interview, so think carefully before you say agree to one.
It’s been said that the importance of a job is inversely proportional to the number of adjectives in its title.
PESTLE Analysis is a key tool for identifying external forces on an organization. It stands for Political, Economic, Sociological, Technological, Legal and Environmental. I will cover what PESTLE Analysis is, examples of the key driving forces and how it can be used to help the strategic direction of your organization.
Group projects typically have at least one individual who doesn't pull their weight. This is the most effective way to deal with that individual.
HIPAA violations can result in hefty fines for your organization. Learn from these common and avoidable HIPAA violations which resulted in large fines.
Right livelihood is earning a living in an ethical way. The goal is not just prosperity, but personal fulfillment and the benefit of all humanity. It is based on traditional Buddhist teaching.
If you feel stuck in a going-nowhere position at work, here is what you can do that will help you get promoted.
Are filthy words like f-bombs spewing in your workplace? Here's what you need to know about cussing at the office: why we curse, the social side of swearing, and what a dirty mouth says about you.
Ethics in small business operations are an important component of continued growth and success. If you are thinking of starting an entrepreneurial adventure, this article is for you.
Learn how to start an office compost program with these tips, videos, and resources. Going green at work is definitely a team effort, but the positive returns are worth it.
There are many examples in health care where Poka yoke has been or can be used to prevent life-threatening mistakes in the use of devices.
Developing a quality plan can be easier if you refer to your employees, customers responses, and other businesses for feedback. Let's start the conversation about quality improvement.
Scope creep can destroy a project, and the responsibility rests on the shoulders of the project manager to keep it in check. This article looks at five ways project managers can combat scope creep.
Both employees and employers benefit when workers use their own personal smartphones and other devices on the job. But companies must protect themselves from potential legal liabilities.
Proper phone etiquette is important for success of a business. I'll explain how your personnel should answer, and talk, on the phone in a professional manner.
This article explores Hyundai's competitive advantage and strategy, on how it has established itself as one of the largest multinational conglomerates in the world.
This article examines the three generic strategies discovered by Michael Porter. Each firm should adopt one of these strategies to provide sustained profitability.
Navigating the requirements of workplace etiquette can be tricky enough, but handling an office crush is another topic altogether. Here's how and why you should deal with this common office dilemma.
For any sales manager and small business owner, sales forecasting is one of the most difficult, but critical skills to master. Discover methods of sales forecasting here.
Entrepreneurs, frustrated with effective staffing for your company? Mighty Zeus and other ancient Greek gods have the solution for you!
Learn how to maintain your cool and handle disagreements at work with poise and professionalism. How you handle conflict says a lot about you so make sure you're putting your best foot forward.
Let’s face facts: At the end of the day, a lack of productivity can affect a business more negatively than a pair of jeans ever could.
Sometimes in business, you simply cannot avoid writing a letter that has bad news. However, you can try to write the letter in such a way as to maintain a good relationship with the recipient.
Weekly project status reports play a critical role in keeping projects on track. This article walks through key elements of a weekly status report, such as stoplight and status updates.
Coporate Globalization--Yes, it's true--the world is owned and run by the super-wealthy. Even since Ann Rand's "Atlas Shrugged", there has been a conspiracy theory that basically, all the world is owned and run by a select consortium of ultra-wealthy international corporations. These people aren't really humanitarians, either. The sole motive is profit.
People fear creating a good project plan because they think it takes too long. Progressive elaboration—doing good design step by step—is the solution.
Your language can lose its power when you use hedges, upspeak, disclaimers, and other credibility killers. These verbal bad habits undermine your authority and the competence of your message.
Successful startups should sell their products based on customers’ needs and should continue to do so in the future. But when you are launching a new product you should do some deep research.
The bullwhip effect distorts the visibility of the supply chain due to the variation along supply chain points. Learn how to use the beer game to explain the bullwhip effect in supply chains.
When a best coworker leaves, it can be stressful for the whole office. But the breakup of a working relationship can be amicable at least, and a stroke of luck at best.
This Hub provides a basic introduction to some of the primary factors that must go into the decision about what to charge for products/services. It will help anyone, seasoned marketers (by being a reminder), and new marketers, because it looks closely at pricing considerations that can help in development of sound pricing strategies.
Curious how to get public speaking gigs? Lots of authors and consultants are. Discover the most common sources for booking speaking engagements... and what it takes to get in!
Intrapreneurship is a critical business strategy for companies of all sizes. Intrapreneurial employees can help businesses to innovate.
Textiles, garment factories, they are all the same. All except the one where my buddy, "Ron" and I worked.
What is the Theory of Constraints? What is Total Quality Management? How are they similar, and where do they differ?
Do you want to be more than just a manager? To be a truly effective leader in the workplace, here are some tips on how to win the approbation of your staff and colleagues.
Delegation plays an important role in the performance of duties in the workplace. Wise managers recognize the value with entrusting subordinates with delegated responsibilities.
DMAIC means Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, & Control. It can create breakthrough improvements in operations. But does DMAIC really work? Maybe . . .
Most business memos are informational, and chances are if you are writing one, you will be writing an instructional memo. Here are some pointers for writing this kind of memo.
It's the digital age and the world's method of communicating has changed drastically. Though casual communication is more commonplace, writing an informal memo still requires you to follow a few rules!
ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH to the best of your ability. Crossing your fingers is not going to help. I am not sure the UIA believes in little white lies. If you find out that you misreported something, you should contact the agency to explain what happened.
I've had my PMP certification for four years, and I wrote this article to give other people an idea of the requirements and the work involved in passing the PMP exam.
Your boss is showing you a little too much attention. It's not serious enough to label harassment and you really don't want any trouble. How to create boundaries at work without creating drama.
Building satisfying working relationships with your co-workers is a worthwhile investment. This article explains five simple ways you can undertake to improve your relationships with your co-workers.
Beware of the waffling work friend -- that fickle, fair-weathered co-worker who can't decide whether she is friend or foe. Learn the 5 warning signs of workplace frenemies and how to deal with them.
An organization has positions that are required to be filled. The company must establish a pay scale so it can pay the employees based on job descriptions and duties. It could be a tricky situation when deciding the right pay compensation.
Get your meeting, party, or training session off to a great start with these six fun and easy icebreaker activities!
Does your organization seem to take much longer than it should to get things done? You balloon up your organization and it doesn't seem to get any better. What's the problem, and how do we solve it?