Archive | December, 2016

Managing Stakeholders in the Requirements Process

  Navigating the process of gathering business requirements and creating the business requirements can be hard enough without adding the issue of stakeholder management to the equation. Nevertheless, fulfilling the needs of the stakeholders is what the project is all about, so it is critical that the analyst keep them on his or her side […]

Why Your Projects Are Not Being Completed

  Here are 5 common reasons why your projects are going over schedule, over budget, and generally under expectations of quality. 1. Overextending on your resources: Or simply doing more than what your resources whether it be in finances, human capital, strategic partnerships, time, etc. 2. Micromanaging: Instead of looking at departmental communications. 3. Lack […]

Putting Professionalism back in Management Consulting

  I have seen many changes in my forty years as a professional management consultant, particularly in the business change and management improvement practices. My specialty is applying information technology for the benefit of the business. In the 1960s and 1970s, we developed information systems from the ground up to satisfy user requirements. It was […]

Managing Change and Negative Repercussions

  For the leaders of change activity, it will inevitably be necessary to deal with barriers, conflicts, resistance, and other negative effects. There is a tendency to see these as ‘disasters’ that will cause the change to fail. But by adopting a thoughtful and professional approach, most of the mistakes, barriers, and difficulties that change […]

6 Steps to Effective Communication

  Effective leaders are known for being excellent communicators. Here’s what to do. 1) Avoid “Not.” Negative talk encourages arguments, counter attacks, and attempts to solve your problems. It also creates a negative impression. For example, when you say, “I can’t,” you appear helpless and ineffective. Instead, talk about what you can do and what […]

How to Save Money on Training

  It seems so simple. Just take a financial short cut. Then show your boss how much money you saved. But some of these short cuts prove to be costly. They fail to deliver what you want. Or they open up expensive problems. Here’s how to accomplish real savings on your training program. 1) Use […]

Poor Performance Reward And Recognition

  The most effective tool in a manager’s toolkit for dealing with poor performance is coaching. Not screaming at them from the stands and withholding rewards but working with them down on the pitch to find out what’s causing the problem and building their fitness and stamina like the corporate athletes they should be. The […]

Management Through Measurement

  In 1996, in the movie Jerry McGuire, actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. made famous the phrase “Show Me the Money!” Ten years later, a variation of that command, now “Show Me the Data!” rings in conference rooms throughout the country. Managers far and wide, at least the successful ones, are looking at the data. Don’t […]

What Makes a Good Boss?

  According to Rob Sheehan, director of executive education at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland, “Being a good boss is important in any organization, but it’s particularly important for small business. With smaller businesses, you really have the opportunity to set the tone for the entire company.” There […]

Hiring Adjustments For Generations X And Y

  Work-life balance. Flexible work hours. Corporate mission. What is the point of focusing on these non-traditional hiring topics? Two letters – X and Y. Generation X (born between 1963 and 1980) and Generation Y (born after 1980) are establishing a more prominent position within the employment landscape as the Baby Boomers prepare to exit […]