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Goal setting  Pros and Cons

Goal setting Pros and Cons

Overwhelming research demonstrates that goal setting has a powerful influence on individual performance and motivation. Goals are potentially energising and motivating. Challenging goals lead to higher levels of effort. Deadlines lead to more rapid rates of work and  making a 'public' commitment to a goal, recorded in writing, enhances personal commitment to its achievement. But there are real problems with…
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To Don’t Lists !

To Don’t Lists !

Time management is a key challenge for all owner managers. If you don’t have time to do the things that have the biggest impact, you have to create time by taking control of your choices. The idea behind a ‘To Don’t list’ is that you can choose NOT to do certain things, at least not today. Step1. Start by listing…
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Why have formal job descriptions?

Why have formal job descriptions?

As a business grows it becomes more challenging to maintain lines of communication and to ensure that all employees are aligned to the achievement of the same company vision. Having formal job descriptions can help this process of alignment. The development process for job descriptions can 'flush out' any misunderstandings about roles, ensure that there is no overlap between roles and…
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Test the quality of your plan for 2016

Test the quality of your plan for 2016

As we get closer to 2016 you will be (or should be!) working on your business plan for the year. As part of this process it can be useful to test the inputs to and outputs from your planning process, before the plan is signed off and specific objectives are assigned to individuals and teams.  The following are some questions…
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Events that change our lives

Events that change our lives

No matter how carefully we map out our lives we are subject to the impact of random events which potentially change our plans or even the course of our lives. I was reminded on this during a recent holiday in Spain, during which I had an accident which resulted in my hospitalisation for nearly two weeks and return to Ireland…
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Position the team as the unit of performance

Position the team as the unit of performance

Most job applicants will  list 'team player' as one of their strengths. But how true is this in reality? Benchmark yourself against the following:  Are you prepared to stretch time lines to achieve buy in from key stakeholders? Do you really listen and allow yourself to be influenced by the views of others? Do you appreciate the impact on motivation and…
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Welcome the Inconvenient !

Welcome the Inconvenient !

No matter how much planning we do to have an ordered personal, career, or business life it is inevitable that we are occasionally, if not frequently, knocked off course by inconvenient events that scuttle our plans. A former senior politician when asked what he considered to be the greatest challenge in politics replied 'events', meaning the unexpected issues that suddenly…
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You have lost a key member of your team….

You have lost a key member of your team….

Losing a key member of the team can be very traumatic for the business owner, especially if the company is small or the employee has been with you for a long time.The good news is that you can turn this crisis into an opportunity. Yes, an opportunity! It can be the prompt you needed to introduce new talent, restructure the…
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The 5 P’s of marketing are still relevant

The 5 P’s of marketing are still relevant

Marketing 'is what you do after you have a good product'. So none of what follows will make any difference if you do not offer a quality product or service. Are you investing enough in ongoing research and development to keep up with and exceed customer expectations? So a reminder as to the 5 P's of marketing : Product. This…
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