Showing posts from June, 2012

Developing Your 2012 Pipeline and Preparing For a Great Year of Winning Business

If you are anything like me, you've dealt with three challenges during the holidays - trying to keep from overindulging too much and gaining hard-to-shed pounds; fighting off a recurring cold; and trying to juggle family time with proposals that are due early to mid-January. By the way, I am officially envious if you faced no challenges or dealt with them through advance planning and orderly life. You are my hero.

This article is for everyone else who is not a planning maven, or like me, tends to pile the plate so high that no amount of planning is enough, no matter how hard I try. Now that the holiday hustle and bustle is over, and there is relatively smooth sailing through the frigid months ahead, it is time to slow down for a day or two and finally plan. Dust off your crystal ball, sharpen your pencils, and let's talk about getting your company (and you) to that next level of growth.

My first question to you is, what does your opportunities pipeline look like for 2012? This…

Tips to Make Your Career Development Plan Work

Career Development is a favourite topic on the agenda of employees and their managers. Career development plans are created at the start of the year and then put on back burner till the year end or next formal performance appraisal. What can you do to avoid getting into this trap and use it to propel career growth and pay raise.

The following tips are provided to help you ensure that your career development plans are relevant and reflect the skills and capabilities you want or need to build in a world where change is the only constant!

Does the Career Development Plan work for you?

At the end of the day, it's your development and your career. You are responsible for proactively ensuring that your development is in line with your own performance expectations or career aspirations.

Prepare in advance

Most of the employees feel that they are in grip of their career and walk in unprepared for the career plan review meetings with their manger. The discussions are generally vague with a …

Career Development Planning: Keys to Career Success

Career Development Planning: keys to finding and qualifying for the right job for overall career success.

Career development planning is the key to advancement and is a measure of tracking the progress of your career. Also, it is a dependable method to study your overall personal goals and the steps taken as your accomplishments move you toward the right career.

Keys to a well thought out career development plan: The plan is a work in progress. As you move up one step there is another in front of you. You build in flexibility, one door may close but with continued career related research another soon opens. Your career development plan is not focused exclusively on your work but on your career, its direction and your interests and passion.

As you career plan evolves so does your resume. Keep it up dated through a file in which you keep a record of achievements, training, projects completed, new skills, promotions, performance reviews and positive letters and memos.

Begin keeping a fil…

The Role of Information Technology in Business

The role of information technology systems in a business environment can be classified into four broad categories. These categories include function performance, communication through networking, management and enterprise roles.

Information technology provides commercial and industrial systems for businesses. These systems enable businesses to function effectively and efficiently.

Function IT Systems

Function IT systems are applications that allow individuals to function effectively in the workplace. Examples of common IT systems that enhance workplace functions are word processor applications, spreadsheet applications, statistical analysis software and computer aided design (CAD) programs. Employees can work and perform their task individually or collectively using these specialized software technologies.

Network IT Systems

Network IT systems allow effective communication within and outside an organisation. Examples range from simple e-mail (electronic mail) to blogs, wiki sites, IM (i…

Letting go: Making sense of social magazines and news readers

Applications that aggregate articles based on what others in one’s social network are reading and reformat them into an attractive magazine and presentation formats are growing in popularity, but they are raising concern among some publishers.

The processes build upon the referral and curating functions of colleagues and friends in social networks and reduce the need for users to go to multiple sites for content on their own. Some of the best known social magazines are Flipboard, Newsmix, Currents, and Pulse. Some publishers are starting their own social reading apps, such as New York Times that has a Facebook app pulling together stories that friends have read in NYT. Many publishers are fearful of these developments, however, because they represent another step away from publishers controlling when, where, and how readers use their content, reduce the impact of the publishers’ brand strategies, and diminish control over the presentation and marketing of their content.

But publishers r…

ERP Solutions and Open Source CRMs For The Business Productivity

The growth in the business and the expansion of various departments within the business are making an organization to store and process their daily business management information more difficult. The introduction and implementation of various kinds of middle level software solutions were sheer waste of time for such organizations. The need for developing a system which can encompass the entire information related to the company and generate some valuable reports have become more imperative for majority of the small and medium scale enterprises. The development of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) was a noteworthy move by the software solution providers which boomed the productivity of the prospective companies.

ERP solutions are giving the enormous scalability to any business enterprises with a productive intention. A successful ERP solution system comprises of various sub sections which manages different departmental or functional areas of an SME. Finance being the lifeblood of any …

5 Activities For Improving Employee Morale and Motivation

Companies have assets. This often makes us think of capital and physical facilities like factories, distribution centers, property and other assets. It would include good will, trade names, trade marks, technology and just plain know how. But you probably would not see employees on such a list even though the employees of a company may be the most important asset. In this article we will discuss employee morale and five things we can do to improve it.

1. Participation: Being Part of the Company

We humans like to contribute to our society. We like to take part in what is going on around us. If a company is dynamic and expanding, the employees will want to jump in and make things happen. If we leave them out of what is going on, they will fill alienated. They will feel unloved so to say. So we want our employees to take part in company operations in as many ways as are feasible.

Many of our companies are technically oriented. If we want every employee to have some say as to what is going…