To create the time for the specific role of a leader, as much as
possible of the day to day delivery must be handed over.
This level of delegation is very important, not only to create
the space for the leader to develop visions and longer terms
strategic goals, but also in encouragement of key individuals
who will both be challenged by new activities, but will also be
developed for the future benefit of the organisation.
A leader's role is to focus on those areas of operation where he
I see a PR firm has done a survey on the amount of time Canadian
CEOs spend on communication, and found they spend almost half of
their time on communication.
I think we're supposed to be impressed that CEOs spend that much
time on communication. But, quite frankly, what else does a CEO
do? And, if you consider both direct and indirect communication,
wouldn't that be more like 90%?
So, what do CEOs do, and how much of that involves communication
of one kind or another?
Well, they make decisi
Whether you're a manager, professional, or entrepreneur you need
to think ahead. When you do it in a formal sense, it's called it
planning, when you do it informally it's something like
Whether you're planning or speculating, the exercise represents
just the tip of the iceberg. For the plans or scenarios to
amount to something, they have to be implemented. In turn, that
usually involves other people.
Which takes us to the subject of communication: How do you
convert those ideas i
The art of researching, writing and being awarded grants has
evolved into a competitive sport in recent years. There is one
area, though, that gets very little attention.
These are the corporate grants that are offered by thousands of
large and mid-sized companies around the United States and the
Did you know that Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, and Allstate Insurance
all offer grants? It's the same with Microsoft, Sears and Sprint.
The list is ridiculous, and many completely overlook the immen
Best Definition of "Corporate Culture"
If you ask 10 people to define "organizational culture," you
will get 11 different answers!
Fortunately, from my consulting and writing on leadership and
organizational change, I created my definition of organizational
"Corporate culture is how every employee knows she or he must
act – even if no one is watching."
Knowing your company's culture proves crucial for multiple
reasons, including: + Only organizational changes that fit into
Naturally alcohol is an important part of many events. People
associate having a few drinks with relaxation and enjoyment.
Obviously participants must not drink before taking part in
dangerous activities, particularly motorised and shooting
events. All insurance companies specify that no alcohol at all
is taken before or during any such events. It is impossible to
police a situation where people are allowed 'one or two' so
usually soft drinks or tea and coffee is provided during
Have you ever sat in a meeting where everyone is busy giving
their point of view and trying to prove why they are right?
Where no one is actually listening or trying to understand other
individuals' points of view. The alternative meeting format is
where everyone listens to and agrees with the meeting leader. No
one contributes or adds ideas, they are just compliant.
In my experience most meeting are either one or the other. But
when you think about it, what is the point of most meetings?
You have two employees, one that comes to work early and is
always the last to leave. They always seem to be busy rushing
here and there. The second employee doesn't ever work late
unless asked to and really doesn't seem to be that busy. If you
had to choose one, which employee would you rather have in your
In my opinion, the amount of activity they seem to be doing
tells me nothing. I am not interested in how much an employee
runs around and how many hours they work. What is importan
WHAT IS THE CMMI?
The CMMI is a model for improving and appraising the performance
of development organizations. It stands for "Capability Maturity
Model Integration". It is published and developed by the
Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, PA.
The CMM (the original version of the CMMI) was originally
commissioned by the American Department of Defense to help them
qualify software vendors' capabilities. From there it quickly
evolved into a powerful tool to guide process improvemen
Chunking a large project into small parts is a great way to
tackle an overwhelming project you keep putting off until a
large block of time is available. The problem is - that
opportunity seldom presents itself in your busy schedule.
Chunking is an effective method for getting these large tasks
Small business operators can apply this chunking idea to small
routine tasks that tend to accumulate until some crisis forces
them to use a block of time better applied to other activities.