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Developing Employees

February 26, 2011

Greater skill depth and breadth can generate real productivity gains Development Planning As companies look to change the size of their workforce, these fundamental questions should be asked:  What’s in my organizational tool box of knowledge? How do you know what skills are required to recruit?  Who will no longer be retained if a reduction… read more →




Managerial Soft Skills

February 19, 2011

Emotional Intelligence Forms an Important Part of Overall Managerial Effectiveness. Soft Skills – Critical to Success Managerial soft skills, often referred to as ‘emotional intelligence quotient’ or ‘EQ’, are an important set of skills used to build rapport and establish relationships with key stakeholders and employees.  A Manager’s ability to observe employees body language and… read more →




Managing Business Mix

February 12, 2011

How to Manage Business Mix In operations, every business deals with challenges surrounding the mix of their business. Whether it be manufacturing or delivering variable products, selling to variable customers, or completing variable processes, the variability causes many businesses planning and executing efforts to come to a crippling halt. In the worst cases, the variability… read more →




Maximizing Call Centers

February 10, 2011

Leveraging Human Capital Most call centers have some form of metrics for quality service, average length of call, and customer wait times.  However, many fail to look deeper at the root causes and tackle the actual reasons for the inbound calls in an attempt to reduce the volume of inbound calls.  Additionally, many organizations fail… read more →




Organizational Goal Setting

February 8, 2011

The clearer the goal, the greater the chance they’ll be achieved Getting back to basics – Setting Goals! Goals are personal, Goals are strategic, Goals are to be attainable and Goals need to be visible!  What is meant by visible, to simply put it, broadcast the goal. If operational goals are not communicated and tracked… read more →




Results Only Work Environments

February 5, 2011

It’s Okay to Focus on Outcomes Executive Summary: Much fanfare has been made of Best Buy’s use of a Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) in their corporate headquarters, but very little detail has been published on how they made the transition. Following three key steps can help you focus on actual results over the stale… read more →




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