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Business Plan Basics

The best way to show bankers, venture capitalists, and angel investors that you are worthy of financial support is to show them a great business plan. Make sure that your plan is clear, focused and realistic. Then show them that you have the tools, talent and team to make it happen. Learn more about a successful plan...

 

BETTER MANAGEMENT

What is 'effective management'?

It's easy to define management as a dictionary entry; and it's just as easy to call oneself a manager. I recently heard a policeman described as a Neighbourhood Beat Manager. All the more reason, then, for us to be clear about the meaning of management before we talk about being effective.

Perhaps the best description (rather than definition) of the manager's task is by Peter Drucker, Professor Emeritus at the Claremont Graduate University, California: 'the first duty and continuing responsibility of the manager is to strive for the best possible economic results from the resources employed or available.'1

Everything that a manager wishes to do rests, in the end, on sound economic performance. Even matters such as staff leadership and motivation, R&D management, plant management, fleet maintenance, etc. will in the long run be judged in the same perspective. It is about getting the best from your resources - and human beings are the best resource you have. It is through them that greater effectiveness will be delivered - provided that you know how to achieve your ends.

Below are some great articles about managing and communicating, regardless the size of the organization....

 

ACTION PLANS FOR SUCCESS

What often may seem to be the slowest road can in effect be the fastest. Action plans are just that, the way truly successful people and organizations realize their dreams, increase efficiency and make the best use of their resources. The most important and hardest to come by, is the resource called TIME. Read more...

 

LEADING BY EXAMPLE

Have you ever heard the saying, “monkey see, monkey do!” We get so much of our learning and traits by seeing what others do and copying them. It all started when we were babies. People made faces at us and we made them back. We learned how to do things by watching our parents and then continued on in our later years. Finally, we went to school and were programmed to do as the teachers says and does and from there it continues. If you want your clients, suppliers, and most importantly your employees to do the right thing then you better exhibit it first. Read more... 

 

COMMUNICATION - THE KEY TO ALL THINGS

Whether you are communicating with someone in your family, a friend, partner, employee, boss or customer; clear concise communication is essential for success whatever your goal may be. The great thing is that we can learn to be good communicators and we can always work on improving our communication skills. We’ll be looking at verbal communication today. Read more...