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Develop a Simple Business Plan by Answering Just Six Questions

Develop a Simple Business Plan by Answering Just Six Questions | Management | Scoop.it

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 20, 2014 4:07 AM


Far too many small business owners, operate their businesses without ever preparing a business plan, and this missing link is often the chief reason they do not achieve their desired levels of success.


A business plan is not all that difficult to create, yet many business owners avoid the task, often because they are aware that a well prepared plan can expose gaps of many kinds that cannot always be ignored.


This excellent article, suggests that a business plan clearly identifies how much work lies ahead for a business to succeed in its chosen endeavour and provides a prioritised map of the path to follow, and it offers a six question approach that will provide all the answers needed to help a business owner to prepare a simple business plan.

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The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change

The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change | Management | Scoop.it

Some aspects of organizational culture are visible on the surface, like the tip of an iceberg, while others are implicit and submerged within the organization. Because these ingrained assumptions are tacit and below the surface, they are not easy to see or deal with, although they affect everything the organization does.


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Jeremy Pollard's curator insight, January 29, 5:56 PM

Icebergs are a great metaphor. We use an iceberg in Shipley win-work sessions to highlight that deals are often won under the iceberg around unstated issues, then justified on the stated requirements. 

 

Later, when client agree they could make some powerful changes to their process for winning work, this iceberg about the hidden barriers to making that change comes into play.

 

The ratio of people and organisations that want to changes, but struggle to make it stick, is very high. We are fast approaching the point where effective change management becomes a bigger issue to work on with clients than the specifics of the solution being considered.

 

I recommend this article, and the powerful visual as a starting point for you own conversations with your team about making things happen.

 

I suggest starting with examples of projects or changes of significance that HAVE worked for you. Talk through why you think they worked.  Compare them to the projects or changes that stalled or ran late. What was different?

 

Talk to colleagues about their success and failures in change.

 

Leading a team, helping a customer - change is the foundation skill.

Where would you rank your ability to drive, lead and make change happen?

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 30, 10:02 AM

What really leads the changes... 

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Deloitte 2015 millennial survey executive summary

Findings from Deloitte's fourth annual Millennial Survey show that business, particularly in developed markets, will need to make significant changes to attrac…

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The top business books of 2014

The top business books of 2014 | Management | Scoop.it

A good business book jolts our mind, teaching us something we didn’t know or weren’t sure would work. Ideally, it flows smoothly, the concepts easy to grasp, illuminated and solidified by enticing examples. By that score, two books stand out from the pack I have been through this year: Fewer, Bigger, Bolder and How Google Works. Each challenges us to change. Each is eminently practical. Each presents notions that have worked effectively. And each is a charming read. In a year of many meritorious books, those were at the top of my 2014 list of best management books:


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6 Leadership Development Trends for 2015

6 Leadership Development Trends for 2015 | Management | Scoop.it
Before we go on to unveil the future trends, let’s have a look at what was happening on the leadership training scene this year. Among the most innovative leadership strategies being taught all over the world was the so-called “endogenous resourcing”, standing for the myriad techniques for unlocking employees’ hidden potential.

Apart from this trend, we saw the rise of management policies that foster sustainability and a slow transition from the autocratic, control-and-command management style to its more democratic variety – both demonstrating how the human side of business has become a growing factor in the success of leadership as employed by many global brands.

Having examined the present, let’s now direct our gaze to the future – here are 6 innovative leadership development practices that we will see spreading in the upcoming year.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 6, 2014 3:43 AM

70% of Americans blame leadership crisis as a factor in the national economic decline. Ned to focus on being more human!

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Are Millennials The Most Engaged Generation?

Are Millennials The Most Engaged Generation? | Management | Scoop.it
Our conventional wisdom about millennials is often proven false when we look at the research. While millennials get a reputation in the media for being lazy or noncommittal, research from Modern Survey shows that Gen Y is actually the most enga [...]

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Kevin T. Kjellerup's curator insight, December 3, 2014 9:47 AM

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 24, 8:46 AM

Everything you say about the Gen Y generation is false. I work primarily with millennials and can honestly say "Gen Y is actually the most engaged generation in the American workforce." 

Read the following and you'll change your views of Gen Y.



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5% of the Challenge Is the Strategy. 95% Is the Execution

5% of the Challenge Is the Strategy. 95% Is the Execution | Management | Scoop.it
Imagine it’s your first day on the job as chief operating officer of a global manufacturing company in a foreign country. You don’t speak the language, you don’t know where the company’s plants are located, and you don’t even know how to make a phone call. That’s what it was like for Carlos Ghosn when he took over at Japan’s then-floundering Nissan Motor Corp. in 1999. The cultural challenges would have been difficult enough, but Nissan was then some $20 billion in debt after 27 years of declining market share.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 16, 2014 4:05 AM

Adhering to cultural norms is not always the right strategy according to the head of Renault-Nissan.

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Lack of Employee Engagement Dulls a Company's Competitive Edge

Lack of Employee Engagement Dulls a Company's Competitive Edge | Management | Scoop.it
Research already shows that if you actively invest in employee relationships, the “R” in ROI yields lucrative business advantages. Yet many executives do not r…

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Lack of Employee Engagement Dulls a Company's Competitive Edge

Lack of Employee Engagement Dulls a Company's Competitive Edge | Management | Scoop.it
Research already shows that if you actively invest in employee relationships, the “R” in ROI yields lucrative business advantages. Yet many executives do not r…

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Colin Taylor TRG's curator insight, November 10, 2014 8:25 AM

Happy and engaged staff will deliver better service. Period. #custserv #callcenter #cctr

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How to Motivate Your Team Without Carrots or Sticks

How to Motivate Your Team Without Carrots or Sticks | Management | Scoop.it
One of two things is going to happen when a newcomer joins your team. They're going to see right away how to plug into their own power source on the job and feel great about coming to work, or they're not. When you make it easy for a person to learn, [...]

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4 Ways to Preserve Your Company's Culture While It Grows

4 Ways to Preserve Your Company's Culture While It Grows | Management | Scoop.it
A CEO reflects on the essential qualities a startup must keep in mind when scaling up in size and trying to preserve its open culture.

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Revealing The New Realities Of Employee Engagement

Revealing The New Realities Of Employee Engagement | Management | Scoop.it
Learn about 4 measures leaders should employ based on new research on how to improve employee engagement levels in today's organizations.

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How to Unleash the Awesome, “Can Do” Spirit In Your Employees

How to Unleash the Awesome, “Can Do” Spirit In Your Employees | Management | Scoop.it
I loved the video below (People Are Awesome 2013) so much, I used it in two recent presentations on how to cultivate a resilient workforce. Now, I didn’t just share this video because it …

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The 10 Things You Must Do to Make Hiring Top Talent No. 1

The 10 Things You Must Do to Make Hiring Top Talent No. 1 | Management | Scoop.it

Over a 10 year period from 1991 to 2001 my firm made over 400 presentations to groups of CEOs at emerging and entrepreneurial companies. The presentations were largely the same. All focused on how to select people to grow the company.

 

One big idea was to map the types of people the company was hiring to its business strategy. The other point, while not as grand, was more important: If hiring top talent is important to your company's growth make this the primary measure of how you reward and promote your hiring managers. Although 90% of the CEOs believed in the concept, few did anything to make this part of their company's culture.


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Ian Berry's curator insight, September 25, 2014 10:02 PM

Hiring top talent is not number 1 Enhancing the gifts (talents) of the people already there is number 1.

Ian Berry's curator insight, September 25, 2014 10:03 PM

Hiring is not number 1. Enhancing the gifts (talents) of the people already there is number 1.

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These 8 Scales Reveal Everything You Should Know About Different Cultures

These 8 Scales Reveal Everything You Should Know About Different Cultures | Management | Scoop.it

Many people, perhaps especially Americans, underestimate how differently people do things in other countries. Examples and insights for avoiding this can be found in "The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business," a 2014 bestseller by INSEAD professor Erin Meyer (also check out those global communication diagrams from Richard Lewis). Meyer claims you can improve relationships by considering where you and international partners fall on each of these scales:


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Sharrock's curator insight, January 22, 1:31 PM

I'm always interested about comparative indicators and measures. 

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15 indicateurs RH pour bien partir – deuxième partie!

15 indicateurs RH pour bien partir – deuxième partie! | Management | Scoop.it
En janvier 2012, j’écrivais un billet sur 12 indicateurs pour bien partir l’année. Je me suis dit pourquoi ne pas récidiver 3 ans plus tard. J’ai donc établi une liste de 15 indicateurs. Vous trouv...

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Andrée Laforge's curator insight, January 14, 2:53 PM

Voici la seconde partie de mon billet sur les indicateurs RH pour bien partir l'année! Bonne lecture!

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The Conversations You Need to Really Boost Employee Engagement

The Conversations You Need to Really Boost Employee Engagement | Management | Scoop.it
In our TLNT article Despite Your Best Efforts, Why Aren’t Your Employees More Engaged?, we promised to provide follow-up “How to” articles on how get the information you need from your …

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Belva Jennings's curator insight, December 10, 2014 9:49 AM

Nice grouping of the different kinds of conversations you should be having with your employees...it's not all performance management and feedback, but all can pull employees toward that "Committed" side of the Commitment Continuum (remember that?).

Wally Stump's curator insight, December 14, 2014 11:21 AM

It is difficult to overstate the importance of getting feedback from others on your own performance.

John Ludike's curator insight, December 17, 2014 2:32 AM

#Employee Engagement like leaderso  is a CONTACT SPORT suprisingly how many leaders dont appreciate need for frequent crucial and corageous conversations, still refusing to  own up to question 'Why should anyone be lead by you?"

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77 Business Improvement Ideas

77 Business Improvement Ideas | Management | Scoop.it

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Ian Berry's curator insight, December 3, 2014 7:00 PM

There's some good ideas here. However in my view the simplest one is missing. Ask your employees what's worth celebrating about their roles and what could be better. Then help them to create a 90 day execution plan to keep doing what's worth celebrating and changing what could be better to something worth celebrating.

Oliver Durrer's curator insight, December 4, 2014 3:46 PM

Continuous improvement is the way. Here we go for 77 ideas to improve your business.

Venkadesh Narayanan's curator insight, January 17, 3:38 AM

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13 Facts About Employee Engagement [INFOGRAPHIC]

13 Facts About Employee Engagement [INFOGRAPHIC] | Management | Scoop.it
Taking a break from work is necessary to keep any employee sane. The occasional Facebook browse, the slower-than-necessary trip to the kitchen for a coffee

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Managing millenials: leadership secrets to building a happy workplace

Managing millenials: leadership secrets to building a happy workplace | Management | Scoop.it
Company cultures are responding to the needs of the next generation of employees. David Hassell explores three ways leaders can prepare their company

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The Systems of Engagement - Fistful of Talent

The Systems of Engagement - Fistful of Talent | Management | Scoop.it
Does a relationship exist between employee engagement AND HR systems used at work? If so, what? If not, why? Bore me with the details...

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3 Emerging Trends in Talent Analytics « Big Data Made Simple

3 Emerging Trends in Talent Analytics « Big Data Made Simple | Management | Scoop.it
Human resource managers are currently embracing talent analytics like never before. Companies are evaluating and analysing raw data to derive valuable insights which are helping them to hire the right talent, retain them as well as help them learn and grow internally.

Talent analytics takes into account all the data, rather than limited samples, so a full-fledged picture emerges. It looks for patterns in the data and discovers critical connections that might otherwise go unnoticed. Such data can be related to employees' pre-employment assessments to background checks to social media profiles.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 28, 2014 5:58 PM

When big data is tapped, HR managers no longer need to depend on intuitions of interviewers and hiring managers or rely on obsolete hiring tools of yesteryears.

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get the whoole picture, not a piece, try to reach a bigger horizon
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Using Your Culture to Attract Top Talent

Using Your Culture to Attract Top Talent | Management | Scoop.it
Chris Cancialosi discusses how company culture can be your greatest selling point or biggest hindrance with Fred Virgin, former SVP of HR at GE, and Carolyn D’Anna, Co-Chief Human Resources Officer at CohnReznick.

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10 Productivity Life-Savers for Small Business

10 Productivity Life-Savers for Small Business | Management | Scoop.it
Some of these productivity hacks may seem a little silly at first, but we've got the stats to back them up. By enacting any number of them you should see your daily grind becoming more and more efficient.

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BSN's curator insight, October 15, 2014 7:46 AM

10 Productivity Life-Savers for Small Business. #smallbiz #smb 

Ellen Naylor's curator insight, October 15, 2014 1:49 PM

It's interesting that many of the ways to become more productive include reducing the time spend digitally and getting more sleep. I was surprised that chewing gum and some noise helps productivity. Neither works for me. 

Catherine PB's curator insight, October 15, 2014 9:18 PM

Every little bit helps! 

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The 5 Critical Things That a Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates

The 5 Critical Things That a Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates | Management | Scoop.it
“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” — President Ronald …

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6 Concrete Steps To Building A Collaborative Culture That Inspires

6 Concrete Steps To Building A Collaborative Culture That Inspires | Management | Scoop.it
Building a collaborative, thriving work culture doesn't just happen; it takes daily effort and commitment. Here's how to do it.

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