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Summer Fridays: 9 pros and cons

Summer Fridays: 9 pros and cons | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
What managers should consider when deciding whether to release employees early from their weekly labors
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In my experience, this works best as an occasion treat. Any more frequent, and people start to see it as part of their regular reward system, and it ceases to be a motivator.

 

Don't forget to give people a little notice though. Anyone with children (or other dependants) or after work commitments, may need to make alternative arrangements making this actually a disincentive for them.

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10 highly valued soft skills for IT pros | TechRepublic

10 highly valued soft skills for IT pros | TechRepublic | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Today’s IT pro needs both technical expertise and soft skills — that’s nothing new. But the scope of those in-demand soft skills jus
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These skills are needed by everyone, but IT pros are generally employed for their technical skills not their soft skills. Unfortunately, employers then assume people can just 'pick these skills up', when what they really need to do is help IT pros through development and mentoring. It's rather like developing a muscle. You at least need a training programme to help people    exercise the muscle. For highly valued IT pros, a mentor can be a good solution. A mentor is rather like a personal trainer, who will provide knowledge, support and encouragement throughout their development. A really good mentor is someone who has also been an IT Pro.

 

How does your organisation develop soft skills in their IT Pros?

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Establishing effective partnerships with subcontractors | TechRepublic

Establishing effective partnerships with subcontractors | TechRepublic | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
When your IT consultancy is dependent upon subcontractors to fulfill critical responsibilities, it’s imperative the partnership is a success bec
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Good ideas for establishing a partnership with your subcontractor. But it should also include having a robust and measurable Service Level Agreement. This doesn't need to be complex - most of mine are 1 page - but it does save misunderstandings. Although the legal elements are important, the process of bottoming out each sides expectations is equally valuable.  

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10 highly valued soft skills for IT pros | TechRepublic

10 highly valued soft skills for IT pros | TechRepublic | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Today’s IT pro needs both technical expertise and soft skills — that’s nothing new. But the scope of those in-demand soft skills jus
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How many IT Managers do you know who have these skills? It's seeing the lack of these skills in many of the IT companies I deal with, and how much more successful those that have them are, that convinced me to focus on this area for my business.

 

I'm a Techie turned successful manager, so I've been there. If you need help, just give me a call. 

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New Research: What Sets Effective Middle Managers Apart

New Research: What Sets Effective Middle Managers Apart | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
And why middle managers make or break your company.
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Middle Managers can make or break your company? Surprise, surprise! Having been a middle manager myself, I know that they are at the forefront of implementing, well almost everything in an organisation. Middle managers interpret the strategy into actions and tasks. They are are the glue and the lubricant of any organisation.

 

Get good quality managers, and treat them well, and your organisation will fly. Don;'t and your organisation may save some money in the short term, but long term you won't survive.

 

This seems so obvious to me, I don't know why organisations get it wrong so often.

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Don’t Become A Cyber Victim! Here’s £5,000 To Help You Know How | Buckinghamshire Business First

Don’t Become A Cyber Victim! Here’s £5,000 To Help You Know How | Buckinghamshire Business First | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
If you have an idea that needs protecting, or you want to improve your cyber security, a Government scheme is poised to deliver £5,000 to those determined to avoid becoming victims online.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

I got one of these grants a couple of years ago (for an Innovation project) - they're worth thinking about if you have an online business ANYWHERE in the UK.

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How to maximise your cash flow - Business Matters

How to maximise your cash flow - Business Matters | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
So with cash flow remaining a huge challenge for thousands of businesses, what help is available to ensure SMEs stay in the black and out of the red?
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We all know Cashflow is King. Here are some useful tips.

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Workplace study reveals half of UK SMEs neglect staff development - Business Matters

Workplace study reveals half of UK SMEs neglect staff development - Business Matters | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Research reveals that SME owners in the UK are neglecting to provide staff with adequate training and development support, with almost half of those surveyed feeling that their boss doesn’t take their personal development seriously.
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It is hard for SMEs to develop staff in the current climate, but the benefits are considerable. If you can't find the time for training, how about on the job mentoring?

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Does IT have a problem with women? | TechRepublic

Does IT have a problem with women? | TechRepublic | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
If we can shed some of the industry’s juvenile past, while maintaining this merit-based culture, IT will attract all comers, regardless of gende
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

I struggle with this one. As a woman who has worked in the IT indutry for over 30 years, I've certainly met with the sort of boyish language and pranks described in this article. But, on the whole, IT people are guided by their enthusiasm for the technology and are not deliberately sexist. 

 

The problem is that IT still has the image of being a boys club, that women are not encouraged to join. There is no particular reason why women shouldn't enjoy a career in IT other than this. It's flexible, merit based and a lot of fun! One good thing I'm seeing though, is the rise of women in social media development. But why not in software development too?

 

PS. I do think Adria Richards over-reacted. Lowering yourself to their juvenile level was not a good move, howevere annoying it was. 

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8 Things You Should Not Do Every Day

8 Things You Should <em>Not</em> Do Every Day | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
It's for your own good. Cut these things out of your day and you'll see gains in productivity--not to mention happiness.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

I don't usually like 'negative' blogs, but this is just too good to miss. So pay attention and read it without interruption.

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Why men in IT see women in IT as a valuable asset

Why men in IT see women in IT as a valuable asset | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Men share their views on the importance of a mixed gender teams and their experiences of what women in IT bring to the table
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

About time! Encouraging more women into a male dominated filed like IT can only be a good thing as it brings greater diversity of approach and thinking. At the risk of gender sterotyping, women generally have better social skils and can often think more strategically than men. Both skills that are very necessary to the technology sector which can be more tech than customer focused, and more interested in the short term tech gadgetry than long term strategic business direction.

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Eduardo Lucas's curator insight, April 23, 2013 7:16 AM

Women want to rule the world, starting from IT! But hey, this is a good thing...Take a look at this very interesting article talking about women in IT sector and then you'll understand why.

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5 destructive phrases in business - Business Matters

5 destructive phrases in business - Business Matters | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
To be a better business leader, you need to avoid these five destructive phrases like the plague.
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The other one is - 'I need more information to make a decison'  Not a problem the first time, but sometimes used to avoid making a decison.

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Data center build-out considerations for small IT consultancies | TechRepublic

Data center build-out considerations for small IT consultancies | TechRepublic | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it

Your IT consulting firm can gain a competitive edge in its region by building its cloud network. Here are three factors to consider before making this

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Find a Meeting Facilitator if Your Colleagues Exhibit These Traits | Find a Faciliator

Find a Meeting Facilitator if Your Colleagues Exhibit These Traits | Find a Faciliator | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
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Or if you live in the UK - give me a call! Especially if you're trying to manage IT people - I am very used to facilitating groups of techies. 

 

Sometimes, having an outside person facilitate can help you avoid political issues, 'competitive' positions and group think. They can ask the questions no-one dares to ask, and make sure the question gets answered.

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Trust in Business – who needs it?

Trust in Business – who needs it? | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Trust in Business – who needs it? was the title of an excellent lecture given by Ian Powell, Chairman and Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as part of the Distinguished Executive Address Series at UWE in February which I attended along...

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 19, 2013 9:42 PM

Here is a great article on Trust in Business.  Well worth reading by all.

Jacqui Hogan's comment, May 23, 2013 11:14 AM
On the money Ron.
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7 worries managers have about remote working

7 worries managers have about remote working | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Managers do not traditionally work in a way that enables remote working to be effective. Managers are taught, or have learned from their peers, that you need to supervise staff in order for them to be effective.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

Senior Execs like it because it saves office costs. Employees like it because it saves commuting time/costs and gives them more flexibility. Managers hate remote working because they fear losing control and don't know how to manage it. Here are some ideas for managers to make it a bit easier.

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3 Tips to Get a Payoff From Collaboration Tools

3 Tips to Get a Payoff From Collaboration Tools | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
To reap the value of collaboration tool investments, CIOs study employee behavior, create incentives and embed capabilities in current workflows
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Collaboration is very much the topic of the moment, so getting how you use your tools right is crucial.

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Age Cap set to be removed from Government-backed Start-Up Loans Scheme - Business Matters

Age Cap set to be removed from Government-backed Start-Up Loans Scheme - Business Matters | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The Start-Up Loans Company, chaired by former BBC Dragon James Caan that helps thousands of young people start a business has been given the green light to open their doors to budding entrepreneurs of all ages.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

Good News! It's about time that the Government realised that not all entrepreneurs are under 30 years old. A large proportion of IT entrepreneurs I work with are over 50 Often they are 'enforced' entrepreneurs - driven to it by a lack of pension. Most find they love it.

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Creating a Unicorn

Creating a Unicorn | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Unicorns - those almost mythical hybrid managers who understand both the Tech and the Business. Management is the art of getting the best from your team, without getting in the way of allowing them to use their skills to produce the best results.
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According to a recent CIO article, people who understand both Tech and Business are as as rare as the mythical Unicorn. This blog identifies the differences between an ordniary Tech Manager and a Unicorn.

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Ten golden customer service rules for small businesses

Ten golden customer service rules for small businesses | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
If you’re looking for ways to stand out from competitors, it’s well worth focusing on…
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Simple,straightforward advice that will help you keep your customers. 

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What is Collaboration?

Collaboration enables you to share skills, knowledge, 'clout', resources etc. Done well, it can save you time, money and get more business.

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Twitter Presents A Cuckoo Clock Powered By Tweets - DesignTAXI.com

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Twitter Presents A Cuckoo Clock Powered By Tweets - DesignTAXI.com
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Whatever next!

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Recognize the dependable people on your team | TechRepublic

Recognize the dependable people on your team | TechRepublic | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Behind-the-scenes capability is one of those things that is often taken for granted and frequently overlooked when it comes to recognition.
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Not only do we often forget the closer, but we often forget the person who always has suggests a great idea or the person who gets all the necessary admin done. 

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10 things you should do when building your Big Data strategy | TechRepublic

10 things you should do when building your Big Data strategy | TechRepublic | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Planning a Big Data initiative requires organizations to rethink their infrastructure, operating procedures, and where their IT dollars are spent. Don
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Straightforward advice for anyone looking at Big Data.

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Is Your Business Monitoring What Matters On Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Is Your Business Monitoring What Matters On Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it

A recent study revealed that almost half of companies are not monitoring their online social media communities.


More than one-third said that they only measure Likes, comments and interactions on Facebook, with fewer than one in four actively measuring the ROI of their social media campaigns.

Social media affects your bottom line; brands that are proactively using these tools see numerous benefits. And for those that aren’t, the absence of social media can also impact their bottom lines, albeit in a very different way.

This infographic takes a closer look at why the shift to in-depth social media monitoring is critical for the modern business.


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Irvin Banut's comment, April 19, 2013 3:49 PM
Thank you so much Martin for this valuable insight. I will definitely check out Google+ as well.
Karl Wabst's curator insight, April 21, 2013 3:32 PM

The recent SEC ruling on Regulation FD may bring more attention to social media monitoring. http://sco.lt/5GMM1x

Drew Hodges's curator insight, February 19, 5:58 PM

This article looks at how we have almost become lazy with our sampling methods. For example when we look up keyword searches like a brand name, it is more effective to look at the whole conversation. Another common metric we use is using sample sets of data, although there is so much data it would be impossible to look at every single piece of data, it is important to set a sample size big enough so that the data has minimal outliers. For example a sample size of 10 might give you a totally different picture than a sample size of 100.  

 

What is not talked about in this article that was touched on in class was the idea of getting the whole picture. For example with software they may be using keywords like they say in the article but it may not have the typical connotation when read in context of the statement.