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The One-Week Manager – Managing Small Business Stress
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The One-Week Manager – Managing Small Business Stress

Delegating responsibility is by far the favored management approach these days. The person at the top is there to make sure everyone else is supported as they accomplish their responsibilities. When this approach is fine-tuned the super boss should be free to move about while watching, listening and encouraging the whole management force to make the operation whir at warp speed and peak efficiency.The smaller the business the more such an approach becomes unworkable. In the very small business setting such an approach becomes completely unworkable for the simple reason that there is no management staff, nobody to whom anything can be delegated! You are the boss and there is no one else to help you be the boss! That being the case, managing by the minute becomes impossible. Your only choice...
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The Top 5 Signals That Your Business Is Running You

Starting your own business is a great undertaking but running the day-to-day aspects of your business is the true challenge you will face as an entrepreneur. Do you find that the business you started to suit your lifestyle somehow taken over your life and home? If this sounds familiar, then your business is running you. Learn how to run your business again with these top five warning signs and helpful tips.Stop Complaining And Take Control.A common lament of the entrepreneur or SOHO business owner is if they knew then what they know now, they'd never have started their own business. The truth is that if they thought then about what they're buried in now, the story may have been quite different. It's never too late to take control. Here are five signals that your business is running you - w...
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Top Ten Tips About Communicating with Your Employees Effectively

Communication is the basis of who you are as a manager/leader in business. The rules are simple and the good news is that you can learn them and develop your skills...and it's quite easy! Here's the low-down on great Communication:-The best communicators... Keep It Simple Great Communication is about making what you say very easy to understand. Just realise that important messages get across better without loads of technical jargon or 4 (or more!) syllable words. Less is definitely more. Know Their Audience It is important to understand that there are different levels of message for different groups of people. This is not demeaning those different groups - indeed, it honours them that you have taken the time to think of them. Be aware of who you are talking to and pitch the message ...
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The Integrated Merchant

With all of the marvelous and mind boggling technology out there it is easy to let our imaginations run wild and say, "wow" if they can make a phone that I can watch a full length movie on surly they can come up with a way that would allow me to use the vast amounts of information stored in my company's client management system.The fact of the matter is that many systems that are just a few years old were not built with change and flexibility in mind. When they were produced they were probably built to the specifications given to the design team, and if you are one of the companies struggling with a rigged platform you probably paid a lot for this system. The problem comes when your business, your customer base, or your world changes. Anyone would agree in order to stay at or near the ...
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The Strategic Benefits Of Logistics Alliances

In early 1990, American President Companies started double-stack container rail service from Woodhaven, Michigan to Ford Motor Company's auto assembly plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. APC coordinates all the information, transportation, and inventory handling necessary to pick up parts and components from vendors and sequence-load them into containers for delivery on a just-in-time basis to Hermosillo.The movement includes coordination over four railroads and with Mexican customs officials for delay-free clearance. At the plant, Ford has built a state-of-the-art stack train terminal to smooth the flow of sequenced parts into assembly operations. APC provides cranes and management to break down the containers. The partners collaborate to return containers to the United States carrying component...
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The Measurement of Manager Training

THE MEASUREMENT OF TRAINING: Evaluation is one of the most valuable -- and challenging -- aspects of a training manager's job. A well-planned and on-target evaluation process can be the tool which separates a superlative training department from a merely satisfactory one.Evaluation can help you determine whether what you are offering is successfully meeting existing corporate needs.It can help you to identify needs which have previously not been expressed, and tap a source of new training opportunities.Unfortunately, it is not enough to ask the question "Did it work?". Not only will the answer vary according to the way the evaluation process is conducted, but success is always relative to each organization's individual goals.As Ken Wessel, an independent training consultant in the Chicago...
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Make a Difference – Sweat the Small Stuff First

My background is in retail management - yes, running stores, from tiny ones you couldn't swing the proverbial cat around in, to huge three floor jobs. Yet there are some guiding principles which, like Giuliani did for New York, that make a difference on a smaller scale. Guiding principles which make a huge, possibly unseen difference to your customers and no less so to your employees.I'd like to suggest that, on the basis of 20% of the focus gives you 80% of the return, acting in just two areas of fine detail will make all the difference in a retail business.As they say - 'Retail is Detail' Presentation Making a difference in the presentation of your store sets a tone for who you are as a business and for your customers, what they can expect from you. And this needs to come from you, the...