|Human Resources Management (HRM or just HR), is basically a fancy term for "people”. At the most fundamental stage, your HRM team should know their roles: deal with hiring, firing, training, and interpersonal issues.
Beyond the basics, your human resources specialists should offer a slew of qualifications because they are in charge of one of the most important components of your company—your team.
Since his job is to fuse together the company’s competitive needs with the greater demands of the employees, the person to fill the HRM role would be someone who has a loyalty to you , is trustworthy, and believes in building a team filled with real people who have real values, like yourself.
The HRM’s objective, as stated by Schwind, Das & Wagar (2005), is this:
"Human resource management aims to improve the productive contribution of individuals while simultaneously attempting to attain... Read more »
|The main expenses in almost any business are payroll, employee benefits, and payroll taxes. So exclusively hiring the sort of people who, like you, will work harder and longer than the average employee will go a long way towards your ultimate success as a company.
When you are running a business, one of the most important tricks of the trade is effective communication among employees and management. You need to stay in touch with your staff and make sure the whole team is working diligently on your goals.
It’s important to communicate your ideas and feelings freely and regularly with the relevant participants at departmental meetings to help boost morale and advance the organization.
Think through what you want to accomplish and how it can best be done. Do not hold pent up frustrations simply because you feel a project moves too slowly or not as planned—just keep working on it.
All... Read more »
|The GROW model is probably the most common coaching model used in business. It was devised by Sir John Whitmore and described in his book Coaching For Performance.
It offers a way of structuring coaching sessions to facilitate a balanced discussion:
GOAL - defining what you want to achieve
REALITY - exploring the current situation, relevant history and likely future trends
OPTIONS - coming up with new ideas for reaching the goal
WHAT/WHO/WHEN - deciding on a concrete plan of action
In practice, since most coaching is driven by questions, this means that different types of question are used at each stage:
• GOAL - questions to define the goal as clearly as possible and also to evoke an emotional response.
‘What do you want to achieve? What will be different when you achieve it? What’s important about this for you?’
• REALITY - questions to elicit specific details of t... Read more »
|In the pursuit of brilliant ideas business owners should realize that to find a good idea it is only the beginning. As a matter of fact, to make business thrive on the permanent basis and experience whopping success business owner should consider the following tips :
1. Create product or deliver service which solves real problems
Period of downturn causes more problems which are unsolved and which require certain tools or services to be solved. It's a great time to create product or service which helps people meet their needs, solve their problems and make their lives better.
Quality surpasses quantity, suppliers of unique and valuable products have competitive advantage which enables them to outperform rivals and gain support from customers.
2. Build solid team
If you are intent to create a sustainable and viable business you should surround yourself with great people who w... Read more »
|As a business coach myself, you won’t be surprised to hear me advocate coaching as an effective approach to leadership. But there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when dealing with people, so it’s important to see coaching in context, to understand where, when and how it can be effective for leaders - and what the alternatives are.
In their well-known book Leadership and the One Minute Manager Ken Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi and Drea Zigarmi present coaching as one of four basic leadership styles - Directing, Coaching, Supporting and Delegating.
They argue that managers need to be flexible in adopting... Read more »
|Many people, when they hear the phrase ‘business coach’ think of an external consultant. Yet managers can have a powerful influence on their teams and the organisation as a whole when they adopt a coaching style of management.
As a way of managing people, coaching differs from the traditional corporate ‘command and control’ approach in the following ways:
• collaborating instead of controlling
• delegating more responsibility
• talking less, listening more
• giving fewer orders, asking more questions
• giving specific feedback instead of making judgments
This is not simply a case of ‘being nicer’ to people - delegated responsibility brings pressure to perform and coaching managers maintain a rigorous focus on goals and results. The role of the manager-coach is very different to that ... Read more »
|Most situations that require negotiating relate to staff issues, deals with vendors, deals with partners or investors, or sales to customers. Everyone has his or her own conscious and subconscious negotiating methods and agendas that go with their life experiences, personalities, and business skills.
One successful method and outlook in your negotiations is to be clear and direct from the start about which terms you may ultimately be willing to accept. This proves you have previously educated yourself on the issues, and you know what to expect throughout the process. Confidence adds value to your side of the negotiation and is likely to make the other party more confi dent themselves, which means the deal is more likely to close.
If the other party is receptive to your initial overall proposition, then most of your negotiations should be over the smaller details. If your proposal is not a... Read more »
|All songs are improvised in the beginning. The musicians who create and perform this original content generally earn more than imitators do.
Similarly, those who develop a company or invent an industry are likely to be paid more for a longer duration than those who are copying them.
Certainly, you could successfully copy other people in business and improve on their products and services. But, to earn even more, it’s better to be the first to operate within your niche and then to remain the best.
If possible, you should be the first player to enter your industry; the first to invent the products, services, and processes that make your industry tick; the first person with access to the best employees; and the first with the best marketing ideas.
Unfortunately, you can’t have it all. Yet, as long as you are trying to get it all, y... Read more »
|Mark McGuiness, author of "Creative Management for Creative Teams", believes that coaching is vitally important to the success of companies in creative industries - such as advertising agencies, design studios, TV broadcasters, computer games developers.
"In this context I should really refer to coaching as ‘coaching’ - creative people are often suspicious of ‘management speak’ and my research showed me that many of them put the word ‘coaching’ in that category. No problem. I’m not a huge fan of the word myself. I’m more interested in what people do than in what label we use for it", he writes.
"And what I’ve noticed are lots of managers, creative directors and other leaders of creative teams using skills that are very similar to classic coaching behaviours - i.e. lots of listening, asking questions, observational feedback, defining the goal/brief and then stepping back and allowing people t... Read more »
In 1999, Stanford graduate Charles Brewer, founder of the Internet provider MindSpring, attributed his success to "honesty, integrity, frugality and adherence to the Golden Rule [to be friendly, courteous, fair and compassionate – Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you].”
Creating and maintaining core values as Brewer has is essential to having the most cohesive organization and trustworthy brand. Moreover, expressing your values openly with your employees creates a sense of security, and this in turn will truly make your company more secure.
Avoid blaming external forces or people for problems that are in your own best interest to solve, irrespective of how they emerged. Blaming the economy will never help you, nor will bl... Read more »
|Coaching is not Training
While training and coaching both promote learning, they do so in different ways:
• Training is about teaching specific skills or knowledge - Coaching is about facilitating someone else’s thinking and helping them learn by working on live work issues.
• Training usually takes place off-site or in dedicated training sessions - Coaching takes place in the office and (when carried out by a manager) can be integrated into day-to-day workplace conversations.
• Training is more typically carried out in groups - Coaching is usually a one-to-one process and is tailored to the individual’s needs.
• Training is usually delivered by an external consultant or dedicated internal trainer - Coaching can be delivered by an external consultant or by a manager.
Although they are distinct activities, training and coac... Read more »
|The landscape has been changed by both advances in computing and in telecommunications and the social and political changes stimulated by these advances in technology. Businesses and institutions everywhere can take advantage of this changing environment and the new generation of tools, techniques, and models that have come of age.
Innovation is permitting companies to drive growth in new ways, from new sources, and enabling large... Read more »
|We are clearly in a new era marked by volatility and intense global competition, which places tremendous financial pressure and higher degrees of risk on enterprises. As a result, businesses have an urgent need to adapt quickly to life in this new era and the market reality that they now face.
But it is important to first understand the market forces that are compelling businesses to transform their fundamental organizations, relationships, and processe... Read more »
|In order to thrive and boost sales today's companies tend to hire managers who are intelligent, prosper in building relationship with people and are willing to work in the team-based environment.
But although the upper mentioned qualities, the most important skills managers should possess are the following :
1. Vision and ability to identify consumer's needs
The 21st-Century manager should be able to perceive marketplace and determine the measures an organization must take to meet consumer's desires.
Avon CEO Andrea Jung not only improved financial position of the company by entering new markets and expanding advertising to increase sales, but her vision of Avon as "The Company for Women" transformed it into "business empire" which enables millions of sales representatives around the world to run their business and earn sufficient income.
In addition to this Andrea Jung contributed into a campa... Read more »