For managers note-taking is a skill used every day and like any skill it can be improved on. By developing your own set of note-taking best practices your notes will be more effective and less time consuming to properly utilize.
In an article to follow I will layout an information management system that will show you an efficient and effective way to manage your notes and … [Read More...]
IT is constantly changing as new technologies are implemented. Certifications are one way IT professionals can keep up with current trends in IT technology, build their IT resume and open new doors of opportunity.
Which certifications are right for you depends on your career path. A certification in your current line of work will certify your skills and increase your value … [Read More...]
The measure of a mans worth is only as good as his word. Your credibility with your employees, your boss, your customers and everyone else in your life is only as good as your word is. What you say can make you or break you.
This is why building and maintaining credibility is important. If you are credible you are seen as trustworthy, honest, someone who can be counted on. … [Read More...]
Motivating your employees is one of the most challenging things you do as a manager. Motivation is directly linked to job performance so it directly affects you, your team and your company. Learning how to motivate your employees will unlock their potential and lead to higher performance and a more productive employee.
To understand motivation you must understand human … [Read More...]
One thing every manager wants to learn is what motivates their employees to be successful, to reach for higher goals, and value a hard days work. This is the first of a two-part series “The Secrets to Motivating Employees” that will help you understand what motivates people and as a manager what you can do.
This first part deals with the psychology of motivation because to … [Read More...]
Microsoft Office 2010 will launch for business customers on May 12, 2010 and to the public in June. Since a lot of business customers passed up on Office 2007 many IT departments are looking at Office 2010 to refresh their MS Office deployments.
To help you get ready Microsoft Press for a limited time is offering “First Look: Microsoft Office 2010”, by Katherine Murray. It … [Read More...]
For a company to stay on the cutting edge you need to create a culture for learning. The technology that drives IT departments is in a constant state of change. Your employees need to continue to obtain the knowledge and training needed to implement and support both present and new technologies.
As a manager or a member of leadership it is your responsibility to encourage … [Read More...]
It only takes one difficult personality on a team to make the team unproductive and the team environment unpleasant for everyone else. There are ways to deal with these team members and hopefully get them back to being a constructive member of the team.
With proper guidance and coaching these bad apples can be shined up into good team members. There are always a few who do … [Read More...]
Do you get a lot of emails that require follow-up or an action to be performed? If so keeping track of them and remembering when to do them can be difficult. I am going to show you a killer way to easily create a task in Microsoft Outlook to remind you to take care of it.
This productivity tip will show you how to easily covert a Microsoft Outlook email into a task with a … [Read More...]
Project managers are among the most valued managers in IT. Successful project managers are the superstars of IT and are in top demand. Failed project managers are relegated to at best a solo project. If you want to be a superstar IT project manager you must master certain skills.
There are many traits that make a good project manager. Having these to start with is almost … [Read More...]
March Madness has returned with the NCAA tournament. Year after year we see underdog teams win games against better teams. With some it is luck, but with most I think the overwhelming reason they win is the attitude they bring to the court.
The business world is competitive so there is a lot we can learn when we look at how underdogs win. They face more talented, better … [Read More...]
As managers we get so busy with our own work we can overlook the needs of our employees. Do you know what makes your employees happy? The best employee performance management program will fall short of your goals if you fail to meet the basic needs of your employees.
Why should you care? Employees who are happy in the job are more productive and more content. They have fewer … [Read More...]