When Your Company Should Seek Help From The Outside

There’s no reason you should do it all. Everyone needs help once in a while. Days are jam packed with meetings and checking off to-do lists. That leaves little time to nurture your business and employees. There’s no shame in working with a person on the outside to help you grow your business.

Do yourself a favor and stop doing it all alone. Work in teams and build partnerships outside your company to stay ahead of the curve. Don’t sell yourself short just because your schedule is busy. Find ways to work around it and still succeed. See times when your company should seek help from the outside.

Marketing

Marketing is a large undertaking. There are various forms of marketing that exist and need to be addressed. This takes a lot of resources and knowledge to do it right. Digital marketing is involved and to complete it right you have to know what you’re doing. Advertising online and on social media is complicated and takes careful planning and execution. Don’t be afraid to search for outside agencies to help you achieve your goals. They’re the experts, and it’ll be helpful to have an agency take some work off of your employee’s plates.

Technology

You don’t have to try and learn about technology if it doesn’t interest you. Educate yourself, but leave the rest up to the professionals who know what they’re doing. There’ll be times your computer crashes, or you need them for eforensics to collect and analyze data. There’s a continuous list of reasons why it’s good to have IT experts on your side.… Read the rest

Organizational Architecture

By organizational architecture, we mean the entire organization, including organizational structure, control systems and incentives, processes, organizational culture and people. In this case, there are three conditions to be fulfilled by an organization to make the organization profitable. First, various elements of the organization shall be parallel to each other. Second, organizational strategy should always be consistent with the organizational structure, and finally, strategies and organizational structure must be consistent with the competitive conditions prevailing in the firm’s market that are the strategy, architecture and competitive environment.

As noted above, the organizational architecture is the totality of the organization itself which consists of various components. The components are the structure, control systems and incentives, processes, organizational culture and people.  The organizational structure is a formal organizational structure used to manage a firm. Control system is the system used to measure the performance of managers and units while the incentives are tools used to reward the performance of managers. Processes are the manner in which decisions are made and work is performed while the organizational culture is the values and norms in the organization shared by its employees.

Factors Affecting Organizational Architecture

There are five factors that influence the architecture organizational architecture which are size, strategy, technology, environment and country culture.

1. Size

The larger the organization, the more complex its structure. When a small organization such as a single grocery store, a two person consulting company or restaurants it can be a simple structure. In fact, if the organization is very small, it may not have a formal structure.… Read the rest

Team Based Approaches Used in Business

An organization is a social arrangement for achieving controlled performance in the pursuit of collective goals. This definition stresses on the fact that people in an organization interact with each other in order to achieve some objectives. In the field of organization design, a contemporary organization can be defined as a business that uses up-to-date knowledge, processes, and strategies to implement its plans within a cohesive strategy with keeping in mind the organizations future. Contemporary organizations are primarily leaders in exploring business and management trends, such as strategic alliances, and the virtual office. These trends are often explored without the knowledge of anyone; however the organization is able to integrate them and the discrete elements in the overall cohesive business strategy.

Although teams have always formed the backbone of the organization; they are gaining attention as important assents to the organization. Professionals in today’s world rarely work alone; they either work with their colleagues or work managers. They are basically concerned with creating teams which make real contributions to the organizations and help in containing the success of the organization. It is seen that teams and groups generally perform better than individuals when the tasks at hand require multiple skill and judgement. Teams are effective ways to tap and make use of the various talents of the employees.

Management has observed that a team is more flexible and responsive in nature to changing events than departments that are more traditional in nature. Change is not an easy process; it is in human nature to resist change.… Read the rest

Guidance in Management

The Concept of Guidance

Guidance in management can be defined as: – “The act or process of guiding” or “The one who shows the way by leading, directing, or advising. “ or “The one who serves as a model for others, as in a course of conduct.”

Good manager guide their employees to continually learn new skills and work toward organizational goals, while being sensitive to their needs. This kind of guidance gives employees a vested interest in their organization, which will affect the quality of their work. The good manager is a leader, not an order giver.

When a manager tells an employee what he want done, instead of giving an order, the manager give their employees the freedom to come up with their best way of getting that task done. It may not always be the best way, and the manager may have to do some monitoring and guiding, but there is also the chance that they will come up with something better than what the manager has planned.

When an employee is given an instruction, they have to think. They have to think of ways to get the job done. They have to decide which is the best way. They have to invest a little of themselves in the solution.

Also, when a manager give an employee an instruction, and lets his employees decide for themselves the best way to accomplish the task, they are more likely to get their buy-in and support. If they have made the decision about the best way to accomplish the task they are more likely to believe it is correct and valuable.… Read the rest

Confidence and Success

Confidence is a funny thing – sometimes it’s difficult to imagine why someone doesn’t feel confident about their ability to handle a situation when we know they could easily do it.

A key issue to understand is that inside all of us there’s a voice which determines how we react to many of life’s situations.  It’s a voice which tells us which things we’re good at and which things we’re likely to fail at.

It’s a voice we generate ourselves based on many years of experience of life. Very often it can be helpful but it can also be a great handicap.

Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.  Every day we hear about human achievements which initially, people probably scoffed at and said ‘You’ll never do it!’  However when someone really believes in their ability to deliver, they often make it.

Most people go through their lives at a level of personal achievement far below what they could really do.  This is mostly because no one has ever taken the time to nurture or encourage them.

The greater the ability someone has to attain their full potential the better the chance they will perform at their highest level and ultimately succeed.

What does success mean?

Different people measure success differently, some people’s views of success are:

  • For many it will be money, power, or material possessions
  • Or perhaps promotion and the enhanced status that comes with it
  • Others will judge their success in life by their ability to influence their surroundings in a much broader sense, for example, improving the environment
  • Others will especially value relationships with their immediate circle of family, friends or colleagues
  • Many people find satisfaction in helping, either materially or spiritually, people less able than themselves, or those who are disadvantaged in some way.
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Delegation – The future of People Management

Many managers or team leaders feel quite threatened by the whole concept of delegation – after all they may have taken some time to reach their current position, so why should they start to give their much coveted job away?

Benefits of effective Delegation

Benefits to the organization:

  • Optimum use of staff resources
  • Tasks performed at the cheapest rate consistent with quality
  • Wider ownership of company mission and objectives
  • Reduce vulnerability to unexpected absences

Benefits to the manager:

  • Free time for more vital tasks
  • Develops staff for wider role
  • Increased staff motivation
  • Spreads the ownership of achieving departmental objectives

Benefits to the individual:

  • Develops increased skills or knowledge
  • Motivation
  • Shows wider view of the company
  • Builds trust and confidence

Trying to decide what to delegate is made easier if we first of all decide which tasks should not be delegated.

Things to consider when deciding what to delegate:
  • Ruthlessly analyse your abilities and the limits of your time, so that you can identify what can best be delegated.
  • By delegating, leave yourself free to do the work that only you can do.
  • Re-examine the tasks you find particularly easy – it may be appropriate to delegate these as well as the tasks you don’t want to do
  • Don’t delegate exceptional tasks, such as tasks only you can do in time or to the required standard
  • Don’t delegate tasks involving confidentiality or particularly sensitive info
  • Use the delegation of important tasks to enrich the team member’s task, improve performance and raise morale.
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