If your process mapping sucks, it’s time to change it
There’s no denying that a commitment to continually improving business processes is critical to long term business growth and success, and effective process mapping plays a key role in delivering on that commitment. If you’re not getting all that you want from your process mapping efforts,...Read More
Motivate and build your team with a successful employee recognition program
A great way to motivate team members to perform at their very best, and to build a solid team dynamic is through the establishment of a rewards program. As a team leader looking to implement a rewards program, keep these 3 tips in mind.
Tip #...Read More
Corporate culture suck? Change it
Gossip, politics, poor communication, fear, lack of trust, no collaboration, blaming, and lack of accountability – all tell-tale signs of a poor corporate culture. Let’s face it, poor corporate culture can sap the life out of an organization like nothing else. As Peter Drucker said, “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” But...Read More
Get happy at work
I’ve been a runner for many years, and a subscriber to Runner’s World for about 20. For the last 5 years or so every December, their cover story headline reads, “New Year, New You”. It’s actually quite funny because around October and November I start to anticipate if the title will be...Read More
Avoid these pitfalls to ensure your project success
Let’s face it, no one wants to see a project fail. It’s just too costly. In addition to wasted resources – financial and human, company morale and market competitiveness can suffer. Increase the odds of project success by sidestepping these top 5 reasons that contribute to a project...Read More
3 life changing financial lessons
I was asked recently what business book had the most impact on me. The title came quickly to mind. It wasn’t written by Peter Drucker, or Malcom Gladwell, or Jack Welch, or Steve Jobs. It was The Wealthy Barber, written by author and former Dragon’s Den member, David Chilton. And, while it...Read More
Small business think like big business
Just because your small business is not a Fortune 500 company, yet, doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from some of the things successful big businesses do. Here are 3 lessons from big business that small businesses can use for greater success.
#1 Vision Statements – Do you ever notice when you walk...Read More
3 traits of the truly great project manager
There are a lot of very good, competent, project managers out there. But what makes a great project manager? Here are 3 traits that all great project managers possess.
# 1 – Confidence
Truly great project managers have a great deal of confidence in themselves and their ability to deliver...Read More
Project success, no problem
For a rookie project manager there are many things that can cause a project to go off the rails and not meet a successful end. Here are 3 tips that will help your project be a success.
Tip # 1 – Charter your project
There is a debate over whether all projects require a...Read More
Document your project success with a project charter
If you were to ask most project managers what a project charter is, and how it works, you would probably get something like this: the project charter establishes the project. It outlines who the project manager is and their authority. The charter indicates the business case for...Read More
Engaged senior leadership team = organizational change success
I recently read a stat in the Harvard Business Review noting that 70% of change initiatives fail. I can only imagine the impact of these failures on an organization – wasted human and financial resources, reduced morale, and lost opportunities. For successful organizational change the key is...Read More
Make working from home a success with these tips
I have the good fortune of being able to work from home two or three days a week. When I mention this to friends and colleagues, the response is mixed. Some say they too love it, and are able to accomplish a great deal at home...Read More
Make change stick
There are many reasons why organizations experience resistance to change. For example, employees might feel the change will bring extra work, or they may have contributed to that which is being changed. They may feel their jobs are threatened, or they might lose some power, they could view the change as another...Read More
But wait, I’m not a Project Manager
Your boss just put you in charge of leading a project – Congratulations! However, you have a couple of concerns. The first, you aren’t a project manager, and second, you already have a full time job. Don’t panic, here are 3 must-dos to make sure the project is a...Read More
Meeting success – the who, the why, and the how
Meetings can be either the worst waste of time for participants or they can leave completely fired up and ready to tackle anything. Adriana Girdler’s book, Good Meetings = Great Results, identifies what’s needed to have a great meeting result: have the right people in...Read More
How many times have you left a meeting, presentation or a training session and said to yourself, “that was a waste of time”. Perhaps the meeting facilitator was not prepared, or the presentation didn’t resonate with you, or maybe the training session offered little in the way of new skills for you. Consider for...Read More
Bypass roadblocks for success
This past year has provided ample opportunity to see firsthand some of the most prominent roadblocks to business success. Here are the top five, and some recommendations on how steer clear of them.
Number 5 – Reaction mode
Also known as “fire-fighting”. This is something almost everyone can identify with. People will tell me...Read More
These essential tools will help you get the most out of your company.
As business people we’re always looking to increase the success of our organization. Regardless of where the company is in its life-cycle – pre-revenue, start-up or long-established, every organization can benefit by focusing on four elements: an effective vision statement, a strategic plan,...Read More
You’re 3 questions away from your strategic plan
There’s no debating the positive impact of a solid strategic plan. It provides a clear map outlining where your organization’s going and how to get there. It focuses the entire organization’s resources – time, money and personnel, on achieving uniformly understood goals. But, how do you actually...Read More
3 things that will change your day!
I don’t know many people that when asked the question, would you like to be more productive at work, they answer no. For many reasons we’re all interested in increasing our productivity on the job. Here are 3 things you can do immediately, for yourself, to help...Read More
Can’t we all just get along?
What’s more important to your business and its bottom line, continuous improvement or innovation?
At first glance, both continuous improvement and innovation share many similarities. For example, when employed properly, both involve the entire organization, both can improve efficiency and productivity, and both provide opportunities to improve quality and increase value...Read More
Key factors for successful strategic planning.
This is not a blog about how to conduct the strategic planning process. This is a blog that focuses on 5 tips to make sure your strategic planning efforts produce a successful result.
Tip #1 CEO commitment
When I say CEO commitment, I mean complete commitment. The CEO needs to be a...Read More
Avoid strategic planning pitfalls
This is not a blog about how to conduct the strategic planning process. This is a blog that focuses on 5 tips to make sure your strategic planning efforts produce a successful result.
Tip #1 CEO Commitment
When I say CEO commitment, I mean complete commitment. The CEO needs to be a passionate advocate...Read More
Energized by a PCDA
I had a bit of an issue. Actually more than a bit, I had an issue. I run nearly every day, for almost 30 years. I’ve always found great pleasure in my running and would arrive home after a run invigorated and with high energy. However, over the last 3-4 months, something...Read More
Help is a click away.
The role of a project manager can be very demanding and it’s always helpful to have professional resources available to navigate your project to a successful outcome. Where can you turn for additional information, ideas, help, tools and templates? I look to 3 online resources.
Project Management Institute ~ www.pmi.org
Project Management Institute (PMI),...Read More
A process improvements ‘Quick-Hitter’ workshop in 3-5 days!
One question that I am frequently asked is, “don’t process improvements take a long time?” The short answer is no. There is a common misconception that, to make impactful process improvements in your organization, it takes weeks, months, or years. That is just not the case. If a...Read More
Increased morale and efficiency anyone?
Your organization has decided to undertake a 5S initiative. Congratulations, 5S is an incredible continuous improvement tool that has been thoroughly acknowledged to quickly and inexpensively get rid of waste, increase efficiency and productivity. But, what about the organization’s employees? What benefits will 5S efforts have for them?
If this is your...Read More
Your company vision statement – Anybody know it?
So, you have a corporate vision statement. Excellent, quick question, if you were to walk down the hall and ask the first 10 people you run into to tell you what the vision statement is, how many do you think could?
You have a corporate vision statement for a...Read More
Flavor Of The Month? No Thanks!
I’m sure we’ve all heard this or something like it, “Yeah, we tried that, but it just didn’t last”, or how about, “We implement something and it is ‘the flavor of the month’ and after a while we just go back to the way we were doing it.” It...Read More
Continuous improvement – how to make it work
I don’t think anyone would discount the benefits of continuous improvement to an organization and its customers. For the organization, benefits arise from investing in, educating, and developing its people, and continually enhancing the processes of how you get things out the door. For the customer, continually...Read More
No communications plan = low morale and productivity
Organizational change of any kind can evoke a variety of emotions from employees that can negatively impact company morale and productivity. Employees can become anxious, worried, and stressed. They want to know what the changes are. Why are the changes being made? How will the changes affect...Read More
Minimum pain, maximum gain
The benefits of business process improvements include: identification and reduction in waste, increased productivity, and company morale. However, there is still a misconception of process improvements as always requiring multiple departments, a ton of human resources, and taking a very long time to complete.
And yes, depending on the complexity and size of...Read More
Effective communications equals project happiness
What’s the #1 skill of a great project leader? The ability to communicate effectively. There are varying stats about how much time a project leader spends communicating on a project “90% of the project leader’s job is communication” some argue “75% of the job is communicating”. Regardless of what the actual...Read More
Poor scope statements – 3 examples of its impact on your project
Interested in having your project fail? Of course you’re not. However, time and time again I hear of projects failing – coming in over budget, coming in late, or not meeting the needs of the stakeholder because of one reason – a poorly defined scope...Read More
Less waste, more value!
In my last blog I looked at the concept of lean marketing and sales. Specifically, what is it and how is it implemented. This blog focuses on the aspects of the lean marketing & sales equation — waste. Specifically, identifying and eliminating waste to make your marketing & sales departments more...Read More
Lose waste, add value!
LEAN sales and marketing. You hear a lot about this relatively new concept but what is it and how can it benefit your organization?
What is LEAN sales and marketing
Let’s start with a definition: LEAN sales & marketing is about value to the customer. It identifies and eliminates waste and focuses on what...Read More
What’s empowerment and how can it benefit my company?
There may be different definitions of empowerment, but the essence of empowerment revolves around providing employees with a solid understanding of the company vision, information, skills, and the authority and accountability to make the right decisions for the business. So, how can empowering your employees provide benefits...Read More
Does your company’s vision statement provide any benefits?
The value of a clear vision statement to an organization’s personnel can be enormous. A clear vision statement defines the direction the organization is going, sets the stage for strategic plans, and illustrates exactly what an organization “stands for”. It can also provide other significant benefits for the...Read More
Meetings that don’t waste your time
Have you ever been in a meeting and asked yourself, why am I here? Or, even worse, have you ever left a meeting thinking, “well, that was a waste of my time?” One way to make sure this doesn’t happen to you in a meeting you’re running is to...Read More
Project management success and my all-time top 10 NFL players, any connection? Check it out.
#10 Deion Sanders – Even though he is the only athlete to have played in a Super Bowl and the World Series, Deion is on this list because he redefined the position of cornerback. He is the original “shut down” cornerback...Read More
Project post-holiday hang-over? Not with these 3 rules
The holidays can be a busy and stressful time. There is so much going on that causes your project team to lose their focus; shopping, parties, decorating, and other seasonal responsibilities. Keeping your project on track can be extremely challenging. Use these rules to make sure your project...Read More
App or mobile website, think about it, no really, think about it
During one of our team meetings a colleague raised the idea of developing an app to promote some of the new product offerings we have in development. Another colleague countered and felt that the mobile website should be our focus. After some lively...Read More
Hello, project success!
Do you ever get into your car and start driving with no idea where you’re going? Not likely! When you start out, you know where you’re going to end up. It’s the same way when we’re managing projects. We begin with the end, or result in mind.
It doesn’t matter what aspect of project...Read More
How to avoid the dreaded question: Uh, why are we doing this project?
We all know that there a lot of things that contribute to project success, but one of the key, and often times overlooked elements for success is project team understanding of company goals and strategies.
Think about this, have you ever been working...Read More
Accountability is critical for project success
The Merriam-Websters dictionary definition of accountability is…the quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” Now think about accountability in a project management context and how important is accountability to the success of your project?
Think about...Read More
Good risk management = good project results
Close your eyes for a second and think about a project you were associated with that was not successful. When you think back on that project would better Risk management have helped? I believe your answer is yes. Risk plays such a huge role in project success. Let’s take...Read More
Are you paying attention in the project managing initiation phase?
In business it’s always about the bottom line. How is what we are doing going to affect it? How can we protect it? How can we make it better? One way to optimize your organization’s bottom line is through the careful attention and effective use of ...Read More
Lean for project success
As outlined by Lean principle gurus, Womack and Jones, there are 5 core principles to Lean-value identification: value stream mapping, enabling flow, developing pull, and continuously improving. Being aware of the principles and incorporating their use in project selection, planning, and closing activities, can pay big dividends when it...Read More
How good project managers deliver bad news ~ do’s and don’ts
Project managers often have to inform others about bad news on a project. It doesn’t matter what the origin of the bad news is, what matters is that you have bad news and it must be delivered. How do effective project managers perform this task and keep...Read More
The key to effective project team meetings
Have you ever been in a meeting and wondered to yourself, “why am I here and what are we accomplishing?” I think most of us that work on projects would agree that at some time, on some project, we’ve all asked ourselves those questions. And we’ve sat through some...Read More
Manage office politics: stakeholder identification & communication planning
Do you ever think about office politics and their impact on your project? Personally, I loathe even the thought of office politics or getting caught up in them or the negative consequences they can have. But addressing politics head-on ensures successful projects.
But first, what is office politics?...Read More
Look to your companies vision statement to stay focused at work
How many of you can truly say that you love your manager’s leadership style?
Lucky for me, I can. I am grateful to have a leader that continuously aligns our team with the strategic direction of CornerStone Dynamics (CSD).
How? By consistently revisiting and strategically making decisions...Read More
Change is a process that requires discipline. Are you disciplined?
Are you tired of making excuses for your actions? Do you find yourself making excuses for your excuses? Are you ready for a change?
When you’re open to face your desired change you’re opening the doors to overcome your obstacles and reaching your full potential. Often the...Read More
Learn to use a risk breakdown structure to identify potential risks
Let’s first start off with some honesty: I am no expert at risk management from a project management perspective.
Before I joined CornerStone Dynamics, I had the opportunity to get my feet wet learning basic project coordination at VTR Inc., Canada’s largest parts feeder company.
Does your project manager have authority to lead projects to success?
Have you ever had to manage 4 things at once? Work, money, family and life? Welcome to project management.
Whether you are a: Coordinator, Program Manager, Account Manager or a stay-at-home Mom, you’re project managing. Project management is always around us, in our everyday life....Read More
Optimize “Lean concepts” and build a solid foundation for efficiency work
Have you ever wondered what makes a system or a process truly “efficient”? Or wondered if your current thought process holds you back? Even wondered what steps you yourself can take to optimize your own personal “efficiency”? I am honored to introduce you to ...Read More
Show employees you care by delivering praise as well as criticism
If you’re just joining us, let me sum up the main benefit of an established process: automatically, you have the ability to accomplish any...Read More
Meetings can be time wasters, so STOP the cycle and gain time
It’s 8:45, Monday morning and my second week at CSD. I’m heading into our 9 am meeting. I show up confidently with 15 minutes to spare, Starbucks in hand and ready to shine.
I open the door and do a double take. Everyone is already...Read More
Also published in Office e-Newsletter Issue 14, page 6 ~ Feb 2013
This year calls for supporting, engaging and rewarding employees
One of the biggest considerations in business is return on investment, or ROI. I’ve been giving some thought to how employers can generate maximum ROI with their employees, for a minimal investment.
I’ve learned there are four simple...Read More
A 21 day email series to reboot your productivity
It’s often said that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. In 21 days it really is possible to make small changes that can have a big impact on your productivity.
That’s where the ‘Get Unstuck: 21 days to greater productivity’ comes in. For 3 weeks,...Read More
Tweak your workday with these tips to make your day more productive
Are you having trouble getting out of your own way today? We all want to be a little more productive and better organized, but staying productive takes work. A few simple tweaks to your routine will help you get more done in your workday.
Quote gems for project managers
These quotes on project management, leadership and success can teach us a lot. They are motivating and offer a perspective from gurus that have much to share. As a project manager, you’ll be inspired to stay on track with your next project. These educational project management quotes will help keep you motivated and determined to complete...Read More
How to encourage a positive group dynamic
According to Queen’s University of Charlotte, nearly 3 in 4 employers rate teamwork and collaboration as ‘very important’. With such a high importance given to teamwork, it’s important to encourage a positive group dynamic to make these team’s as effective as possible. When people interact within the group...Read More
The CornerStone Dynamics team started blogging back in 2013 and I can’t believe that I’ve been working on them for 4 years now. We’ve learned a ton in the process. Here’s a look back at our most popular posts in 2016.
This ranks as our most popular blog – EVER! That makes...Read More
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, written by Marie Kondō is a different read from any other book I’ve read. I would recommend it to most. The book is an international best seller for a reason and shares a methodology of clearing clutter and the magic of a tidying up your home. The book...Read More
Powerful small business tidbits to discover
Small businesses are doing big things. And the stats about small business are impressive. It’s surprising how much small businesses impact the economy. To celebrate the Canadian Small Business week in October, we compiled some interesting stats on small business, which according to Industry Canada, are businesses with fewer than 100...Read More
Fortune 1000 companies around the globe are revamping their space based on the fact that employees are already mobile. Stats show that employees are not at their desk 50-60% of the time, according to a study by GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. Working at home has become a popular trend that employers and employees are embracing.
While working from...Read More
Project management tips from the pros
With the wrong manager in place, a project can quickly go off the rails, creating chaos and missed deadlines. A good project manager needs to have certain qualities and a great tool box to keep the project on track. Here are some great blogs we found that will help ensure...Read More
The project management quotes below hold years of wisdom. Consider these insightful nuggets that ring true when working on your next project.Trying to manage a project without project management is like trying to play a football game without a game plan. – K. Tate Running a project without a work breakdown structure (WBS) is like going...Read More
Ah, productivity hacks for email! Everyone seems to be writing about them. In fact, they’ve become such a popular topic we decided to creep the web for the best blogs on email productivity hacks. The usual tips like turning off the ping and email alerts have been talked about to death, so we went in...Read More
Later isn’t always better
Life is busy. At the end of day filled with work, errands and mom duty, I’m pooped. So, when the topic for this month’s blog came up (personal productivity), I thought I’d write about my mind shift. My ‘life is busy’ was becoming my excuse for my laziness at putting things away...Read More
4 articles to encourage higher productivity in your employees
Having one member of your team lacking in the productivity arena can affect your whole team. The expression ‘one bad apple spoils the bunch’ really applies here. If you’re struggling to get a team member’s productivity up to snuff, check out some of these tips we found...Read More
Get your fill with these inspirational quotes for success
These quotes on visioning are great codes for success. They will motivate and give you a boost. Have purpose and know where you want to go tomorrow! Enjoy!
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined,...Read More
How experts handle their meetings
Meetings have a bad rap! Everyone seems to dread them. So I say, let’s fix ‘em. I searched the web, looking for blogs that offer real help to make sure that the next meeting you run doesn’t have your attendees groaning.
Inc.com’s blog on reclaiming meetings...Read More
Happy workers means they’re more productive!
Happy workers are 12% more productive, according to a blog on FastCompany.com. What a great way to increase productivity at work by focussing on our employees happiness, a win-win! In light of this research, I decided to search the web looking for ways to easily increase employee happiness by...Read More
Bite-sized pieces of happiness wisdom
These quotes on happiness are sure to brighten your mood and put a smile on your face. I hope you’re having a happy day. Enjoy!I’ll Look Back On This & Smile, Because It Was Life, & I Decided To Live It. ~ Unknown This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this...Read More
Manage threats coming from the inside
There are many different types of risk. Human resources being one of them. Thriving on the strength of employee talent is critical to business success, but it’s also critical to examine employee-related risk. Below, we’ll look at the continual employee screening, how corporate culture can help, and the ‘out of our...Read More
A picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes more!
Strategic planning is used to communicate the organization’s goals, and what’s required to reach those goals. It can be a complicated and sometimes boring process to read about, with various ways of doing it. So I turned to infographics to find the simplest methods of achieving a...Read More
Napping that works
Research shows that napping increases productivity. Now that’s some research I could get behind. So much so that I found 3 great blogs that support the napping scientists. Here’s what they had to say.
How naps increase productivity
WorkAwesome’s blog, How Naps Can Increase Your Productivity, by Richel Newborg looks at renewing our self with...Read More
Start your first leadership job off right
Congratulations, you’re in charge! Now what? Time for a crash course in leadership? Becoming a great leader takes work and there’s mountains of leadership blogs available telling you exactly how to do that. I’ve summarized a few of the tips I found for the rookie leader’s first year.
What to...Read More
Everyone has ideas! Get the right climate to unleash them
Everyone has ideas. Some are brilliant, some…not so much. Either way, many great ideas stay as ideas and never become the next small fix to make the office environment click better, or brilliant new product. They stay as ideas because the work environment likely doesn’t encourage...Read More
Personal productivity secrets unveiled
Learning from successful people who are in top form just makes sense. So I turned to leadership experts to learn some of their personal productivity secrets. Some of these tips are worth trying out.
12 productivity tips from incredibly busy people
Powerful time management tidbits to discover.
Time management statistics are truly fascinating. Take a few minutes to review the stats below and find the one’s that resonate with you.
Management and HR statistics
Shirley Fine Lee (a.k.a. The Meeting Wizard) has compiled a boatload of interesting stats. I’ve captured a few here:We retain 10% of what we read....Read More
A look inside our blog process.
Are you in charge of the blogging team in your small company that’s recently dived into the social media and blogging world? We took the dive 2 years ago, and we’ve made the process as efficient as possible. We outlined the steps below. There are 4 team members that contribute...Read More
Hacks to help you get stuff done!
We combed the internet to bring you our all-time favourite productivity hacks.
Zenhabits.com had some tried and true habits. But they’re worth repeating:Take care of your Most Important Things first Wake up early Simplify information streams, crank through blogs & email Declutter your workspace; work on one thing at a time Get to work early;...Read More
Kick off your day with a little help from these little gems!
Quotes about self-confidence can be truly inspiring in a world that can seem very negative. Today, I’m sharing some wisdom and insights from great leaders about confidence that hopefully motivates you to tilt your head high and walk into that room with confidence! Pick...Read More
Is your vision statement useful or useless?
For most people, coming up with your team or company’s vision statement can be a challenge. If you’re looking for tips on how to create a lasting vision statement for your team, check out some of the articles I’ve found. Hopefully they’ll create a clear path to guide...Read More
10 lessons to learn from productive quotes
Everyone wants to be more productive, right! But can we really accomplish this by reading quotes about productivity. Maybe, maybe not…but they go a long way toward boosting our morale and setting our mind frame in a positive direction. I set out to find 10 kick-ass quotes...Read More
Does your corporate culture stink?
Here are 2 blogs that identify when it’s time for your corporate culture to change and 1 that tells you how to change it:
6 signs...Read More
Get your change readiness on with inspiration from these leaders
Are you having a hard time dealing with or implementing change in your office (or even at home)? Today, I’m sharing some wisdom and insights via quotes about change management that motivate towards the end goal.Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they...Read More
It could be your competitive advantage
Employee engagement is now seen as a formidable competitive edge. It’s often said that employees don’t leave the company, they leave the people. I know that holds true for me. The big question is, how do we keep our employees engaged? Check out these blogs that share valuable tips on...Read More
3 must read leadership blogs
For most people, being a leader that inspires takes work. And working at it will make a difference. Being an inspiring leader is crucial to being the best leader you can be. If you’re aspiring to inspire your team, and need a little guidance, check out these blogs that focus your...Read More
Powerful project management tidbits to discover
Here are a few fun facts relating to project management. Some of them sound far-fetched, but they’re true to the best of our knowledge! Read up!
Email inbox strategies that work
Do you have trouble with your inbox and emails continuing to pile up? I know I do. Email has become my online version of fire-fighting. If you’re struggling to keep your inbox manageable, check out these blogs that focus your attention in the right areas.
3 intuitive aha! blogs
Using my intuition to make a decision isn’t something that comes naturally. Actually, making decisions, period, doesn’t come naturally. I have a hard enough time deciding between buying either a green vs brown pair of shoes.
Using intuition in the workplace can be even tougher, there’s a lot at stake. I found the...Read More
Can you spot the empowered people in your office?
I love feeling empowered, it makes me productive and motivates me to do a job well. But, trying to keep your employee empowerment strategy effective isn’t easy. Emotions play a big part in employee engagement. Boosting these emotional drivers to keep employee engagement high, resulting in empowered...Read More
The best vision statements, ever!
A vision statement is a declaration of a company’s goals for the long-term future. They can be a challenge to develop. For some guidance on writing vision statements with more meat, visit the Surprising Revelations About The Short & Sweet Vision Statement.
To jump-start your brain, I’ve taken a look at some...Read More
Get out of the cycle of hating meetings with these infographic tips
Data represented in an image format (otherwise known as an infographic) has become very popular over the last few years. According to Wikipedia, an information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They...Read More
Productivity website round-up
I’m constantly looking for ways to feed my brain with ideas on how to work smarter. Here, I share my top 5 productivity websites that I find to be totally worth my time. I hope you find some valuable tips in them to help you work smarter too.Lifehacker is a daily weblog...Read More
The highlight reel
It’s my first full year of blogging and it’s been fun. I’ve read lots of blogs and written my share too. This month, I decided to review my blogs written to date, and found some interesting tidbits. In my last blog of the year, I’ve round-up my top 10 favourite tips.Is a toxic...Read More
Working smarter over the Holidays
During the holidays, most people are busier than ever. There are lots of extra pressures on the home and work front. Getting through the season with a smile while still remaining blissfully productive at work is a success in my book. In this blog, I examine 3 blogs that provide valuable tips...Read More
Computer shortcut keys that save time
Sure, we’re all busy, and we all have limited time to learn new things. But shortcuts get me excited.
Especially shortcuts at work, more specifically on my laptop. I usually learn new computer shortcuts by glancing over someone’s shoulder. But here, in these quick guides that I’m recommending, the 5 minutes...Read More
Not benchmarking your best practices will get you in hot water
Are you too busy to benchmark? Most will likely say, yes! However, if we implement significant change without benchmarking, we’re asking for it. About.com identifies benchmarking as a systematic process for identifying and implementing best or better practices. Best or better always sounds good to me!
Incentives that work: 3 blogs that show us how
Reward good behaviour and punish bad behaviour. Seems easy, huh! Turns out getting the team motivated isn’t as easy as we’d like. But what makes for a good employee incentive? Is it financial, prestige, promotion, competition, or a combination of factors? And how do we tell if...Read More
“With self-discipline, most anything is possible.” Theodore Roosevelt.
Discipline is actually a beautiful thing. When you have it, life is good. You wake up every morning and make the best of a new day, trudging forward on any project currently on the radar. You resist that unhealthy snack, you put things away where they belong, you...Read More
Winning the battle of risk management by learning from others
My favourite way to learn is from others. I’d much rather catch a new computer trick by looking over your shoulder then taking a computer class. In this month’s blog, we’ll be looking at others who have experienced recent corporate risk or are sharing their risk...Read More
Really big project mistakes. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Everyone makes project mistakes. Even a seasoned project manager can’t deliver a trouble-free project. There are always bumps along the way. The key is to learn from them and improve your efforts for the next project rather than claiming incompetence of your project team.
Since everyone...Read More
Start your lean journey with the 5S model
Optimized efficiency in any workplace makes it easier to get work done. Reducing waste can only help improve productivity in a work environment. All good things. But how can businesses achieve these goals? 5S is a lean strategy that results in an uncluttered, safe and...Read More
Bad boss driving you crazy? You’re not alone
Do you dread going to work? Does the thought of work give you nightmares? Chances are it’s because your bad boss is making your day hell. Take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. Three out of four employees cited their boss as BAD, making the boss...Read More
How to make 30 minutes really count
I’ve been a secretary to the board of many meetings, taking judicious, detailed notes on my laptop. The trouble is, my fingers often stilled, waiting for new information. A sign we weren’t progressing. I often wondered if the chair of the meeting noticed my relaxed fingers. I often hoped...Read More
Happy office, happy employees
Have you ever worked in an office where the vibe was so negative it affected your enthusiasm to do your best job? You dreaded going to work and quitten’ time couldn’t come fast enough. A toxic office culture has a significant effect on how we do our jobs. It leaves us feeling sick and...Read More
Want to be a great leader? Check out these 5 critical traits of great leadership
“Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.” – Robert Jarvik
Want to be a successful PM? Master these 5 critical skills and you’ll be well on your way
The Project Management Institute defines project management as “the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It’s a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals —...Read More
Beginners Guide To 5S The Office for Efficiency And Productivity
Applying the principles of 5S at work is a wonderful way to incorporate lean methodologies and increase efficiency in the day to day functioning of your office. What is 5S? In a nutshell, it’s a systemic approach to improve productivity and quality in all types of...Read More
Use your intuition in business, great leaders do it, why shouldn’t you?
What is Intuition? A simple explanation is that intuition is a subconscious awareness that shapes our ability to make decisions. Have you ever had that gut feeling, that hunch that you should be choosing one direction over another, doing a certain something or making...Read More
Empowerment equals success – how can you create an empowered work environment?
Empowerment comes from within and typically it’s stemmed and fostered by self-assurance.To feel empowered is to feel free and that’s when people do their best work. – Amy Jo Martin, CEO Digital Royalty –
What is the difference between highly successful companies and those that are...Read More
If you don’t have one, get busy. Why every business needs a vision statement
“Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for – because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”
Peter Marshall summed it up quite nicely with his quote – we need guiding...Read More
Got a poor productivity problem? Use these tips to make some positive changes
Productivity – the rate at which goods are produced or work is completed.
Productivity is a critical measure of employee success and a fundamental business objective in today’s workforce and industry. Because it plays such a key role in our day to day business...Read More
Don’t be a time sucker – use these 6 tips to run efficient and effective meetings
Meetings – oh that dreaded word! They’re time suckers, can be long, drawn out and even boring. More often than not, very little gets accomplished other than updates, and then additional meetings are scheduled to assign tasks and follow up....Read More
Things to do, people to see (or watch) and hipster hangouts in Toronto
Toronto is a great city with a lot more to offer than simply being recent fodder for late night comedy acts. It’s a city that prides itself on its multiculturalism, great neighbourhoods and kick-ass restaurants, certainly not on its Mayor. Politics...Read More
How to keep your sanity when planning your office holiday party
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year….” while that may be the case for some, it may not be for others, particularly those planning the office holiday party. Unless you’re a professional event planner, chances are arranging the staff party is a daunting and...Read More
3 great business apps we love
Mobile devices and smartphones have become the norm as one form of personal and business communication. Each new version of the iPhone, iPad, and Samsung or Blackberry products are faster, have more capabilities and continue to drive consumer demand. They’re visible at tradeshows and events, within the office, or anywhere...Read More
Benchmarking – A Newbie’s Perspective
I’m new at Cornerstone Dynamics and new to the world of efficiency. Such being the case, I have much to learn about the business, including being knowledgeable about this month’s blog topic of benchmarking for business efficiency. Don’t get me wrong, I do have experience with benchmarking as it applies to...Read More