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Make Your Thinking Change-Friendly

by for Global Business, Leadership

How would you like to transform your progress? You need Clarity to succeed!

I’m sure you would agree that we would all like to transform our progress in 2012, right?

At the time that I’m writing this, we are at the beginning of another new year. As always, we look forward with anticipation to the opportunity to set a new business direction, develop new products and services, and chart a new course. Truthfully, though, we often find it challenging to shift gears and make the course adjustments we desire!

We all encounter the need to change. We know that change is needed in our businesses and even on a personal level. Who among us has never said, “I need to start doing this or that” or I need to stop doing this or that”… but never got around to it?

The key is that before we can change any behavior, we have to change our thinking. My goal is to give you the tools you need for your own personal empowerment. The ability to begin to see business challenges through a different lens means having a sustainable method for changing your direction.

You need Clarity to succeed, and I have developed a program that will help you retool your thinking for success!

Introducing Get Clarity, Succeed Faster!

Get Clarity, Succeed Faster is a new four-step method for developing and maintaining a change-friendly, success-oriented mindset. I am offering this program that I have personally designed with professionals and entrepreneurs like you in mind!

During this program, you will learn strategies for transforming your paradigms and mindsets in a way that will revolutionize your progress. You’ll learn how to leverage your rich experience base and your strengths to develop a mindset that is change-friendly as well as success-oriented.

In Get Clarity, Succeed Faster, you will learn how to unlock your ability to understand how paradigms influence your capability for making the course changes needed to take your business and professional life to the next level. You will walk away with important insights on how to get beyond just saying, “I need to start doing this or that” to saying “how can I transform my thinking so that I can do this or that.”

This 16-week online program covers a four-step process that will help you enhance your skills in recognizing, identifying, evaluating, and transforming the paradigms that are governing your business decisions. You will learn how to develop your own personal empowerment database that will give you a sustainable method for transforming the way you view business challenges.

I have incorporated four modules in this program to address each section of the four-step Get Clarity, Succeed Faster process:

Module 1 – “Recognizing the Presence of a Paradigm” is designed to help you spot the fact that you have a paradigm or way of thinking about a given situation. This is based on my experience which indicates that the first step in changing a paradigm is to realize that you have one in the first place!

Module 2 – “Identifying the Paradigm” involves some thought and exercises intended to help you “Get Clarity” on the underlying paradigm or assumptions that are driving your choices and decisions.

Module 3 – “Evaluating the Paradigm” gives you the tools to step back and really determine whether the paradigm you’re operating with is helpful or a hindrance, and whether the underlying assumptions are reasonable and accurate. This is a way of detaching emotionally from these assumptions in order to be more objective about them.

Module 4 – “Transforming the Paradigm” puts you on a course of progressing toward changing your paradigm in ways that make it serve you better. Now that you have some new information and insights about your underlying assumptions and the way you’ve been viewing a particular issue, you are in a better position to change the way you think about that issue going forward.

Downloads of the following materials will be available on a weekly basis so you can go through the material at a time that is convenient for you:

  • MP3 audio
  • Slides in pdf format
  • Transcript
  • And best of all: your action guide that you can use as a blueprint for moving forward.

Register now and get started! Go to getclaritysucceedfaster.com to register and get your first lesson today!

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IDENTIFYING A MODEL FOR FOSTERING GREATER COLLABORATION

by for Collaboration, Global Business, Leadership

Many organizations are interested in improving collaboration across business units and functional groups, as well as with external partners. To do this requires a culture that is effective and entrepreneurial in nature. Clarity has defined a model for effecting this kind of cultural change. This model consists of five areas that require attention: Training, Networking Technology and Events, Tools and Templates, Policy, and Metrics. These areas are described below.

MODEL FOR IMPROVING COLLABORATION

Area Description
Training

Employees will benefit from participating in training programs that reinforce critical success factors and provide for skills development in collaboration.
Networking Technology and Events

Existing technology offers a number of tools that are designed to enable the communication and knowledge sharing/transfer that are critical to successful collaboration. There are also industry best practices such as internal networking events that foster collaboration as well.
Tools and Templates These may consist of process maps, articles, assessment tools, leadership aids, templates, and/or other tools that can be used in developing a collaborative approach to a given project or program.
Policy

Management policies such as performance appraisals, intellectual property guidelines, and organizational boundaries affect the way teams work together within an organization and with other companies. Some policies will need to be modified, added, or deleted to enable greater collaboration.
Metrics

Organizations that have been successful in developing a collaborative culture cite the fact that they incorporate measures in their performance appraisals to ensure collaborative behavior.
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Want to Transform Your Organization? Look at the Work.

by for Global Business, Leadership, Process Improvement, Project Management

A friend of mine recently initiated a transformation in his physical health. One day he learned that his cholesterol was dangerously high. He realized he had a choice to make. He could take incremental steps and hope for a prolonged period of improvement, or he could make radical changes and improve his condition very quickly. He took charge of the situation. He changed his eating and exercise habits so dramatically that his cholesterol level dropped by 20 points in less than a month.

This story is analogous to the challenges that corporations face daily across the global marketplace. Some have stepped up to the plate and made the radical changes needed to become financially healthy and maintain their viability in the market place. They decided that they wanted to live and not die.

Historically, individual budgetary concerns and department performance have weighed too heavily on work processes in many corporations. This behavior helps organizations optimize at a functional group level, but sub-optimization is the result for the overall entity. If a company is to avoid the iceberg of corporate mortality, then everybody had better start moving the ship – and they better be moving in the same direction. Serving customers and succeeding as an enterprise must drive decisions and, consequently, work flows.

Does your organization reflect the sub-optimization reality? Don’t feel badly – you’re in good company. Where should you start so you can experience your own transformation?  Glad you asked. Keep these two things in mind:

1. Prioritize Carefully

Project portfolio management and prioritization are imperative. No organization can do everything that comes across the radar screen. Your team needs to be allowed to focus on the “critical few” items in order to accomplish its strategic goals. The list of the critical few should be populated with projects that address customer-driven products and services, quality, safety, and compliance. This list should also be limited in scope. Furthermore, items on the list should be important enough to be fully resourced.

2. Eliminate or Reduce Non-Value Added Work

Non-value added work can consume a disproportionate amount of time each day. Tasks that fall into this category typically are driven by departmental requirements, not by the needs of your customers. Figure out how much time your organization spends on activities that serve your customers versus those that only serve the bureaucracy. Empower your organization, and charge them with eliminating or at least reducing the latter.

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Outsourcing Webinar Coming Up August 12!

by for Global Business, Outsourcing, Process Improvement, Project Management

Outsourcing Vendor Selection: Get Schooled on How Not to Get Schooled

Sponsored by the Outsourcing Institute

Date: August 12, 2010
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT
Registration: Click Here to Register for the Webinar

Cost: Free

Choosing your outsourcing vendor can be risky business. If you are unfamiliar with proven methods and criteria for selecting your vendor, valuable time and money can be wasted.

Join us on Thursday, August 12, from noon-1pm EDT so you aren’t learning the ins and outs of vendor selection from…the school of hard knocks.

This webinar will focus on the importance of a robust vendor selection process and cover key aspects of vendor selection methodology. Expect to learn the following take-aways:

  • Developing a vendor strategy aligned with your business strategy
  • Understanding the vendor market landscape
  • Developing vendor evaluation criteria
  • Maintaining objectivity
  • Managing risk
  • Avoiding pitfalls in contracting and negotiations

Join Kevin Parikh, CEO of Avasant, as he explores these and other topics while fielding your questions on all things vendor selection along with an expert panel. Panelists include Monica D. Johns, MBA, PMP, President and CEO of Clarity Management Consulting.

Registration:  Click Here to Register for the Webinar

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Self-Sufficiency: A Key Factor in How Women Entrepreneurs Approach Risk Sharing

by for Global Business, Leadership

Self-sufficiency is a characteristic that influences the way women share risk as entrepreneurial leaders.  Women play diverse roles in their professional and personal lives.  Consider a woman who has a career, a family, and an elderly parent.  Each role demands a high level of commitment.  These roles do not always come with additional resources for delegation.  Consequently, the woman who has to fulfill these commitments must do the job herself in many cases.  This results in a level of self-sufficiency that is unique to women.

Women develop an acute sense of responsibility in these situations.  This is an essential part of risk sharing.  Entrepreneurs shoulder complete responsibility for their businesses.  These leaders often have to step in and take up the slack in critical situations to ensure success.  Women who succeed as entrepreneurs become proficient at delegating responsibility while holding themselves accountable for business results.  They learn to share risk over time.  Their self-sufficiency in meeting the challenges of their day-to-day lives provides a unique foundation upon which to build these skills effectively.

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More Great Tweets from Great Tweeps

by for Global Business, Outsourcing, Quality

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Great Tweets From Great Tweeps

by for Global Business, Leadership, Outsourcing

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