How to Hold Better Team Meetings

Add “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS” TO YOUR MOBILE MANAGER’S TOOLKIT. How to order Kindle version of “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS” and have it available whenever and wherever you need it to help you hold productive team meetings.

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As part of their work, teams need to be able to successfully generate ideas, set goals, solve problems, make decisions, plan tasks and understand individual and shared perspectives.  Discussing these items effectively is often the difference between a team succeeding or failing.  Too often, however, teams find themselves facing these important types of discussions without any guidance on how to approach them.  The result can be a team meeting that ends in frustration, with a team that doesn’t make the progress needed to move forward.

To help teams manage their way through these important discussions, KAW Consulting developed “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS”, an e-handbook that guides you step-by-step through 6 of the most important types of team discussions.  These are:

  • Brainstorming
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Task Planning
  • Goal Setting
  • Communications/Understanding

To help you understand when to use each Framework, also included are sample uses of each.

AVAILABLE GLOBALLY FROM AMAZON FOR KINDLE

Designed specifically for e-book users, “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS” can be kept as a handy reference on all your devices that support Kindle reading apps. These include most smart phones, tablets and computers, and of course, Kindle devices. This allows you to have “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS”  handy whenever you need it, whether planning a team meeting, or if you’re in the middle of a meeting and need to decide how to discuss one of the 6 areas.

HOW TO ORDER

Both U.S. and Global users can order the  Kindle Version of the “TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS” from AMAZON.   For information on how to do so,  either click the applicable link below, or visit your applicable Amazon website and input TEAM DISCUSSION FRAMEWORKS in the search criteria.

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The “Leadership Framework” Now Available On Kindle

Being able to lead effectively is one of the most important skills you need to develop to succeed in Supervision, Management, or Leadership in just about any organization.
Learn the key ingredients that allow Leadership efforts to succeed versus those that fail, and how to use a Leadership Framework available from Kindle to improve your results.

Note: To meet the demands of our both our U.S. and global users,  “THE LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK” is now available for Kindle.

Because it’s on Kindle, you can store it either on your Kindle or Kindle app on your iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or other appropriate tablet and have it readily accessible whenever you need it.

Click Here to see a Sample  Kindle Version.  U.S. users can order directly.  Ordering instructions for Global users are at the bottom of this post.

ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK

Being able to lead effectively is one of the most important skills you need to develop to succeed in Supervision, Management, or Leadership in just about any organization.  But, if you’ve ever had a leadership position, you know how difficult this can be.

Leadership that Succeeds versus Leadership that Fails

To lead effectively, it’s important to understand what make leadership efforts succeed and why they fail.  That way you can focus your attention on doing the things necessary to make them succeed, and keep from overlooking some of the common reasons for failure.

Leadership efforts that succeed usually contain 8 key elements.  These are:

  • Being proactive and willing to act.
  • Setting and communicating a clear vision and direction.
  • Establishing and maintaining credibility with the people you’re trying to lead.
  • Getting commitment.
  • Setting the example.
  • Empowering others to do what needs to be done.
  • Confronting and overcoming barriers and obstacles.
  • Managing accomplishment of day-to-day efforts.

On the other hand, leadership efforts that fail, usually don’t meet all of these criteria.  They are often lacking, and seriously so in one of the key areas.

TEST THIS FOR YOURSELF

To test this out, think of a couple of examples from your own experience.  First, look at an example of a successful effort.  Then go through each of the criteria above and jot down some of the ways the person leading the effort met these criteria.

Next, think of an effort that failed.  Then go through the criteria and list what was missing, or areas that were not done well.  What was the impact of these missing or poorly done elements?

So, How Do I Make Sure I Take the Actions Needed to Lead Effectively?

To help leaders focus their activities on the actions needed to provide effective leadership, KAW Consulting developed the “LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK”, an electronic tool and e-book based on the 8 key elements mentioned above that you can  use on a day-to-day basis to enhance your ability to lead effectively.  Included is an easy to use Application Guide to help you determine how to focus your efforts in each of the Framework’s areas. 

You can use this tool in all kinds of situations that require the use of basic leadership skills — from situations that you may face as a Supervisor, Manager or Project Leader, to complex high-level leadership activities, such as providing Executive Leadership for an organization.   It’s suitable for use in all types of organizations whether they are companies, non-profits, governmental organizations, or volunteer groups.

A TOOL YOU CAN USE OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Like any great tool,  the “LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK” is something you’ll want to use over and over again.  And unlike paper tools, that get lost easily,  because it’s on Kindle,  you can have it readily accessible whenever you need to refer to it. Just call it up and it’s ready to use.  And, because it’s on Kindle, you can also use Kindle App to have it available on your mobile device, so it’s available any time and any place.  This provides you with a tremendous advantage when you’re trying to determine what you need to concentrate on to provide effective leadership.

HOW TO ORDER THE KINDLE VERSION

Both U.S. and Global users can order the  Kindle Version of the “LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK”.   For information on how to do so,  either click the applicable link below, or visit your applicable Amazon website and input THE LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK in the search criteria.

Amazon U.S. click here.

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Use The “Leadership Framework” to Improve Results

Being able to lead effectively is one of the most important skills you need to develop to succeed in Supervision, Management, or Leadership in just about any organization.
Learn the key ingredients that allow Leadership efforts to succeed versus those that fail, and how to use a Leadership Framework available from Kindle to improve your results.

Note: To meet the demands of our both our U.S. and global users,  “THE LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK” is now available for Kindle.

Because it’s on Kindle, you can store it either on your Kindle or Kindle app on your iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or other appropriate tablet and have it readily accessible whenever you need it.

Instructions on how to order from Amazon so you can start to use it to improve you leadership right away are at the bottom of this post.

ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK

Being able to lead effectively is one of the most important skills you need to develop to succeed in Supervision, Management, or Leadership in just about any organization.  But, if you’ve ever had a leadership position, you know how difficult this can be.

Leadership that Succeeds versus Leadership that Fails

To lead effectively, it’s important to understand what make leadership efforts succeed and why they fail.  That way you can focus your attention on doing the things necessary to make them succeed, and keep from overlooking some of the common reasons for failure.

Leadership efforts that succeed usually contain 8 key elements.  These are:

  • Being proactive and willing to act.
  • Setting and communicating a clear vision and direction.
  • Establishing and maintaining credibility with the people you’re trying to lead.
  • Getting commitment.
  • Setting the example.
  • Empowering others to do what needs to be done.
  • Confronting and overcoming barriers and obstacles.
  • Managing accomplishment of day-to-day efforts.

On the other hand, leadership efforts that fail, usually don’t meet all of these criteria.  They are often lacking, and seriously so in one of the key areas.

TEST THIS FOR YOURSELF

To test this out, think of a couple of examples from your own experience.  First, look at an example of a successful effort.  Then go through each of the criteria above and jot down some of the ways the person leading the effort met these criteria.

Next, think of an effort that failed.  Then go through the criteria and list what was missing, or areas that were not done well.  What was the impact of these missing or poorly done elements?

So, How Do I Make Sure I Take the Actions Needed to Lead Effectively?

To help leaders focus their activities on the actions needed to provide effective leadership, KAW Consulting developed the “LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK”, an electronic tool and e-book based on the 8 key elements mentioned above that you can  use on a day-to-day basis to enhance your ability to lead effectively.  Included is an easy to use Application Guide to help you determine how to focus your efforts in each of the Framework’s areas. 

You can use this tool in all kinds of situations that require the use of basic leadership skills — from situations that you may face as a Supervisor, Manager or Project Leader, to complex high-level leadership activities, such as providing Executive Leadership for an organization.   It’s suitable for use in all types of organizations whether they are companies, non-profits, governmental organizations, or volunteer groups.

A TOOL YOU CAN USE OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Like any great tool,  the “LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK” is something you’ll want to use over and over again.  And unlike paper tools, that get lost easily,  because it’s on Kindle,  you can have it readily accessible whenever you need to refer to it. Just call it up and it’s ready to use.  And, because it’s on Kindle, you can also use Kindle App to have it available on your mobile device, so it’s available any time and any place.  This provides you with a tremendous advantage when you’re trying to determine what you need to concentrate on to provide effective leadership.

HOW TO ORDER THE KINDLE VERSION

Both U.S. and Global users can order the  Kindle Version of the “LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK”.   For information on how to do so,  either click the applicable link below, or visit your applicable Amazon website and input THE LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK in the search criteria.

Amazon U.S. click here.

Amazon.co.uk click here.

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WHAT EVERY MANAGER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT PROJECT MANAGEMENT – PART 2

Learn Why Some Projects Fail while others Succeed. Add “PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS” TO YOUR MOBILE MANAGER’S TOOLKIT. How to order Kindle and PDF versions of “PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS” and have it available whenever and wherever you need it.

As mentioned in What Every Manager Needs to Know About Project Management – Part 1 as part of their work, Supervisors and Managers are often asked to manage or participate on a project in addition to their regular duties.  The ability to successfully manage these projects is often a key component of being a successful Supervisor or Manager, and often a criterion for further advancement.  Yet, because they are non routine events, successfully managing projects require different skills than Supervisors and Managers use in their day-to-day work.  Consequently, if you’re a Supervisor or Manager, or hoping to become one, being able to understand and use basic project management skills is one of the most important skill sets you need to develop.

One of the first skills you need to develop is to understand the difference between projects that fail, and those that work. Armed with this type of understanding, you can take steps from the start to make sure that your project plan includes the items needed to avoid some of these common reasons for failure, and contains those needed for success.

COMMON REASONS FOR PROJECT FAILURE

Projects that fail, often fail for some common reasons.  Among these are:

  • Poorly Defined Project Requirements:

– Example: A new computer system implementation that failed to include the needed testing before going “live”.

– Example: A new computer system implementation that left out a plan to adequately train new users.

  • Poor Task Analysis:

    – Example: An office move that left out important steps.

  • Overlooked reaction from people impacted by the project:

    – Example: A plan for a new road that didn’t plan sufficiently for negative community resistance and boycott.

  • Poor Scheduling:

    – Example: A project plan for implementing an initiative that called for heavy involvement from staff during peak normal workloads.

  • Lack of understanding or agreement by project team members of their responsibilities

    – Example: A critical task isn’t done because one of the project team members didn’t realize they were responsible for it.

  • Lack of Coordination with other Groups/Departments. 

    – Example:  The failure to include the impact of a new computer system on another system that uses the same data.

  • Missed Deadline

    – Example: The failure to hold timely project reviews to monitor the project’s status, and take corrective action when necessary.

PROJECTS THAT WORK

On the other hand, successful projects are usually completely the opposite of projects that fail.  They usually have the following traits:

  • A clearly defined purpose and scope.
  • Clearly defined objectives that can be measured to determine if the project is a success.
  • Deliverables that are clearly stated and agreed upon.
  • Buy-in by Key Stakeholders on the need for the project.
  • Identified Coordination requirements both within the project team and with other affected groups.

  • Clearly defined critical success factors.
  • A project plan and schedule that includes all the needed work tasks and deadlines.
  • A budget that reflects all the needed costs to successfully complete the project.
  • Sufficient status monitoring that measures progress against the schedule, and identifies any needed corrective actions.

SO HOW DO I LEARN THESE SKILLS?

Because being able to manage projects successfully is such an important skill, KAW Consulting developed “PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS”, an electronic handbook that will help you learn these vital skills. You’ll learn how to:

  • Define the project’s scope, objectives, deliverables, critical success factors, resource needs, and collaboration requirements.

  • Break the work down into its major work blocks and tasks.
  • Develop an easy to use project schedule.
  • Monitor the project’s status and what to do if it’s off course.

These basic skills are critical regardless of how you plan to manage your project—using project management software or tools you develop yourself. They focus on the critical steps you need to take before you enter data into the project management tools you use.

Unlike most books on project management that are complicated and hard to understand,  “PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS ” is exactly the opposite. It’s written in easy to understand language that walks you through the process of managing a project step by step, helping you think of the key ingredients to make your project successful, and avoid the common problems that crop up in unsuccessful ones.  We’ve even included sample forms you can easily adapt to fit your own project when defining the project’s key ingredients and developing the schedule and budget.

AVAILABLE IN BOTH KINDLE AND PDF

To meet the demands of our global users, “PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS” is now available in both Kindle and PDF versions.  U.S. purchasers can purchase both. International users eligible to purchase from Amazon can purchase the Kindle Version.  Both versions allow you to have it accessible each time you need to manage or participate on a project.

KINDLE VERSION

For information on the Kindle version either click here or visit your applicable Amazon website and input “PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS” in the search criteria.

PDF VERSION

For U.S. users, the PDF version allows you to store ““PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS” on your computer so you have it accessible each time you need it. It includes hyperlinks so you can jump right to the page or section you need without having to spend time scrolling through unneeded pages. If you want hard copy you can print what you need.

You can purchase single copies or share with additional users by purchasing additional licenses. This makes it easy for organizations to increase the productivity of their staffs.

You can buy single copies for the low price of $21.95.

Sharing with additional users is also easy–just purchase additional licenses at $19.95 per user.

To view a sample and instructions on how to purchase online click here.

Note: PDF Version available to only U.S. customers at this time.

Successful vs. Failed Leadership: Use The “Leadership Framework” to Improve Results

Being able to lead effectively is one of the most important skills you need to develop to succeed in Supervision, Management, or Leadership in just about any organization.
Learn the key ingredients that allow Leadership efforts to succeed versus those that fail, and how to use a Leadership Framework to improve your results.

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Being able to lead effectively is one of the most important skills you need to develop to succeed in Supervision, Management, or Leadership in just about any organization.  But, if you’ve ever had a leadership position, you know how difficult this can be.

Leadership that Succeeds versus Leadership that Fails

To lead effectively, it’s important to understand what make leadership efforts succeed and why they fail.  That way you can focus your attention on doing the things necessary to make them succeed, and keep from overlooking some of the common reasons for failure.

Leadership efforts that succeed usually contain 8 key elements.  These are:

  • Being proactive and willing to act.
  • Setting and communicating a clear vision and direction.
  • Establishing and maintaining credibility with the people you’re trying to lead.
  • Getting commitment.
  • Setting the example.
  • Empowering others to do what needs to be done.
  • Confronting and overcoming barriers and obstacles.
  • Managing accomplishment of day-to-day efforts.

On the other hand, leadership efforts that fail, usually don’t meet all of these criteria.  They are often lacking, and seriously so in one of the key areas.

TEST THIS FOR YOURSELF

To test this out, think of a couple of examples from your own experience.  First, look at an example of a successful effort.  Then go through each of the criteria above and jot down some of ways the person leading the effort met these criteria.

Next, think of an effort that failed.  Then go through the criteria and list what was missing, or areas that were not done well.  What was the impact of these missing or poorly done elements?

So, How Do I Make Sure I Take the Actions Needed to Lead Effectively?

To help leaders focus their activities on the actions needed to provide effective leadership, KAW Consulting developed the “LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK”, an electronic tool in PDF format based on the 8 key elements mentioned above that you can  use on a day-to-day basis to enhance your ability to lead effectively.  Included is an easy to use Application Guide to help you determine how to focus your efforts in each of the Framework’s areas. 

You can use this tool in all kinds of situations that require the use of basic leadership skills — from situations that you may face as a Supervisor, Manager or Project Leader, to complex high-level leadership activities, such as providing Executive Leadership for an organization.   It’s suitable for use in all types of organizations whether they be companies, non-profits, governmental organizations, or volunteer groups.

A Tool You Can Use Over and Over

Like any great tool,  the “LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK” is something you’ll want to use over and over again..  And unlike paper tools, that get lost easily,  it’s an electronic tool in PDF format,  that you can store on your computer, laptop or applicable tablet so you have it accessible each time you need to use it.  Just call it up and it’s ready to use.

Easy to Afford

We’ve made the “LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK” extremely easy to afford.

You can buy  single copies for just $12.95.

To provide it to other Managers, Supervisors, Project Managers and other Leaders across your organization, you can purchase additional licenses online for $11.95 and send it to them by e-mail.

To view a sample of the Framework and instructions on how to purchase, click here.

Note: Available to U.S. purchasers only.