How to Write Abstracts – Part 1

I had planned to call this article ‘The Nine-Step Strategy for Writing Summaries That Intrigue Readers’ but had a second look. It’s a bit long. And as this article is about writing headlines, summaries and abstracts, well… Let’s stick to the plan.

“An abstract highlights the key points you want your reader to remember after they’ve read your document.“

Project Manager’s Dilemma: Soft Deadlines v Hard Deadlines?

In the fairy tale, The Boy who cried Wolf, the villagers stopped believing the child. There was no wolf, they thought which was true until one day… The same thing occurs when you – or someone above you – creates an artificial deadline. I’m looking at a report that says we have a hard deadline […]

A Project Management Tip from… General Norman Schwarzkopf

What can the military teach you about running a better business? General ‘Stormin’ Norman’ Schwarzkopf is probably one of the best known US military strategists in recent times. An analysis of how military leaders organize resources, champion team leads, and schedule conflicting priorities helps us organize our business on a smaller scale. What Business Managers […]

Why are ‘creative’ people so unproductive?

Why are creative people so difficult to manage? I think it’s because we manage others the way we’d want to be managed. And as most of us are not that creative, we don’t have much insight into how their methods. So, how do we get around this? Drummy The Problem With Managing Creative People Zoran […]

12 Ways to Align Your Marketing Plan to Product Roadmaps

Wouldn’t it be nice if your marketing plan aligned with other department’s activities? One of the reasons it’s so hard to implement a marketing plan is that what you’re trying to do may clash with other dept activities, schedules, and deliverables. This often happens when there is a dependency on the software or product development […]

What the Romans Taught me About… Business Planning

Sometimes looking back gives us a little more perspective. The Romans were the first to build roads. Real roads. Networks. They connected Constantinople to Seville and London to Carthage. All paths lead to Rome. If that isn’t impressive enough some of those roads are still in place today. Think about this. They built the roads […]

7 Strategic Action Plans Mistakes to Avoid

Need to create a Strategic Action Plan? Your business will benefit from using an Action Plan to link your business goals to your strategies. This plan lets your develop a series of tasks that you can assign to targets and review as they are accomplished.

How to Structure a Small Business Action Plan (Excel templates)

Looking for a sample Action Plan? You can use these guidelines to create a MS Word template to convert your business goals, plans, and ideas into an effective Action Plan.

Market Research – What Do Customers Secretly Think of Your Brand?

This is Part One of a Ten part series on creating a Market Research Plan. The sections will roughly be the following:

1. Define What and Who You Want To Research. Who is your real target audience?
2. Define the Problem Statement
3. Develop a Market Research Proposal
4. Design the Research Study
5. Develop Your Market Research Proposal
6. Test the Market Research Design
7. Collect Data
8. Analyze and Interpret the Data
9. Report the Results
10. Next Steps

Trump’s Guide to Business Writing

‘All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.’ Donald Trump Ever watch the Apprentice? I enjoy waiting for Trump to pull the trigger and give it to them. ‘You’re fired!’ It’s nice to watch this from the safety of our sofas. We’re involved but also […]