Monthly Archives: July 2011

Project Managers – How to Increase Conflicting Priorities

Do you find you’ve too many conflicting priorities? One of the dilemmas for small business owners is that the more work you get, the more likely you are to prioritize more tasks. This leads to a schedule conflicts whereby you cannot complete deliverables on schedule, releases get pushed out, and staff become demoralized. How to […]

How to answer: “How can I help you be more effective?”

Did your boss ever ask you this question? One of the dilemmas for managers is the tendency to delegate down and avoid asking others for feedback, especially on how they can perform their job better. The risk in doing this is that you stop others from sharing what you need to hear; as a result, […]

The Art of Deliberate Mistakes

It sounds like a contradiction to encourage others to make mistakes, doesn’t it? But if your company doesn’t allow others to do so, how are they going to challenge their assumptions about what works or what could be improved? No one criticizes a child for falling off a bike when it learns to cycle. It […]

How to Write Bullet and Number Lists (with examples)

It’s easy to go wrong with bullet lists. Should it have a period at the end? Should it start with a capital letter? Here are some guidelines to make things simple. Bullet Lists v Number Lists When do you use bullets instead of numbers? Use number lists to: Identify a sequence of actions to be […]

7+1 Cures For ‘Boring’ Business Writing

Be interesting. That’s the golden rule of great business writing. If you feel your words are boring, the reader will sense it and flee. Will they take action? No, of course not. Would you? How can I make something boring more interesting? Remember, everything is interesting if you see it from the right angle. It’s […]

Introverts – 6 tactics for managing others

Can introverts make successful managers? We all know what the stereotype CEO looks like. Tall,  charismatic, impressive, and evoking authority. It’s easy for extroverts.That’s the stereotype. Reality is a little different. A quick scan of the top CEOs in the US shows a surprising number of introverts in executive positions. Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Bill […]

7 Machiavellian Reasons To Write White Papers

Machiavelli and white papers? You’ve probably heard of Machiavelli, the author of The Prince, whose advice, ‘The means justifies the end’ has been taken out of context for several hundred years. What you may not know is why he wrote The Prince. Green Energy theme – ideal for environmental, health, and energy-related white papers.  White Paper […]

Do You Make Any Of These 10 Writing Mistakes?

Clicked the headline, right? We’re all attracted to these type of headlines so we don’t embarrass ourselves in front of others. Fear, anxiety, and vanity underpin the best headlines. They touch our pride, evoke our sympathies, and make us want to look a little deeper. Just in case we’ve missed something. Headline Writing: How it […]

Freelancers – How to Get the Raise You Deserve

What’s the real problem with asking for a raise? After all, you’ve worked hard all year. Why shouldn’t you get a little extra for the hours you’ve put in? Maybe it’s related to guilt, low self-esteem or other factors, such as education, gender or race. In either case, we all know what it’s like to […]

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 […]