Increase Efficiency of IT Tasks Using Project Management Strategies

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Many projects have risk attached to them, especially when they involve technology. Proper project management applications can reduce the dangers and ensure systems stay on track and within budget by helping to monitor adoption rates, perform audits and track return on investment (ROI).

Employee adoption remains one of the larger obstacles for business technology success. When new programs or devices are not used to their full potential, companies lose out. According to a new Corporate Executive Board study, IT investments can lose up to 25 percent in ROI due to poor user adoption.

There are a handful of ways to get employees to embrace a new system. Training and bringing workers in on the decision making process early on can be very helpful. Companies can also keep track of user buy-in with a project management information system. An article in CustomerThink suggests that using software to monitor and audit IT projects has several benefits.

"Audits identify areas of problems and corrective action," wrote Jason Whitehead, the author of the article. "The reason audits have been used in so many areas of an organization, for so many years, is that they work. Audits are an effective way to check to see what is really happening in your organization, determine where you have problems and define specific actions and deadlines for correcting problems."

By deploying a project management solution, businesses can track usage of other applications, as well as software and hardware solutions. By staying on top of these figures, companies can avoid many of the pitfalls that come with implementing new technologies.

 

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5 Steps to Achieve Your Goals

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1. Don’t take no for an answer

You have to make it happen even if the odds are against you, even if others tell you “you can’t do it” .  Understand that success often lies behind a thick wall of rejection. Don’t let that stop you. When you know you are into something special, you have to stand your ground.

2. Have a definite purpose

Take continuous action on your plan, close your mind tightly against negativity and surround yourself with people. A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment is what will allow you to reach your goal.

3. Fake it until you make it

See yourself already as the best you can be. Create pictures in your imagination of what you want to achieve. Visualize your goal to every last detail and you will be able to clearly define your road to success.

4. Have faith

Faith provides you with the power to persist, only you know what you are capable of.  Faith will provide you with inspiration, power, self-confidence.

 

Open Communication Unlocks the Best Out of Your Team

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Communication is part of your Social Skills- a component of your Social Competence.

While Social Skills, in general, are related to your adeptness at inducing desirable responses in others -Communication relates to your ability to listen openly and sending convincing messages.

People who have this competence usually:

•    Are effective in giving and taking
•    Register emotional cues, by attuning their message and response.
•    Deal with difficult issues straightforwardly
•    Listen well and seek mutual understanding.
•    Welcome sharing of information in a full and clear manner.
•    Foster open communication and stay receptive to bad news as well as good ones.

On a business level, it is of utmost importance to have an open and honest channel of communication -  otherwise, you might always ask yourself: "are they telling me only what they want me to hear instead of what I need to know?"

In business, creating an atmosphere of open and honest communication, allows brilliant ideas to flourish - it unlocks the value and potential of employees and everyone involved within an organization. When you communicate openly, you open the possibility of getting the best out of people; their energy, their creativity.

Acknowledgement of accomplishments is also another important part of communication - communicating with positive emotion and rewarding success; on the other hand keeping cool and composed when results are not as expected.

 

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Using Heartfelt Emotion to Increase Team Creativity

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Get into the habit of drawing on “heartfelt emotion” to increase creativity within your team.

Drawing on your own, genuine emotions doesn’t just keep things positive. Ultimately it deepens the impact of positive interactions. Creativity is going to come that much more easily.

“Strong heartfelt emotions can halt our rational mental processes and connect us to people in a much more profound way than relatively mild feelings, such as relief or satisfaction or thankfulness. Heartfelt emotions make our hearts sing, and they set fire to our cognitive and perceptual abilities – traits that every business prizes.”

It seems obvious that heartfelt emotion should create more positive feelings and therefore drive creativity but truthfully, few of the companies take this approach, most likely out of ignorance.

“When team members experience heartfelt emotion, their creative ability ratchets up a notch. That’s why primal team leaders try to deepen team emotion.”

 

Have you ever worked for someone who exhibited such heartfelt emotions?

Why Some Startups Fail

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There are a million ways to keep your company alive, but there are billions of ways to kill it. One of them is narrowing your market to dominate just that tiny part of it and calling it a great success. Of course, it is a success, but you're limiting yourself to the atom-sized portion of that market.

We all want to be successful. Those of us who have businesses and companies hope for victory in our ventures. And why wouldn’t we? Try to imagine someone thinking, “I think I’ll invent a new product and hope that it fails miserably”. That just seems ridiculous. However, in our excitement and hard work, we tend to do certain things that amplify the reality of our success, thus causing it to fail.

For example, have you ever found yourself with something you think is a really good idea? Let’s say you want to make really neat buttons. Bear with me here; it’s just an example. There are already tons of button manufacturing companies out there. This is made clear to you, but you think, “Oh, but my buttons won’t be like any other buttons. I’m going to make odd coloured ones with cool designs that no one will be able to find anywhere else”. Ok, great, but consider this: is there someone that would even want to buy these slightly unusual buttons? Maybe the reason why no one sees fancy buttons everywhere is because not a lot of people are interested in them. You’re trying to do something that’s already been done a thousand times over, but you think it’ll be successful because you change one thing about the idea.

You have to avoid blinding yourself to the reality of competition. Small minor differences in your ideas won’t take you far enough to make your business as successful as it could be. Differences have to be large and attractive. You have to have leverage on your competition by having something new and exciting to offer. Keep your eyes open to the possibilities, but be objective about your own ideas, too.