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Ten Qualities of an Effective Team Player

If you were choosing team members for a business team in your organization, who would the best team players be? Assuming that people have the right technical skills for the work to be done, what other [more…]

Conducting Effective Business Meetings

Every business, whether it has 2 employees or 2,000, has meetings as a regular part of getting things done. Although employees can communicate with one another in an organization in many different ways [more…]

Empowering Employees When Delegating

Delegating, as a coaching tool, is the act of assigning and entrusting assignments and responsibilities to others. Delegating isn't about giving people tasks to do. Tasks are the simple and short-term [more…]

Applying Fundamental Quality Control Concepts

Your organization can implement several fundamental quality control processes to ensure that you produce or deliver a high-quality product or service. The following sections present the information you [more…]

Delegating Effectively

Delegation doesn't just happen. Just like any other task that you perform as a manager, you have to work at it. The six steps to effective delegation are the following: [more…]

Quality Control Technique: Trimming Down with Lean Processes

Lean processes are the latest diet craze in the world of quality control! Lean is a quality control technique you can use to identify and eliminate the flab in your company's processes. The [more…]

Considering the Pros and Cons of Rapid Improvement Events

All business processes start out operating perfectly (that's the plan, anyway). Over time, however, things change. Gradually, a simple process becomes more complex, and this complexity can breed inefficiency [more…]

Avoiding Common Meeting Mistakes

Successfully organizing meetings is an under-appreciated business skill. With the umpteen details meeting and event planners need to handle, mistakes are bound to be made, and sometimes heads will roll [more…]

Working with a Catering Manager

Before you can organize a function with food for a big meeting or event, you need to meet with the catering manager (CM) at the facility you've rented or your outside caterer or party planner if you hold [more…]

Creating the Right Environment for a Business Meeting

Planning a business meeting involves more than just chairs and microphones. You'll want to create the right ambiance for your meeting, from the seating to the heating. Most of these items are ones that [more…]

How to Build a Consensus among Your Employees

Build consensus among your employees when you need them to agree on a business issue or solve a business problem. Consensus building among employees doesn't mean stifling viewpoints, initiatives, or alternative [more…]

How to Plan a Promotional Event for Your Business

Promotional events can help elevate your business above your competition. Your promotional event's creative theme and the fact that you’re holding an event set your business apart from your competitors [more…]

Leadership Qualities

All great leaders have certain characteristics in common. Being a great leader has nothing to do with how you look or how you speak; leadership involves preparation and accepting responsibility, even when [more…]

Developing Your Mission as Leader

Once you've established a goal, your mission is the plan of action for you and your team to reach that goal. Use these guidelines to help lead and attain your mission: [more…]

How to Find Great Speakers for Your Meeting or Event

The most memorable aspect of the meeting or event you plan (aside from the food) is likely to be the program. Hiring the right speaker(s) to address participants is crucial. Following are the basics to [more…]

How to Negotiate when Planning Your Meeting or Event

One of the most important skills any meeting and event planner must have is the ability to negotiate. Few things are set in stone, so unless you're planning an event around the Ten Commandments, you can [more…]

How to Plan Effective Business Meetings and Events

Organization and preparation are key when planning a business meeting or event. You have to cover all the basics from reviewing the content of the meeting to accommodating the attendees. Use the tips in [more…]

Basic Responsibilities of Meeting and Event Planning

What does the job of planning a business meeting or event entail? Entire books are dedicated to answering that question, but the following list includes the fundamentals a planner must expect to coordinate [more…]

Venues to Choose when Planning a Meeting or Event

Choosing the right site for a business event is critical — it's the framework for your whole effort. When seeking a venue for a meeting or event, you have several options. Depending on the number of people [more…]

How to Find Vendors for Business Meetings or Events

Your success as a business meeting or event planner depends upon your ability to hire the right people to help you shine. No one can pull off even a small gathering without a host of helpers. How to find [more…]

How to Control Costs for Your Meeting or Event

Make your boss happy by knowing your budget before you start planning your business meeting or event, and then stick to it. Follow these tips to help you control costs: [more…]

How to Measure Your Current Quality Control Process

Careful measurement is key to managing your quality control processes. Use the following steps to ensure that you measure the right quality-control factors in the right way. [more…]

How to Obtain ISO Certification to Demonstrate Quality Control Standards

Meeting ISO (International Organization for Standardization) quality standards ensures customers that you'll provide quality product. ISO standards are the most recognized quality standards — after all [more…]

How to Introduce Quality Control to Your Organization

Introducing a quality control program into your organization requires careful planning and precise execution. Like any other major new program you introduce, thorough planning and attention to detail will [more…]

Implementing Quality Control Standards: How to Overcome Organizational Reluctance

Many people in the organization will see the introduction of a quality control process as an unwelcome change. Overcoming reluctance to a new quality control process calls for clear and consistent communication [more…]

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