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Category >> Management
Jan 09

Enforce Deadlines

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I enforce deadlines that I receive from others as well as those I make for  myself. Frequently, others are not as committed to meeting deadlines. At one point in my career “Rick” worked for me. The quality of his work was excellent, and he was very good with customer relationships. Unfortunately Rick was perpetually late with everything including client appointments.  Regrettably, Rick needed to be let go because his failure to consistently meet deadlines destroyed the effectiveness of his other excellent traits.

May 03

Build in Reserve Time for Commitments

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Regular readers will know that I stress certain keys to success. They are to do what you say you will do, do it at the price you agreed to and deliver on time. All of us experience time pressures and can easily allow commitments and projects to slip. Then, we either deliver them late or go back to the customer and ask for more money or time to complete the work. What we failed to understand about the project cost the customer more than it should have.

Nov 13

Meeting with Sales Representatives

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“Adam” worked for a family manufacturing business. Recently Adam was given the responsibility for purchasing. Because the business was small, he also had other responsibilities.  The manufacturing process used a lot of different types of materials. Sales people were always calling on him, absorbing a lot of his time, and returning little benefit. He asked me for help to improve the process.

Oct 12

Background Checks

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Someone asked if they should require background checks on prospective employees. My short answer was that background checks are important if you value honesty and reliability. When you can validate a person’s past because you know them well, a background check may not serve a good purpose. Other times, you need the services of an outside vender.

Jul 29

Ask “What Do You Want To Do?”

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I share with clients that a decision requires a yes, no, or I need more information. Once that point passes, you reach an awkward stage in which you are afraid to push forward and the other person is hesitant to commit.  When I reach this stage, I outline the choices and ask, “What do you want to do?” Then, I wait for an answer.

The silence creates an environment where the other person feels increasingly pressured to speak. This tends to get you an answer. If the response is non-committal ask, “Given those options, what do you want to do?”