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The Outsourcing Decision Matrix – Analyzing the Make-or-Buy Decision

[ad_1] © iStockphotowebphotographeerWill you make it yourself, or outsource to someone else? How do you decide which activities to outsource, and which tasks to keep in-house? Let's say you're a manager in the healthcare industry. Should you outsource your cleaning staff, or retain them? Would the decision be the same for an IT company? If you worked for an airline, would you outsource your catering, or hire cooks directly? What if you managed a luxury hotel? Outsourcing can have a significant impact on your bottom line. It can reduce overheads, bring fresh expertise to your business, and free up your time for innovation and other vital tasks. But there are risks, too. You could lose control of proprietary information, or...

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ABCD Learning Objectives Model – Outlining Learning Essentials

[ad_1] © VeerGarryUse the ABCD Learning Objectives Model to write an effective learning objective. Have you ever been asked to teach a class, or develop a training program? If so, how do you know where to start? How should you structure your class? How can you make sure that your training program is suitable for your audience? And, how do you ensure that your students finish with the right knowledge and skills? This is where the ABCD Learning Objectives Model is useful. This model outlines four things that you need to think about to create a thorough and complete learning objective; and this learning objective lays the foundations of a successful training session or learning experience. Overview Robert Heinich, along with his...

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Newsletter 488: How to Build an Effective Team

[ad_1] How to Build an Effective Team Successful teams do not come together by chance. They take time to build, nurture and develop - but the rewards are worth it.As a manager, you need to get your people to trust one another, and focus their talents on achieving the team's goals. You can learn strategies and ideas for building effective teams with our articles, Team Building Activities: an Introduction and Team Charters.Also, you can identify any teamworking problems, and discover tools for tackling them, with our Team Effectiveness Assessment. Enjoy this newsletter! Featured Resources at Mind Tools ...

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The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Crafting Clear and Effective Communications

[ad_1] Crafting Clear and Effective Communications © iStockphotoPaulTessier During World War II, Winston Churchill gave weekly radio addresses to bolster the confidence of the British people, to allay their fears, and to remind them that they were fighting for a worthy cause. His oratory during this time is now legendary. In the early days of the war, the United Kingdom stood alone, yet Churchill’s rhetoric convinced its people to remain strong. He encouraged feelings of patriotism, commitment, and sacrifice with his words, his voice and his timing. Churchill's deep understanding of rhetoric, and his knowledge of how to use it to inspire and persuade others, had an enormous impact on British morale. In this article, we'll look at how you...

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Flow Charts – Understanding and Communicating how a Process Works

[ad_1] Identify and Communicate Your Optimal Process  How often have you thought about streamlining a process in your organization but not been sure where to start? Or perhaps you've struggled to understand a process when it's described to you in detail. Flow charts are a useful tool in these situations, as they make a process easy to understand at a glance. Using just a few words and some simple symbols, they show clearly what happens at each stage and how this affects other decisions and actions. In this article and video, we look at how to create and use flow charts, and explore how they can help you to solve problems in your processes. Using flow charts effectively can help...

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What are Your Values?

[ad_1] Deciding What's Most Important in Life  How would you define your values? Before you answer this question, you need to know what, in general, values are. Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. They (should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they're probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to. When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you're satisfied and content. But when these don't align with your personal values, that's when things feel... wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness. This is why...

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Training Needs Assessment (TNA) – Making Sure That Your Team is Properly Trained

[ad_1] Making Sure Your Team Is Properly Trained © iStockphotostphillipsScrutinise your team's and organisation's training needs carefully. Abigail's boss has asked her to train her department on recent legislative changes affecting her industry. The session is due to last an entire afternoon and, without giving it much thought, she asks everyone in her team to attend. Once she starts the training, however, she realizes that not everyone needs to be there. Some of her colleagues are giving up half a day's work to learn new skills that they will never use. Without thinking about who needed to know about the new legislation, Abigail wasted time and resources training team members who didn't need to be there. Her department also lost...

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Newsletter 487: How to Be Firm, but Fair!

[ad_1] How to Be Firm, but Fair! Have you ever had a great idea at work, but felt either unable to speak up or drowned out by more strident voices on your team? Such situations can leave you feeling powerless and frustrated, and your organization can miss out on your contributions.Often, people hold back because they lack self-confidence or assertiveness. You can learn how to stand up for yourself without damaging relationships with our article, How to Be Assertive. Being a "visible," self-assured team member can really boost your career and reputation. You can reap these rewards by following the tips and strategies in our articles, Getting Noticed and How...

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How to Write a Business Case – Getting Approval and Funding for Your Project

[ad_1] Getting Approval and Funding for Your Project © iStockphotoRawpixelDetail the benefits, cost, approaches and timescale of your proposed project. You've got some great ideas for improving the way your department delivers what's required of it. But how do you get approval for your projects to go ahead? And how do you ensure that you receive the resources you need to complete them successfully? The answer is this: by creating a proper business case document. In formal projects, a business case is the main deliverable from the Strategy and Business Case Project Phase   . It's one of the key documents that senior managers review when deciding whether to give a project the funding it needs to go ahead. In the...

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Personal Preparation for Great Decision Making – Getting Into Shape to Make the Right Call

[ad_1] Getting In Shape to Make the Right Call © GettyImagestunartTune in to how your mind uses "fast" and "slow" modes when making decisions. Do you sometimes approach an important decision with the nagging feeling that you aren't quite ready to make it? Successful decision making requires careful preparation. That doesn't just mean getting the facts and figures straight – you can still make a poor decision, even if you're armed with all the data you need. You may not be able to process that information effectively if you're distracted by other tasks, or if you doubt your ability to make the right call. In this article, we explore tips and techniques for minimizing confusion and self-doubt, so that you...

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