Until recently, knowledge was for the few. To learn something, you would need to take a course, turn to a specialist or spend weeks at a time looking through books and other sources. The internet was still unavailable for most of us, and the amount of information that could be found on it was far less extensive than it is today. But things have changed, a lot. These days, we’re just a few clicks away from accessing any – yes, any – information. In other words, we are now undeniably in the age of the knowledge-based economy. And the sooner your company is ready for it, the better.
Strategic management and Innovation
Have you ever heard of People Analytics? It’s the practice of applying advanced analytics and large amounts of data to human resource management – independently of the company’s size. Just five years ago, only a few leading firms (such as Google) adopted the methodology. Today, it is increasingly prevalent in the corporate world. That’s because People Analytics is proving to be an extremely effective way of managing a company’s talent management operations – conducting performance assessments, for example. And it is about just that, the process of using data to evaluate the performance of your employees, that we will talk about now.
“Email is a random task list, imposed by others, regardless of your schedule.” With just this brief comment, Antonio Carlos Soares, CEO of Runrun.it, makes it clear why companies around the world are replacing email with management software. There are several examples: the French IT giant Atos banned email from use by its more than 76,000 employees in 52 countries and adopted an online collaboration tool.
Have you ever wandered what it was like to juggle 50 items and conduct an orchestra at the same time? Well, being a project manager is just that. There are so many things flying around all at once, which make staying on top of everything a hassle at times.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford. Teams are everywhere in management, in the top of high-level international enterprises, and in the startup of a mom and pop store. They are essential to any project. Whether it be winning the Super Bowl, or meeting that tight deadline, without great team collaboration getting the best results is impossible.
Organization has been one of the key factors in business successes for millennia; this is why subjects such as business process management made their way into various college class curriculum. And well thought out, strategic workflows are being placed into companies growing from very small to large. But the journey into productivity never ends! The next step in this never-ending search for optimum organization is the workflow app.
By nature, humans have always gone down the path of least resistance. We’ve all felt the looming cloud around us saying “stop procrastinating“, and yet, we give into its will so easily, thinking to ourselves ‘’I have time to do that another day’’ Nowadays distractions are louder, and easier to access than ever.
William Ellery Channing said, “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” Conflict rears its head all the time, and how it is managed can save, destroy, or even enrich relationships whether personal or professional. We’ve all had conflict in the workplace before and it caused us to have negative outlooks on our co-workers, managers, or even place of employment. Conflict management is the practice of reading problems amongst co-workers in a balanced way through effective communication and creative problem solving.
Companies, big and small, are always on the search for ways to get their businesses into metaphorical Olympic swimmer shape. A lot of blog gurus talk about getting your business to be the most productive it can be through hacks, tips, advice, stretching your legs every ten minutes… we’ve all read the posts. Today let’s go back to the textbooks and talk about one of the original hacks, the business process management (BPM).