Having SMART goals for things we want to do and working towards them is an important part of being human. Goals big and small can be the stepping-stones to a successful business and the way you set them can make a difference to achieving them. The path towards our goals may not always run smoothly or be easy. It is important to use the SMART method of developing and setting your goals: READ MORE »
Performance gaps are those pesky realities that plague our workplaces with inefficiency and ineffectiveness. Gaps between what is and what should be, keep us from realizing what is possible. If you own or manage a small- to mid-size organization, you can probably list a few gaps off the top of your head.
The adage, “admitting there’s a problem is the first step toward fixing it” could be stated, “knowing there is a performance gap is the first step toward closing it.” But knowing that a gap exists doesn’t tell us what is causing it and what we should do about it. In order to close a gap, we have to have a process to evaluate the source(s) and develop appropriate solutions. READ MORE »
What is a brand? I’m reminded of scenes from one of my favorite American movies, Red River; namely, the branding of cattle in preparation for a historic cattle drive along the old Chisholm Trail. Brands were visual symbols of ownership. They depicted in graphic geometric shapes and/or letters the names of the various ranches: The Circle R, The Flying P, and The Two Rivers are examples. The brand message to all who saw it said, “This is mine, and it is separate from the rest of the herd.” READ MORE »
Maybe it was the was the influence of being a child in the 70’s and the impression I got from those great movies like Saturday Night Fever, Roller Boogie or Xanadu, but I have always found great inspiration from all things DISCO. So, a few weeks back, I was reminded of this when I was shopping with a good friend in an eclectic boutique. The store had many cool things for sale, but the one thing I wanted to buy was a disco ball. Unfortunately, the shop owner was not willing to part with this, so I decided to just go ahead and order one online. I was so excited when this arrived! I took it straight to my office at the college and decided that it had to be installed in that office. READ MORE »
In the same way that styles are an easy way to change the look of document TEXT, themes provide a quick way to change the overall look of the DOCUMENT as a whole. A theme consists of a set of coordinated colors, fonts and object effects. There are forty themes available in Office 2010. Themes are a new development that first appeared in Office 2007. If you’re using an earlier version of Microsoft Office, this tool is not available. READ MORE »