Problem Solving

When a problem doesn’t respond to solutions that have worked for you before, unlock your creativity with these approaches.
Which of these activities—ones that we’re all guilty of—fritter away your precious minutes?
How many times are you asked to make improvements to administrative processes without any real guidance on what to do or where to start? The DMAIC process makes you work through specific activities in a defined structure so that any changes you make to a process will be successful.
Most people can delete about three-fourths of their incoming email without even reading it … and not just spam. Messages from your employer, your colleagues and your buddies are wasting your time, argues Bill Jensen, author of The Simplicity Survival Handbook: 32 Ways to Do Less and Accomplish More.
An effective assistant/manager relationship is one in which both people know the difference between a crisis and a routine setback. Do you? Does your boss?
You can help your organization’s brainstorming sessions soar to new creative heights simply by posting these “Rules of Engagement” for the group to follow.
Keep these common items nearby to fight daily battles with job stress.
It’s easy to get fired up about a change that you initiate and control, but what do you do when the change is thrust upon you? Here’s the advice of organizational psychologist Joseph Michelli.
There are basically two types of people in the workplace—those motivated to do well by prevention and those motivated by promotion, writes Heidi Grant Halvorson, associate director of Columbia Uni­­ver­­sity’s Motivation Science Center. Research shows these two types of people need different strategies to succeed.
It’s easy to get emotional when a bank makes a mistake and money is at stake, but experts interviewed by personal finance reporter Daniel Bortz say you’re more likely to get your way if you take a measured approach to addressing the issue.

3 ways to impress your boss

December 20, 2012 Categorized in: Problem SolvingTeamwork

No matter what level you’re at, adopting these three behaviors is sure to impress your boss, Ora Shtull writes.
Air your disappointment with a product or service by writing a letter that lets you vent while making your points clearly and effectively.

Does the process slow you down?

November 28, 2012 Categorized in: Problem Solving

Many management processes that look good on paper don’t work so well in the real world, writes Bruna Martinuzzi, author of Pre­­sent­­ing with Credibility. Find opportunities where you can help cut the broken processes that don’t drive results and frustrate team members.