Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The new website design...tell me what you think...

Spent a lot of my vacation time putting together a new website for the business...I would like to hear your opinion of the design...come on by and check it out.



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Landing pages: A must for optimizing your online ads | BDC.ca

Landing pages: A must for optimizing your online ads | BDC.ca:

 "One of my first clients at BDC was an entrepreneur who sought help after spending more than $50,000 a year on Internet ads that produced little to no sales.
This client was angry and frustrated that his investment hadn’t produced better results. But when I studied his ad campaigns, it quickly became clear he hadn’t followed some basic techniques for finding prospects online and converting them into paying customers.
One of the key errors he had made was sending people who clicked on his ads to the homepage of his website. Instead, he should have sent them to a campaign landing page—a webpage specifically designed to communicate a specific message related to an ad or series of ads."




Disasters Come with Tax Breaks—Know the Rules | AccountingWEB

Disasters Come with Tax Breaks—Know the Rules | AccountingWEB:

"Did you know that the tax code allows you to claim tax deductions for household damage caused by thefts, vandalism, fires, floods, hurricanes, and others kinds of casualties? But the law imposes several restrictions.
Relief is available only for uninsured losses. They must be reduced by any settlements you receive, or expect to receive, from your homeowner's or renter's insurance. Nor do you get any write-off for the first $100 of each theft or casualty loss.
The major limitation is that total losses generally are allowable only to the extent they exceed 10 percent of adjusted gross income, the amount listed on the last line of the first page of the 1040 form.
There are other problems for people with hefty deductions that surpass the 10-percent threshold. IRS sleuths learned long ago that most of them are unable to substantiate their losses because they neglect to keep adequate records. They have to rely on what, at best, are estimates. This is assuming they are even able to recall, for instance, all those valuable and not-so-valuable belongings stored in their closets. So the ritual response of the feds is to throw out or trim unsupported estimates, a strict approach that has been sustained by the courts in countless decisions. Take, for example, a case in which an unsympathetic U.S. Tax Court emphasized that it "bears heavily" against taxpayers who base their estimates mostly on recollections, not records."




What should project management cost? | ITWeb

What should project management cost? | ITWeb:

 "We've been looking for the right benchmark for the cost benefit of project management for decades. No-one doubts the value of project management. But we all want confidence when assessing its cost.
All our clients wonder what a project manager's contribution should represent as a percentage of the project budget. If they've invested in a PMO, they want a reasonable market comparison against which to gauge the value it offers.
But finding a measure that's simple enough to remember, and which accounts for the multiple, conflicting considerations involved, isn't easy. Separating the cost of all project management (the PMO, the administrator, the reporting and decision process, the programme and portfolio integration costs etc.) from the simple salary line item for the project manager's role, is the start."




Thursday, 24 July 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

Jason Tratch: PMTip - Top 7 Stakeholder Influencers -

Jason Tratch: PMTip - Top 7 Stakeholder Influencers -:


Jason Tratch: PMTips

Jason Tratch: PMTips:

"We create many types of reports & communication mediums. Break it down to: SENDER - MESSAGE - RECEIVER.

Then go from there.  Make sure the communication tool is directly related to the type of information, audience and influencers present.  Don't over complicate and over administer it, humans have a short attention span and love to complicate things ;-) If creating reports, then simplify them where possible, differentiate between technical detailed reports and status/update reports (much more common).

Some tips are to identify the audience and the influencers that could impact how the information is received and interpreted. Ensure the communication tool aligns with the risks at hand.  Example influencers include:
related work experience;
knowledge/education;
expectation;
vested interest;
past experiences;
agenda (both personal and business related);
culture;
method (written, faxed, telephone, in person, multimedia);
understanding between needs and wants;
personality;
language;
technology comfort;
workload capacity;
conflicting prioritizations;
type of information (reports, updates, memos, meetings, change, issues, formal documents, emails, etc)."




Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -

Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -:

"Social Media tools are actively becoming part of PM Systems.  PM softwares must be able to chat, post, timeline, monitor, track, interact, exchange documents, dashboard goals/objectives & deliverables and do all of this in "real time".  And of course, the PM methodology must establish all processes that the software follows.

Often we think Microsoft Project is a PM Plan type of tool, this is not the case.  Yes, it is a powerful Schedule Management tool, but a true PM tool must have the functions mentioned above, similar to the Social Media World software packages.

Key functions of Social Media softwares are: communicate, communicate, communicate!

Essentially, with this function, you will have your finger on the pulse of the project, you will know how it "feels" vs getting a weekly report that stays within the tunnel vision of the template.  The more you communicate the faster you are able to transition from green, to yellow, to red and back and forth.  You understand so many complexities of the project that you are actually able to not panic and address issues as they pop up, and then get back to the baseline plan (or incorporate a change that gets you back on the path of the baseline plan).

Too often, a risk or issue occurs, and the first thing that has to happen is the team has to get up to speed on what is going on.  Not good.

NOW, on the other hand........Social media does also have some detriments, it does not often have clear objectives and ability to track and stick to them. Lots of time can be spent but is all over the place, so is difficult to justify business value. So if incorporating tools into the PM system, ensure that risk is addressed head on (many easy ways to do so).

MORE Good Reading.....
Social Media concepts & discussions are plentiful in a website created by a pioneer in the Virtual World (check out how many posts he actually has - in the Thousands.... WOW).

His name is Darren Cannell.  He uses technology to enable knowledge transfer (education and training) and is all about online communication .

Check out:
increasing-your-social-presence


Also check out:
increasing-your-social-media-clout


Also check out a video talking about Social media & Sales:
why-big-social-media-push


OR, if want to spend the time, research his blog and you will find that he shares a 30 Day process on creating social media presence.  If can't find all the parts in his blog, then contact him direct, he loves to share his knowledge.
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 "The Greatest Glory in Living lies not in Falling, but in Rising everytime you Fall"  Nelson Mandela





Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -

Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -:

 "Social Media tools are actively becoming part of PM Systems.  PM softwares must be able to chat, post, timeline, monitor, track, interact, exchange documents, dashboard goals/objectives & deliverables and do all of this in "real time".  And of course, the PM methodology must establish all processes that the software follows.

Often we think Microsoft Project is a PM Plan type of tool, this is not the case.  Yes, it is a powerful Schedule Management tool, but a true PM tool must have the functions mentioned above, similar to the Social Media World software packages.

Key functions of Social Media softwares are: communicate, communicate, communicate!

Essentially, with this function, you will have your finger on the pulse of the project, you will know how it "feels" vs getting a weekly report that stays within the tunnel vision of the template.  The more you communicate the faster you are able to transition from green, to yellow, to red and back and forth.  You understand so many complexities of the project that you are actually able to not panic and address issues as they pop up, and then get back to the baseline plan (or incorporate a change that gets you back on the path of the baseline plan).

Too often, a risk or issue occurs, and the first thing that has to happen is the team has to get up to speed on what is going on.  Not good.

NOW, on the other hand........Social media does also have some detriments, it does not often have clear objectives and ability to track and stick to them. Lots of time can be spent but is all over the place, so is difficult to justify business value. So if incorporating tools into the PM system, ensure that risk is addressed head on (many easy ways to do so).

MORE Good Reading.....
Social Media concepts & discussions are plentiful in a website created by a pioneer in the Virtual World (check out how many posts he actually has - in the Thousands.... WOW).

His name is Darren Cannell.  He uses technology to enable knowledge transfer (education and training) and is all about online communication .


Check out increasing your clout:
increasing-your-social-media-clout


Also check out:
increasing-your-social-presence


Also check out a video talking about Social media & Sales:
why-big-social-media-push


OR, if want to spend the time, research his blog and you will find that he shares a 30 Day process on creating social media presence.  If can't find all the parts in his blog, then contact him direct, he loves to share his knowledge. "




Want to Succeed? Think Differently, Ignore the Herd | Fox Business

Want to Succeed? Think Differently, Ignore the Herd | Fox Business:

"Evolution occurs when a mutation benefits the organism, propagates to the next generation and ultimately alters the species. Likewise, civilization advances when unique individuals that think and act differently shatter the status quo and change how we do things.

The mechanism is the same. That’s how we evolve. That’s how our society evolves. It’s also how business evolves. Just as mutations alter our DNA and powerful leaders change our culture, exceptional individuals come up with breakthrough ideas that dramatically alter the competitive landscape.

Looking back, we can certainly identify true entrepreneurs and innovators that killed the competition, disrupted markets, and changed the way we live. But when their great work was still just work-in-progress, these remarkable individuals were more or less indistinguishable from you and me, except for two things."


Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps | Tweak Your Biz

Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps | Tweak Your Biz:

"Tweak Your Biz » Marketing » Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps

Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps

You have a content strategy right? Or do you just create content, write blog posts and share articles whenever you feel inspired? If you’re doing the latter, you need a smarter and more efficient way of working.

A content strategy will help your business plan, develop and organise more relevant content. Don’t worry if you don’t have a content strategy yet. It’s easy to get started. All you need to do is follow these five simple steps:"




Friday, 4 July 2014

Branding Strategy Insider | Why Brand Management Will Replace Marketing

Branding Strategy Insider | Why Brand Management Will Replace Marketing:

 "P&G’s decision to formally end the era of “marketing” at the company and make the shift  to brand management may accelerate what amounts to much more than a title change for marketers generally. To me, it could point to a fundamental re-examination of the role of the people responsible for brands.
While “marketing” and “brand management” are often treated as synonyms, there is an important distinction between the two terms. Marketing focuses on the activities associated with the promotion and distribution of products and services. Brand management has, for many, been historically focused on identity management but is now much more concerned with the active management of the market value and competitive strength of a brand as an (intangible) company asset."




Thursday, 3 July 2014

Six Ways to Supercharge your Contests with Social Media | Social Media Examiner

Six Ways to Supercharge your Contests with Social Media | Social Media Examiner:




6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics - TalentCulture

6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics - TalentCulture:

"You know those company videos or blog posts aimed at showing the world just how great Company X is to work for? Everyone is having fun at work, and they’re smiling while talking about all the perks. We have come to think of this as what an engaged workforce might look like. This Pleasantville snapshot can be a bit misleading.

While it would be great to walk into an office of positive attitudes and buzzing energy, if real engagement isn’t present, that office will soon have an order to vacate on their door. Realizing that there is a difference between satisfied and engaged, is a vital distinction for leaders to establish. Smiles are one part of the engagement equation, and numbers are another.

Check out what employee engagement can do for productivity and revenue.

Increasing employee engagement investments by 10% can increase profits by $2,400 per employee, per year. (Source: Workplace Research Foundation)"




Confucius Quotes - BrainyQuote

Confucius Quotes - BrainyQuote:

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
Confucius"




Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Chuck Reid Quotes - The Quotations Page

Chuck Reid Quotes - The Quotations Page:

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is.
Chuck Reid"




Jason Tratch: Tools - 5MPET (problem solve & risk management) -

Jason Tratch: Tools - 5MPET (problem solve & risk management) -: "Have this tool in your back pocket at all times (ready to go).  When a problem pops up, or if you need to analyze an issue or risk, use the Cause & Effect Tool (also known as Fishbone, or Ishikawa - different names, same tool). Use the acronym 5MPET to help you remember the categories.

A definition of the Cause and effect diagram can include: provides a formalized, structured method to identify potential variations or issues that exist or could occur.  Can be utilized to identify the causes (why is this happening) or can be focused on identifying the effects (what will happen) or a combination of the two. The Categories utilized should be “trigger” words that promote focus on certain areas and when all Categories are completed (worked through), together they cover almost all aspects of a project. Popular categories include:
Mother Nature
Measurement
Method
Material
Machine
People
Energy
Time
NOTE: remember the acronym 5MPET

This type of flowchart tool is valuable for brainstorming, analysis, planning, decision making, presentations, risk management, team building and buy-in, etc. This tool is very good to help focus the work and is quick and easy to use. If in an office environment, then draw out the tool if possible since graphical representations show relationships differently then just verbal and will lead to greater effectiveness and efficiency.

An example diagram is included below, illustrating the 8 categories and 3 events on the ‘Machine’ sub arrow-line:






 

Example: if you asked a group of people the question.....
Q - What happened, why did the breakdown occur? 
Chances are you will get a wide variety of answers and the efficiency of brainstorming is "all over the place". The response of the group could also be in a state of panic and anxiety that the obstacles are too vast, complicated and dis-connected. 

WHEREAS, if you use this tool, you would ask the question....
Q - What happened with the breakdown but please only focus your answers on the category of Mother Nature?
Also state that for 10 minutes, we will only talk about things related to Mother Nature.  If other comments come up that are related to another category, then put them on the "Parking Lot" (write it down somewhere for a later time) and then get right back to the Mother Nature focus.  Also state that the other categories will be visited and addressed but the process is to work in sequence (address each category individually and not at the same time).
Chances are you will get much more focus, efficiency, less panic, better collaboration, better detail, faster detail, etc.

Listed below is a good link that also further defines this tool:

http://www.project-management-skills.com/fishbone-diagram.html"




Insane facts about Canada... - The Meta Picture

Insane facts about Canada... - The Meta Picture:


Monday, 30 June 2014

The future of universities: The digital degree | The Economist

The future of universities: The digital degree | The Economist: "FROM Oxford’s quads to Harvard Yard and many a steel and glass palace of higher education in between, exams are giving way to holidays. As students consider life after graduation, universities are facing questions about their own future. The higher-education model of lecturing, cramming and examination has barely changed for centuries. Now, three disruptive waves are threatening to upend established ways of teaching and learning.

On one front, a funding crisis has created a shortfall that the universities’ brightest brains are struggling to solve. Institutions’ costs are rising, owing to pricey investments in technology, teachers’ salaries and galloping administrative costs. That comes as governments conclude that they can no longer afford to subsidise universities as generously as they used to. American colleges, in particular, are under pressure: some analysts predict mass bankruptcies within two decades."



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Project Management!

Project Management!: "Take Advantage of the Teachings of Jason Tratch!

Inside you'll learn:


Project Management Report



Jason Tratch is an experienced business man who has been involved in many different types of businesses and due to this vast experience has created a unique & eclectic approach to PM.

This course is designed around his unique perspective of business culture and shares his checklists and processes based on the PMBOK approach to PM.  However, because of his numerous certifications in other PM approaches, he colors the PMBOK approach to a more realistic world-tested approach to PM.



PM when taught by someone who is not as experienced such as Jason Tratch can be a lot of paperwork and administrative busy work.  Jason does a good job of eliminating these barriers, making it easier to understand, and when put into the flexible online system, it eliminates the distance & time which is normally found in a 36 hour face to face course.



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Why the big social media push at NexLev

NexLev's PM Course strengths and the website's weaknesses

E-Learning Secrets: Managing Subject Matter Expert Time, Part One - eLearning Industry

E-Learning Secrets: Managing Subject Matter Expert Time, Part One - eLearning Industry:



"From an Instructional Designer’s perspective, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are the e-learning team MVPs. They bring the valuable expertise and insights, those raw materials that can be transformed into thought-provoking scenarios and engaging activities. Yet they are also often highly respected players with demanding jobs in the business, with little experience developing e-learning. How can you manage and maximize your SME’s time like an e-learning pro? In this two-part series, we’ll show "