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How Does Choosing Contracted Cleaners Prove To Be Profitable For A Company?

Sara
Office cleaning businesses don't just take care of a business's housekeeping demands expertly, but also make certain that the very best quality of cleaning and sanitizing is supplied to the company for affordable prices. The following reasons should make evident how outsourcing to a commercial cleaning company can be practical for an organization. 1. Value For Money: Contracting out the sanitizing tasks of an organization can be quite economical. To start with, one can save the cost of having the office premises hygienically cleaned in a lot less time with the aid of a specialist cleaning service. Furthermore, it will be the duty of the cleaning and maintenance contractor to obtain the materials, refillable products and cleaning gear, all for optimum rates. Furthermore, the business owner is likewise spared from the outlays with regards to recruiting; selecting, testing, and developing staff, along with their management. All these consultations and managerial operations are done by the professional cleaning firm, protecting both the money and time of your firm.

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What is a Business Coach – How Do they Make a Difference?

Sara
As a business owner you will understand the minefield you navigate every day. It is lonely and difficult at the top. People rely on you for leadership and guidance and for employment itself. You hold the fate of many people in your hands. Business coaching could be the answer to not only guarantee your success but to ensure the very survival of your enterprise. Employing a business coach will prove to be a worthwhile investment with benefits that will pay dividends far into the future. The role of a Business Coach is to guide business owners with support, accountability and encouragement. Business coaching helps owners of enterprises with management, sales and marketing, plus they will have pearls of wisdom to share in the fields of human resources and team building. The focus is always on creating successful businesses. A great coach will pay dedicated attention to you. They will help you move from where you are to where you want to be.

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Becoming a Better Leader – a Good Business Decision

Sara
Management and leadership have always been defined differently with many business owners urged to develop the latter skill. The truth is, there is only so much management skills one can learn. After that, systems and the employees take care of much of the day to day running of the business. The challenge of the business owner is to ensure all parts of the business work in tandem to achieve the goal of the business. This calls for leadership and the more developed leadership skills you have, the better chance of your business attaining success and once successful, sustaining it! It may not make sense to many as they start out with small teams, but your leadership impacts many areas of your business. These include employee turnover, office culture, employee motivation levels, and the overall direction the business takes. Here are four reasons why making the decision to invest in becoming a better leader is a wise choice.

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Outsourcing – Offshore and Onshore

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Outsourcing is an idea that has revolutionised the way entrepreneurs plan, structure and run an enterprise, and it’s increasing popularity can be attributed to its capacity to help entrepreneurs scale and deploy a business idea faster and operate more efficiently. Embracing the idea of outsourcing, entrepreneurs can focus on developing solutions and expertise in core competencies where they add real value to their market, either naturally through their access to unique or scarce resources, or intelligently though their ingenuity. They can then outsource the more mundane and tedious tasks that, although critical to the day to day operations of their business, aren’t the primary reason for their existence. Separating core competencies from critical but mundane tasks enables businesses to leverage the specialist knowledge, management expertise, staff and/or infrastructure of dedicated professionals; making it easier for them to They can then outsource the more mundane and tedious tasks that, although critical to the day to day operations of their business, aren’t the primary reason for their existence.

Businesses that need this kind of service can check out this recent article about how to choose the right cleaning company for your business. Offshore outsourcing, sometimes referred to as offshoring, is outsourcing tasks that can be done by someone overseas in a country where the cost of living is lower than in the country in which the host company operates



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“People don’t Leave Jobs. They Abandon Managers.”

Sara

But In fact, in “Leading the Way: Three Truths from the Top Companies for Leaders (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), authors Marc Effron and Robert Gandossy show that companies that excel at developing leaders tend to achieve higher long-term profitability, and one By providing a pathway to management, and developing managers with leadership training to help them work more effectively with and through employees, team productivity improves, and when this is sustained, employees start to better understand their roles and can actually begin to drive innovations that further increase productivity and efficiency. For readers interested in exploring how to create sustainable long term growth by making better  management a key success factor in the growth of their business, there are several free to download self-coaching reports available here, that can help curious leaders and business owners  execute simple strategies to engage and motivate staff. These free reports also show how to get fast productivity increases from your current teams, simply by harvesting the low hanging, potential contributions that your team could offer if you, if you knew how to elicit their contributions.

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Is Tradition Your Fall-Back Position?

Sara

We published an article in MO* Magazine (in Dutch) on the Kashagan oil field, situated in the Northern part of the Caspian Sea belonging to Kazakhstan. On 11th September, the biggest oil field discovered during the past 40 years started its production of oil. Kashagan was discovered 13 years ago, but oil production was delayed due the complex technical challenges. Moreover, little gain is expected for local communities and there is a tremendous risk for an environmental disaster. If an ecological disaster happens, the relative political stability of the Caspian Sea region is at stake.

In Atyrau, Kazakhstan, we talked to: a taxi driver who helped with the construction of the Kashagan islands; an employee at the newly constructed Bolashak oil refinery; Galina Tschernova, leading lady of the local ngo Globus Centre that fights to protect the environment and the local people; Abdulla Amin, risk manager for an American company; Serikhzan Mambetalin, past chairman of the disqualified Green party.

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The Breakthrough Moment

Sara
The breakthrough moment... is that moment when you come up against everything that IS possible... and you either choose it (even if it is REALLY uncomfortable) or you back away, hiding amongst the excuses that have kept you from going beyond it in the past. How many times have you almost got there, only to stop yourself?  Is it time to stop it... or do you love stopping you? Are any of these scenarios familiar to you? “I know I can do this, but before I do, I just need to.....(insert big thing that is your current ‘unsolvable obstacle’ here).....” “I would love to do this, but I’m just going to..... (insert small, unimportant list of busy work here).....” “I am procrastinating because I am not ready, I need to learn..... (insert your personal ‘less than’ comparison to as many guru’s in your industry as you can find here).....” “I know this is really important, but I have to do my client work first...

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The Challenge of Being a Practitioner

This article presents an account from people who are now academic researchers who supported people with learning disabilities in the 1970s and 1980s. It explores how a practitioners and an academic engaged in researching and teaching social welfare issues from a social model and critical rights perspective, remember and have come to terms with oppressive practices from the past. The paper includes instances of resistance to unethical systems and behaviours, but also painful memories of compliance. The authors reflect on their ethical positions in their past practice and discuss the importance of remembering and acknowledging.

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New Energies of Business – Contribution

Sara

Have you noticed that business is changing rapidly and in unexpected ways?  Over at BlissTribe we have started to explore the new energies that will form the platform for business in the future. One of my roles as a business coach is to inspire you to have the awareness that there is a different possibility available from what you see right now.  How do you see the people that you work with in your business?  Are they a contribution or do you just wish they would be?  Does it drive you nuts that they aren’t?  Would you like to change all of this? Contribution is essential to the New Energies Of Business TM.  If I am employing anyone – for my team or as a supplier of services to my business, the first thing I look at is ‘will they be a contribution?’  Contribution is essential to the New Energies Of Business TM. 

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Managing the ‘indispensable’ high performing employee.

Sara
The recent global financial crisis has seen an increase in advice to employees to ‘make yourself indispensable’.  A useful strategy for the employee maybe, but not always ideal for a smart small businesses! Those same high performers have the capacity to hold your business hostage to their demands!  So how do you have high performing team members without making them indispensable? Create a culture of high performance so that the ‘average’ level of performance is higher than expected in most businesses. Create an environment and a culture that offers your people incentive to stay and to perform at their best, without them feeling like they need to instigate the ‘power crazy’ aspects of being indispensable. Work with your team’s strengths – the person being ‘everything to everybody’ needs direction and support in working towards specific targets that benefit the business.  Just because someone can, doesn’t mean they should!! Have awareness of people who are implementing the ‘indispensable strategy’ – they may not always be the ones you want to keep should the going get tough…  (look for strong performance in their core job role, or move them to a more suitable role if you start to see previously undiscovered talents!!) Don’t be tempted to rely on the people making themselves indispensable – you are compounding the problem and teaching them to become a bottleneck. 

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