Work Management Success: It’s All About People

Finding a better way to get work done is not about technology, it’s all about people.Regardless of the project management software you use, technology tends to treat people more like raw materials managers can push around a time-line like pawns on a chess board. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in project software–I’m just suggesting that it’s the people making up project teams that are actually responsible for getting work done. Software doesn’t write any code, manufacture any product, or create anything new people do.For example, if your definition of resource management or capacity planning stops at dropping names or job roles on the time-line of an interactive Gantt chart, maybe you should take a step back and reconsider. The “manager” in project manager implies something more than managing process. I believe there is a mandate to manage the people who are involved in that process.I’ll admit, “resource management” and “capacity planning” might not be the best words to use, but to be fair, project management has evolved into a highly technical discipline and therefore employs impersonal and technical terminology. In fact, I recently had a coworker who was reading something I had written ask, “What does resource management really mean? Are you talking about human resources, raw materials, or something else?”His point was well taken. I spent a few extra minutes and more clearly defined what I was talking about. (Although I haven’t been able to come up with a better name for it yet either.)Matching the talents of individual team members with their assigned tasks and responsibilities is something that software can’t do on its own. Which is why software will never replace the project manager. He or she is the one who knows the team and their individual strengths and weaknesses. Successful managers know how to leverage the “people” on the team to create the most desired outcome.In the future, the project management software that is most successful at helping managers do this, will have a real impact on facilitating successful project based work.Project Success Has More to do with People than TechnologyMost of the project managers I speak with on a regular basis are highly technical and process-driven individuals. Both are great qualities for managing projects. However, those who seem to rise to the top also understand that there is something more to successful work management than the technology used or the process employed.As the technology incorporated within business work management software continues to improve and automate many of the tasks project managers once had to perform manually, the role of project managers is starting to change. The ability to roll up the sleeves and more effectively interact with individual team members is making some managers very effective at facilitating collaboration and eliminating the impediments faced by project teams. I see this as a trend that has the potential to reduce the project failure rate and directly impact an organization’s bottom-line.To facilitate this, project managers need to make sure they have a couple of things nailed down:1. They need a thorough understanding of their process and how to best use project management tools to successfully execute that process. PPM software has the ability to automate much of the data collection and reporting requirements of project management and should make it easier for managers and teams in that regard. If it is forcing double entry or encumbers the process, it might not be the right solution for your organization.2. Managers need to have exceptional people skills. A command-and-control management style is not the most effective way to lead a project team. It’s becoming more and more critical that project managers encourage collaborative communication to drive success. Successful teams are where the rubber hits the road. Project success has more to do with people than technology.What do you see within your organization? Are you seeing these trends?

Do You Know How To Internet Market?

Would you agree that network marketing these days go hand in hand with internet marketing? If you do agree and I believe it’s true, then why is it for the vast majority of people in network marketing have very little, if any knowledge about how to internet market their opportunity?I think the answer to that question is the industry has let us network marketers down when it comes to internet marketing. Plain and simple most of us don’t know how to do it. Most are just out there trying SOMETHING. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and maybe even LinkedIn have been the big kahuna’s as far as marketing online via social media. Don’t get me wrong, SOME have had success, but MOST… NOT! My own little research has found MOST networkers who have used those platforms have had little success recruiting people into their opportunities. Again notice I said MOST. Not all. And if you’re one of those few who’ve had success… Fantastic! Disregard this article. I’m speaking of the vast majority.I was as excited as the next guy or gal back in the day, when my sponsor showed me how the internet was going to change how we recruited people. As a matter of fact, I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that I would never have to do another personal presentation or home meeting.But what ended up happening is the internet made a way to spread the word about our opportunity to thousands or even millions, and the industry embraced it, but forgot to teach us how to spread the word. I know, I know it’s not the company’s responsibility to teach you how to market. But what about that new person you sign up who desperately just wants to make extra money to make ends meet? And doesn’t know how? Falls on you doesn’t it? But what if you don’t know? Then what? Your upline?So what we have is a bunch of network marketers trying Facebook, trying YouTube, trying Instagram, etc. But there’s no clear blueprint on how to internet market your networking opportunity.So here is my attempt to pass along a little of what I’ve learned. Mind you, I’m not the gospel according to making six figures a month or anything, but I do know a thing or two that can help coachable network marketers promote their business opportunity online.Okay let’s start with what all of us need most in network marketing… LEADS! We need to learn how to create our own FRESH responsive prospects who end up chasing us about our opportunity and not the other way around.How do you do that? I know I’ve written about this before and might sound like a broken record to those of you who have read my business announcements here. But maybe I’ll explain it differently so you don’t say, “Here he goes again!”Wouldn’t you agree that it’s safe to say that people like yourself have invested (notice I didn’t say spent) anywhere from $50-$500 enrolling into their opportunity? So you are a proven buyer. Then there are all the other necessities to run your business like buying the product automatically every month, your company’s website, advertising, etc. Again… you’re a proven buyer.So if people are proven buyers, you need to go where they are. These people known as network marketers are your TARGET Market. They have proven that they will spend money on their business and they are actively trying to promote their business online. If you put the right offer in front of them they’ll probably become members in your downline or buy your product and become a customer.Facebook?Your friends there don’t want to know about network marketing. But the networkers in MLM Facebook groups do. DO NOT market your opportunity to them though. Quit pitching them! They already have an opportunity. Show them how you can help THEIR business. Trust me, you do that and they’ll know you have your stuff together and eventually will be curious about what you’re doing. Then they’ll chase you.Network marketers are open to learning how you might be able to teach them how to internet market. So advertise online how you can help them in network marketing ezines, write articles in EzineArticles.com, grab some PLR (Private Label Rights) material on internet marketing and make it into an eBook on how to do internet marketing. Create a blog that gives them the kind of valuable content that teaches them how to market their business online.In summary, do this:
Step 1: Find Network Marketers (MLM Genealogy Lists)
Step 2: Send a good sales message to email addresses of MLM Genealogy Lists
Step 3: Take phone numbers from MLM genealogy lists and use a company called GoRingless.com to send your marketing message to 100′s- 1000′s at a time.
Step 4: Follow-up with prospects that are now emailing you and calling you back to find out what your message is all about.
Step 5: Share valuable how-to internet marketing content via your own blog, social media, articles, blog commenting, network marketing forums, etc.
Step 6: Close prospects (Are you in? or Are You Out? Don’t sell!)
Follow these steps and you will make a change in your business for sure.

A Home Based Business is Perfect For Financial Growth

The goal in a given state should be to have as many home business opportunities available for people who were previously unemployed as possible. A home based business can really spur economic growth. It can also spur some badly needed creativity in a given area. A lot of given states need a lot of economic development right now. There are a lot of states who need a lot of dollars and economic development in order to get back on their feet.You can start a business at home in any number of states. All of the states in the union are looking for a way to spark commerce. The best state in the union to start a business in very well may be the state of Virginia. Former Governor and current United States Senator Mark Warner left the business climate in very good shape during his one term as Governor. Warner was very proud of the job he did with economic development during his one term as Governor. A Governor is only allowed to serve one term at a given time as Governor of Virginia.You want to start your home based business in a state with a very good tax situation. You do not want to start your company in a state that has too high of a tax rate. You do not want to see the profits from your business taxed into oblivion. If you lived in Virginia under Governor Mark Warner, this certainly would not have happened. The state of North Dakota has a very low unemployment rate, certainly in comparison to the rest of the nation. This could partially be because of the very low and reasonable business and corporate tax rates that the state has.Governor John Hoeven would want you to start your business at home in the state of North Dakota. You can even take the time to start a home business that sells replacement windows in the state of North Dakota. Hoeven tries to make his state as business friendly as he possibly can.Jennifer Granholm is willing to listen to ideas on how to create more home based businesses in the state of Michigan. Is she willing to give the tax incentives necessary to spur the necessary economic development and creativity it takes to create a business from home? She simply may not be willing to do soThe people of Ohio see the huge amount of unemployment they are suffering through on a statewide basis and the hope is that home based businesses will play a role in alleviating some of this problem. People will have to band together in order to form successful companies.The public sector employees such as Congressman do not have all of the answers. The private sector is truly the people who have the majority of the answers. This is certainly true when it comes to home based businesses. Dingell and Stupak want to support small businesses.A home based business can be a great tool for economic development. You need a lot of office supplies in order to properly run a home based business. This means that the retailers can make a lot of money off of the fact that you run a business. It can be good for business to business commerce.To get the newest legitimate home based business for your home, you want the best source of information. Many websites can point you in the directions you want to go to start a home based business.