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What Your Construction Project Manager Needs for Goal Alignment

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Jun, 26, 2015 @ 16:06 PM

As a Project Manager, you carry the weight of the Company on your shoulders. You are responsible for creating clear, attainable objectives and building the requirements for each project. Once you have set these goals, it is your job to manage your staff through the constraints that you have set up for cost, quality, time, and scope. Of course, you already knew all of that.

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Topics: profitability, process development, michigan consultant, project management training, workflows, management leadership, profit growth, business process management, construction project manager, six sigma project management, project cost management, project management tools, contractor operations team, business systems, workflow mapping, change management, productivity, workflow diagrams, business valuation, company valuation, project manager, project management, project management consulting, contractor operations, construction operations, construction operations team

Creating the Elusive Worktopia to Increase Growth

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Oct, 31, 2014 @ 15:10 PM

Change to be Better

Change to be better is a methodical business practice of ever-changing strategies and innovation. A core belief of this method is that success is in learning and creating and passion. Most people don’t change their business practices because they believe that what they are doing is the best way. Unfortunately, the reasoning behind this is because it is how they were taught and, in some cases, tweaked by the individual based on their own strengths and abilities. It is what they are comfortable with, and many fear the unknown.

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Topics: strategies, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, workflows, change, Efficiency Improvements, profit growth, information value, strategic work, task list, successful strategies, business systems, change management, coaching, innovation, tasks

What Cartoons Teach Us about Process Improvement

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Mon, Sep, 08, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

Walt Disney once said, “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.”

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Topics: business strategy, process development, strategies, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, Michigan, Proprietary Systemic Differentiation, increasing sales, business success, workflows, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, successful strategies, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, increase sales, system failure

Oversight: The Real Value of Management

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Aug, 01, 2014 @ 16:08 PM

Once projects or work is assigned or delegated, it is the responsibility of that position’s manager to make sure the tasks within the project are completed. The best way is the proactive approach. Proactive means that the oversight manager has access to task lists and checks dates far enough in advance of the due date to be sure tasks are completed and work gets done.

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Topics: time management, planning, Efficiency, improve efficiency, workflows, Efficiency Improvements, Gary Holt, task list, marketingholt.com, tasks

You Can’t Manage Time but You Can Manage Priorities!-part 2

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Jul, 29, 2014 @ 14:07 PM

Priority Management

A calendar system typically uses a month-at-a-glance page(s), week or daily view. The month page is a bird’s-eye view of tasks and deadlines to come; this view becomes useful for scheduling a month in advance. The daily sheet should contain three areas: time slots for scheduled appointments; tasks for prioritizing what needs to get done that day; and an area for comments or jotting down a record of additional daily events. You can accomplish the same thing using Microsoft OutlookTM.

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Topics: Saginaw, time management, planning, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, Michigan, optimization, workflows, Efficiency Improvements, strategic work, task list, tasks

You Can’t Manage Time but You Can Manage Priorities!

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Jul, 25, 2014 @ 14:07 PM

"I don’t have enough time to get everything done!"

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Topics: Saginaw, time management, planning, strategies, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, Michigan, workflows, Efficiency Improvements, strategic work, strategic, task list, marketingholt.com, tasks

Are Your Mapped Processes Measurable?

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Nov, 27, 2012 @ 14:11 PM

We have discussed the need and importance of having your processes mapped out, to help your business run better because your best asset, you and your key employee’s knowledge, is documented and there for others to use and follow. So, what's next?

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Topics: website analytics, workflows, website analysis, The Perpetual Money Machine, new business, Process Mapping, flowcharting, blogs

Workflows and Processes- Holt’s Experience

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Nov, 27, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

Do I have your ear now for the importance of having workflows documented and formally available as training and coaching tools for employees? There are just so many reasons to have this work done but the next question is how do you get that work completed?

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Topics: Risk Aversion, profits, customer service, increasing traffic, outbound marketing, michigan consultant, business success, optimization, workflows, happy customers, increase profits, clients, business systems, flowcharting, workflow mapping, workflow diagrams, marketingholt.com, customer issues

Workflows and Procedures to Make Your Business Grow

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Nov, 27, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

As mentioned in the first chapter, businesses of all sizes have workflows and procedures that allow the businesses to succeed by consistently producing products and by having numerous workers produce those products. Without these procedures, the business may or may not generate positive results and it may or may not generate a profit.  Without that profit, the business can’t grow.

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Topics: marketing, profitability, metrics, diagrams, make more money, business success, workflows, internet marketing, market share, successful strategies, company branding, business systems, Process Mapping, flowcharting, analysis, workflow mapping, workflow diagrams

Risk Aversion- Preventing Loss by Having Workflows Documented

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Nov, 27, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

Another benefit of having your workflows documented and committed to being followed is more than just profitability it's peace of mind. Knowing that the day when a client or government agency comes in to audit you for safety or quality you can produce examples of employees following your documented processes and that the critical processes have been documented to save you and your company from financial risk, potential liability and ruin.

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Topics: Risk Aversion, marketing strategies, marketing, profitability, metrics, strategies, diagrams, Liability, customer complaints, increasing sales, business success, optimization, workflows, information value, business systems, Process Mapping, flowcharting, workflow mapping, workflow diagrams, customer issues

Process Mapping- Capturing the Value You Built into Your Business

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Nov, 27, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

In our previous chapter we have discussed the importance of process mapping or documenting workflows and how these help successful businesses large and small. This chapter looks at what process maps and workflows diagramming is all about. If you have further questions or would like assistance in mapping out your processes then feel free to contact Holt Marketing at the bottom of the page.

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Topics: profitability, profits, metrics, make more money, more business, new customers, business success, optimization, workflows, clients, new business, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, flowcharting

The Personal Side of Change Influence

Posted by gary holt on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 13:11 PM

One often finds that even after successfully implementing process maps and workflows that there are still obstacles in the way of their operations. Since the work already done was a systematic analysis of how the process should be done, it may not mirror how people who operate the process think and behave. This difference in how they view the changes and implementation of a standardized ‘method of thinking’ may be enough to cause them to resist the changes that have been implemented by the efforts of the process mapping.

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Topics: marketing strategies, customer service, business strategy, marketing plan, process development, michigan consultant, diagrams, customer complaints, increasing sales, business success, workflows, happy customers, change, successful strategies, new business, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, flowcharting, workflow mapping, change management, workflow diagrams, marketingholt.com, customer issues, information

Vision- The Unifying Factor for Change Management

Posted by gary holt on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

In change management, a company’s management uses leadership to implement the change to processes, policies, etc with the desired result of acceptance and compliance by the employees. We know that this can be a challenge but a company that takes the time to create a story to tell where they plan on being in the future and how, in general, they will get there will have better prepared employees. That story, that picture for the future, is the company’s vision.

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Topics: brand awareness, re-branding, marketing strategies, profitability, profits, identity, customer service, business strategy, how to launch a product, marketing plan, marketing management, process development, inbound and outbound marketing, make more money, more business, business success, optimization, workflows, new product development, happy customers, change, marketplace, successful strategies, Process Mapping, blogs, analysis, workflow mapping, partnership, change management

Leadership for Change

Posted by gary holt on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 10:11 AM

If dealing with change in your work force feels like a battle of wills then you need to step back and rethink the issue.  When changing any part of the structure in the workplace such as procedures, processes, or responsibilities, getting the employees ‘on board’ can be handled in two ways- a dictate from management passed down to be followed by fear of punishment or a change to be implemented through the leadership of your process.

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Topics: Risk Aversion, brand awareness, profitability, customer service, business strategy, corporate branding, increasing traffic, gross margins, Liability, customer complaints, increasing sales, more business, business success, optimization, workflows, happy customers, change, brand, increase profits, internet marketing strategy, successful strategies, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, analysis, change management, internet marketing strategies, increase sales, customer issues

Six Sigma Process Improvements save big money!

Posted by gary holt on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 08:11 AM

Not too many businesses succeed without looking at how their processes perform. This starts by analyzing the numbers to see if you are on budget. But the businesses that really succeed and achieve this feat also measure those key performance indicators that cause variance. Then they act upon what they learn.

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Topics: marketing strategy, profitability, profits, metrics, customer service, business strategy, process development, Efficiency, increasing sales, new customers, business success, workflows, happy customers, change, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, The Perpetual Money Machine, Six Sigma, successful strategies, new business, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, analysis, workflow mapping, change management, increase sales, workflow diagrams, coaching