The death of contracting as we know it

Here’s a prediction for you… the number of opportunities for contractors will significantly reduce by the end of the decade and will be replaced by a radical new model for managing fluctuations in the demand for staff.

Don’t get me wrong. Clients will still need to use temporary staff to manage the growth, ebb and flow of their organisation’s staffing needs. However, and we’re already seeing it, clients are now making some extra demands that, to be frank, will seem impossible to meet using the old school staff augmentation/body shopping models.

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7 ways to make customers love you! Hmmm… is it really this simple?

The greatest compliment anyone can receive in the business world is “I just love working with you.” That’s especially true when that compliment comes from customers, because it means that you’ll be getting their business time and time again, they’ll spend more money with you and tell everyone they know how great you are.

Happy customers keep coming back!

Geoffrey James – writer of the Sales Source column on Inc.com – says that if we follow seven simple rules, we’ll have customers buying from us again and again and again. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Which begs the question: if it’s really that simple, then why aren’t all businesses following these rules? And, can any business afford not to?

Here are the seven rules for getting customers to love you, along with my take on each. Let me know what you think. Are there any others? Enjoy!

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Clichés – love them or hate them – can they make you a better project manager?

Are we totally over clichés or is the jury still out on that one down under?  According to social researcher Mark McCrindle – at the end of the day, it’s not rocket science, Australians hate clichés. But could some clichés help us to become better project managers? Duncan Haughey seems to think so…

I stumbled across this article on ProjectSmart. I’d love to hear what you think of it. Anyway, enjoy!

Know any PM clichés?

Clichés are funny. We don’t like to hear them, but we often use them in everyday conversation. Clichés are a useful way to make a point because the meaning of them is universally understood, even if not entirely true.

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This Is How Women And Men Are Different In The Workplace – Sneak Preview

Rosie the Riveter – read more about her fascinating role in WWII at the bottom

OK – I don’t want to make today’s whole blog about how the sisters are taking over the world, (cue maniacal laughter), but I guess one sees what one is thinking about, right?

(You know, like someone says “pregnant” and for the next day all you see on the streets is babies?)

So anyway, I was roaming around the net and found this interesting commentary from Business Insider. What do you think?

Men and Women – the Difference at Work

There is a major shift occurring in the workforce and women are at the centre of it.

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Women set to rule the workplace

How weird that this article should pop up on my computer screen five minutes after I posted an introduction to myself! Not that I happen to think MDs should “rule” their companies – guide would be a better term, in my opinion – but the coincidence really is peculiar. Anyway, what do you think? Is the glass ceiling really shattering or not? With thanks to Yahoo.

Apparently, women are increasingly going to challenge the male dominance of the workplace and will seek out organisations that support them, a report claims.

Women are set to rule the global workplace over the next few years with a record number of graduates prepare to enter the workforce.

A paper released by Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace, confirms there will be an influx of female talent and that over the next three years 70 per cent of graduates will be female.

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Stopping burnout; the changing pressures of modern living, and how to deal with them

This is really good stuff – we will take all this into account in managing TDC, and in the way we treat our consultants. Fascinating read.

Well, This Is What I Think

 

I am indebted to Jenie for forwarding me this excellent article on the way our brain works, and how it is coping – or can be encouraged to cope – with the new styles of living we are putting in place.  I reproduce it in whole as I think it includes more commonsense than I have read in many years – not to mention a few brilliant clues for office workers and home workers alike – and it especially resonates with me as I now work from home, writing, and blogging. In the Wellthisiswhatithink office (which is usually my bedroom) I am often up at 2 am replying to a comment or bashing out some thought that has occured to me, grumbling wife beside me asking when I will ever sleep. It originally appeared wholeliving.com and kudos to them for a great story.

I warmly recommend reading it –…

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The five steps to leading a great team

Really, it couldn’t be this simple, could it? Yes, it is. Follow these five rules, and your new team will be productive, happy and support you.

OK. You’ve been through the interview process, done your due diligence, and have an understanding of why there was an opening.

Perhaps the last guy got a promotion, won the lotto, or was simply not great at the job – whichever way you’ve landed the role, you’ve been brought in to replace them. So how do you get your new staff to accept you as their new leader? In my experience, there are five simple steps you need to follow.

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