How Can You Transform A Corporate Vice Into Good Habits Allowing More Growth To Your Company?

What is corporate vice?
This is the best definition of vice I found: “Vice is the habitual use of anything harmful to us”. Most of us associate the term vice to drugs, cigarettes or alcohol, but vices are present in most companies sometimes considered a normal attitude which makes this a problem very difficult to resolve.

There are many vices that we see at work, some of them are still enforced or awarded by bosses and colleagues at work … to name a few: aggression, ambition, greed, slander,
jealousy, anger, nonconformity, envy, slander, workaholic, lying, idleness, pride, abuse, vanity, games, interruptions, etc.. Many perhaps don’t even realize that, for example, aggression, workaholic, interruptions or playing at work are vices … many others even think they have no vices at all!. It is certain that vices are harmful to people who suffer them, and sometimes one or two of their vices darken their virtues.

Vices can kill a company. The behaviour of teamwork with vices is completely detrimental to the proper functioning of the company.

Teamwork’s customers, suppliers, friends and relatives start talking about the displeasure of working in this or that company, and when this kind of “marketing” starts, the result is often going out of business.

How to avoid corporate vices?
Vices must be treated as business diseases. Getting rid of them is difficult, complex and requires will. Hot to fight them?

  • Self-examination. The best way, without doubts, is starting with self-examination. At corporate level is necessary to evaluate all habits that are executed in the day-to-day activities.
  • Replace a vice with a good habit. This takes time, and must be done slowly, because is the better way of facing and defeating a vice. This habit must be part of the corporate best practices, enforcing its development in existing and new co-workers. One option could be to introduce the habit in the performing evaluation.
  • Discipline and rigor, are the key to transform vices into virtues.
  • Create a positive synergy in the workers that are incorporating renewed attitudes in their day-to-day habits.

Sometimes, the efforts are unsuccessful in the objective of eliminating vice from some co-workers. That being the case…is time to rethink the continuity of them in the company. Firing an employee for having inadequate behaviours can be, most of the time, the right thing to do, when chances were given to rectify that behaviours and that chances were not well accepted or used.

However, the worst danger is when the vices are present in the corporate’s top positions. The company never will reach the optimum development level, and sooner or later, the customers will start leaving by lack of professionalism and good behaviour.

“A business is successful to the extent that it provides a product or service that contributes to happiness in all of its forms.”Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Minimalistic Presentations: Focus The Audience’s Attention On You

We all know there are a lot of training courses about making presentations: ” how to make good presentations?”; “how to impact your audience with great presentations?”; and so on.

It is common in training courses, seminars and congress, to see the speakers using presentations with a high number of slides, and in many cases I have found they measure the duration of the event by the number of slides. Speakers invest most of their time in things like: choosing templates, decorating with forms (rectangles, squares etc), adding diagrams, graphics and images to complete the information. I know people who worked up to 5 days to create a two-hour presentation.

My point is: this is the worst kind of presentation you could possible make.

You have to invest your efforts teaching the audience about your topic and not making your presentation looking great.

The only thing that differences you from another speaker is the way you transmit your information. For that reason you have to focus the audience’s attention on you, on your words and not in your presentation.

So, here is how to make a minimalistic presentation:

  • Prepare good material for your audience, like an e-book. This kind of material can be distributed to the audience and serve as a support after the presentation. If you make a sales event you can prepare marketing material about your product.
  • Make your presentation with as few slides as possible. Check some presentations of Steve Jobs; he keeps his audience hanging on his words and in the product that he is presenting. Gary Vaynerchuk, for example, in the last FOWA event did a presentation with only one slide, “a contact slide”, during the event he spoke and focused the audience’s attention in his words, “a very excellent speaker”.
  • Teach your audience. Teach, explain, make exercises and keep your audience enthusiastic.

Make your next presentation with minimalistic approach, and it will stick around longer!!

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The Emeteclass Manifesto: 2. People First

People are all of us…. customers, staff, vendors. People are the most important thing in life, people are family, business and society. It is human nature to engage one other, resulting in a better understanding of mutual needs and expectations. …

For a great business we need to focus on people every minute of the day. People are “goals”, “communication”, “business”, “delegation”, “feedback”, “learning”, “grow”, “business strategy”, “opportunity”, “rewards”, “recognition”, “collaboration”, “empowerment”, “influence”, “technology”, “energy”, “involvement”, “change”, “excelence”, “business”, “happiness”, “simplicity”, “work”, “passion”, “balance”, . Our philosophy is based on the premise that people’s points of view are more important than their titles. We treat people with respect, honesty, transparency and confidence.

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El Arte Detrás de “LetMeGo I18N Challenge”

Cuando leímos sobre LetMeGo I18N Challenge, quedamos gratamente impresionados con el proceso de selección. Nuestra primera impresión fue la de un proceso dinámico, divertido y sobre todo muy transparente. Ahora que estamos en la parte final del proceso, estamos aún más maravillados al descrubir “El Arte” que existe detrás de este processo y lo mucho que hemos aprendido de ello. Ya habíamos leído acerca de nuevas técnicas de selección, por ejemplo las sugeridas en el blog de Seth Godin, pero consideramos la ejecución hecha por LetMeGo brillante.

El procedimiento tradicional, analizar el curriculum y hacer la entrevista, es aburrido y dispendioso. Generalmente una hora de entrevista no nos da el feedback necesario para saber si es o no la persona correcta. Contratar a una persona que realmente siga los valores de la empresa debe llevar más tiempo, debe ser un proceso más riguroso y, como hemos aprendido con LetMeGo I18N Challenge, puede además ser divertido y productivo.

El Proceso de selección
El processo de selección constó de 7 pruebas, diseñadas para medir las habilidades requeridas, son enviadas diariamente y hay que completarlas en 24 horas. Lo que demuestra que el equipo de LetMeGo tiene una estrategia claramente definida sobre el perfil de las personas requeridas, el marketing, y la parte financiera. No es una selección impulsiva, sino una selección bien planificada, orientada a los objetivos de la empresa.
Este proceso está descrito en mayor detalle en el blog de Alexander Torrenegra, The Making of LetMeGo.

Creatividad, Transparencia, Productividad, Marketing 
“Pon a trabajar a los candidatos.” Parece ser el mensaje de LetMeGo. Medir las capacidades es una parte importante, y tienes que asegurarte de que los candidatos tengan las habilidades correctas, y los valores necesarios para formar parte del equipo, y de paso, porque no aprovechar esto para ser también productivo?. El desafío de la segunda prueba es un gran ejemplo de ello. Marketing Social, si antes no habías oído hablar de LetMeGo ahora tienes una gran cantidad de personas conociéndolo, y corriendo contra el tiempo para hacerlo conocer a la mayor cantidad de personas posibles, “simplemente fantástico”. Marketing Social, como parte de LetMeGo I18N Challenge, fue una maravillosa idea, “sencillamente productivo”.
Transparencia?, Sabemos cuantos quedamos, sabemos que valoran la ética, sabemos que todos somos tratados con el mismo rigor. Demuestra una empresa profesional y con valores.

Diversión
El aburrimiento y en general la falta de felicidad en el trabajo es un problema que no podemos ignorar. Nos sentimos cansados, con estrés, enfermos y negativos.
La felicidad refleja la simplicidad de nuestra filosofía. Nos hace sentir con energía, creativos, motivados, saludables, exitosos…, y nos ayuda a disfrutar de cada momento en nuestra vida.
Nuestro equipo de trabajo se ha divertido muchísimo en el proceso de selección, “Queremos ganar…., somos mejores …., estamos haciendo las cosas bien, superamos otra prueba….” son nuestros comentarios diarios, comentarios de motivación y éxito.

Aprendizaje
Es verdad que las personas cambian después del proceso de selección, pero es más eficiente y menos arriesgado para seleccionarla, el compartir con ellas una semana de trabajo y no solamente la lectura del curriculum y el tiempo de la entrevista.
Nosotros queremos ser los ganadores del “LetMeGo I18N Challenge” en español, aún no quedando entre los seleccionados, ya consideramos que lo somos. Hemos aprendido muchísimo con este proceso que, de ahora en adelante, formará parte de nuestra estrategia de selección. Les damos las gracias al equipo de LetMego por habernos dado la oportunidad de aprender participando, trabajando y divirtiéndonos.
“LetMego I18N Challenge” nos viene a enseñar que el talento puede estar en cualquier parte… y como descubrirlo!.
Son estos los días que hemos vivido intensamente con LetMeGo. Lo pasamos bien, unos días con estrés, otros más relajados, pero siempre con desafíos interesantes. Un proceso diferente, pero definitivamente mejor, que nos hace sentir con entusiasmo el hecho de poder llegar a formar parte del equipo LetMeGo.

LetMeGo una empresa a seguir :)

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Sustainability Management as a Project Management Knowledge Area

Sustainability Management as a Project Management Knowledge AreaAn Initial Approach to Integrate Sustainability Management into the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

In a world where an ever-increasing population is demanding more and more resources, global sustainability is getting significant relevance in everything we undertake. Nowadays people involved in projects should think in a socially responsible way, making decisions which benefit not only the businesses but also the society and the environment. Governments are imposing regulations, environmental organisations and social groups are rising their hands and companies are including sustainability in their business practices as they realised they can deliver sustainable products while getting more profits. All these factors are impacting the way project managers develop their work and evaluate project constraints. In that sense, every phase in a project presents a potential opportunity for project managers to incorporate sustainability principles while moving towards delivery of sustainable products and services.

As project manager professionals, we think our profession has reached the point of maturity where sustainability management could be effectively integrated into project management practices. This approach would assure project managers will fully consider sustainability in projects as an important component throughout the project life cycle and it will also enable the delivery of sustainable outcomes. In addition, this approach complementing and reinforcing the sense of social responsibility described on it.

The main objective goes beyond the “green” wave the world is experiencing at all levels in our economies. More than “green”, the outcome of projects should be sustainable to the full extent of the concept. This is the big picture, the big challenge all project managers face today in developing solutions for a sustainable future.

Marianela Abarca, MBA, PMP. Business Consultant (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Mirla Ferreira, MBA, PMP. Emeteclass Lda (Aveiro, Portugal)

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