‘The magnificent man is like an artist; for he can see what is fitting and spend large sums tastefully’
1. Introduction to Stress
Stress, anxiety and depression are found in all people and in all cultures, industries, economies and societies, regardless of the education, social status or economic background of the individuals concerned. This is due to a variety of reasons, but mostly because of the high and extremely demanding aspects of their workplace.
The fact is that most adults, all over the world, spend the largest if not a substantial part of their lives working in private companies or public organizations. Whether they are employed in Canada, the U.S., or Australia, in a high-technology startup in Eat Asia, a financial institution in England or Germany, or a garment factory in the Dominican Republic or India, they experience extreme occupational stress.
Also they are not engaged at all in their work!
“If you don’t build your dream then someone will hire you to help build theirs” – Tony Gaskins
We live in a world where the ‘job for life’ no longer exists and where people in employment today may well have to change careers several times in their working lives. Thanks to the Internet jobs like travel agent, postal worker and retail cashier, amongst others, are fast approaching their sell-by date.
At the same time, as people live longer and have more leisure time then there is a need for more entrepreneurial thinking in life outside of the workplace. This blog is about how to successfully release that creative spirit in all walks of our life.
Now if anyone reading this expects a Harvard Business Course in 7 steps then they will be disappointed. There are plenty of gurus out there who will give you chapter and verse about running a business.
In our first post on money - Complexity - we spoke about the difficulties of fundraising. As we learned, fundraising is a hard task on a good day. Today’s blog will address events and sales. Please see the free eBook Volunteering for a more in-depth discussion.
Some organizations survive solely on events and sales. A very well-organized event or sale can bring great attention to your purpose and publicity that is hard to buy. Events and sales can also raise you the unrestricted funds your organization desperately needs. Events can be of many sizes and flavors: the one that supports you all year long or the event that gives you just enough of the resources you need to provide the flexibility in your budget to cover items no one else wants to pay for. Examine the portfolio of events and sales your organization undertakes to better understand the bottom line and the good will they provide. (more…)
We all come across this point at some point in our career, where we have to hold a presentation. There are different types of presentations, for example you would like to pitch your idea to a client, or present a concept to the management, or maybe you have agreed to present results of a study in front of a committee.
So let’s get started. It doesn’t matter if you are a confident speaker or not, holding a presentation becomes much easier if you set up a structure you can stick to. (more…)
With the ongoing technological revolution and the liberalisation and globalisation of the economy, the job market has been undergoing a sea change. There is fierce competition in various specialised jobs, and consequently a fiercer competition for admission to professional courses. Hence one must go through the process of career planning in a systematic way.
Mindfulness is in the news again and it’s good for Business! This was the message from some of Hollywood’s leading actors to some of the world’s most powerful business and political leaders at the recent World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland.
Already companies & organisations as diverse as Transport for London, Pernod Ricard, Carlsberg, Google, e-Bay, Facebook, Reebok, Goldman Sachs, The US Army and the Prue, have joined Olympic Athletes, Westminster politicians, &, many more from the world of showbiz who are reaping the benefits of Mindfulness.
“Money, money, money. You haven’t talked about anything until you have talked about the money.” ~Unknown
This is just so true. Obtaining resources for your organization is hard; talking about money can be difficult. We all wish that our volunteer activity’s bills would just take care of themselves. In this series, “What About the Money?” we learn that we are not so lucky. This four-part blog, a condensed version of what’s found in Volunteering, will introduce the subject of fundraising. In this and the next three posts, we will consider:
Part 1 – Complexity
Part 2 – Events and Sales
Part 3 – Philanthropy
Part 4 – Grant Writing (more…)
Project management requires a lot of planning and to make things easier we have collected a few templates that will be helpful to project managers. The templates are used within the Standard CAM2P™ Model and can be customised to the industry or organisation and adapted to a business line, division, or project classification.
The first template is “The idea statement” which contains general information as well as details of your project. The next paragraph will talk you through the template.
Many project are related or based around IT and this has reflected on project management methods. In many cases it is actually the changes in available technology that drive the need to change organisational processes. This has led to a merging of IT working practices into that of general management including the use of project management.
Almost every project manager has his or her preferred project management method. This article will introduce you to the four most commonly used methodologies for project management. (more…)
In my work as a writing coach, I see many people struggle with wanting to write something. Many people believe they have lived through difficulty and their story must be told. Or they’ve always had an idea for a book about populating the moon. All of this can work well, if it is told well, stylishly, surprisingly, creatively. I have known great writers and bad writers, burgeoning writers and stuck writers.
You never know who will get to the finish line of a completed, well written book that people want to read. But I have learned to look for the following traits that, on the surface, may seem simplistic, but you’d be surprised how rare they ALL are to come by in one person and, yet, they all have to be there to embark on a work of art or a commercial book: (more…)