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Register for our  upcoming master class webinar on September 25   with Dwight Mihalicz, FCMC and learn about the role of managerial leadership in organizational performance, and how you can leverage this to improve implementation success rates.  -- Why does almost every manager you talk to say that they are over-worked, under-resourced, and have no clear idea of their priorities?  Does this matter to us, as consultants?  The managers in our client organizations are dealing with the urgent, instead of the important. This creates a vicious circle where managers – throughout the organization – are not clear about their priorities, but their ...
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The first half of 2019 has been a busy six months, with focus on completing several international projects involved in the USA, Canada and Taiwan. With our International Partners, Staffs and Contractors, we are able to successfully complete each project. The strategy is to provide high efficient business services and control the project budget perfectly. With our three divisions, one corporation, I am glad to help our clients find solutions, increase business growth and improve business performances. I want to share two IPO projects that we are going in the first year of 2019 below  (Non-disclosure agreement to clients: We can’t publicize ...
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Background On March 31, 2015 the Organizational Excellence Technical Committee QMD, ASQ (OETC) launched the ‘First Global Assessment on the Current State of Organizational Excellence’. This research was supported by the Global Benchmarking Network, International Academy for Quality and ISO Technical Committee 176 and was led by Dawn Ringrose FCMC, Principal of Organizational Excellence Specialists Inc (Canada). The project was intended to provide data on the extent to which organizations are characterized by principles that depict a culture committed to excellence and had deployed the best management practices common to high performing organizations ...
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  In my previous blog , I explained why (good) content is important for your audience AND for the search engines:  Google and other search engines gauge the frequency of published content; Search engines monitor the full range of SEO (search engine optimization) including keywords used by your clients and prospects;  The engines decide how to rank your website based on whether a search for words and phrases match what you have to offer by way of fresh content. How do you build a content marketing strategy for your business? Begin with these five steps topped by an understanding that frequency serves top-of-mind awareness and the ...
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Register for our upcoming master class webinar on September 11 with Dwight Mihalicz, FCMC and learn how you can support CEOs and executives in the implementation of an effective accountability model!  -- We all have obligations at work. These obligations come at us from many directions… our peers, our clients, our subordinates, and yes even our bosses! The progression of steps an individual goes through when receiving and performing assignments varies. Whether we are the head of the organization, an executive, a manager, or a consultant providing support, we have obligations… those deliverables for which we can be called to account. This ...
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Contributors:  David Hu & Maggie Chen Starting a business is a daunting task. Just the thought of going to bank after bank, requesting loan after loan and pursuing an endless list of investors may send shivers down your spine. But we’re here to tell you it’s not as bad as you think. Starting your own successful business is a straightforward process and is more intuitive than you might think. Here are 6 quick tips on how you could turn your business idea into a reality. Be Prepared Sure. You have an idea, and you’re ready to turn that idea into a reality and begin to start your entrepreneurial journey. However, what most business ...
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In my book, “Uptime – Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management[1]”, I describe a number of successful practices in physical asset maintenance and reliability management. I also discuss reviewing or assessing current state and comparing with those practices. This implies to many that a formal assessment is needed. In fact that is a first step in many very standard consulting projects – determine where you are as a prerequisite for determining where you want to go and how to get there. However, I believe there is a better approach in cases where you will need to gain widespread support for any change initiative that will follow. It’s ...
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The reason that social media made sense to me as a magazine publisher was the opportunity to find more readers in cyberspace for our stories. That intrigue clicked for me in 2007. It meant the doors swung wide open for more people to consume our unique content about entrepreneurs and corporate rock stars. We kept editorial standards high for writing and for production. That meant we attracted thought leaders…skilled journalists…photographers...and graphic artists who were among the best in the business. Founder of the modern sports marketing industry Mark McCormack wrote for us as did  Tom Peters  and many local personalities. Many blue-chip ...
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I was asked by a brilliant marketing guru to write an article advising young aspiring female CEO’s and future business leaders. “After all,” he said, "being a female business executive is a tough grind with extra roadblocks to get past to build your reputation in this space." I thought long and hard about this. I asked myself, "Isn't it different today?" I started out decades ago in business stuffed into a little grey flannel suit with a blouse with a giant bow on it, denying my feelings and intuition on my mentors' commands. Always it seemed I was the only woman at the board room table. It was tough. But isn't being a female running a growing ...
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CFOs, you really need to know that maintenance can help you be strategic in achieving greater outputs, at low cost and for a minimal investment. Maintenance and Asset Management Managers, you need to help finance achieve its goals of long-term sustainability and enlist Finance as your ally in order to do that. Both groups are after the same results. Understanding this is a key to becoming partners in sustaining our businesses. For consultants, it is important to understand the synergistic relationship of these two groups so we can advise our clients on the opportunities they may be missing. In a recent project the author identified approximately $100 ...
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Organizations and Culture Some organizations are poor or marginal performers, some high, and some truly great. Jim Collins, in “ Good to Great ” (2001) describes the differences among the latter two. Much of the difference boils down to people and the culture that is fostered within the organization. They foster learning in all forms, including learning from mistakes. They are typically “humble” and accept helpful input from outside, admitting when and where they need to improve. We know from Gustavo Grodnitzky’s book, “ Culture Trumps Everything: The Unexpected Truth about the Ways Environment Changes Biology, Psychology, and Behavior ”, 2014, ...
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You’ve taken the time to consider your personas—a representation of your ideal client — for online marketing. “Now what?” you ask.   Let’s first take a step back. You thought deeply about what keeps your clients up at night. Maybe it’s the anxiety stemming from competitors poaching their clients…or the lack of funds to meet month-end payroll…how about sales messages that fall on deaf ears.   The analysis also revealed: general personality traits of your clients and prospects; personal values; whether they have an affinity for doing business with you; their capacity for doing business with you.   The next step is to figure ...
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Be one of the first 50 Canadian CMCs authorized to self validate their projects against ISO 20700. Welcome to the third of three blogs designed to provide an overview of the ISO 20700 Management Consulting standards and how Certified Management Consultants (CMCs), through CMC-Ontario and CMC-Canada can be approved to use the ISO 20700 Check List for consulting engagements. Make sure to register for next week's ISO 20700 Checklist Training on July 23 ! This session will be offered at a reduced introductory price of $120(CAD), with sessions later on this year being offered in the $200(CAD) range. The recently introduced CMC-Global Self Declaration ...
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Welcome to the second of three blogs on how Canadian Certified Management Consultants (CMCs) can differentiate themselves with the new ISO 20700 standard and provide additional benefits both to ourselves and more importantly our clients on projects. A sample of the check list is provided within this blog. I will be working with CMC-Canada to provide a free 20-minute Webinar on Thursday July 11 about the basics for ISO 20700:2017 and the CMC-Global Checklist. Later on Tuesday July 23, CMC-Canada and I will be offering a two hour paid webinar . Attendees for the two hour webinar will receive all of the CMC-Global Checklist material once signed ...
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On behalf of CMC-Canada and CMC-Ontario I will be presenting three Blogs on how the ISO 20700 Guidelines for Management Consultancy Services can compliment your Certified Management Consultant, (CMC), designation, how it can be integrated into your consulting practice, how to become approved to use the ISO 20700 Check List, and the benefits of doing so.  I will be working with CMC-Canada to provide a free 20-minute Webinar on July 11 about the basics for ISO 20700:2017 and the CMC-Global Checklist. Later in July, CMC-Canada and I will be offering a two hour paid webinar . Attendees will receive all of the CMC-Global Checklist material once signed ...
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This post is an introduction to the topic of our July 9, 2019 Webinar.  Learn more and join us!   Let’s face it. Sales and marketing strategies have encountered massive disruption for you and your clients over the last decade.  What’s emerged is a new culture for growing business where you can think of content as currency.  Here are 4 methods you can take to the bank:    Identify your prospects known today as Personas; Make the first contact with those Personas – in the socially correct way; Establish a less intrusive point of first contact through content creation; Nurture existing sales relationships to avoid asking, ...
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The value proposition of management consulting services is simple: we help organizations create more value. This places great responsibility on us, as we work at a fundamental level with organizations and their systems to improve performance overall. If our work is poorly done, the company could be harmed. As consultants, we have the duty to our clients to provide them only with the very best services so that indeed we can help to drive social and economic success. As management consultants, we abide by a Code of Conduct and Ethics that compels us not only to do good work, but to do work that adds value to our client organization. Unfortunately, everyone ...
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Register for our upcoming webinar on September 10 with Sapna and learn the keys to great networking!  Networking is so time consuming, so why not make it more effective? Many companies prefer employee referrals for internal roles to help them find new fresh talent and make it more enticing place to work. It’s a win-win for organizations. They save on recruitment costs and employees bringing their network to the organization becomes a great retention tool! No one is going to refer someone that they don’t know a little bit or if they can get a sense of who they are and their values. Then, it’s a bit of a game changer. One key thing is that ...
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We have some peonies in our flower bed by our backyard deck and the flower garden in the front of our home. I am always amazed at how fast these seemingly dead sticks turn into vibrant stalks that eventually bud and produce spectacular flowers. Since most of these were from my Dad, they have extra special meaning. The other day, as I was looking at the bunches of twigs protruding from the rich, black earth, I noticed there was finally some green in both flower beds. Tulips are starting to ease their way towards the sky. Alas, the bunnies will soon be dining on these tender stems, depriving us of the beauty of the tulips. I noticed additional green ...
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Due to the complexity of sustainability and social responsibility, we use a lot of models. That said, as management consultants and project / programme managers we use a lot of models as well. One of the key lessons learned though is that "colouring by numbers" does not guarantee success. It is important to realize the limitations and constraints of models, and the fact that they should always be re-evaluated, particularly when new information comes to light. This is important for all of us no matter what side of the debates we are on. How Reliable are Models? As a "methodologist", one of my favourite phrases is “all models are wrong… some models ...
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