Productive Pinning with Pinterest®

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Pinterest® is one of the newer and less well known social media “kids on the block,” but used wisely with the right audience, it can add a nice dimension to your marketing tool portfolio.  The core metaphor driving Pinterest is the “bulletin board” – different users have different topic boards. Users can “pin” their own…
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Three Types of Leadership Creativity

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There are many forms of creativity – some creative ideas are abstract ideas that come from seemingly nowhere; other creative ideas are incremental improvements or a new way to frame a problem or an existing process. Most leaders excel at one or two types of creativity – this is driven by both personality, and experience….
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Choosing Creativity: A Problem-Solving Exercise

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Some people are naturally creative. New ideas and innovative approaches come with ease, and they thrive on generating new possibilities or troubleshooting ideas.  Of course, creative ideas are just that – ideas – and leveraging that creativity for problem-solving can be challenging. For others, creativity does not flow as easily, and professional training and structured…
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Charting Better Time Management with a Pareto Analysis

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To solve a problem, we must understand it. A lot of effective time and project management is understanding the root causes that lead to quality problems, or to increased time on a project.  A Pareto Analysis is an approach for identifying, classifying and visualizing the causes driving a problem or variable. For example, what factors…
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The ABC’s of an ABC Analysis

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A lot of time and project management is making smart lists. Most people make “To Do” lists – long strings of activities with various levels of importance and urgency. Then, once complete, we get to check the activities off the list, often with a sense of closure and satisfaction. Organized as a single “list of…
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The Sounds of Safety: OSHA Headphone Use

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Sound is a constant in workplace life, but noise doesn’t have to be. Given the dangers of excessive noise on worker health, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires organizations to “administer a continuing, effective hearing conservation program.” Through its rules and regulations, OSHA lays out a number of requirements related to limiting unacceptable…
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