Empowerment and Accountability Go Hand-in-Hand

A veiled phobia toward empowerment, linked with losing authority, risks originality, creativity, and growth of any entity. However, empowerment, if balanced with accountability, can result in appropriate risk taking and good decision making which in turn promotes innovative problem solving and sustainability.

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Empowerment is not just the delegation of work but also the release of control, recognizing that an individual possesses skills and can be trusted to be in charge of an assignment. Leaders trust their team to make decisions within certain parameters. For a manager, increasing empowerment requires a simultaneous introduction of risk management and accountability.

By empowering those that you manage and/or mentor, you are allowing them to become part of the process and ‘own’ what they are doing. This will, in turn, give a higher degree of satisfaction and quality. Learn more about empowering your employees to achieve proper accountability by taking the free Empowerment and Accountability course at www.mycourseroom.com. This course offers CEU, CPE, and PDU credentials.

“You don’t build a business, you build people, then people build the business.” — Zig Ziglar

 

Increase your success through effective stakeholder management

Stakeholder graphicStakeholders are influential groups of people associated willingly or unwillingly, knowingly or unknowingly in a business or a project.  These powerful factions can have positive or negative impact on one’s organization or business.  They include, but are not limited to, customers, investors, employees, employers, and suppliers. Stakeholder management entails understanding the interest, ambitions, expectations, and the influence levels of each of these partners.

A leading cause of project failure, however, is inattention to those stakeholders with the greatest influence over implementation and sustainability. Effective management requires proactive and ongoing stakeholder engagement — including identification, communication and risk planning, and active collaboration — throughout the project life cycle.

“The stakeholder approach to business sees integration rather than separation, and sees how things fit together.” — John Mackey

Consider your stakeholders as an integral part of your organizational projects.  If you would like to maximize support and minimize resistance from your stakeholders, take our free course in Stakeholder Management that can help you develop appropriate management strategies for effectively engaging the stakeholders in the project decisions and execution. Go to www.mycourseroom.com and click on Catalog for more details.

MyCourseRoom’s PDUs are accepted by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and CEUs are accepted by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Aging Gracefully

AgingGracefully_292px“Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.” — Arthur E. Morgan

A successful career, marriage and family, financial stability, and dream home are just some of the many goals that most of us strive to achieve in our lifetime.  While you plan extensively and prepare yourself whole-heartedly for your careers, family, etc., do you also plan for what your life will be like as you get older?

When we think about aging gracefully, we focus on our physical health and financial security.  However, there is so much more to aging gracefully including our mental and emotional well-being.  We often hear that after retirement, many seniors feel a sense of loss and that life has nothing left for them.

Start now to invest in your future by building friendships, developing hobbies, and staying connected with the community through volunteering.  This can go long way toward building a support system or a reserve from which you can withdraw in time of need.  Research shows that people who are truly committed to new and fulfilling experiences – whether social, intellectual, emotional, physical, or spiritual – live longer, healthier lives.

It is wise to build habits and skills during your youth in order to reap the benefits later in life.  Join our community of learners and take personal and professional development courses for free at www.mycourseroom.com.  Aging Gracefully is a 5-clock-hour course where you have the opportunity to gain knowledge, share ideas and experiences, and develop skills.

“The excess of our youth are checks written against our age, and they are payable with interest thirty years later.” — Charles Caleb Colton

Learn strategies to manage anger

“An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.” — Publilius Syrius

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At one time or another we have all experienced anger in varying intensities, from irritation or annoyance to full-blown fury.  Although we may all experience similar physiological symptoms of anger, its expression and the way we deal with it is distinctive in nature.

Surprisingly, according to psychologists, anger as an emotion is not in and of itself negative. Rather it is the way we deal with anger, and not the emotion itself, that can have negative consequences on our mental, physical, and social well-being.

Anger is often regarded as negative; we’re taught that it’s alright to express anxiety, depression, or other emotions but not to express anger. As a result, we don’t learn how to handle our anger or channel it constructively.

Learn how to successfully regulate your angry feelings by taking an interactive, online course on Anger Management offered free from MyCourseRoom by registering at www.mycourseroom.com.

MyCourseRoom’s courses offer CPE and CEU credentials.  The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) accepts CEUs from MyCourseRoom.

Quality Management

Tip of the week: “Quality begins on the inside… then works its way out.” — Bob Moawad

What sets an organization or a business apart? Whether your organization provides products or services, quality is what matters most. Quality refers to the distinctive characteristic of a deliverable that satisfies a customer’s needs. The key underlying cause of why numerous global projects turn into unsuccessful ventures can be attributed to poor and unsatisfactory quality standards that did not meet the customer’s expectations.

Project quality management is not just a philosophy but also a set of guiding principles. It enables an organization to adopt methods of continuous improvement by identifying its strengths and weaknesses and making appropriate adjustments to improve the overall value of its services or products.

The commitment to quality rests with the culture of an organization and the adoption of a disciplined approach. “Quality is everyone’s responsibility.” — W. Edwards Deming

Improved quality is a choice that you and your organization can make. It begins with an intention. Take the first step towards excellence by enrolling in MyCourseRoom’s Quality Management course at www.mycourseroom.com. This course can guide you in how to plan, perform, and control the quality of a project. It can also help you apply key concepts, tools, and techniques in the quality management processes.

MyCourseRoom’s PDUs are accepted by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and CEUs by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Team Building (0.5 CEU, 5.0 CPE, 5.0 PDU)

TeamBuilding_200x200Tip of the week: “When I talk to managers I get the feeling that they are important. When I talk to leaders I get the feeling that I am important.” — Alexander Den Heijer

The word ‘team’ is often used to describe any group effort and is assumed by many to be a key to success. In reality, building an effective team is challenging, and when not done correctly, may result in having to dissolve the team and start over, wasting valuable resources.

The term ‘team building’ can sometimes seem rather ambiguous: people sense that they might benefit from it, but they may not be quite sure of what it involves. People who manage teams may have difficulty managing their own ego or may be unable to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts and, above all, build the commitment toward one another and toward a common goal.

MyCourseRoom’s zero-cost courses are designed to add value to your management skills. Our Team Building course can help you learn how to form, develop and manage a team. By implementing the skills in this course, you will maximize the chances that your team will succeed!

MyCourseRoom’s CEUs are accepted by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and PDUs by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Enroll at www.mycourseroom.com or email support@mycourseroom.com for more information.

Importance of Sharing Knowledge

“Sharing knowledge is not about giving people something, or getting something from them. That is only valid for information sharing. Sharing knowledge occurs when people are genuinely interested in helping one another develop new capacities for action; it is about creating learning processes.” — Peter Senge

Knowledge sharing is different from sharing an office space where sharing implies that either it belongs to you or me.  Knowledge multiplies if shared; thus, it is synergistic in nature.  Knowledge sharing is beyond exchanging information.  It is a genuine commitment to make a difference on this planet.

In this era of rapid connectivity, the demand to communicate and interact with people around the globe is rising.  Nowadays, all organizations benefit when their people share, innovate, collaborate, and learn.

MyCourseRoom’s goal is to influence, enable, support, and sustain businesses and professionals around the world by making knowledge accessible to all.  It also creates communities of learners in multiple industries such as healthcare, childcare, education, retail, and government.  We invite you to sign up at www.mycourseroom.com and take any of our credentialed courses at zero-cost to you.

Help us spread the word.  You can access your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts directly from MyCourseRoom.com.  Please ‘Like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and increase your professional network through LinkedIn.

Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and hopefully, in value.”Louis L’Amour