Short Sharp & Shiny

clear decisions™ regularly releases "short, sharp & shiny" a free distribution containing hints, tips and tools for project management professionals and business improvement advocates. As the name suggests these distributions are short, to the point and easy to read. The aim of these publications is to deliver the quickest win for our readers in the shortest amount of time.

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7 Years

I had a bit of a shock over the last month, one that left me thinking about things. I don’t usually write long newsletters… but I just have to share.

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"Fresh Year, Fresh Start"

January, one of my favourite months of the year. Full of fun, hot weather (enough of that this month I think), and holidays. For me, it is the month of reflection. A time to look back at the year that was, to celebrate our successes and to learn. A great chance to pause, to think and to ask the question: What do I want 2014 to mean to me?

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"What To Do If The Year Got Away From You"

Here we are at the middle of April! And we're left asking ourselves - "how did that happen?...what were my New Year's Resolutions for work this year?". We all start the year with great intentions. It has happened to all of us, we all have projects and changes that we're planning to do but we get busy and they don't quite make it back to the work table. With Easter coming up and the long weekend, it's a chance to relax, recharge and take stock of where we're at. Here are five steps to help you kick start your projects.

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"The Secrets To Winning Premierships - Strategic Thinking"

When trying to improve your business it is always useful to look outside your specialist area and see what other professionals are doing. Why not look at what professional athletes do at the top of their game? Now this doesn't mean you should have professional masseuses in the copier room or giving injections of mysterious substances to improve your employees' performance. But start to consider strategy differently, let's use sports as an example of how strategic thinking can lead to success on and off the field.

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"The Elephant In The Room"

It's that time of year again, we spend the lead up to the end of financial year, thinking, talking and planning for next financial year. How to increase sales, get new clients, grow and expand. But we don't talk about what isn't working. We don't talk about the elephant in the room. I was purchasing something online the other day and the process was cumbersome and complicated, so much so that I ended up contacting the company directly. A simple 5 minute purchase turned into a long drawn out transaction. When things like this occur, I'm always left asking myself why?!...
So my quest this year is to give business improvement a voice in your planning. Or as I like to call it owning your elephant.

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"The Ballet Of Life And Work"

Everyone has been there. In a room full of peers, watching some god awful speaker give a boring speech, where you would rather count the tiles on the wall than listen to one more word of some "expert" telling us why he or she thinks they are great. Then there are those moments, when some person grabs hold of you and inspires you to be something more. This was the case at the recent Australian Institute of Project Management National Conference, where Li Cunxin, aka Mao's Last Dancer, gave a speech on his journey and the valuable lessons that we can learn from his challenges.

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"Skeletons In The Closet"

By now you are getting back into the swing of things after the glorious break. Your tan is fading, the turkey slumber has worn off and you are slowly getting back to work. You have great plans for this year but don't know where to start. You have done the three steps to goal setting, write them down, talk about them to others, recheck them etc.

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"On The First Day Of Christmas"

The clear decisions™ team is more excited than a bunch of kids in a lolly shop about Christmas this year. That's not to say we don't take the end of the year seriously, we know it is a great time to reflect. But we couldn't help it, we had to get silly with the 12 days of Christmas to capture our reflections on 2013 and some tips and ideas to start you thinking during your down time this Christmas break... So in the spirit of Christmas - try humming at the same time!

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"May The Fourth Be With You (lessons from George)"

I'm sure all you Star Wars fanatics are getting ready to play with your light sabers as May fourth approaches. Last year in this newsletter we looked at all the good things we learnt from Star Wars. But before you practice your Chewbacca yell (everybody does it) or try to shove your pet dog into a Yoda costume let's take time to reflect on the man who started it all. Our man, George Lucas. Visionary yes, genius sure, always right? Not even close. Like everybody he has made some mistakes in his business. Let's look at where the visionary lost his way and what can we learn from his mistakes.

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"Lessons From The Legend - Clark Griswald"

Christmas Eve. Some wrap presents or visit friends but for many it is a time to relax and watch that old classic National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. For those unfortunate enough to not have seen this movie, on the surface it looks like a disastrous family get-together but in fact there are many wise nuggets of information that we can all use in our personal and professional lives. And it is funny to boot! I thought this Christmas I would use his words of wisdom... So what can we learn from Clark?

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"Does Strategy Matter?"

Of course everyone reads this and says "YES!" as strategy is important. We've been told as business people that we need a strategy to know where we are heading. But why is it that we don't always get strategy right? Here are some hints and tips for getting a strategy that works for you.

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