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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"Dr Seuss, not just for children!"

Adults and children alike adore his books. He has been a source of entertainment for many generations and will be for many more. It is so easy to get lost in his words and taken to another world. On the surface his books seem basic, one dimensional artwork, simple rhymes but when you scratch the surface there is so much there!

It may not have been his intention, but Dr Seuss is very inspirational. These are some of my favourite lines and ideas for business and life:

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"The Art Of Communicating Is The Language of Success"

Talk, talk, talk.... but to what end? Being an effective communicator is critical to success in work and life. I consider myself in the the business of communicating (asking the right questions, understanding the answers, clarifying the points. making the complex simple) in order to get outcomes for my clients.

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"Star Wars Has Taught Me Well"

Like the characters from Star Wars we spend our professional and personal lives being presented with problems that need to be solved and decisions that need to be made. Do we buy a house here? Do we go after that client? Should we fly into that asteroid field to escape that star destroyer? This can be daunting not to mention time consuming. My question today is what is the best approach to problem solving? We’ve all been in those situations or projects where things change and panic ensues: “What has happened?” “What are we going to do?” “Who needs to know?” “How much is this going to cost?”

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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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"What Is Your Biggest Career Lesson?"

This month the Australian Institute of Project Management is hosting a lunch to coincide with International Women's Day around the globe. A great group of speakers will discuss their work experiences and answer the question "What is the biggest career lesson that I learnt (and wished I had known!)? This started me thinking, "What is my biggest career lesson?" I also asked some of the team at Clear Decisions and this is what they said.

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"In The Silly Season Remember..."

This time of year we are all very busy getting ready for the Christmas break. What we tend to forget is the important stuff, and as we know communication is key to survival. Your ability to develop and maintain relationships (both personal and professional) is dependent on your ability to communicate effectively. The key to effective communication is not only mastering your own communication style but also in understanding the styles of others, but the good news is that communication skills can be learned. The difficulty is to remember this when you are busy!

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"Down With Santa, Elves Rule The World"

Santa might be the showman, but the elves do all the work. At clear decisions we consider ourselves "elf-like" and it's not just because we are short. We project manage, we look for improvements, we make change happen, we capture corporate knowledge and we know how to get the best out of any situation. All that, we can trace back to the elves.

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"Clients - If You Treat Them Mean They Won't Be That Keen"

Clients are the lifeblood of your business so if I ask you this question: do you know what your customers are saying ABOUT you?... Do you know the answer?... Is it good, bad or just plain ugly?... And how do you make sure it is always good?

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