Do You Have BizVision? A Successful Management Style

What exactly separates a successful organization manager from less successful peers? Success is generally planned and requires structure and organization. We believe success managers work in this way have Business Vision in their management style.Today’s business environment is more competitive, has more sophisticated customers and a rapidly changing economic environment; maintaining or increasing a company’s performance is a managers most critical concern and managers who empower employees to higher levels, will make themselves and their employees indispensable to the organization.There are some basic successful management qualities, uncovered by years of exhaustive management studies. These studies identify that successful managers are as different as they are similar. However, close observation determines that six particular qualities are generally found in all successful managers, these six qualities are:• Being goal driven• Employing good communication skills• Continually empowering employees• Acting with a caring attitude• Embodying a caring attitude• Manage with organization and structureThese qualities have become habits for indispensable managers.Since habits are acquired behaviors, through training they can be adopted by anyone. While there is no magic success formula, a person’s desire coupled with an investment of time, energy and patience usually pays long-term management dividends.While one can say that stating six management qualities is simplistic, the successful manager invests much time and energy into the study of human nature, in particular to that of subordinates, superiors, customers and vendors. It is human nature to categorize needs into different levels of priority, understanding your level, as well as those of your peers is vital.Andrew Maslow, a renowned behaviorist, brought this to the attention of the world with his famous “Hierarchy of Needs”. Maslow’s theories are based on the idea that people naturally attempt to satisfy lower needs before seeking to gratify higher levels of needs.• First: Food and shelter• Second: safety and security• Third: belonging, friendship and love• Fourth: self-esteem, status and ego• Fifth: self-actualization and self-fulfillmentUnderstanding where you are in this hierarchy is useful in motivating yourself, then your employees to higher levels of performance. Your first step is to be aware of your own needs, giving clarity to your personal agenda, and then to those of your subordinates. The level at which they’re currently performing provides an understanding of their personal agendas, just as your performance mirrors yours.Morale and High-Level Performance are not as connected as we may think. According to Fredrick Herzberg, a social scientist of the 50′s and 60′s, the most visible of the commonly accepted motivators; salary, working conditions and company policies are referred to as “hygiene factors”, meaning they are important for morale but have little relevance for high-level performance. They answer the needs of the first two priority levels but do not motivate the employee to higher levels.Successful managers are also tuned into the most played radio station in business: WII-FM (What’s In It For Me). Performance measurement is a two-way street. Employees constantly measure their supervisors and their employer in the context of “What’s In It For Me?” Companies and managers who understand this and who tune in to answering WII-FM have more active listeners.• Take the time to get to know your reporting staff, their values, personality type and what piques their interest and primary motives.• Within the boundaries established by an employee’s Position or Task Guide, and in keeping with company policy, determine the best type of approach for each person.• Standard policy does not mean we should ignore difference between people; a good manager always looks for an employee’s strengths and builds on those instead of exploiting weaknesses.• The goal is to identify each employee’s personal goals and objectives and align them with those of the company; the result is greater organizational focus.Success habits are something that can be learned by everyone. Indispensable managers know their own personal agenda, have an organizational system, develop successful habits that support their system and transfer all of this to their employees. Any behavior repeated regularly develops into a habit, and behavioral psychologists agree that this process takes only about 21 to 42 days.As mentioned, there are six qualities basic to successful managers. Being Goal Driven means being results oriented; Aspirations, results and rewards are evident in all activities. Goal driven managers instinctively tune into Maslow’s hierarchical levels themselves and into everyone they set out to motivate; Goals are the prerequisite to achievement. An astute leader helps people set goals compatible to those of the organization and then provides the tools for achievement.Communication means that everyone is informed. Imagine trying to use a system you don’t understand. High-level communication is required and this takes time, energy and creativity. The most power medium is your spoken word privately, to an employee. Your spoken one-on-one communication, followed up with supportive action, can show tremendous results. Banners, newsletters, and email are excellent support tools, but will be treated with quiet contempt if the personal touch and follow up are lacking. In partnership with Maslow’s hierarchy, rewards both communicate and symbolize some level of accomplishment towards the final objective.Empower people. Have you ever noticed how certain people always make you feel good? They don’t shower you with false compliments, they’re not intent on telling you what you want to hear, but they possess a special quality that’s transferred and lifts your spirits. Behavioral experts refer to this as positive energy transference. Every manager needs to master this habit of transferring positive energy to others; this is empowerment. It brings out the best in others because it brings out the best in you, and it’s a habit that can be acquired by “dream building”. Everyone has a dream, including employees, whose dreams may be locked deep within their personal agendas.Indispensable managers uncover these dreams and build a bridge to the corporate mission; to be a successful manager, help people believe in themselves and recognize their talents, and then success can naturally follow. To achieve empowerment, try finding the employees dream, convert the dream into goals connected to the companies’ goals and break goals into daily activities. Also try building team belief through weekly or monthly meetings, hold the employees accountable for their goals and objectives as well as expecting them to believe and achieve while supporting them through your communications strategies.There is an old saying about caring: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Caring is an extension of communication and empowerment, and it involves action and words. There are a number of ways to develop caring habits. Pick one day a year for each employee and do something that shows them appreciation, do not talk business – learn about the person, their family, their dreams and goals. Always follow through with everything you say. Understand the needs and wants of spouses and ask yourself if you really care and make sure you do. And finally remember that the little things mean a lot.Being fully committed is required; none of the habits would be worth much if they weren’t coupled with total commitment. This is what provides dedication to one’s mission. The willingness to grow, to get personally involved, to invest time and money, and to be totally focused on performance is not taught in most business schools. These are life skills that the very best managers have developed and used in the conduct of their daily working relationships. Therefore, before any change occurs, total commitment, coupled with an action plan is a must.S.M.A.R.T. management and effective task communication means identifying what is to be communicated, use the S.M.A.R.T. acronym to assign responsibility for completing assigned tasks within expected guidelines.S – Specific (Clarity) People are not mind readers, be direct and specific when communicating by clearly spelling out what you want and what is expected and get confirmation by asking to have your question or statement repeated back to you.M- Measurable (Objectivity) always put a yardstick to a task because if you can’t measure it you can’t control it; people naturally give more attention to activities which are measured.A – Attainable (Clarity, Objectivity and Integrity) make sure that the person at the receiving end of the instructions is capable, trained, and has the proper tools to do the job.R – Reasonable (Objectivity and Integrity) establish reasonable goals and get consensus, setting unrealistic targets alienates subordinates and becomes a root cause for undesirable outcomes like sacrificing quality, failing to complete tasks, jeopardizing safety and demoralizing the team.T – Timely (Clarity and Integrity) install timelines and check on progress. Timelines must stipulate a beginning, middle milestone and an end. Review often to catch deviations from a plan and be fixed easily and inexpensively.There is a simple successful management equation; Prosperity = Objectivity + Integrity + ClarityManagement success habits are not discriminating. Any willing manager can develop these qualities into habits; and over time they will become original to anyone who uses them, as every manager develops his or her own style and gains Business Vision. Start with you and as you develop into this conceptual manager, refine your systems to work naturally with your people and in turn they will transform into an indispensable team. Work S.M.A.R.T. and use clarity, objectivity and integrity in the way you manage and prosperity for you, your staff and the company will follow.

Real Estate Housing Market – Oh, It Is Just Back to Normal – Yea, Right!

“It’s just back to normal’, “Just a seasonal slow-down’, “A normal minor adjustment’, “A great time to buy, with a much wider selection’, “A cooling market’”, “A soft landing”, “A slight tapering off” etc. Yes, these P.C. phrases are now replacing the “We should have a strong market for the foreseeable future” industry line prevalent just a few short months ago.The sad fact is people are still in self-denial here. We’re “special” because of our weather. We are known as America’s Finest City after all. It’s still common to hear someone say, “If you don’t buy now, you’re going to get priced out of the market!”Talk about your irrational exuberance in the Southern California real estate market. In a 2004 summer poll in the LA area, residents believed prices would continue to go up by more than 20% a year for another decade!What will be the industry P.C. phrases we’ll be hearing in about six to nine months? “It may well go as: “This home is a great buy, why just nine months ago you would have paid $25,000+ more…what a great savings.” Naturally, you would be talking to a buyer. For a seller (who has owned for some years) you might say: “Well, you are still making a profit. Who could have even known that the market would have turned down so fast?” For the downtown high-rise buyer who though they got a real deal on the final phase of their Gas Lamp digs, a real estate agent may be saying: “Well, because the resale value is actually below your 100% interest only trust deed, you really should consult a real estate attorney and/or meet with your lender to propose they accept your deed in lieu of foreclosure”.Are you reading this and thinking I’m way off base? Here are a few recent headlines:National Association of Realtors reports, in part: Total existing-home sales – including single-family, town homes, condominiums and co-ops – were down 5.7 percent in December from November.Time Magazine reports that ‘Vegas Condos Go Cold.”The Washington Post reports “Real estate groups in the Washington area have also reported declines to varying degrees.”"The bloom is definitely off the housing rose. Housing peaked last summer and has been weakening ever since,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com.New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently said the real estate market was slowing “dramatically” and only a “miracle” could stop soaring mortgage rates from eating into housing prices. “The real estate market is slowing down dramatically and we’re going to have a problem down the road,” Bloomberg said.”If people who want to sell their houses have to wait a longer time before someone comes along and buys it, it would be a miracle if prices didn’t start to go down,” he said.”‘The market has definitely peaked,’ said Jack Kyser, chief economist with the L.A. County Economic Development Corp. ‘The fever has broken and now the question people are asking themselves is if there is a crash ahead.’”This is my own opinion on a realistic view of what lies ahead as far as the San Diego real estate market: A multi-year depreciation that could easily take 30% off the highs which reached this market’s peak during the summer of 2005! Plus, I foresee headlines, maybe even national, announcing how the San Diego high-rise downtown boom has turned into a foreclosure city!As a realistic San Diego Realtor, I provide these facts to my sellers. If their property is not generating meaningful activity within the first month of being listed, it would be prudent to consider a revised marketing plan similar to what many San Diego real estate developers are doing. This would be a combination of value-range reduction as well as agent and buyer incentives to position the property as the best total value for the area.I think as Realtors we must adapt and not deny. To otherwise will have a dramatic impact on your financial health and community reputationCopyright 2006 – http://www.websitetrafficbuilders.com All rights reserved. any additions/modifications/hyperlinks added to this article will be considered a copyright violation & subject to immediate legal action without further notice.
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Home Insurance Companies & Home Insurance Quotes

Home insurance rates can vary greatly from one insurance company to another. A quick research will find that there are almost 1800 providers in which you could choose from, but now you can find low cost home insurance online more easily then making a hundred different phone calls. Insurance companies are based upon a sharing program in which the money or premiums are placed in a pool then distributed and used when that insurance company has losses and claims by its customers. Back in the 1970s and before, several insurance companies would send salesmen into areas and neighborhoods to knock on doors then signing up large numbers of new customers located in these areas.However, one year brought a string of tornadoes that devastated entire subdivisions and small towns where these insurance providers had signed up so many new customers. Because of such devastation in a concentrated area several of the smaller companies had to go out of business before fulfilling their obligations and responsibilities to their customers who had paid their premiums. Larger companies were simply overwhelmed by the amount of claims that had to be filled out and completed. Not only was it a loss to the customers when those companies went out of business, but it was also a long period of time before many of the others were able and capable of processing their claims and rebuilding their homes.In evaluating of this unfortunate incident Congress enacted new laws that limited the amount of customers that an insurance company could sign up in any given area. This helps to keep all our rates low and protect the insurance company as well as the customers. Getting a quote by getting a home comparison in this age of technology should be an easy chore for the person searching for home insurance companies.A Quote can be accomplished simply by providing a few basic details and allowing your computer to search hundreds of different insurance companies that fit your needs. If you’re one of those who owns a home which is your most prized asset then there is no doubt that you need from a quality company that will provide you with a decent home owners insurance policy. A good home policy not only covers the house itself, but also other buildings on the property and the contents of the home for replacement.Many insurance companies will also check your credit rating when getting insurance so you yourself need to know what your credit rating status is. You also should have a very good ideal of how much it would cost to replace all the contents in your home including furniture, appliances, clothing, and a place to stay while your home is being repaired. Don’t forget most insurance companies only offer flood insurance as an additional. So make sure you ask the company just what all they cover in their insurance quotes. Remember, getting an online home insurance quote can save you hundreds of dollars from one insurance company to another insurance company.Well known names are not always the cheapest and best.