The 7-Step Plan for Project Success

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

My blog was going to be up soon (it is now!), so I started planning what I could share with you to help your business be more successful.   So I asked myself: “What made my projects so successful in my Fortune 100 career?”  Seven steps came to mind.

  1. Identify the area that needs change.
  2. Gather the facts.  What’s the current situation?
  3. Identify the new objectives, goals.  Specifically, what needs to change?
  4. Structure the roadmap, identify the steps, from where you are now (#2) to where you want to be (#3).
    This is the beginning of a project plan.
  5. Identify the milestones; identify the timelines and predecessors for each step; assign the resources (staff and outsource vendors) needed to get it done.
    Now you really have a project plan!
  6. Manage the plan.  Make sure the resources are staying on taks; hold them accountable.  Check progress against the plan and keep adjusting the course.  (A good project manager will do all this for you.)
  7. Reward success.
    …This helps ensure even better success on the next project!

Yes, it really is that straightforward.  We will take this a step further on the next YourBizLady radio show.  Stay tuned!

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Revolutionizing Your Business – by the Numbers

Monday, May 24th, 2010

I’ve just spent a few days at the CEO Space* May forum where Brett Harward was one of the favorite speakers, rocking the world of a few business owners with his information.   According to Brett, the first law of business says “It is impossible to manage or control what you cannot or do not measure.”  Learning the language of numbers can improve your success as a business owner. They can

  • Increase the speed of decision making.
  • Be used as a measurement for organizational accountability.
  • Identify where to focus management attention.

When the CEO or business owner is accountable to specific numbers within a specific time frame, then there are quantifiable, measurable results.  If you want to learn more about numbers management and revolutionize your business, check out his free training videos at

* For more information on how you can participate at CEO Space, email our expert Jim Dygert:

YourBizLady, Shauna

No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Have you discovered Dan Kennedy’s books yet?  I’ve just started his “No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs.”  Here are some of his strategies to keep your meetings short and productive:

  1. Set the meetings for immediately before lunch or at the end of the day, so the vampires are eager to get it done and over with, turn into bats, and fly out of there.
  2. Don’t serve refreshments.
  3. Circulate a written agenda in advance.
  4. Have and communicate a clear, achievable objective for the meeting.

I highly recommend his book! Click the link below.

No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs

Great business basics: Authentic Entrepreneur Video Training

Friday, April 16th, 2010

So much good stuff comes across my desk; I wish I could do a direct download into my brain!  I’m recommending this one because I’ve been in Brett Harward’s trainings, so I know the content is good.

Go here to download his Authentic Entrepreneur Video

To your success!

Allocating your effective “mind” time each day

Monday, April 12th, 2010


A friend recently shared this with me: It’s the “effective” time during our day that really matters. We all have that time during the day when we just can’t seem to get done what needs doing. He recommends allocating our effective time – our mind share time – to 5 areas:

  • current business,
  • future finances,
  • friends and family,
  • contribution, and
  • self-development.

What’s important on YOUR mind today?

Record those conference calls – Free!

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Have you ever had an important telephone call and don’t want to be distracted by taking notes?  Or what about when you have a team conference call?  You know there can be a lot of conversation going back and forth… and it’s sometimes going so rapidly that it’s easy to miss something.  A recording would be especially helpful!

I’ve been looking for something … I’ll admit it… FREE where I could hold my calls, and it would give me an MP3 recording to download and listen to later.

Well, I found something — and it’s free!  Check it out!   P.S.  Please check the laws in your state; you may need everyone’s permission before you record.

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