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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dynamic Teamwork Groups Success

Team combination is key of success in the challenges. Teammates must work on team dynamics to elevate a group of co-workers into a highly functioning team. Each member must have a place and function on the team and realize he/she has an important role in the success of the team.

This situation may be analogous to a mufti-wheeled  vehicle. For the vehicle to move in the correct direction all tries must have good tread, be properly filled with are, aligned in to the right direction and be the correct type of tire. If even one tire is malfunctioning the vehicle will struggle to maintain direction and risks not arriving at the desired destination.

What can you co to ensure your team functions smoothly especially when you realize one teammate is off track? Whether you are the team leader or one of the group you can contribute to the solution. First you must determine what is wrong. This means asking questions and rally listening to the answers. The best way to do this is to ask open-questions that require more than a "yes" or "no" response. Instead of asking, "Are you happy working here?" you might ask, " what do you like and dislike about the team?" in the proper setting this allows for more thoughtful answers which typically supply more information. It is important to remain non-judgmental. When a complete answer is given, summarize the information and ask an open-ended follow up question.

The tire analogy suggests four types of problems. Let's each one and a potential solution.

Lack of tread - Over time most everyone can become worn down on the job. This happens more frequently when a teammate's assignment is repetitive and no longer challenges the individual. Time off and/pr a change in assignment may help replace the tread and give the sagging teammate more traction.

Low on air - No matter how autonomous individuals may be they need positive feedback on their performance. When teammates don't get their fill of affirmations and recognition, they will begin to feel unappreciated and deflated. Recognize their contribution. Call attention to their work efforts and the role they play in the team's success.

Pointed in the wrong direction - When clear goals are not established teammates may move down different paths. The team leader must clearly define the tasks facing the team. When a goal or task is not defined concisely, seek clarification for yourself and your teammates.

Wrong type - Some jobs and positions turn out to be different than first perceived. A worker may join the team with inaccurate expectations and/or career goals. If this is the cause of poor performance and the teammate clearly understands things will not change, the most appropriate action is rotation off the team. No one likes to be fired and seeking new employment in this economy can be difficult. However, staying in a position or with a company when one's heart is not connected to the job does a disservice to both the team and the unhappy teammate.

Human dynamics are complex and not easily untangled. Team work requires all teammates be energetic, recognized for their efforts, understand their goals and vocationally fulfilled. Each teammate and the team leader can optimize tam functionality by watching now the rubber meets the road. "Wishing" may not make it happen but a concerted effort by all involved to achieve the group goals can make the team a success.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Manufacturing a Garment Pieces and Woven Fabric

Purchasing the right fabric can be sometimes a tough challenge faced by apparel manufacturers. Out of the total cost of manufacturing a garment piece, the cost of fabric can contribute between 50 and 65 per cent. Furthermore, even a minor oversight in selecting the right fabric and right manufacturing may spoil the entire apparel program. Interestingly, though the fabric constitutes the main part of a garment, many of the apparel merchandisers have very limited knowledge about fabric.They consider fabric as another component of raw material like buttons, care labels, hang tags or packing materials, unfortunately, describing a fabric in terms of specification to fulfill its end use is much more complicated than communicating the requirement of any other component of a garment and many apparel merchandisers do not have the necessary knowledge or training to order the right fabric from the right manufacturer at the right price. To be on the safer side, they simply ask various suppliers to bid for their lowest price and finally select the one who offers the lowest price or the most favorable term.

Consequently we often see the adverse effects of poor fabric sourcing strategy every day in the apparel industry. Garment air shipment cost is prohibitive and applied as penalty only when the apparel manufacturer fails to deliver the consignments beyond acceptable delays. The cost of air-freight is so high that air shipment of a single consignment of garments may wipe off the profit of a few months for the garment manufacturer. A study revealed that more than 80% of all garment air shipment is caused due to poor fabric sourcing management.

Fortunately, such critical errors can be avoided when sourcing woven fabric for manufacturing garment and the procedure is easier than we think about it. When discussing with the garment buyer, do not just talk about the target price he or she is giving you. Ask about the fabric in more detail. This is not only about the counts, construction and weight of the fabric but about some important and critical points. Here are may 7 tips to ensure a trouble free fabric sourcing.

1)  Know the end use - that clarifies the required quality standards like colour fastness, piling / abrasion resistance, tear and tensile strength, stability towards special types of garment wash if any etc. Do not feel hesitant to ask those questions because at the end of the day if something does not match the buyer's requirement everyone will suffer losses.

2)  Special requirements like shade / strike off approval conditions, finishing standard, feel of the fabric, etc. , to be discussed, noted and shared with the buyer and the fabric manufacturer.

3)  The garment delivery lead time should be calculated after taking the fabric delivery lead time into consideration. Many garment buyers demand very short, sometimes unrealistic delivery lead time. You should consideration the lead time required for each necessary activities like LC opening, sample approval, lab dip approval, one or two re-submits that may be required, inspection and shipment time for the fabric, clearance and transportation to the warehouse and all related activities.

4)  Inspection of the fabric and grouping those according to shades are to be done with extra care. For example, if one particular colour is having a large quantity, it is natural to have 2-3 batch wise variation. Mixing shade batches on the cutting table can result in disaster. To make the process easier, the fabric supplier should be instructed to supply the shade grouping charts with roll number mentioned against each shade swatch. The garment buyers also should be informed clearly that for large volume orders that require fabric processing in more than one batch, there would be small batch to batch variation in properties.

5)  Fabric with a special surface finish like peach finish, micro-sanding, etc. needs special care. Firstly, the supplier must be instructed to roll such fabric with face inside and put arrow marks on each piece showing the direction of such finish with clear arrow marks at both ends. This is to avoid massive shade variation due to stitching pieces finished in different directions, together.

6)  Transportation and storage - Avoid buying fabric that may change properties during the reasonable time required for transportation storage. For example, do not buy a post -cure resin finished fabric from a faraway place because during transport and storage, the  resin may start cross-linking in the fabric, thus spoiling the required DP rating after garment finishing process.

7)  Last but not the least, place orders with fabric manufacturers of reputation. Giving 10 cents more to a responsible and reputed manufacturer may prove to save lot of costs and penalties going forward. Failing to supply garments on time also badly affects the reputation which is priceless. The products of reputed companies also give better realization, lesser wastage and higher efficiency at garment making process.

At the end of the day, we should keep in mind that real prosperity does not mean only buying cheap and selling high to earn short term profit. The apparel manufacturing company that focuses on delivering quality, punctuality, communication and value to each customer will never have any shortage of business and riches in the long run.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Strong Five Reasons a Start New Business and Funding Is Essential

Start up a new business, you must have the correct methodology to build your start up funding. Most of the entrepreneurs tend to have amazing ideas and motivation but they are unable to start their business due to the unavailability of cash. Below are the five reasons that will convince you why it is necessary to go in for start up funding just before you start your business plans.

1)  For preserving your capital : Before starting your business, you must have save sufficient amount of money for your business but over the period of time, you might run into unexpected obstacles. This is reason why you must secure business start up funding so that you can comfortably over the initial cost of your business and you can also  save enough money which can cover the unexpected expenses.

2)  For building a strong foundation : Every business is like a building and requires a strong foundation so that it can be successful in its venture and lying the strong foundation is necessary to have adequate funding. You should avoid taking the generating income from shaky groundwork and your start up funding will help you in this by helping you to pay the gills until the first checks start pouring in.

3)  Helping you to beat the odds : You will be surprised to learn that more than 255 of the American businesses fail in their first year itself which is mainly because of  the lack of funds. Adequate funding is a must to ensure that your business continues without any obstacles. Searching the right start up funding becomes mandatory in this case as this will help you to prevent your business boat from rocky surfaces.

4)  Supporting faster expansion : A consistent flow of cash  is must in order to meet the needs and demands of the customers.If you have a solid base of business, then it will definitely help you in building your reserves.

5)  For enhancing your reputation : No one wants to do business with a company that is straggling to keep their stance in the market. If you want to crate a good business reputation for yourself, then the start up funds is the right answer to this situation.

The right way to get start up funds is to identify means through which you can get these funds so that you can meet business costs without being overwhelmed by it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

3 - Fundamental Electronic Mails Guidelines Valuable

Professional business man start the business with the business environment today, writing electronic mails, report, and online memos play a crucial role in helping you and your company conduct business and achieve target goals. However, writing in this age of technology is still no easy task.

Many professionals lose valuable resources and even prospective clients simply because the are unable to properly manage and efficiently write e-mails. In fact, studies have shown that professionals waste as much as 67% of their time producing a letter or report. These  delayed message are not just an extra cost for the company, but also give stress to writers.

In addition to the time they spent writing online messages, employees today have to especially take note of the nature of business e-mails. According to another study by the American Management Association, 25% of a professional's working day is spent on e-mails and 75% of employees said they lost time due to e-mail system problems.

Knowing the amount of time spent in writing electronic mails and its quick turn-around time that could be beneficial to the productivity of the organization, employees cannot afford to compose poorly written messages. Such hastily written letters can be the cause of miscommunication between fellow employees and potential clients.

If you are looking into staying away from writing scantily e-mails, here are three vital guidelines to follow :

Take care with your choice of works. Even though computers can evaluate a message's readability and warn you about potential grammatical errors, it is still up to the writer to correct these errors and make sure the ideas written are easy to read and understand. Writers have to remember that computes are not able to detect all errors. And although a more conversational tone when writing a business e-mail is encouraged, sarcasm and humor are highly discouraged because they can easily be misinterpreted.

Reply promptly. One of the most beneficial characteristics of e-mail is its quick response time. Gone are the days when people would have to wait for long periods time just to receive message from their acquaintances or prospective clients. However, take note that electronic message does not create drafts on their own and at the same time, they do not send vital information on their own. Writers still have to type down their messages or replies and send them at the appointed or requested time. In addition, writers should take note to only reply to the appropriate party and not to "all recipients."

Keep paragraphs short. Readers have a tendency to skim or speed read messages especially when it is presented on an electronic platform like a computer or an electronic tablet. To avoid misunderstanding with their intended readers, writers should keep their paragraphs short. Re-read and edit messages prior to sending your messages. only include vital information you would like to extend to your readers. Simple messages that are always polite, precise and straightforward are the best type of messages when sent electronically.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Fire are Manifold and Fire Risk

A major concern for all business owners as the possible repercussions to any owner of a fire are manifold. The possible loss of this business and livelihood has to be considered, but any injuries or deaths arising from any incompetence could lead to a loss of his freedom in the from of a prison sentence. Therefore the importance or reducing fire risks and ensuring that a full fire risk assessment is carried out cab not be underestimated.

Once identified, workplace fire risks must be removed or, if  they cannot be removed altogether, reduced as far as reasonably practicable. By evaluating the three elements that need to b in place for a fire to start (fuel, oxygen and a source of ignition) is the first place to look. There are a number of ways in which hazards can be reduced. These include;

1)  Replacing highly flammable materials with less flammable ones.
2)  Replacing stocks of flammable materials, liquids and gases to a minimum.
3)  Storing highly-flammable substances in fire resistant stores or dedicated areas where only appropriate staff can access them.
4)  Separating flammable materials from sources of ignition eg by maintaining clear space between lighting and combustible materials.
5)  Ensuring electrical, mechanical and gas equipment is installed, used, maintained and protected in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
6)  Replacing naked flame and radiant heaters with fixed convector heaters.
7)  Ensuring that when equipment is not is use it is left i a safe condition.
8)  dedicated smoking areas.
9)  Implementing a "hot" work permit system to control fire risk from "hot" work activities such as welding.

Once a business owners has removed or reduced any fire hazards as far as possible. It must be decided what further measures are required to provide a reasonable level of fire safety. This means ensuring that adequate fire precautions are in place to warn people in the event of a fire and allow them to safely escape.

The level of fire protection should be proportionate to the risk posed to people in the building but the objective should always be to reduce the remaining level to as low as is reasonably practicable. As a result fire safety law allows the responsible person to decide which prevention and protection measure, equipment and procedures are most appropriate in light of the risks on site. Business owners should therefore use the results of their fire risk assessment to identify what is appropriate.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

How To Recession Is Affecting The UK Construction Industry

The developed world is aware of the calamitous effect of the credit crunch. The impact was then worsened by one of deepest recessions in recent memory, verging, in the view of many commentators, on a depression. Just when certain economists and politicians in the United Kingdom dared to speak about the "green shoots of growth" we were told that the country was in a state of "double-dip" recession. This was a crushing blow to the people of the nation and the majority of workers, not the least amongst which were those involved in the construction industry. A brief comparison of the state of the building industry, before and after the impact of the world economic crisis, will give some idea of the effect of all of this upon this one particularly vital sector of the economic infrastructure.

In the last quarter of 2009 the building industry in the United Kingdom provided jobs for somewhere in the region of  2,.200,000 workers. There then existed almost 200,000 construction concerns in Great Britain. Of these companies, approximately 75,000 employed one single employee, whilst 62 companies employed more than 1,200. New orders received directly from the private sector were valued at excess of £18 million, whilst orders from the public sector were valued at more £15 million.Although the effects of the credit crunch had already began to bite by then, these figures nevertheless bear a stark and bitter contrast to the most recent statistics on the performance of the industry.

The most recent report from The office of National Statistics, on the performance of the construction industry in the UK shows that :

a)  Compared to the first quarter of  2011, new orders fell by over 16% in the final quarter;
b)  Never since 1980, have orders for new building contracts been so low;
c)  Compared to the equivalent period in 2010, new orders fell by over 23  %;
d)  There was only one single building industry sector  -  the private industrial sector - that experienced growth between the first two quarters of the year.

The implications of these statistics regarding new orders has been immensely detrimental to the construction industry in the UK in general and to workers hose income was reliant on that industry in particular. The tried and tested reality is that construction can provide employment for over two million people in the UK. The tax revenues that can be accumulated from a booming construction sector represent a massive boost to the economy of the country. We should all hope that the government will make it one of their imperatives to take every possible measure to assist in the rejuvenation of the building industry and introduce proactive policies with a view to returning the construction industry to the position of strength that it enjoyed before the onset of the financial crisis.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Construction Leads Are Essential

Construction leads are essential to every business out there operating in the construction industry. Rather if your business services existing homes already built or goes after builders and developers breaking ground on new projects, there are certain strategies that can work to help you find construction leads.

First, you have to determine a budget and how much time you have to invest into finding construction leads. This is essential because if you have a low budget you're probably going to have to invest more time. This of course doesn't mean that if you have a high budget you won't have to invest the time, in just mean to have to figure out your resources available before you begin which in this case is time and money.

Second, after you've established how much you have in the way of resources you have to craft a plan on which tactics you want to use. The most popular tactics you find for most in the construction industry is digital marketing, direct mail and lead services.

Digital marketing encompasses everything from setting up your website, social media accounts, email marketing, etc. The most attractive aspect of most digital marketing is that the cost of these tactics is typically a lot lower relative to traditional methods.

Direct mail can be a great way to go. The USPS offers great services such as Every Door Direct Mail which means for around $.20 a home, you can touch an entire neighborhood. While a lot of folks out there might argue that this is antiquated method of advertising and hard to track, I think just the opposite. If every one's moving to digital marketing and not doing direct mail. won't you stand out?

Construction lead services can be another great alternative. With these types of services you'll typically get targeted construction leads delivered directly to you on a regular basis. The trick with construction lead services is to have a strong plan of action in place the moment a lead comes to you.

Third, after you've selected which tactics you're going to use you have to assign a dollar/time value to each for both initial set up and monthly maintenance. Also set goals on how many leads you want to generate for each or what kind of conversion rates you expect. For instance you may choose to build a website, set up Google places, set up a Facebook page, and sign up for a construction lead service.

Don't be intimated by setting up your marketing items. If you're budget is lower relative to your available time, you would be amazed at how many digital marketing items you can set up and build out over the course of a weekend. After you have your items set up and you're getting leads delivered, set goals on how many leads you want to see and what kind of conversion rate you expect. One big warning here, it's natural if you're not reaching your goals to want to throw in the towel and give up but Don't. Experiment and tweak settings, you'll be amazed what you learn.

Fourth, think long and hard about how you want to convert all the leads you generate. If you're selling gutters the plan may be to call and set a face to face meeting at the consumers home. If you're renting portable toilets maybe the plan should be to ask the builder where his next job is taking  place so you can deliver toilets there. Regardless have a plan in place for when the phone rings or peoples send you en email wanting more information. Never leave it to blind luck.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Instead Of Making A Very Bold Change

Many  business man and owners of business hate the idea of change. There is a lot involved in creating change. It takes a lot of energy, focus and dedication with a sometimes uncertain outcome. And yet many find themselves in a situation where they know they have to make a change.

Instead of making a very bold change, most try and water things down by approaching it with what they think is a common sense approach. The problem is, by believing that common sense is the best approach to change, the business owner gives himself permission to not really change at all.

Here are some of the disastrous common sense questions I here from clients:

Q: Isn't it important to make reasonable changes?
A: Yes, but it depends on which type of reason you use.

Reason Strategy #1 - The wrong way. The worst way to use reason to make a change is to think in reverse. This is where the business owner looks at how he's always done things, and applies this way of doing things to his decision. It 's reasonable because he is familiar with it, comfortable with it, and he thinks he can safely predict an outcome.

The problem is that doing more of the same doesn't produce change; it produces more of the same.

Reason Strategy #2 - The Right way. The best way to use reason is to base it on a desired future outcome. Here the business owner picks a specific point where she wants to be and then reasons her way into the outcome, regardless of where she is right now.

She will ask herself very powerful questions like,  "who do I need to have on my team to make this happen?",  "what knowledge do I need to achieve this goal?", "what skills do my people need to allow a breakthrough?"

Q: How do I minimize the discomfort in making the change?

A: You can't ; not if you want to create significant change.

The whole process of change is inherently uncomfortable. Almost by definition it moves us out of our comfort zone. While it's true that the bigger the change the more discomfort we feel, a big change will also offer potentially huge rewards.

Focus on the big rewards and you will develop the courage necessary to move through the discomfort.

No one has ever made it into the history books by being sensible. The make an impact on this world by being bold, daring, passionate and courageous.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Breaking A Success Habits And Creative Work

You know every year it's the same thing as we reflect on what we did and what we accomplished. Then, with pen in hand, we write our list of resolutions, of changes we'd like to make in the next 12 month. The health club parking lots, which are filled to capacity in January, have no shortage of spaces by March. The kick the cigarette pledge is gone at the first sign of stress.

Breaking a habit or crating a new one takes 28 days of work, a relatively short period of time to anyone but someone having a nicotine fit, change is the one area of our lives that we struggle with, even though it is one that is inevitable. By planning and hard work, we can develop a plan for change and improvement. Here are a few success habits that we can make for a successful 2012 and beyond.

You wouldn't get behind the wheel of a car without directions, so why drive you career into the ground? Achievers write out a list of goals, broken up into long term and short term, to focus their energies on the important, This is a habit we can get into. Our long term goal is to find a new career. In the short term, we have to research the field we want to get into, gather information about the companies we want to work for and contact our network for leads, ideas, and advise. Next comes crafting a resume, writing an effective cover letter, and preparing for those interview questions. By crating a list of goals, we are better able to stay one the right path and get to where we want to go.

Turn off the TV and turn on your mind. or to look at it another way , learning is earning. By reading 15 minutes a day, we are exposed to new ideas and are improving our communication skills. By taking a class, we are able to try something new, learn a skill, earn a certificate, and develop a hobby or interest into a moneymaking endeavor. But when the TV is on, all attention is drawn to it like moths to a flame. So instead of reading the TV Guide, look for something of interest or for some career information. It will pay off in the long run.

Dream. Dream? what do you mean dram? I dream when  I sleep, right. So why should I have to dream. It is our dreams that guide and inspire us. Make a college of what you want, showing pictures of places you want to live, cars you want to drive, and stuff you want to buy. This will help you to see the potential rewards of your hard work and effort.