Wednesday, 30 November 2016

What you should remove from your product portfolio

Hello readers, hope you are all good. Today, I will be writing about products that you should remove from your product portfolio in order to increase profitability especially in situations whereby your cost exceeds those of your peers. Here they are

Break-even
When a product continues to fall below the break-even point after the predicted number of years it will take to break-even, since its contribution to profit does not cover the fixed cost then the product should be removed from your product portfolio . Removing the product will help boost your profit.

Stagnant growth
When you introduce a new product to your business market and realise that the product is stuck in the introduction stage of the product life cycle you should remove such products from your portfolio as such products are more likely to be making losses.

Products that are making losses
You should identify products that are bringing you losses and stop producing them. Since your aim is to increase profit. 

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Benefits of having a positive attitude at work

Hello readers, today I am going to let you know why you should have a positive attitude at work. According to dictionary.cambridge.org, an attitude "is a feeling or opinion about something or someone, or a way of behaving that is caused by this." An individual with a positive attitude will be behave in a positive way. The benefit of having a positive attitude includes

Getting along with co-workers
An individual that has a positive attitude at work gets along with other co-workers. This reduces the stress level at work which is good for your psychological well being. Stress can cause some damages to your health, so its best to have a positive attitude at work.

Job satisfaction
A positive attitude at work will help you keep your job. It will make you a candidate for a leadership position. Top managers will notice your warm and pleasant attitude and it will motivate them to promote you or increase your salary as long as you are also productive.


Making decisions
A positive attitude will help you make wise decisions. You will have a healthy way of thinking as a result of your attitude.

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

What a leader should do to manage a team effectively

Hello readers, today I will be writing about the ways a leader can manage a team effectively.

Building rapport
A leader must build a good rapport with his/her team mates. He/she should learn to listen to what his/her subordinates have to say. Having a good rapport will help deal with difficult situations and difficult personalities easily. It will also empower them which in turn will help the team achieve its goals.

Delegation
A good team leader must learn to delegate duties to subordinate and not make every decision by himself/herself. This will give them a sense of belonging, which is one of the basic needs of man. It will make them feel like they are contributing to the success of the company. This will help them achieve the goals of the team.

Supporting them to achieve success
When a team leader supports his/her subordinates to achieve success in business, it creates a feeling of trust which will in turn help the team as a whole. When subordinates believes that a leader has their best interest at heart, they work harder which will help them achieve the goals of the team.

Motivation
A team leader must learn to motivate team members using motivational tools like recognition, appraisal, awards and others. This will inspire subordinates to give in their best.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Value chain and information system: part 2

Hello readers, hope you are doing good. Yesterday, I told you I was going to write about the support activities in another article. You should read part 1 first before reading this article. Support activities include the firm's infrastructure, human resource management, technology development and procurement. These activities will be discussed below.

Firm's infrastructure
These are the systems that support the daily activities of your company. It supports the capabilities of your company. Information system can  be used to enhance the budget of the company, manage finances efficiently and effectively so as to gain a competitive advantage.

Human resource management
This has to do with employing the right individuals, giving them the best training to enhance your services, motivating them appropriately and any other activities that will help secure the loyalty of your staff as well as get them to provide excellent services All of this will help create a competitive advantage for your company. Information system can be used to make appraisals, recruitment and training to be more efficient.

Technology development
This has to do with the equipment used by the company. It also has to do with the hardware, software and  technical knowledge the firm uses to convert raw materials into finished goods. Information system can be used to improve the processes used by your company.

Procurement
This has to do with acquiring resources and inventories for your company. Information system can be used to let you know when to order for inventories.

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Monday, 21 November 2016

Value chain and information system: part 1

Hello readers, hope your weekend was good. Porter's value chain will be used to let you know the advantages an information system can provide you with. Hope you will gain a thing or two

 According to investopedia.com, "value chain is a high level model developed by Michael Porter used to describe the process by which businesses receive raw materials, add value to the raw materials through various processes to create a finished good and then sell that end product to customers". Porter divided the value chain into two different activities which are the primary and support activities. The primary activities will be discussed in this article while the support activities will be discussed in the part 2 of this article. Here are the primary activities.

Inbound logistics
This has to do with buying, storing and the distribution of stocks. Information system can help control your stocks, ensuring that the right quantity  of stocks are ordered for at the right time. It can also make internal distribution more efficient.

Operations
This has to do with transforming raw-material into finished goods. The information system can be used to monitor the performance of all operational activities.

Outbound logistics
This has to do with making your products available to customers. Information system can be used to help you collate data about your customers which can be used for marketing purposes.

Marketing and Sales
This has to do with convincing individuals to purchase your product instead of the competitor's. Information system can be used to let you know the purchasing pattern of your customers which can be used to make your promotion more efficient and effective.

Services
This has to do with providing services to customers after the goods has been sold, as it will help maintain the value of your products. Information system can enhance the speed of your services.

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Friday, 18 November 2016

4 Go-Kart tracks that you could visit

Hello readers, today I will be writing about go-kart tracks that you could visit. I have carried out a researh for you. Here they are:

Dubai Autodrome
It is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its kartdrome offers indoor and outdoor forms of go-karting. The kartdrome is designed to ensure high safety for individuals aged 7 and above

Kart Kountry
It is located in Kentucky, USA. Kart kountry offers product for ages starting from 5. They have different karts that suit different ages and level of experience. The thunderbolt is the biggest and fastest one they have, you must be 16 or above and you must have a valid driver's license or permit to drive it. It has other karts that does not require a valid driver's license to drive them. Kiddies kart which is the one for children aged 5 to 7  has special tracks.

Orlando Kart Center
It has an outdoor kart track, they have karts for individuals that are 5 feet tall and above. You do not need a license to drive the karts.

The tracks
This track is located in Missouri, USA. There tracks are designed for both adults and children. It offers karts for different level of experience as well. It was designed in such a way to make families have fun.



Thursday, 17 November 2016

The use of electronic marketing: a tuition centre

Hello readers, I will be writing about electronic marketing. Electronic marketing also known as internet marketing is defined as a marketing process done via the internet. It provide companies with new opportunities that are not readily available using traditional marketing. The marketing mix will be used to discuss the opportunities it provides to a tuition centre.

Product
Electronic marketing will allow customers to see sample of the books the tuition centre sells before they buy them. As such, the quality of the books can be assessed before they are bought. This will increase sales if the books it sells are of high quality. Webcast of previous classes could be made available on their websites. This will give potential students an idea of what their classes will be like. E-marketing can also enable the tuition centre to provide online classes.

Price
Electronic marketing will enable potential student to compare prices offered by the tuition centre with prices competitors offer. A tuition centre that offers competitive prices will attract more student. It is also easier to change prices when using E-marketing as compared with traditional marketing.

Promotion
It will make information easily available since students and potential students can always check for information using the internet. E-marketing can also enable the tuition centre to build up links from other websites thus creating more exposure for it. Such links will increase it search engine ranks which will also improve the visibility of the tuition centre.

Place
Electronic marketing will also make their products available globally. Thus, the tuition centre will have more students. It will help the tuition centre grow.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

How to write your mission statement

Hello readers, I will be writing about how to create a mission statement. A mission statement is just as important as your business plan. Your mission statement must portray your business strategy. It should let your stakeholders know what your business is all about.

Your mission statement must let individuals that read it to know about what you do, how you do it, individuals you do it for and what value you will be adding by creating your products.

When writing your mission statement you should set enough time. A day should be set aside to write your mission statement. You should get contributions from individuals working with you, this will help your mission statement come out better.

An example of a good mission statement is as follows: Foodco is a company that is into the production of cereal. Its mission is to provide high quality, rightly priced cereal for any individual above 3 years which will keep them healthy and active. The cereal would be made available for sale in grocery stores for our customer.

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Monday, 14 November 2016

Different management styles

Hello readers, today I will be writing about 4 management styles which include the autocratic,the consultative, persuasive and the democratic style of management.

Autocratic style of management
A manager that uses this style of management makes all the decision for the team without expecting any debate from the subordinates. He/She controls the actions of the team. This management style is good if the staff are lowly skilled or when the business requires minimal errors. However, when staff are highly skilled this style of management demotivates them as they will want their opinion to matter when decisions are being made

Consultative style of management
Managers that adopt this style of management make all the decision just like the way managers that use the autocratic management style do. However, they care about what their subordinate have to contribute. They also care about the effect their decision have on their subordinates. The manager may not take the advise of the subordinates but he/she listens to what they have to say.

Persuasive style of management
Managers that uses the persuasive style of management makes all the decisions just like the managers that use the previous management styles I mentioned above. However, the manager spends time convincing subordinates that the decision made is a good one by carrying out duties with subordinates and letting them know the benefit of the decision.

Democratic style of management
Managers that adopts this style of management allow subordinates to vote when decisions need to be made. Decisions with the highest votes is adopted. This style of management proves to be adverse at times when the best decision is bypassed because the team did not vote for it. This style of management will be effective when all team members are highly skilled.

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Friday, 11 November 2016

4 affordable accommodations in Dublin

Hello readers, today I will writing about 4 affordable accommodations you can stay in whenever you travel to Dublin. Dublin is a beautiful city, here they are:

Avoca Lodge
The rooms in this accommodation are fully air conditioned and they come with a flat screen TV. You can view a garden or the city from some rooms. The rooms are also ensuite. You can get rooms that are priced for as low as $53 per night in this accommodation.

City Studio &Apartment
This accommodation is a good one, it is a walking distance from Croke park. It has various studios and apartments. Some units have a seating and dinning area.. A kitchen fitted with microwave is also available in some units. You can get rooms that are priced for as low as $54 per night in this accommodation.


Clifden House
This house is located in Dublin city centre. Breakfast is made available to customers every morning but you will have to pay for it. The rooms come with free wifi and a TV. You can get rooms that are priced for as low as $53 per night in this accommodation.


My place Dublin hotel
This is one affordable hotel in Dublin city centre. The rooms come with a satellite TV,a work desk and a telephone. The hotel helps customers store their luggage.You can get rooms that are priced for as low as $52 per night in this accommodation.




Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Strategic alliance: An introduction

Hello readers, today I will be writing about strategic alliance. Strategic alliance is a situation whereby two or more companies share resources and activities in order to pursue agreed upon objectives.

The alliance is formed to meet a short-term goal or a long-term goal or both. This will depend on the needs of the companies involved. The responsibility of each company must be clearly stated. A strategic alliance may be a formal or an informal agreement. Strategic alliance has its advantages, some of it will be discussed below.

It enables a business to enter a new market without the high cost of acquiring a local company. It saves the business money. It also allows each company to remain independent. Each company is allowed to maintain its corporate culture.

It also enables the company involved to take advantages of opportunities at a faster rate. Additional knowledge is gained by each company involved as they will both provide each other with knowledge. 

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

It is about benchmarking

Hello readers, I will be talking about benchmarking in this article. Benchmarking can be defined as a situation where a company compares its processes and performances to the industry best or best practices of a company or with the best department. Benchmarking can be carried out in different number of ways.

Best in class benchmarking
This is a situation where a company compares the departments within their business with similar departments within the best external company. This will motivate managers to carry out actions that will help their company match the best-in-class performance.

Competitive benchmarking
This is a situation whereby a company collects information about direct competitors in order to compare their processes and results with theirs; with an aim to follow the steps of the best practice.

Historical benchmarking
This is a situation where a company compares its present performance with its past performance. This way of benchmarking can make a company feel too comfortable at the expense of its performance since the company will only be comparing its present performance with its past. It best to compare performances with that of competitors.

Internal benchmarking
This is a situation whereby a company compares the performance of one department with another department within the same organisation. A department that performs well in the group can be used as an example of best practice.

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Advantages of Ecommerce

Hello readers, I will be telling you about  the advantages of e-commerce. E-commerce is the buying and selling of products via the internet. Here are the advantages:

Attract new customers
It will help you attract new customers as you can reach both the national and international market through the internet. Search engines can also make your website available to customers, even though the customer might never have heard of your business. It is easier to locate more customers when you are into e-commerce

Reduces cost
When you sell your goods online, you will save on the cost of having a retail outlet. The cost of setting up a website to sell your goods is extremely low when compared to owning several retail outlets. It saves you cost.

Getting to know your customers better
It allows you to study the buying habits of your customers, since everything will be done via the internet so you can easily collect the data about your customers and convert them into information. Thus, you will be able to create strategies that will meet the needs of your customers.

Increases sales
Since customers can make orders from the comfort of their apartments and have it delivered to their doorsteps. It will motivate them to buy from you, since they will not have to spend time on going to a place where purchases can be made. It helps them save on travelling time and travelling cost.

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The benefits of promoting your staff

Hello readers, today I will be telling you about promoting your staff. Your staff are valuable to your business, as you need them to execute the day to day activities of your business, so promoting them on a timely basis will make them feel appreciated and it will motivate them to put in their best. Promotion enhances motivation, so do promote your staff  when they are due for promotion.


You need the loyalty of your staff. To ensure that your staff stays loyal to you, you should promote them when they are due for promotion. As not promoting them could make highly talented individuals stop being loyal to your company, thus making them look for another company to work for. You do not want to lose your highly talented staff to another company.



It is cheaper to promote staff from within than to employ a new person to take up a position within your organisation. You have to pay the cost of advertising as well as the cost of training the staff. It also takes time in terms of assessment processes. It could take months for the person or people hired to get used to the system, thus reducing productivity within your organisation. You do not want to slow down productivity.



Promoting your staff also serves as an incentive to ensure innovation within your business. It also encourages staff to what to develop themselves. It also reduces discontentment amongst staff as it keeps the staff interested in the job.



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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

The balance scorecard: an introduction

Hello readers, today I will be writing about the balance scorecard. The balance scorecard helps measure business performances. It looks at  4 different perspective of the business, they are the financial perspective, the customer perspective, the learning and growth perspective and the internal perspective.

The financial perspective looks at financial data such as sales revenue, cost and income to understand the financial performance of the business. Customer perspective measures the degree of success in satisfying customers. The quality and price can be used to determine customer satisfaction; feedback are also gotten from customers to know if their needs are being met.

Learning and growth perspective sees how business responds to changing circumstances. It looks at how employees are being trained, and how they use the knowledge obtained to create a competitive advantage for the company. The internal perspective looks at how efficient the business systems and procedures are; if goods are being manufactured well.

The balance scorecard can be used to achieve the goals of your business. It has its root in 8 different objectives which are a balance between short range and long range objectives, employee attitude, market share, personnel development, product leadership, productivity, profitability and public responsibility.

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