December 2015: How effective is virtual training? Traditional classrooms have been, and still are, the most common way for training conduct, with the advantages of physical co-location and direct interaction between instructors and attendees, engaging all senses of the attendee. Gradually spreading, virtual training platforms are aiming at alleviating some burdens, with the advantages of flexibility in time and location, less costs, and higher productivity. Virtual training can be instructor-led or on-demand interactive conduct, while the later turns training into a product rather than a service. The question of virtual training effectiveness can thus be reduced to a question on effectiveness of the underlying technology.
November 2015: Are your partners rewarding? Partnerships and alliances are byproducts of business conduct. The trigger of building a certain partnership relationship can be any target, ranging from sharing a business opportunity that you can't pursue solely, to business politics and power balance factors. However, not all partners are equal, neither in their importance and value to you, nor in their impact and power. You need to understand your business need behind establishing, or further maintaining, a partnership relationship, and the influences resulting from such partnerships on your business ecosystem. In the unusual case of designating some partnership as counterproductive, actions to withdraw from it need to be taken nimbly.
October 2015: How to balance growth versus profitability? Business growth needs continual profit making, while on the other hand profitability is directly proportional to business size. It may seem like a dead lock between business profitability and business growth, where they are interdependent on each other. However, with tactic planning and an act of balance, you can achieve progress on both dimensions in parallel. Excess growth without a corresponding level of profitability is a matter of risk taking, which can be a success strategy for some kinds of businesses under some circumstances. The opposite is more like making living without growth ambitions. Pay attention to taking steps on each dimension once your position on the other enables you.
September 2015: Are you setting customer satisfaction as a priority? Your customers are the real enablers of your growth. Businesses can only expand and develop an identity by engaging with an extending customer base. Your attention shouldn't be only on getting new customers, retention of the already gained customers is equally important. Previous customers form your reputation and business image based on their experiences in dealing with you and perceptions of the services or products received. When managed properly, customer satisfaction can work as a referral agent for getting you more and more leads. If you mistakenly think that a deal is done regardless of whether customers left satisfied or not, then consider changing this mindset.
August 2015: Is the Arabic language important for business conduct? If you are doing business in the Arabic region, you can't afford answering no to this question. Testimonials by Arab and non-Arab business people in the region confirm that learning the Arabic language and culture supported their business success and enhanced understanding as shown by the success stories they cite. While learning the language is a far shooting endeavor, still acknowledgment of the importance of adoption of the Arabic language in business in the region, and planning for developing this capability in your business practice, is just an essential aspect. In particular, business Arabic is more easily attainable for business conduct purposes, rather than comprehensive language study.
July 2015: What is Green IT? Green IT is the concept of employing technology to support the mission of environment friendly operation. There are two main aspects of Green IT: to reduce the carbon footprint of IT operations, and to use IT tools to enable reduction of the carbon footprint of other non-IT operations. Lower energy consumption, lower carbon emission, recycling, and reuse are all among the core objectives of being Green. Virtualization, telecommuting, cloud computing, minimizing printing, and power saving are examples of techniques to be Green. Organizations and products are graded based on maturity of their Green practice and a number of scales and certificates exist for this purpose.
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