ER Proj. Mgmt
Rehab & Reno
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Below is a tasting from prior CRs. If you would like to receive the
actual complete monthly review you will have to find someone who already
receives it AND thinks you are savvy enough to digest it.
"The job of a manager is not to do everything, it is to
make sure that everything gets done." As you know ( you do now) I am a
voracious reader and the other day I came across this definition of a
manager and I wanted to share with you. It is cryptic yet a revelation. It is
a simple statement that really encompasses a major portion of our
responsibilities. The definition reveals the direction we must provide and
the delegation with which we may accomplish our goals and duties. The
implications are that ‘everything’ represents all of the tasks and
responsibilities of our respective groups; that everything must be
accomplished; and that although you are not expected to personally perform
all the tasks, you as managers, must insure that they are done and done correctly.
How do your activities compare to this definition? How do you make sure everything gets done?
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In the book, "The Artist’s Way at Work" by
Bryan, Cameron and Allen, I discovered the following paragraph on attitudes
that was quite revealing. When people change their attitudes, they change
their perceptions, and as their perceptions change, they continue to
change their attitudes. The spiral can go either way, toward the positive
or the negative, but even just realizing that is what is happening can
stop the spiral long enough to send it toward the positive. When this
happens, both the quality and quantity of your work will improve. Do you know if you are in the upward or downward spiral?
Are you aware that your attitudes affect the attitudes of the members of your
group and all others with whom you interact? Is your effect negative or
positive? If you’re not sure, ask one of your colleagues. I assure you, they
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Economic Week in Review:
A surge in retail sales, a rise in consumer prices,
and a decline in housing starts held the economic spotlight for the week. It
was an up-and-down week for the markets as well. The S&P 500 Index rose
4.8% for the week to 1,107. The yield of the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, which
moves in the opposite direction from its price, rose 12 basis points to 5.25%.
Retail sales surged 1.2% in April, the strongest
showing since October. Sales gains were widespread: Consumers stepped up
purchases of cars and spent more money in restaurants, department stores, and
building-supply stores. Overall retail sales were 4.0% higher than in April
2001. The Consumer Price Index jumped 0.5% in April from
March, the biggest increase in almost a year. The "core" CPI, which excludes volatile
food and energy prices, rose0.3%. Business inventories dropped 0.3% from February to their lowest level since
October 1999. The ratio of inventories to sales is still hovering near its
12-month low, suggesting that the past year's aggressive inventory reductions
may have run their course.