Archive for February, 2012

Productivity and The Professional Development Team

What is productivity? Productivity is a word that many people use yet we all define it a little differently.  The bottom line is everyone wants to get stuff DONE!  Goal accomplishment is not the end however; we have to accomplish goals quickly and with superior results.  If we had the ability to focus on one task at a time, this would be simple but life and work is rarely simple.  Between technology growth and society pressures, we have many activities and devices that take our attention in a thousand directions at once.  The effect of all of the requirements placed on our minds and our bodies is evident – failing relationships with partners, children and even work as well as the physical downslide that can occur.  So what do we do??

We have to get better at being productive which means focusing our time, attention and energy on the things that matter.  How many times are we burdened with tasks that are urgent but not important?  Or Not urgent and not important but we have to do them anyway?  What if we could focus all of our time on the stuff that is important but not urgent so it gets the proper consideration it deserves?   For example, if there is a project due for my class, most people would agree that the right answer is to work on it slowly and get it done early – YEAH RIGHT!  Who has time for that?? Well we all do if we take control of the other things in our lives that get us behind in our ‘work’.  I have the ability to control my schedule and how much time I can devote to a certain task. It is up to me to say NO to other things that impact my ability to focus on the productive stuff.  Instead of being reactive, change over to a proactive position and see how far you can get! 


Lori Buresh          

CEO, The Professional Development Team



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Process Management and The PDT

At The Professional Development Team, we focus on process management. Process management – two very relevant buzzwords in today’s business world but what does that mean? Everything is a process, in life and in business. We start with an input, do something to that input and receive an output. For example, mailing a letter; I have a letter, an envelope and a stamp – 3 inputs. I conduct actions on those three items and my output is a letter ready to go into a mailbox. Simple but it demonstrates our point of inputs leading to a desired output or effect. If you think about actions or desired results in terms of processes, then all aspects of life and business can be managed.
As a consumer, I want my products fast, cheap and of the best possible quality. Companies realize this but they also have to make a profit or they aren’t going to be in business very long. Where do we make up the difference to satisfy both sides? You guessed it! Through process management we can evaluate all the various inputs, actions and outputs for any desired result. The focus of the evaluation is to identify areas of waste, excess cost or slowdowns. Pain points are the best places to start – those are known problem areas to fix. However, processes that seem streamlined already aren’t off the hook because everything changes in the world. There may be new technology, suppliers or ideas that could make a ‘good’ process better.

Lori Buresh          

CEO, The Professional Development Team

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Get To Know The Professional Development Team!

Welcome to The Professional Development Team Blog!  We will use this forum to write about leadership topics, as well as thoughts regarding business processes in the Four States area.  While blogs are meant to be a one-way method of communication, we hope you will take the time to comment on our posts.  Let us know what you think!

Since most people have never heard of our company, this first post should be a proper introduction.  We started The Professional Development Team to make a difference for Joplin-area businesses by providing process management and leadership training.  Companies are rebuilding after the tornado and existing organizations are looking ahead to the future.  We all have to do more with less, so the first place to look is how to drive out waste, drive down cost, and drive up productivity using the tools a business has today.  Process changes will not be effective or may not be implemented at all without also supporting the leadership and culture of an organization.  Leadership drives a business to achieve goals and effectively implement long-term changes.

Our whole focus is to help businesses grow and thrive in this area.  We are not here to tell a company how to run – they already know how.  We are here to focus on their problem areas in order to guide their team to a solution that is actionable and do it quickly.   Process management includes change which can be difficult or even scary for employees to adopt.  We want to help managers grow into leaders and leaders grow into great leaders so that a company can adapt and change with the full support of their employees.

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