THE SEARCH IN RESEARCH

Human race has been on the path of inquisitiveness right from time in memorial. We always want to know why things are the way they are. Eve may ask Adam, what will happen if we eat from the tree? A group of people may come together and think of finding out how the abode of God look like. In a bid to provide answers to these two questions, some actions like eating the fruit or trying to build a tower that reaches the abode of God may likely surface not minding the aftermaths. This path has led human race into making life better for themselves even as there is now a systematic approach of enquiry which replaced the unorganized traditional approach. Basically, research process consists of:
• Identifying and defining the problem
• Reviewing or searching the literature;
• Formulating ideal from the information got when we search (hypothesis);
• Collecting data to confirm or establish our claim;
• Synthesizing the data collected to authenticate our hypothesis and
• Arriving at a conclusion on our claim.
Since all these efforts are meant to produce certain results or solutions to identified problem, it became important for a researcher or group of researchers carrying out the inquiry to be able to locate sources of information on the subject matter (process two above). There is nothing being done that has not been worked on before, hence, re-search is getting insight from what has been done before to gain additional information about a phenomenon. The effective approach to research is consists in SEARCHing right. This is being explained here using the letters in the word S E A R C H.

• See and identify important words in the topic under study. Sieve out the more important words from the unimportant ones. (before the search)
• Examine and establish the context of usage of words identified. This will enable the search to be streamlined to the area rather than beating around the bush. (before the search)
• Associate your search to these words or other words, phenomenon or topics that may be associated during the process of searching.
• Research out the works of authors referenced in the work you have reviewed till date (by using the reference section). These will promote better understanding of concepts, and probably get primary or firsthand information on the subject area.
• Consider individual study or review of works of authors that appear to be specialist in the area of study. For instance, if during your search, you consistently see the work of a particular author, there is need to pay attention to the work of the author(s). Cite authors or organization whose work you have used.
• Hear from other researchers. Search is not limited to secondary or ‘ready-made’ sources. Horse’s mouth is an important store house of information. You may likely have individuals who have worked in that your area of interest around you without your knowledge. Take knowledge of your colleagues, senior or junior. Never underestimate the power of networking.
Things to Know About Search in Research:
The word search contains some words that are instructive to researchers. These are:
SEA, REACH, EAR, HEAR, EACH, ARC, CASH.
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SEA: The world is filled with information (both printed and unprinted) like the sea with water more than the earth can absorb. Your ability to identify and locate ‘the right’ information is a key to effective research.

REARCH: You must be able to locate the right source of the right information, right author, organization, sites, publication.

HEAR and EAR: Be attentive to what other people are saying. The experience gained from them may be all you need for the present or future work you are/will do(ing).Who we are

search-in-research

EACH: Each information source is very important. Take note of what you search that brought information you need, title of work, date of retrieval, name of site visited and author. These are important resources for referencing.

CASH: Search requires casting your bread upon the water. Don’t hesitate to use your resources to get genuine information.

ARC: Research is a circle of interest. Researchers need one another for getting useful information. Don’t forget to share your published works with others. If someone has not put the one you used there how will you get it? This is one way of promoting yourself.
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Citation
Research Team, Delightsome Consultants (2017). The Search in Research.

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Thinking Green

THINKING GREEN
Green is more than a colour. Green symbolizes life; every living thing receives life from green plants that in turn depend on each other for survival.

Businesses whether small, medium or large corporation existence in the long run will depend on how green they are. That is, their contribution to social wellbeing and environmental sustainability and not just their profitability or contribution to shareholders’ value. A business that is thinking green must be thinking about the environmental stakeholders – including governments, the scientific community, educational institutions, public interest groups and the general public.
Green business strategies and activities meet the needs of the enterprise and its stakeholders today while also protecting, sustaining and enhancing the human and natural resources that will be needed in the future (World Commission on Environment and Development).

It highlights business dependence on human and natural resources in addition to physical and financial capital. The business, human and natural resources are in mutual relationship; each of the trio has its own contribution in the relationship and is dependent on others. Failure of any of the participants will lead to a recoiling effects on not only others but also the one that is at default. It therefore follows that business activities must not irreparably degrade or destroy these natural and human resources.

The concept of “green business” like many terms in this emerging market, can take on different meanings based on context and speaker. Green For All defined a green business as one that does a minimum of four things:
preserves or enhances environmental quality;
provides family-supporting wages and benefits, with safe working conditions;
provides access to training and a clear career track; and
is inclusive of gender, race, geographic and age diversity, and many more issues…

Green business may be cost intensive but this cannot be compared to the long run cost implication of not implementing it.

To be continued…

10 Words That Will Make You Sound Smarter at Work

TIME

Subtitle: Without sounding like a prick. There is a special art to choosing the perfect word for a situation, particularly in the workplace. You want your vocabulary to be impressive but not so impressive it garners scoffs, professional but not stiff. It has to sound natural in context, like you’ve used it before. You want people to understand what it means, but maybe Google it “just to make sure.” Most importantly, it has to make sense, connotation very much included. If you’re looking to stretch your workplace vocabulary without sounding like a pretentious asshole, here are some suggestions.

1. Caustic /ˈkôstik/ adjective: sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way. Synonyms: derisive, acerbic, abrasive

Example: I didn’t appreciate the caustic tone of that email.

Note: Yes, it also means “able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action” or “formed by the intersection of reflected or refracted parallel rays…

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“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.” – Bill Gates

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” – Helen Keller

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller

“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.” – Helen Keller

“Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” – Henry Ford

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain” – Henry Ford

“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste” – Henry Ford

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs” – Henry Ford

“When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ….” – Henry Ford

“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

“One of the greatest discoveries a person makes, one of their great surprises, is to find they can do what they were afraid they couldn’t do.” – Henry Ford

“You say I started out with practically nothing, but that isn’t correct. We all start with all there is, it’s how we use it that makes things possible.” – Henry Ford

“Vision without execution is just hallucination.” – Henry Ford

“Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” – Zig Ziglar

“There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.” – Zig Ziglar

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

6 Tips For Lessons Learned on Projects

August 8, 2013

“I wish I’d known that before,” said one of my project team recently. “If Claire had told me, I wouldn’t have made the same mistake.”

As every project is different, you will learn different things as you work on it. Maybe you’ll find a great way to track milestones. Maybe someone you work with will help you discover a new way to manage conflict. While this helps your personal development as a project manager, you’ll also pick up new skills and techniques. Some of what you learn will be about being better at your job, and some of it will directly relate to how the project was run or the deliverables were managed.

A lessons learned meeting is held at the end of every project to record all of this stuff. It’s your opportunity to find out what worked and what didn’t work so well. The great thing is that it includes the perspective of your project team members as well. After all, you might think that the way you handled risk management was top notch, but they may have a different view!

Here are our top 6 tips for handling the lessons learned meeting to ensure you get the best out of your review time.

Tip #1: Do It Early

Schedule your lessons learned meeting as soondo it early as possible after the end of your project. You can use the collaboration features of your project management software to ensure that everyone gets the agenda and has the opportunity to record their thoughts before the meeting.

You might feel that straight after the project is too soon and people won’t have had the time to gather their thoughts about what worked and what didn’t. That’s fine. You can leave the meeting later, perhaps until you have started to see the first benefits trickle through. Don’t leave it too long though or people will start to forget about how the project was managed and what could have been done differently.

Tip #2: Invite The Right People

The lessons learned meeting should include input from everyone who had involvement in the project. They’ll all be able to share their thoughts on what went well and what didn’t. However, if you have a large group of people who worked on the project – too many for one meeting – consider breaking up the groups into logical sessions. You could hold all the meetings on one day with attendees dropping in and out as appropriate, or schedule them over several days.

Tip #3: Don’t Judge

It can be quite hard to hear the feedback during adon't judge lessons learned meeting. The important thing is not to take it personally. It isn’t a reflection of your professional ability as a project manager, and besides, you can always do things better – you just need someone to tell you what those things are.

When you are chairing the meeting or workshop, make sure that others don’t judge either. All suggestions for improvements or comments about things that worked well are valid. As the facilitator, you can guide the discussion away from being negative towards being constructive criticism. Alternatively, set some ground rules at the beginning of the meeting and make it clear what sort of contribution is acceptable.

Tip #4: Capture The Discussion

At my previous company, the negative lessons learned (the things that went wrong) were called ‘deltas’. We captured positives and deltas, but essentially they were things that were a success and things that weren’t. I’m not a fan of euphemisms, but if they fit with your company ethos, use them.

Whatever you decide to call the two types of lesson, the most important thing is that you record them as they are discussed. A flip chart is a good way to do this. Draw a line down the middle and write down positive feedback on one side and things that could be improved on the other. This relies on everyone being comfortable enough to shout out their comments and if you think that your group might not be prepared to do this, you could get them to note down their feedback on sticky notes. You can then read the notes out for the group to discuss, which makes the process a bit more anonymous.

Tip #5: Share The Output

There’s no point in hiding away the lessons, even share the output if they are quite embarrassing! Projects in your company will only get better if project managers are happy to share what they have learned so that others don’t make the same mistakes.

Use your document sharing software to publish the outputs or go one further and hold a ‘lunch and learn’ session where you brief other project managers on the feedback and lessons learned. However you go about sharing the lessons, the most important thing is that they are shared so that everyone gets the benefit and organizational knowledge is not lost.

Tip #6: Do It Often

Lessons learned meetings are typically held at the end of a project, but there’s nothing to limit you to just that. You could hold meetings at the end of every phase or include a lessons learned agenda item in your monthly review meetings. After all, the faster you pick up the lessons, the less likely you are to make the same mistake again later on during your project. Put regular review sessions on your project plan so that you are prompted to ask your colleagues for their feedback on how things are going.

Lessons learned meetings are a really important way to improve your skills as a project manager and to get useful feedback both about the processes you use and how these have been applied to your project. Only by getting feedback from your team and stakeholders will you be able to change things for the better next time, so it is definitely worth scheduling some time to learn from the good and not so good things that happened on this project.

Share your lessons learned with ProjectManager.com. The rich collaboration features let you upload documents, capture meeting minutes and gather feedback from project team members in real time. It’s the easiest way to schedule and manage project meetings.

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