What is a strategy map? Is it just a nice presentation demonstrating company goals? Well, some top managers and business owners think so. In fact, this is not true as an effective strategy map shows both goals and ways to achieve these goals. Besides, some strategy maps are very difficult to understand since they contain complex terms and formulas from strategic management theory. An effective strategy map must be easy to understand even for a person without even elementary knowledge of strategic planning. Such a person should see goals and how these goals will be reached. All the rest is unnecessary. An effective strategy map and shows cause and effect ties between goals and measures. For example, if a strategy map contains just one goal of making much money and no ways to implement it this will be a useless document. At the same time, if such a strategy map demonstrates how this goal will be implemented and what needs to be done in several stages, this strategy map can be considered effective. In
this article well talk about hotel management strategy maps.
First and foremost a hotel should develop comprehensive and realistic strategy. It means that strategic goals have to be ambitious and achievable at the same time. On top of that, making a lot of money can be hardly called a strategic goal. A strategy is about future vision, and hotel industry is not an exception here. Thus, a good example of strategic goal would be gaining particular percentage of market share, improve and loyalty of existing customers and attraction of new ones, improving hotel business image and recognition throughout the world and of course increasing profits. Of an effective hotel management strategy map will show what needs to be done to achieve these goals. Balanced Scorecard is perhaps the best tool to design strategy maps that demonstrate cause and effect ties.
All financial goals can be implemented if some improvements are performed in other spheres. As known, Balanced Scorecard consists of four categories which are interrelated: financial, customer, internal business processes, learning and growth. A hotel strategy map will show cause and effect ties between all categories and key performance indicators that each category contains. For instance, in order to increase revenue (financial), it is necessary to attract new customers (customer) which is possible on lee through introduction of new services and improvement of internal procedures (internal business processes) while this is only achievable through improvement of personnel professional level (learning and growth). This simple example demonstrates cause and effect ties between Balanced Scorecard categories and key performance indicators. For example such key performance indicator as customer loyalty directly affects revenue growth since loyal and satisfied customers are more likely to stay and the same ho
tel again. Thus, the hotel strategy works in the long term which contributes to competitive advantage in the market. It needs saying that Balanced Scorecard will perfectly work and the hotel will improve its performance only if improvements in the four categories are achieved. This means that the hotel should be ready for changes.
Photoshop is the most popular and widely used photo editing software. For most professional photographers, it is the most reliable tool for simple and complicated photo enhancement. Then again, a lot of beginners are overwhelmed by the number of functions on Photoshop. Those who like the steep learning curve may jump into the wagon and learn basic to advance photo editing skills. But those who limit their photo enhancement to exposure correction and color enhancement may look at simpler photo editors.
The advantages of Photoshop are far too numerous to be discussed in a single article. The main purpose photographers edit pictures on Photoshop is to improve their appearance. The improvement is mainly for enhancement purposes. Advanced editing is for artistic purposes. Professional photographers can change the way their photos look by making fine adjustments on color and exposure. Photoshop can also salvage flawed photography (e.g. curing overblown highlights). There are two major goals. One is to make the photo more presentable. Another is to make the photo appeal aesthetically to the viewers.
People who are having photography as a hobby should invest in good photo editing software, like Photoshop. However, with Adobe Photoshop free download sites, many can avail of the advantages of professional photo enhancement. But, since Photoshop is overwhelming for beginners, online instructional materials are available. There are many experts who are generous enough to share what they know to the public. Sites like Adobe Connection offer free tips and advice to snapshooters and serious photographers alike.
When doing painting and repair work above a sloped roof line, a homeowner must keep safety foremost in his or her mind. Mistakenly thinking that you simply can set up some kind of make shift support for your ladder to get you to the height you need can be very risky and can land you in the hospital.
Before undertaking this challenge one should do the appropriate research on what is available to use on sloped roofs and what will work best for your roof given the amount on incline you face.
Below are suggestions that I can give base on over 30 years of experience in the home improvement industry:
If you wanted to make a home improvement to your kitchen that would benefit you and the value of your home then add a kitchen island. The kitchen island cost is easily retrieved if you decide to sell and if you are keeping the house then you will benefit the very first day after it is installed with the additional room it provides you in the kitchen.
The home improvement project is something that you should have a company one in and perform and written estimate on. Let them explain the materials they will use, the time it will take from start to finish and what is included in their estimated price.
If you are looking for a company to finance then be up front with the company and let them know that this is an option you meant to take advantage of and see if it is offered before they even come to your home. This will save time for you and the contractor. Sears would be a company to consider, they offer home improvement services, kitchen remodeling services and financing.
Furniture made from recycled plastics is gaining prominence in the outdoor furniture industry. Recent advancements in manufacturing the material have made it a feasible alternative to what is traditionally used.
High density polyethylene or HDPE is a material derived from the number 2 type of recycled plastic. The most common container is the gallon milk jug. They are those semi-white jugs that you can see through a little. They are not the material used for solid white containers or the clear 2-liter bottles.
One form of HDPE that has come onto the market is called Polywood. It essentially is plastic lumber produced from type 2 waste recovered from recycling centers. Polywood is actually heavier and stronger than lumber cut from wood. First, the recycled plastic is crushed into pellets and then melted in a pot. Next, ultra-violet substances and color are added. This gives HDPE a huge advantage over traditional wood lumber. The liquid is then cured in molds shaped to normal sizes of lumber. The final product has a grain finish instead of having a smooth polished feel. I expect this material will soon be sold side by side with wood lumber in the home improvement chain stores.