Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Women Soaring in business

Dallas HR Executive, Marie Diaz, Named Finalist In 6th Annual Stevie® Awards For Women In Business

Stevie Award Winners to Be Announced in New York on November 13

Marie Diaz


PRLog (Press Release) – Nov 02, 2009 – Dallas, Texas – Marie Diaz, CEO of Pursuit of Excellence, Inc., is a Finalist in the “Mentor of the Year” category in the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York on Friday, November 13. Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S.A and several other countries are expected to attend. The presentations will be broadcast live on radio in the U.S.A. by the Business TalkRadio Network.

More than 1,100 entries were submitted this year for consideration in 54 categories, including Best Executive, Best Entrepreneur, and Best Community Involvement Program. Pursuit of Excellence Inc. is a Finalist in the Mentor of the Year category.

Marie Diaz was nominated for her significant contributions toward creating meaningful change and positive social impact in business, and in the community as a whole. One of these contributions is the “Making of Champions” Youth Leadership Program that she launched in 2009, in partnership with the Dallas Independent School District, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas. This program is designed to teach select elementary, middle and high school students the knowledge, and leadership skills needed to succeed in school and in the real world. Ms. Diaz also developed a Mentor Protégé program for the DISD to educate minority and woman owned businesses regarding best industry practices.

Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists during final judging.

“Being named a Finalist in The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an important achievement,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.”

“I am honored to have received this nomination and to be among the finalists for the Stevie Award,” said Marie Diaz. “This nomination serves to strengthen my commitment to empower those students who will become tomorrow’s leaders, as well as those business owners that are seeking the final piece of the puzzle. It is only by giving to others that we can actually grow and succeed ourselves”.

Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

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About Pursuit of Excellence: The company was founded in 1994 to provide small to medium sized companies with a full range of human resource services including human resource risk assessment, risk management, organizational and people development, payroll processing, and employee rewards administration. These offerings create the acronym H.O.P.E. which gives rise to the Company’s motto: Delivering H.O.P.E. to businesses and industry worldwide.

For more information about Pursuit of Excellence, Inc., visit its web site at

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Top 5 Reasons A Business Outsources

Why Do Companies Outsource? The Top 5 Reasons Why Companies Outsource

By Mary Thomas

When talking about outsourcing there is a lot of information that you need to have. Unfortunately we are faced with lack of it but this can be fixed and it should not bother business owners. The one question that keeps popping up is "Why do Companies Outsource?" While some of the possible reasons are obvious, there are others that are not. The truth is that the reasons why a company would outsource are varied. It all depends on what the company does and its personal needs. For instance, if a company has a human resources department built in, why would it go after human resources outsourcing? It would not need it! The only real reason why it would is reducing costs but that means firing people and brings in different problems. Outsourcing is definitely not as easy as some people think and a lack of outsourcing strategy can cause a lot of problems. Leaving that aside, let us think about the top reasons why companies outsource:

1. Reducing Costs - This is the number one reason why companies outsource. In most situations you can find cheaper labor through outsourcing and if the quality level is the same there is no reason why you should not outsource.

2. Improved Business Focus - By directing a part of the work towards outsourcing you gain flexibility and you are able to focus on your company's core competencies. This increases work flow and allows you to finish projects faster.

3. Unfulfilled Needs - Sometimes you might have to outsource because what you are looking for can not be found locally. For instance, you might want a good project manager and the local market does not have one to hire. Outsourcing can provide you access to a need that is not available at a local level.

4. Risk Management - As a company grows risks appear. Most business owners fail to foresee this and are not prepared with a good risk management strategy to apply. In this case the only real solution would be to hire an expert company to do this and there are many that can be contacted through outsourcing.

5. Better Employees - By being able to contact people from other regions/countries you might be able to contact really good professionals. You can hire them through outsourcing and you would get better employees. Keep in mind that this is tricky and price must be considered as well in order to not make a bad investment.

"Outsource Method Saved Me Over 500% On My Staffing Costs"

Outsourcing can be a very costly and mistake ridden path if you don't have the connections or know the pitfalls. When we Interviewed the CEO of we were amazed at how many buyers get this wrong.

Learn how to save yourself mistakes that could cost you 10's of thousands of dollars and how you can more effectively manage your business process outsourcing.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Our Economy in a Nutshell

In our everyday lives or in business there is a process. First you must follow, manage and then lead. Of course, once you have reached a certain level of leadership or management in your lives or business then at that level you have decided to use more of your leadership or management abilities.
Management by definition is a person who controls people or resources directly.
Leadership by definition is a person who influences people or motivates people in the direction of your family, business or personal goals, but does this indirectly.
We are all managers or leaders somewhere. Keeping this in mind every leader must know to keep his integrity together. These leadership qualities include: respect, honor, character, trust and dignity. These are only a few of the aspects which are important. This brings me to my point. If we as a society were putting more emphasis and more concerned about these qualities of leadership and management we could make it better. This is what it really comes down to when we look at how our economy has come to what it is today. In the news we have all heard many pyramid schemes, businesses such as Enron going down as they did and the sort, which tells us that these aspects of leadership and management have not played a very important role in these areas.

"We cannot control someone elses actions but we can control our own". Andrew Lopez

The Instrument

There is a concert where a violinist is playing exquisitely. Then the violinist breaks a string. Usually the violinist will signal for the director so someone can bring out another violin. The violinist does not signal so the director keeps going. The violinist plays with even more passion than before and finishes with a standing ovation.
In saying this I would like to say imagine you are that instrument, teach yourself all that needs to be learned than share those experiences with all the strings you have to give. Give them your heart and soul. Let them see that passion because after all you are the greatest instrument ever invented.