Are You Staying in Touch with Your Business?

Do you have a way of staying in touch with your business so that you know what is working, and what is not? I recently wrote articles about the power of decluttering your business and addressing what the change process looks like. These are certainly foundational for creating a powerfully competitive business culture. That said, what are your business indicators that move you to act on something sooner rather than later to improve, or protect, your business?

You Don’t Have To Change. Survival Is An Option!

Last month I was at a presentation where a lean consultant was discussing the power of implementing lean methodologies to improve corporate efficiency.  He stated that 95% of what we do in our businesses is considered non value-added as viewed by the customer. 95%!!!!!  Absurd? Greatly embellished to make a point?

What Does The Change Process Look Like?

Many of my past articles talk about the challenges of change, but few business owners ever rise to the occasion and take on that challenge. For most company owners, maintaining a steady slow growth is good enough.

New Year’s Resolution “Don’t Forget to Take Out the Trash”

It was in the fifties, but seems like yesterday. I can still hear the faint strains of my mother’s voice saying “Don’t forget to take out the trash”. This was one of my chores. It wasn’t one of my favorite things to do, but there was a price to pay if I forgot.

Is There Value In Business Forecasting?

Does your company have a sales forecast for 2017? Most small businesses spend little time forecasting sales for the upcoming year. The one thing you can say with 100% certainty about a business forecast is that it will be wrong. So, why expend a lot of sweat equity on developing it? What’s the use?

Is Stress Killing Your Organization’s Performance?

I remember meeting with the president of a $20M company a few years back, and he said, “ … I wish I could come into work one hour later each day …”.  His daily start time was 7am! He had built a very successful business, and yet he felt the need to come in at 7am in the morning because he had too much work on his plate.

The Importance of Models and Dashboards for Enhancing Company Communications.

It is often said that a picture is worth 1000 words and this sums up the reasons why visual communications is so important in the workplace. In business, pictures can take on many forms such as dashboards, charts, graphs, project maps and timelines, and a wide variety of business models that convey how the business, or segments of the business, are performing. With today’s computer technology these types of graphics can be monitored and updated in real time, or close to real time, providing the user with valuable visual aide regarding a wide variety of business performance metrics.

Good Teams Win a Few Games, Great Teams Win Championships

I relish this time of year because it’s March Madness. If you like college basketball, your overdose days are here. There are times when watching a good ballgame, I relate the game to a business model.

In talking with many business owners over the years, most will state that they have good teams when discussing their employees.  They may add a caveat that they could use a stronger person in 1-2 slots, but generally they are happy with their team of employees. The owners like, respect, trust, care for, and are loyal to their employees.

Why Should You Consider Hiring a Consultant for Your Business?

No one knows my business better than I do.  Why should I hire a consultant to tell me what I already know? This is a familiar retort from most company presidents, especially from those at the helm of smaller organizations. It certainly makes sense that company presidents and management teams would want to solve their own business issues internally, and not expose the inner workings of the business to “outsiders”.

Are You Staying in Touch with Your Business?

Do you have a way of staying in touch with your business so that you know what is working, and what is not? I recently wrote articles about the power of decluttering your business and addressing what the change process looks like. These are certainly foundational for creating a powerfully competitive business culture. That said, what are your business indicators that move you to act on something sooner rather than later to improve, or protect, your business?

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