Making More Time without Reducing Work Flow

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Each person only has 24 hours in a day. No matter how organized you are, you can’t create more than 24 hours. You can, however, make the most out of those hours. Unless you wish to get burned out and begin to hate your work, it is important to create a balance between work and Read More

Behind the Scenes of a Business Turnaround – The First Month

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In our last post I pulled the curtain back on Week #1 of a business turnaround, focused on the first tasks to be accomplished, and the strategies employed to tone down the chaos and begin moving forward. As I mentioned, the first goal is to get the production schedule locked down and then make sure Read More

Behind the Scenes of a Business Turnaround – Week One

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When a company, board of directors, or investors call me in to handle a business turnaround, it usually means the situation has reached critical mass; they are at the end of their rope and need some experienced help in righting the ship and getting it moving forward again. If they could have done it by Read More

View from the Cockpit: How Business Coaching Benefits You

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Is it the shared knowledge and collaborative experience? Yes, but there's also this key factor... It can be lonely at the top. When you're the senior leader everyone looks to for answers, you're also the one who wakes up in the middle of the night wondering how to make payroll or how to get that Read More

Situational Awareness – Why Metrics Matter

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For many businesses, the term 'metrics' means looking at the financials at month end - the "after Action Reports." But these reports provide only a snapshot and they typically don't show you what's actually going on behind the numbers. If your profitability and cash are falling short, do you understand the big picture and know Read More

So What’s the Plan? Set your vision and strategy for business transformation

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Does your company have an organizational vision? A vision that you, as the senior leader communicates on a regular basis, not just pulled out once a year for sales or budget meetings? Is the vision something that every employee understands, believes, and executes on? If so, congratulations? But you're probably the exception rather than the Read More

Does Your Business Have Too Many A-1 Priorities? Be a Leader – Stop the Insanity!

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It's the beginning of a new year and many people are setting big exciting goals for 2016. Businesses do the same and both as leaders and individuals we have to be wary of overwhelm - trying to do too much with multiple and sometimes competing opportunities with finite resources. It's great to be able to Read More

Profits Flat, Growth Static, Business Stuck in a Rut? How to Break Free From the Holding Pattern!

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When Air Traffic Control (ATC) puts an airplane into a holding pattern, it's usually for a short period of time and for a specific reason such as heavy traffic or bad weather. Pilots know to fly a route direct to a specific point in space and then fly a predetermined pattern around that point until Read More

Situational Awareness Through Key Business Metrics

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When your customers, clients and most people in your life ask, "How's the business going?" The best answer is "Terrific!" There's no upside to giving any other response. When your business advisor asks the question, understand that, whatever answer you give, the next question will be, "How do you know?" It's an important question and Read More

How to Navigate Change in Your Business

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Adaptation is a critical component of running a successful business. If you aren't willing to change your business strategies, marketing efforts, product lines, and more, you will eventually get stuck in a rut. Ruts lead to debt, debt leads to stress, and stress leads to closing down. It's a vicious cycle that you absolutely can Read More