I am excited to let you know that I will be presenting at the upcoming Business Fundamentals Bootcamp – Boston. The event will take place on October 12, 2017, from 9am to 1pm at CIC Boston. I am sending this to you because you are in my network and I think you may benefit and … Read more Looking Forward To Presenting @ Upcoming Business Fundamentals Bootcamp
I encourage you to read the article below about an experiment involving how employees productivity was impacted by their perception of their rate of pay. On the “encouraging” side of the ledger, when employees perceived fairness and even generosity in their rate of pay, their productivity provided an excellent return on the investment of the … Read more How does rate of pay affect employees? You might be surprised, and disturbed.
I’ve been a runner for around 30 years. When asked why I run, my usual reply is “I run for my life.” Sure, I am going for a laugh with that answer. But more than that, it is the truth. I run to be more mindful, balanced, fit, joyful and to run as well as … Read more Aligning Your Business for Better Performance, Results, and Enjoyment!
Through my experience I have developed a strong preference to communicate in-person rather by email or text, or even phone. Does that reflect my advancing years – that I am “old school”? I am confident it’s not. Not long ago I went to a presentation that revealed that 90% of what we communicate is lost … Read more Face-to-Face and In-Person Still Work Best
We all spend much of our business, and personal time for that matter, resolving conflicts and solving problems. Perhaps the single most influential factor determining our success or failure is whether or not we determine the actual cause – the specific variable that has created the conflict or problem; or the actual solution – the … Read more Improved Problem Solving: 5 Why’s & 5 How’s
Many times “the right things to do” and “the right ways to do them” require substantial investment of time, effort, attention, and learning to execute. But it’s not always like that. Here are some quick, simple-to-execute processes that can drive improvement. I recommend making them part of your standard management procedure. Opportunities Identify 3 Unrealized … Read more Quick & Simple Improvement
In the first installment of Assess for Success, we reviewed Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis. In this second installment, we’re going to review assessing value creation and delivery. (Image courtesy of www.orbussoftware.com/blog) Specifically, we are going to create a Feature-Benefit-Value Mapping process to enable you and your employees to determine and understand the … Read more Assess For Success: 6 Ways To Evaluate & Improve Your Business – Part 2: Feature-Benefit-Value Mapping
Once upon a time, there were two owner-manager partners of a small professional services firm. Like a lot of small businesses, they started successfully, but struggled with consistency over the years, fending off near-death cash crunches on an all too regular basis. After surviving yet another near death experience, they decided they wanted to re-design … Read more Design Business Success Starting at the Top
I am inspired by others, as I most often am, to address a common issue that plagues many business owners and their teams. My inspiration was initiated by one, “The Knowing-Doing Gap,” a book written by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton, two then Stanford University educators and published by Harvard Business School ©2000, about why leaders … Read more It’s Not What We Know, It’s What We Do! A Practical Process for Taking Meaningful Action
“The right things” probably don’t change much as your business evolves and grows. But “the right way to do them” often does. More often than not, we don’t lack “knowing” but we do suffer from “not doing.” So how can we lead and manage (two discrete functions) and sustain success and continuous improvement. Here is … Read more How Do I Keep Doing “The Right Things” As My Business Grows