What COO Role Would Best Benefit You & Your Company

More than any other business role, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) or senior operations role, is most difficult to describe or create success criteria. The reason? It is dependent on a complimentary fit with the CEO, and as we’ll realize upon reading the this long but relevant and informative HBR article, there are many variations … Read more

The Key to Managing Millennials? Understanding

Recently, I have been engaged in several conversations about millennials – millennials in the workplace and how to effectively recruit, retain, and manage them. A lot of concern, frustration, and even resentment and condemnation was interwoven into these conversations. I try to resist using generalizations and labels as a way to prevent myself from developing … Read more

Presenting at Upcoming Supporting Strategies Business Fundamentals Bootcamp

I will be presenting “Sharpening Your Marketing Focus: 2 Steps to Effective Lead & Customer Segmentation” at the Business Fundamentals Bootcamp, November 18, 2016, at the Andover Country Club in Andover, MA! This event’s theme is “How will the election results impact the small business community?.” These events have been held for many years and … Read more

Top 5 Value Drivers & Value Killers of a Business

Top 5 Value Drivers and Value Killers of a Business A few years ago I went to a professional group meeting. The topic was “value drivers” and “value killers” of small companies. There was a very qualified panel of experts (I don’t remember who they were at this point – sorry about that panel members), … Read more

Design Business Success Starting at the Top

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

It’s Not What We Know, It’s What We Do! A Practical Process for Taking Meaningful Action

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

How Do I Keep Doing “The Right Things” As My Business Grows

“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

10 Questions to Ignite Your Performance Management

Effective performance management is critical to any organization and it’s success. Before we “jump in,’ let’s be clear about what “performance management” is. Every “result” is the output of an “activity” or “activities.” These “activities” may be a sequenced set, or process. But it is still simple “input – output.” This relationship between key activities … Read more

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: 4 Actions To Develop Stakeholder Loyalty

Most professional and creative service firm leaders surveyed, often over 90% of them, indicated they think they provide great value to their customers, and that they customers are very loyal to them. Surveys of those same clients indicate, often up to 80% of them, marginal satisfaction and openness to switching firms. Most professional and creative … Read more

The First Question to Ask of Any Strategy – A Quick Litmus Test

I wrote a post on the importance of developing and using an effective strategy and strategy statement recently. As a compliment to that, here is a piece that describes a simple, fast, and easy test to apply to your strategy to see if is likely help you and your business perform, achieve, and succeed. Rather … Read more

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