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Let Your Employees Make Your Business Plan Come to Life

People and Process aligned with strategy and how you execute thereof. This theme became ingrained in my thought process after reading Larry Bossidy’s book: Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done. A business plan can be the basis of this alignment. Some companies do not have business plans while others have elaborate plans. These elaborate plans perhaps get shared with only bankers, investors and board members. Oftentimes when business plans are created, they get dusty, cluttered and not really used.  At least that was what happened to me in the early stages of my career. You need to have a…

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July 20, 2018

Consider this When Protecting Intellectual Property

Successful companies are extremely innovative. By listening to market trends, talking with customers and solving problems, they oftentimes come up with products or services that are novel, new, or applied in a manner that has never been done before.  There surely is value in this new concept, product, or service that they are bringing to the market. Therefore, it is proprietary in nature. Protecting your intellectual property, especially for smaller companies, offers some interesting challenges and different points of view as to what to do and how to do it. When considering the different points of view, always make your…

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July 13, 2018

Finding Hidden Inefficiencies Within Your Business

How would you define continuous improvement?   Some might say it’s the seamless flow of small changes within a business. They would be correct.   In any case, it can, and should be your culture.   A culture of continuous improvement diverges from the status quo and the “doing things the way they have always been done” phenomenon.   Continuous improvement is what drives your business from its current state to its future state. You just have to let it take the wheel.     Does your current culture reflect a culture of continuous improvement?   Where it Starts The…

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June 29, 2018

How to Maximize Accountability Within Your Business

One of the biggest sticking points in businesses is having a culture that promotes accountability. Business owners dream of having a business where all staff members do what they say, and say what they do. In reality, however, this doesn’t always happen. When a system is installed where people are able to hold themselves and others accountable for their actions, or inactions, more will get done and the business will grow. This can be simple. Here’s how: Immediate Impact When business owners ensure accountability throughout their business, they will see improvements in all areas.  Accountability makes it possible for the…

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June 12, 2018

Turning Current States into Future Ones with Local Businesses

“How do I know how much my business is worth?”   “What can I do now to change my culture?”   “How do I change my current state into a desired future one?”   We have asked ourselves these questions, and plenty more. During our journey of starting and growing a business, we got stuck and unstuck many times.  Our next goal is to help other growth-minded entrepreneurs overcome their own inflection points.   Now we want to help   Recently, we hosted a small group discussion with local business owners and representatives about their challenges and current sticking points.…

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May 29, 2018

Jerry Jendusa Kicks Off THINC! 2018

What does innovation mean to you?   That’s the question keynote speaker and STUCK Co-Founder Jerry Jendusa asked attendees when he started his presentation at the 2018 Technology and Human Innovation Conference (THINC!).   Attendees answered the question via an online poll as well as in person.  117 people responded to the multiple choice question, with a majority selecting “Being creative and growth oriented”.   The creative mindset, combined with the desire to achieve growth, is how Jerry Jendusa grew his previous business, EMTEQ, from a start-up to an international 100M business. As he relates to this answer the most,…

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May 14, 2018

This Typical Business Practice Could be Hurting You

Would you make a business decision based off what happened up to 11 months ago? Likely not. But we see businesses do this, often. Businesses are forward moving. Business owners should then be forward thinking. Using Old Information to Make Decisions When starting new clients, we see them making business decisions based on their budget. This budget could have been created up to 11 months ago and the numbers included on it may be outdated and no longer relevant. While the budget is a very important business tool as it sets expenses as a percentage of anticipated revenue to ensure…

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April 17, 2018

How to Increase Your Employees’ Job Satisfaction

Employee satisfaction. It's on them to be satisfied, so let them create it.   We often hear from our clients: “no matter what I try, the staff is never happy”.   We tell them to not be so conventional. Let your employees tell you what they need and let them do it on their own.  The leaders' job to be supportive during this process.   We, as leaders, always feel like we must provide the answers and make all the fixes. This is our first mistake. Who says the leader knows more than anyone else?   How to Bridge the…

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April 10, 2018
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