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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…

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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, it is not…

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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

Don’t Fall into this Hiring Trap

After interviewing 15 candidates for the same role, it may seem like the perfect choice to go with the one that has the most extensive background. In fact, you may even think that second rounds are unnecessary at this point. Don't fall into this trap. While a candidate’s experience may be invaluable to your business, there are other things that you should look at when qualifying candidates. We argue that these “things to look for” are just as, if not more, important than experience. Let’s dig into what we need to do when interviewing candidates.   Before the interview: Select…

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April 03, 2018

How to Decrease the Risk in Hiring

There is a lot of risk that goes into hiring someone and it sure gets frustrating and expensive when they don’t work out.   Here is a tip:     Past behavior is the best predictor of future performance.     Therefore, behavioral interviewing is one of several good ways to decrease your risk in hiring. It’s a direct way to ask someone how they behaved in the past which can uncover clues as to how they can perform at your business moving forward.   Effective behavioral interviewing is based off the “S.A.R” (Situation, Action, and Result) acronym. By creating…

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March 27, 2018
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