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Operations Resources

Every business has its core product/service delivery operations and its support functions.  There needs to be a process-based approach to working through a value chain delivery model to service your core customers/clients. The goals should be to maximize both profit margins and end user satisfaction; efficiency and quality are key. In all organizations, most people work in an operational role, so this category has the potential to make an enormous difference to your success.

Managing Your Business Risk Effectively

Introduction: Navigating the complex world of business risk is a critical aspect of steering your company towards success and sustainability. The array of potential risks can be overwhelming, from economic fluctuations to technological advancements. This blog is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of these risks and introduce an effective tool for managing

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The Three Ways You Build Organizational Capacity

Managing moderate to fast growth can be a significant challenge for business owners. It’s common for revenues and profits to not align with the operational needs of the organization. Finding the right staffing level becomes a complex task, and few organizations are perfectly staffed at any given time in their business journey. To navigate these

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97 Reasons Why Business Growth Stalls

Growth is hard work.  For the past 27 years, I’ve worked as an executive coach, Vistage Chair, trainer or management consultant with hundreds of organizations. They have varied in size from just under $1M to well over $1B. Some have grown aggressively while some have grown more methodically, and others have struggled to grow at

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    Favorite Articles

  • Are Your Individual Contributors Feeling Isolated?

    The autonomy that many knowledge workers have in the workplace can come with the drawback of professional and personal isolation. This can have a negative impact on projects that require collaboration and creativity. One way organizations can mitigate this is by creating a “lab setting” in which employees agree to regular meetings where they share […]

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  • From start-up to centaur: Leadership lessons on scaling

    This playbook for founder CEOs on scaling from start-up to standout and beyond borrows lessons from the global B2B software-as-a-service industry. Scaling is no easy feat. Even companies that develop successful products have a greater than 80 percent chance of failure.1 Fast-growth companies face constant growing pains, especially at critical inflection points, and investors attribute 65 percent […]

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  • The Challenges of Becoming a Less Hierarchical Company

    More and more organizations are looking to create flatter, less hierarchical models to increase collaboration, agility, and employee empowerment. But recent research at a food processing company in Colombia outlines some stumbling blocks companies might face when trying to change their structure. Specifically, the researchers and company CEO highlight a series of structural and people […]

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    Helpful Websites

  • The Business Model Analyst

    Resource dedicated to business model analysis that also provides downloadable tools

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  • The Ultimate List of Visual Risk Management Techniques

    Risk management is a process in which risks are identified and controlled proactively. It allows businesses to improve their chances of success by minimizing threats and maximizing opportunities. Risk management is essential to a business as it helps prevent financial losses and increase revenue.  Other benefits of risk management include, Help to identify projects that […]

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  • MindTools

    For over 25 years, Mind Tools has been helping people enjoy happy, successful careers with a one-stop learning hub: the Mind Tools Club. Our goals have stood unwavering for a quarter-century: build a dedicated subscription channel to replace multiple searches across countless resources, and deliver a complete toolkit of resources for professional and personal development.

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    Video Favorites

  • The Four Disciplines of Execution

    Great summary of the book: The Four Disciplines of Execution. 4DX® is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that represents a new way of thinking essential to thriving in today’s competitive climate, making this 2nd Edition a book that no business leader can afford to miss. The 2nd Edition provides more than 30 percent […]

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  • How The Mighty Fall by Jim Collins

      Five Stages of Decline: Hubris Born of Success Undisciplined Pursuit of More Denial of Risk and Peril Grasping for Salvation Capitulation to Irreverence or Death   “The concept of hubris is defined as excessive pride that brings down a hero, or alternatively, outrageous arrogance that inflicts suffering upon the innocent.”   Cycle of Arrogant […]

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