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8 Steps to Crafting an Effective & Flexible Annual Plan

Danielle Sabrina | Posted 12.22.2016 | Business
Danielle Sabrina

Business owners have to be forward-thinking. And while most entrepreneurs have lofty goals for their company's future, it's not uncommon for them to g...

A Tiger Team to Cut Through Bureaucracy

Ann Mei Chang | Posted 11.07.2016 | Impact
Ann Mei Chang

What do you picture when you think about innovation? If you're a tech fan, maybe you picture someone taking an Uber to the Apple store. If you work in...

35 Business Controls Your Company Needs to Successfully Scale

David Finkel | Posted 08.24.2016 | Business
David Finkel

Controls are the intelligent processes, procedures, and safeguards that protect your company from uninformed or inappropriate decisions or actions by ...

Things to Consider When Hiring Friends

Harper Spero | Posted 08.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Harper Spero

"Hi, my sister told me you worked at this company and I would love to take you to lunch and discuss the administrative assistant role that is currentl...

The 6 Steps to Redesign Your Core Systems to Make them Better, Cheaper, and Faster

David Finkel | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business
David Finkel

Tim ran a successful service firm with sales of $2 million per year and an operating profit margin of over 30%. "David, I feel stuck here. We are at...

21 Business Controls to Help You Let Go of More (and Worry Less)

David Finkel | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
David Finkel

In this article I wanted to go into greater detail about "business controls" by giving you a list of 21 concrete examples of business controls. Read through the list. It will give you a clear grasp of what controls are and how they fit into the plan of scaling your company.

The 3 Most Deadly Mistakes When Delegating to Your Team

David Finkel | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business
David Finkel

Cheryl ran a $1.5 million per year glass company. She worked hard, typically 70 hours a week, and she was scared to death to empower her team to "own...

A Secret 4-Step Process to Systematize Your Business Starting in as Little as 90 Days

David Finkel | Posted 04.21.2016 | Business
David Finkel

Over time, this process is magic and you'll find that you consistently make your business more and more scalable and less and less reliant on a few key staff members (including you.)

Luddites and Errors and Barriers, Oh My!

Lynn Vos | Posted 11.20.2016 | Technology
Lynn Vos

Three separate studies published within the past few weeks make it pretty clear that the rapid pace of technological advancement too often comes to a screeching halt at the doors of clinical healthcare settings. That's astonishing.

A Simple 6-Item Scorecard to Rate Your Company's Operations Pillar

David Finkel | Posted 09.24.2016 | Business
David Finkel

I want to let you in on a business coaching secret - simple scorecards not only give you meaningful feedback, but more importantly, they automatically...

Avoid the 5 Biggest Management Mistakes

David Finkel | Posted 07.23.2016 | Business
David Finkel

Sometimes the most effective thing you can do is to slow down and spend a little more time with your team instead of rushing them out the door so they can get back to work.

Mindfulness: 7 Reasons to Implement Meditation at Work

Geoff Koboldt | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Geoff Koboldt

I hope that you are inspired enough to give meditation a chance as you deserve greater peace in your life. For those that already meditate, and will now try it at work, I am confident your boss and colleagues will appreciate the new super-hero at the office.

Burying Our Heads in the Sandbox: Ignoring Security at Summer Camps

Joshua Gleis | Posted 05.31.2015 | Parents
Joshua Gleis

Regrettably, too many camp administrators are passing off concerns of parents as overreactions, claiming that there is nothing that can really be done in such wide-open environments. Others recognize the threat but are misallocating their limited resources.

An NFL Guide to Employee Management

Ian Sephton | Posted 10.18.2014 | Business
Ian Sephton

Assessing and managing talent is difficult. If it were easy there would be fewer managers, classes on management, and self-help books! Why is it so hard?

The Singularity of Organization Is Influence

Stephanie Michele | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Stephanie Michele

Generating, moderating and channeling influence has become the most important thing that any company can invest in, so why aren't more doing it?

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Choose the Right Vendor For Your Business

Yaniv Masjedi | Posted 09.24.2013 | Small Business
Yaniv Masjedi

Dive deep by setting up a meeting with your management team and department heads to hash out what you love, hate and want. What is on your wish list?

Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Crisis on Social Media

Yaniv Masjedi | Posted 09.18.2013 | Small Business
Yaniv Masjedi

You wake up at 4 a.m. to the sound of your phone ringing off the hook. Your subconscious knows before your body can fully register: something is seriously wrong with your business.

Going Postal

Cindy Auten | Posted 08.04.2013 | Technology
Cindy Auten

Let's face it, to get to the top of anyone's good list is certainly no easy task. Hats off to those who are helping the Postal Service reinvent itself and supporting a very complicated IT system.

It's Time to Rethink Continuous Improvement

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Six Sigma, Kaizen, Lean, and other variations on continuous improvement can be hazardous to your organization's health. While it may be heresy to say this, recent evidence suggests that it's time to question these methods.

Strong Brands Depend on Systems and Consistency

Peri Pakroo | Posted 06.24.2012 | Small Business
Peri Pakroo

I'm sure you know the kind of business I'm talking about. It's that place that has an innovative or high-quality product or service, is cute and charming, is obviously run with love and passion, has lovely well-intentioned staff -- but just doesn't have its act together. Sound familiar?

The Problem With Perfection

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

The law of diminishing returns states that at a certain point adding more effort will not produce significantly more gains. The challenge is knowing when you've reached that point.

Systematize One Process at a Time

Peri Pakroo | Posted 08.20.2011 | Business
Peri Pakroo

It can seem like such an insurmountable burden to develop business systems, operational policies and procedures -- including finalizing them in writin...

The Best-Drawn Supply Chain You'll Ever See: A Look at How an Industry Evolves

Matt Cohen | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business
Matt Cohen

When drawing supply chains, most people don't bother with more than a fast doodle with boxes. When Scott McCloud draws a supply chain, he takes it to a different level.

Why Best Practices Are Hard to Practice

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Why do some organizations succeed at utilizing processes and tools developed elsewhere while others fail?

Strategic Analytic Model for Creating a Prosperous World at Peace

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Whole Earth Whole Systems The Earth is a self-contained system in which all elements interact in ways that we humans simply do not understand--witnes...