Archive for 2014

Technology Is Manageable™

Technology is everywhere forcing change intended to improve humankind. It needs to be humanized to make it manageable. It needs to be the right stuff, or it will be left for something else. Tim, the friendly guy from MIT, and Tech-I-M know that savvy technology creates…

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Scalable Strategic Plan–Check Your BP

Have you checked your company’s BP, it’s Blood Pressure–its Business Plan? Along with other things to do this month, such as preparing for last minute sales and figuring out what to do with taxes, it’s important to also determine where you are taking your business in the next year–or two or three or more. Imagine a Scaleable Strategic Plan, one that works whether you are a solo entrepreneur, or a leader at a Fortune 1,000 company. What’s right for…

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We Killed it!

When’s the last time you killed it in your organization? Killing it is a very positive term suggesting you did a job so well that nothing can compare to it. It means you beat the competition. It means you aced the test. Yet, it can have a very different meaning in a …

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SAMS — Start/Acquire, Manage, Sell: The Life of a Business

For a business to have a life, it takes money…When successful small business people and startups talk to others, they often talk about the need to understand the financials and the importance of cash… I am more aware than ever of the value of the person that is financially savvy.

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The FREE Ecosystem

In grade school and high school I learned about ecological systems such as a pond or a forest … The new ecosystem is all about customer relationship management (CRM) and keeping a customer inside your purview … I’ve come to believe that FREE now means …

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Lean Production Can Be Applied Everywhere!

…I have a strong appreciation for manufacturing. I’ve been on greasy factory floors that are dimly lit, to ultra clean semiconductor manufacturing plants…On the other hand, my wife is a plant person…These two items come together when talking about the effects of Green House Gas… imagine putting the power of lean production techniques to the task of creating more CO2 consumers on our planet.

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Serviceable or Planned Obsolescence?

Make it last forever. Have it fail just after the warranty expires. Make it serviceable or plan for obsolescence. What is your strategy for dealing with the inevitable customer that is having problems or is not satisfied?

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Your Business Culture

Everyone talks about establishing a culture in their company. Large or small, leaders talk about the importance of culture to their success. But, what is culture? What helps create it and sustain it? 7 elements that define the culture of a society can be used to define the culture of a business.

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Really?

We’ve all heard great orators and charismatic people, both good and bad. Gandhi, Jesus, Buddha, Hitler, Pol Pot, Gaddafi. These leaders paint a picture with their words of a future reality that is more desirable than what you experience here and now…What is reality? Do we participate in it or observe it? Can we influence it? Can we predict it?

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Tech-I-M enVISIONing Process™

It’s the middle of the year. First half has gone okay. But, you need to make a difference in the second half of the year. It’s not over yet. You’ve still got a chance. And, you need to get ready for the next year or two. What are you going to do? You need a short term order/revenue plan, and a longer term operating plan, and an even longer strategic plan. These are all parts of the Tech-I-M enVISIONing Process™.

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