Archive for 2017
Usually, DDS are the initials after your doctor of dental surgery. Change is about as fun and pain-free as getting your tooth pulled, a root canal drilled out, and an implant put in. Not much fun in anyone’s book. . . . But, what if, we returned to local production, on demand? What if we went places with our virtual reality goggles and physical simulators? What if more and more of our Needs or Wants (NoW) could be produced on demand, right where we are?
A business review should cover all 7 forces to help everyone get rowing in the same direction, at the same cadence, with the same skill level. Then, your business will be “driving” faster profitable growth.
Work together, but stay at home or on the road. Just putting people together in an office is not going to make them work together.
It’s a great time of year for sports fans. Almost every sport is being played right now. We love seeing how the plans of the sports coaches play out, hopefully ending in a win for our favorite team. How about your business? It’s 4th and less than 60 days to go. What’s your business plan?
I was probably born ready to be a technical type of person and very different from my wife. Certainly I made choices along the way, but they seem to have been in the direction of technical items. Mack Trucks was born ready to move things. Their new Anthem model is worth hearing about in their new song. What are you born ready to do? What’s your anthem?
Frontline leadership is needed for millions of people in large businesses and small. Where does it come from? I don’t see many small company leaders or frontline employees getting training. Where Is It?
Golden Rule—“Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Platinum Rule—“Treat others the way they want to be treated.” The focus changes from “you” to “they.” It changes from internally focused to externally focused. It changes from how things are delivered to how things are received. Determining how others want to be treated sounds like trying to read someone else’s mind. It’s taken me 40 years of marriage . . . I’m a slow learner.
One of the principles of statistics is to throw out the unexpected high and low data, to concentrate on the core, repeatable inputs. We are looking for trends, not outliers. Every day, though, I see businesses unable to keep a steady beat to their operation due to some outlier that disrupts them. . . . There’s one more thing to disruption, though. For the small start-up, it’s the key to success. For the established industry participants, it’s a risk for failure and loss of customers and revenue.
Success in the long term requires the ascension of someone to your position through succession planning. Are you ready to let go?
No matter whether I am talking with the former chairman of Merck & Company, a family run company of tens to hundreds of millions of dollars in sales, or the 2-4 founders of a new tech startup, the importance of setting and maintaining the right culture comes up. It, literally, is the foundation of every company. Culture has seven parts to it that pervade and infuse a company. It is not just a few words that . . .