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Category >> Management
Mar 25
2013

The Importance of Incremental Change

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Most change in business is incremental.  That means that one small change or improvement builds upon another.  Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Tipping Point, makes the case that small incremental changes can reach a point to where they tip to unleash a flood of success. The result isn’t so much about the last step, but about the culmination of many steps.

Jan 17
2013

Interfering With Managers

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A common problem in businesses is when a business owner or senior manager consistently interacts, manages, or corrects staff who report directly to another person. While their intent to help is good, this typically creates confusion and rarely works. The staff person will become frustrated trying to please the direct supervisor and the other boss. This is especially true when work is assigned or changed. Then, both bosses become angry as each believes that their work should be done first.  The employee winds up caught in the middle.

Jan 15
2013

Changing Project Specifications

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Over the past several months I have received three questions about what to do when management changes specifications or time allocation for major projects.

Dec 26
2012

Audit Your Business

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I spoke with a business owner a while ago. The presenting issue was a negative slide in sales that pushed his business from marginal profitability into the red. He wanted more business and help with a marketing plan.  My initial review showed that most of his business transactions were by cash. I asked if he ever audited his cash or checked to make sure all the cash was recorded. The short answer was no.

Nov 30
2012

When to give Up

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Often we take positions that become inflexible. The Lord spoke through Isaiah and said, “"But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears.” (Zechariah 7:11 NIV)