01 Dec

Employer of Choice – Just Say No!

We all see the words.  Businesses promote it as if somehow it makes them unique; “WE are an employer of choice.”  “Join us here at XYZ Company; We are an Employer of Choice.”  As if that is the only reason anyone would want to work for any company.  There are many problems with being an Employer of Choice (EOC).  To begin with, any employer can simply decide they are one.

Further, everyone seemingly is one.  There is nothing unique about being an employer of choice.  THAT is the problem; being an employer of choice does nothing for your business.

So what’s the solution?

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17 Nov

Do Business Coaches Really Add Value?

It is a question I have been asked frequently, especially these last few months.  Always the question revolves around value.  Can a Business Coach add value?  As with many things and not in an attempt to be a smart alec but it depends.  It depends on the Business Coach, and it depends on who wants to be Coached.  Further, it depends on what the person wanting to be coached expects to gain from the relationship.

What creates value for a Business Coaching Client?

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29 Sep

Are Mergers & Acquisitions The Best, Way to Grow Your Business?

Acquisitions.  Mergers and Acquisitions, M&A.  Sounds exciting, strategic, the art of making business deals.  It can be.  As a veteran of over 70 completed M&A actions and another 30 or so that never completed I can tell you from my own experience just how exciting they can be.  For many businesses, this is an excellent strategy for growth.  For others, this could be a recipe for disaster.  A KPMG study  reported on in Moneywatch states that 83% of merger and acquisition deals fail. The article suggests this is because of mismanagement of risk, price, strategy, cultures, or management capacity.  The common reason is poor planning.  What can you do to help ensure that if you use this strategy, your M&A action succeeds?

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22 Sep

Our Workforce Is Our Greatest Asset

“Our Workforce is our greatest asset.”  I think most of us have heard those words, or similar, spoken by the leaders of most businesses.  It is important that they truly believe that.  However, how many of them truly take the necessary steps, both tactically and strategically, to make those words a reality.  To put it another way, how many businesses truly walk the talk?  Is your workforce truly your greatest asset?

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15 Sep

How Do You Know?

It’s an interesting question.  How do you know?  It was a question my youngest son would ask me following my explaining something that I hoped his toddler mind could grasp.  He would nod approvingly, look at me with those big eyes and ask, “How do you know?”  I never took it as a challenge; it was a request to learn more.  So how did I know and more importantly, how do you know?

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