24 Aug

The Simple Business Plan – Mission, Vision, Values

Mission, Vision, Values.  Each of these contributes to the story of your business. The development of your mission, vision, and values will help you define your organization’s strategy, the direction it will go and become successful. If you haven’t developed your Mission, Vision, and Values your employees will not know which direction you want to go, and your customers will be confused.  Exploring each of these will help you understand their importance but also the role they play in the success of your business.

We’ll begin with Mission

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22 Aug

Why do Organizations Need Workforce Planning

In our second article in the Workforce Planning series, we discuss Why Do Organizations Need Workforce Planning?  Workforce Planning is the way highly effective leaders ensure they have a sustainable supply of the right talent, available at the right place and time, to meet their short- and long-term business objectives.  It provides them an action plan that helps meet their long-term goals to maintain long-term success. It’s an ongoing process that allows them to prepare to lead their company into the future successfully.

If your business is like many businesses, you have strategy’s in place that focuses on:

Technology,

Capital,

Brands, and so on

What you may not have is a strategy that focuses on what most businesses call their most valuable asset; your workforce.  Few businesses are as meaningful in their strategies for their most costly resource; the workforce.

What does all that mean?  Well, read on…

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17 Aug

The Simple Business Plan

Let’s be honest; business is hard.  As the old saying goes, “if it were easy, everyone would do it.”  Well, it isn’t, and it’s time we acknowledge that.  Fortunately, there are people like me who work hard to help business owners simplify the process; to help make business easier.  A key part of the business process is the Business Plan.  Often reviled, commonly misunderstood and even abhorred, having a Business Plan is important to success.  Simplifying the business plan development process is a part of what I do.  Having a  business plan affords you all of the advantages of the more common and complex one without the extensive amount of work and detail commonly used to create them.

Do you need a business plan?  Only if you want to be successful.  If you can’t plan your work and then work your plan, all you are doing is floating along.  Whether you are a startup or an existing business, a good business plan will help you be successful.

Let’s talk about business plans:

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10 Aug

Satisfaction Drives Outcomes

Business is about outcomes.  Outcomes produce products or services, which in turn produces revenue.  Even revenue is an outcome.  Some struggle with creating outcomes.  To address this management develops incentives to drive better outcome production.  The belief by management is that the incentive will satisfy the worker who in turn, will accomplish the desired outcome.  In other words, management is taking advantage of their perception of the relationship between satisfaction and outcome; they believe that satisfaction drives outcomes.

Does this work?

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03 Aug

Procrastination – How To Stop Doing It

Procrastination.  It is defined in the dictionary as “the action of delaying or postponing something.”. It is a time-waster, money waster, bad idea.  Many of us experience some level of procrastination on a regular if not consistent basis.  In some instances, we are very good at procrastinating meaning that procrastination is harming us or our business.

So what can you do to help overcome procrastination?

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