03 Nov

Find The Root-Cause Then Solve Your Problem

Last week I wrote about the simplicity of Problem Solving.  A key component of solving any problem is to first identify the problems root-cause.  All too often we address symptoms of a problem and not its root-cause.  Imagine after feeling hot all we did was unbutton a collar or took off a sweater only later to discover that we have a fever and the cause of that fever is an infection from a simple cut.  Trying to solve a business problem based on symptoms alone could end with the same result – you could succumb.  How do you find the root-cause of a situation?  What steps do you follow?

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27 Oct

Going Through the Motions Isn’t Problem-Solving

No one likes problems.  We either try and resolve them or we try to avoid them.  We avoid them by doing nothing or by simply ignoring they exist hoping they will go away.  Sometimes ignoring a problem is a good strategy as not all problems need or deserve our energies to resolve.  However, when we decide to work on resolving a problem how we proceed is important to achieving an outcome.  Too many times I have seen organizations and individuals focus on the process instead of the desired results.  In other words, they spend more time talking about the problem, talking about the problem-solving process and little to no time about executing the solutions to the problems they are trying to fix.  This process focus isn’t problem-solving.

So what is problem-solving?

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14 Jul

Choosing the Right Business Coach

Today, anyone can get up in the morning and decide they are a Business Coach.  The profession is unregulated with no required education, experience,  licenses, or certifications.  It is understandable that you want to trust your business to someone who not only knows what they are doing, but who also has the necessary education, training, experience, and credentials to be an effective Business Coach. The following will help you select your Business Coach:

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30 Jun

Is an Interim Manager Good for Your Business

Interim Managers are commonly used when a business is between leaders; when one has left and you are waiting on another.  Sometimes they are used when a Key Manager is absent, and the role cannot be left as a shared responsibility among different parties.  More often than not an Interim Manager performs much like an external consultant, they are highly experienced individuals who can help your company efficiently solve problems.

If those are the usual and customary times Interim Managers are used, what does that mean to your business?  What are the details regarding those key uses?

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12 May

Sustainable Success is Like Eating an Elephant

We’ve all heard the question; how do you eat an elephant?  The answer, one bite at a time.  Achieving success takes the same approach.  You do things, one step at a time, and if all goes well, you have success.  These steps, some call them behaviors are a big part of being successful in business.  They will apply whether you are the owner, an executive, a manager or someone who aspires to grow professionally.  What are they?

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