16 Feb

Solving Your Labor Issues Doesn’t take Rocket Science

Let’s are honest, the lack of labor is hurting many businesses.  Work is being done more expensively; huge unsupportable pay increases are being used to attract workers and yet, some of them still ghost you, leave you or simply cannot do the work at the quality level you and your customers demand.  This issue is harming your business growth AND the sustainability of your business.  You feel like you’ve tried everything and frustration is everywhere.  Your Cost of Goods Sold is increasing primarily due to excessive overtime and increasing wages to compete with your competitors who are doing the same.  What more can you do?

There is a solution.

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02 Feb

Successful Life After Work Means Planning

My continuing education about business, work, and the workplace recently shared an interesting piece of data with me.  That data was only 20% of businesses that go on the market are sold.  Further, of those business owners who sold their business, 72% did not know or did not think the sale of the business will impact their lifestyle.

Think about those two points.  The average business owner has 80-90% of their personal wealth tied up in their business.  About 20% of them can take physical possession of that wealth through a sale while 80% will have to find another way.  What should each of these business owners do to improve those outcomes?  What can they do to become part of the 20% and equally important, what can be done for the remaining 80%?

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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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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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