It is a common trope that failure is a lesson. The question is: are we learning it? In school, we had lesson plans, curricula, lectures, and homework. To truly learn our lessons from failure – or mistakes, or problems, or imperfections – we need a lesson plan.  When you find that something has gone wrong…

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In the first four Rocky movies, he fights three different opponents. While, admittedly, the narrative arcs of the movies follow similar lines, the training plans differ significantly from one movie to the next.  In each film, he has different strengths and weaknesses. Most notably, a hit to the eye damages his peripheral vision for the…

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What are you branding when you brand your business? Is it the product? Is it the culture? Or is it you personally? Yes, yes, and yes.  There are degrees to branding: all of what I mention above deserves separate consideration in terms of branding.  When you are a small business owner, it starts at the…

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R G Brizi Business Consulting

The most challenging part of planning in business is reviewing our own assumptions.  We take a lot for granted about our business and we struggle to examine our situations in detail or see them from new points of view.  This is human.  What is a business leader to do? Templates to the rescue: something with…

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Learn the Lessons

Here is an excerpt from written notes I sent a client (shared, of course, with permission).  “As we refocus on growth, I am working to get a list of KPIs we need to track. What are the numbers that will show our growth?” My response Don’t start with the KPIs: start with the roles. Think…

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We all want to be effective, and we all want to be efficient. Too often, these two qualities do not play well together.  To be more efficient, businesses cut resources and steps. Then, struggling to achieve results (i.e. seeing their effectiveness decrease), they throw money or time at the quickest fix available.  It is the…

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Making the right decision is never easy. One of the things that makes it difficult is that we so often are fixing the wrong problem.  Once a business problem becomes obvious to us, it has been through various stages of development. If we try to solve only the problem that we see, we risk solving…

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Starting at a young age, we are led to believe that life is fairly linear.  You go to school, then you specialize your field of study, then you start working, then you get promoted, then you retire and start playing bridge.  At some point, we start to suspect this is not entirely true…  The way…

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Every business runs into this: the need to increase capacity without increasing resources. Eventually, any successful business will get so busy with clients that it will not have enough time or people to accept new projects. What can we do? Simply turning the business away is not an option. We want to be continuously growing,…

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 It is said that the more you learn, the less you know.  What is really happening is that the more we learn, the more we realize we have to learn.  Which is why every major project, initiative, client, and more deserves to end with a “Lessons Learned” review.  What Lessons Learned are not A list…

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