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Values are all about self-reflection. The good news is: you have complete control over your corporate values. There are few things in business over which you can claim to have full control. But values is one of them and that makes it essential to your strategy. The bad news is: we often get lost in…Read More
I have written in the past about the similarities between good management and Italian food. Today let’s elaborate on how to make this happen. “Nonna” is Italian for grandmother, and it is typical for people to use their “Nonna”‘s classic recipe for whatever they are cooking – the previously mentioned secret ingredient or special step.…Read More
Lasagna – a quintessential dish of the Italian cuisine. Originally from the Emilia Romagna region, which is really the home of pasta. It includes all the best of the regional cuisine: tasty pasta, creamy bechamel sauce, and flavorful ragú bolognese. This last is a meat sauce. With so many elements it is typical to find…Read More
It is everywhere, both praised and maligned but never ignorable. Agile. You may have heard of it in the technology sphere, as in Agile Development, and perhaps also in the business sphere as the methodology permeates all part of business management. To close off my series on process, it is worth addressing Agile as the…Read More
I mean… what’s not to enjoy? Building a process that begins at point A, understands the arrival point B, and connects all those dots with effective steps and outcomes is actually the sort of thing I might do for fun. But then, that’s why I am in this job and my clients are in theirs,…Read More
To close out this content series about resource audits, how about a mini case study… a story, if you will, about a resource audit applied? The client A software business with an established product in its chosen market. The management board had a development plan for a new product, and data to prove a market…Read More
I will often say that there is no set formula for something: there is no one correct method. There are, however, plenty of incorrect ways to do things. Resource Audits are no exception. Here are some common mistakes made when performing a resource audit. Looking only at revenue Revenue is nothing but a number. Without its…Read More
In last week’s post we summarized some key internal resources a business must review and audit to effectively plan and get things done. The approach discussed works best for service businesses, which is what I tend to serve. Let’s broaden the scope this week and examine what goes into a resource audit for any type…Read More
Your strategy may be well planned, with a list of tactics, milestones, and to dos. Or perhaps your preference is to follow opportunity as it arises and not make too many decisions upfront. In either case, how are you ensuring your time is spent on maximum productivity? Can you confirm that you are having the…Read More
Part 2 of my Tools series: how to select a sales management platform and a project management platform. Key message: keep it simple!Read More