How to stay busy without losing your mind

A client recently told me that his favorite thing about working with me was the accountability it gave him. We created a new management plan, rolled it out to his employees, and then structured his management meetings.  While he enjoyed all this work, the knowledge of upcoming meetings with me, and knowing that the work…

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Why scaling is better than growth for your business

Growing your business means adding parts. More clients, more employees, more desks, more anything.  Scaling your business means that your revenue increases, but your resources stay about the same.  More clients, but without more of everything else.  Why scaling is better than growing If doubling your client numbers means doubling the resources you need to…

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Learn from Lessons Learned

 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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Why Good Management is like Italian Food

Originally posted in an economics blog to which I occasionally contributed; the entertaining yet now defunct Bringing Sexy Back To Economics.  The whole point of Italian food is that it is simple. The ingredients should be easy to find, instructions loosely followed and the result a rich but straightforward flavour, which will vary slightly from…

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Project Planning – Lost In Translation

This image really says it all (click to enlarge). I don’t have a source, unfortunately, as it was shared with me on a feed. If anybody does know the provenance please do say so in the comments. We have all seen this happen – in one guise or another. Every business transaction includes the input…

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Strategy vs Tactics

Understanding the difference between strategies and tactics (and, I would add, goals) is key to good business planning. This is subject matter I have covered previously and which, I am sure, I will cover continuously throughout this blog. I never tire of effective ways to differentiate these elements, and was recently sent another gem to…

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