Critical Thinking: Cornerstone to Making Good Decisions?

Businesses succeed and fail over time based on the effectiveness of their decision making process. There are the over-night wonders that stumble into the right market with the right product at the right time. However, the ability to survive, grow and fend off competition becomes dependent upon making good decisions and not relying on another […]

Value or Non-Value: That is the Question?

There are many dimensions to running a business that influence profitability, growth, culture and organization development to name a few. The primary responsibility is to make sure that the business achieves a reasonable return on investment (ROI) in all of the activities and operations that it engages in. As soon as ROI is mentioned, people […]

Business Assessment: Don’t Forget the Corner Office!

I have performed a number of business assessments where the owner or senior leader requests an outside viewpoint on how things are working within the company. While there is definitely a lot to examine, analyze, and report recommendations for improvement, the area that is normally off limits is the role and influence of the corner […]

Are Your Values and Beliefs Credible?

Business leaders seek to develop winning organization cultures that propel a business beyond market expectations. However, it is easy to overlook that the culture of a business is a reflection of the values that operate across the organization. So, are the values that drive the culture the values desired by business leadership? Too often the […]

Are You Managing Your “Lines” of Business?

A common problem in small to medium size businesses is realizing that the business is really two or more lines of business. This condition is exacerbated by the tendency to view financial reports as a necessary evil in order to meet tax obligations and not as a tool to manage the business. As a result, […]