Telecommuting Takes Alignment

Telecommuting Takes Alignment

How big a deal is telecommuting? Bigger by the day, especially if you’re working for or running a large company. And as business leaders and employees get more comfortable with the idea that telecommuters can be highly productive working from home, it’s going to get...
Are You A Tech Wreck?

Are You A Tech Wreck?

You may be, if you don’t understand the defining differences between how your employees interact with your IT and how your customers interact with your IT. In the first instance, your employees are tasked with understanding your IT system and how to use it. They’ve...
Five Common Business-Breaking Leadership Errors

Five Common Business-Breaking Leadership Errors

We all see those stories in the business publications: once-promising enterprises, whose dynamic leader was the subject of profiles in success just a few months back, suddenly going belly up and closing their doors. Oftentimes there’s a kind of witch hunt mentality in...
Are You Burned Out?

Are You Burned Out?

The “fire in the belly” entrepreneur is legendary in business – the person whose enthusiasm and belief in his or her enterprise carries them through the tough times, undaunted and head held high. But anyone who’s taken a ride through the Business Storm Cycle knows...
Forget the Band-Aid…This Is Serious

Forget the Band-Aid…This Is Serious

We’ve all seen the heartbreaking news photos of people standing in the rubble of their homes or places of business after a tornado has passed through. While the devastation wreaked on your enterprise by the Business Storm Cycle phase we call the Tornado – that period...
Better, Faster, Smarter

Better, Faster, Smarter

These days, those three words – better, faster, smarter – have become the goal for all sorts of businesses. Do a Google search and you’ll see them applied to banking, car manufacturing, data analysis, urban design, government, transportation, and even things...
Resistance to Change? It’s Human Nature

Resistance to Change? It’s Human Nature

So – your company has gone through its first Business Storm Cycle, and come out the other side. You survived the Tornado of hypergrowth and booming sales, and all the chaos that created. You experienced the pendulum swing of the Avalanche, your downturn phase where...
How Do You Define “Start-Up?”

How Do You Define “Start-Up?”

How do you define “start-up?” Think about your answer, because that definition can impact your business in a big way, for better or worse. If you ask most business owners, they’ll tell you that the phrase refers to that period when a new business first introduces its...
When Cost-Cutting Costs You More

When Cost-Cutting Costs You More

So you’ve come through the Business Storm Cycle, bruised but still in business. You know that you need to rebalance and realign your people, processes, and IT. If you recognize yourself in that description and you’re reading this now, you’re probably saying, “Yeah,...