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,...
Repetition – Is It Costing You Money?

Repetition – Is It Costing You Money?

IT problems affect every phase of the business cycle. The weaker your IT, the faster your Tornado will be over—and the longer your Avalanche will last. It’s vital that you take advantage of the consolidation phase that follows the Avalanche to address your IT issues....
Habits – They’re Easier To Make Than To Break

Habits – They’re Easier To Make Than To Break

Habits are funny things; good or bad, they can be the making or breaking of a person, or even of a business. What’s learned isn’t always easy to unlearn.  My mother, for instance, couldn’t get used to the new arrangement of her kitchen when we moved after years in the...
Seasons And Cycles: They Just Keep Turning

Seasons And Cycles: They Just Keep Turning

One of the first cycles you learned about when you were a kid was probably the life cycle of a butterfly. You found an egg on a leaf, took it home with you, and put it in a jar. After a while, a caterpillar hatched out of the egg. It crawled around the leaf, nibbling...
Diagnosing an Avalanche

Diagnosing an Avalanche

In business, how can you tell when you’ve hit the Avalanche transition point? You’ll have huge revenue, while margins are lower than expected and falling. This is the number-one indicator a company has hit the deceleration transition. In the back office,...