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,...
Inside The Process: How We Work

Inside The Process: How We Work

I’m often asked how we do what we do. How do we consult with a company, battered by its trip through the Business Storm Cycle, to help put its people, processes, and technology back together? First, we sit down with all the departments – R&D, operations,...
When Faster Isn’t Better

When Faster Isn’t Better

Have you ever created a personal fitness program that backfired? Maybe you decided to lose those love handles and whip yourself into shape. So, you went on a juice diet that left you feeling dazed and starved, and you bought yourself some “magic bullet” piece of...
Spring and the Tornado

Spring and the Tornado

As the long, gray winter throws in the towel, at last, we’re treated to one of Nature’s finest shows – the arrival of spring – as the cycle of the seasons turns in its predictable and expected way. It’s always a thrill to see the flowers bursting up out of the ground...
Business Cycles? They’re All Around Us

Business Cycles? They’re All Around Us

Cycle Theory is an idea that’s been around for a very long time. It’s a pretty straightforward concept that applies to many aspects of life, and a way that humans have made sense of the universe for millennia. In fact, we’ve been talking about cycles for thousands of...