The Forward-Looking Leader

The Forward-Looking Leader

Who’s more likely to survive a powerful storm: The person who prepares for what’s coming, and has a plan in place to deal with the likely outcome or the one who didn’t bother to check the weather report that day? The answer’s pretty obvious, but it’s amazing how many...
Don’t Panic!

Don’t Panic!

You’re caught up in the Business Storm Cycle – and though you may not have heard its name, you’re certainly aware of its impact. Maybe you’re caught up in the Tornado, that hypergrowth phase where sales are exploding and you’re running as fast as you can to keep up....
When It’s Time To Call An Expert…

When It’s Time To Call An Expert…

How often have you tried to economize by fixing something yourself, only to be forced to call in an expert to fix not only what was broken, but your subsequent “repair” as well? Let’s face it; experts in nearly any field are in demand for a reason – and the reason is...
Tornado Warning? Be Prepared

Tornado Warning? Be Prepared

What do you do when the weather report warns of an impending large-scale storm? You hit the hardware store for flashlights, batteries and candles, nail sheets of plywood over your windows, and make sure your storm cellar is ready for occupation. You buy gas for the...
Define the Job, Not the Worker

Define the Job, Not the Worker

Your long-time executive assistant just came into your office with some good news/bad news; for her, the good news is she’s retiring to a beach house in Cabo. For you, the bad news is that you’ve got to replace her – and she’s been a terrific employee. So – how do you...
Don’t Forget Your People!

Don’t Forget Your People!

So often during the consolidation that follows the precipitous drop of the Avalanche phase of the business storm cycle, companies throw a lot of money at technology and forget about the people and the processes. That’s a big mistake – and a missed opportunity. This is...
WHETHER YOU’RE GOING UP, OR COMING DOWN…

WHETHER YOU’RE GOING UP, OR COMING DOWN…

It doesn’t matter if you’re in an accelerating or decelerating phase of the Business Storm Cycle; the transformation is a similar process. What you’ll find on the upper slope when you’re accelerating is that you don’t have the right applications; you have people in...
ARE YOU LOYAL TO A FAULT?

ARE YOU LOYAL TO A FAULT?

“But Dave – I don’t want to lay Bob off. He’s been with me since the beginning!” Loyalty is a wonderful thing, but don’t be loyal to a fault. If you have staff members or a team that helped you get where you are, that doesn’t mean you can afford to overlook their...
HOW TO WIN A THREE-LEGGED RACE

HOW TO WIN A THREE-LEGGED RACE

Why do so many businesses run into trouble during the start-up phase of the business storm cycle? Often, it’s because the start-up tries to run before it can walk. It needs to take the time to make the people-processes-IT triangle equilateral so that it can scale to...
THE UPSIDE OF A DOWNTURN

THE UPSIDE OF A DOWNTURN

When it comes to going through business cycles, there’s always some good news that goes along with every phase, even the ones that seem the bleakest when you’re in them. Consider the caterpillar: If someone was to tell it, “Hey, buddy, time to stop crawling around...