Getting Back On Track

Getting Back On Track

If you have a company that’s had two massive transition points—first a Tornado and then an Avalanche—you have two options. First, you may have to sell. Even worse, of course, you could simply go under, with nothing to show for all of your hard work. Your best...
Springing Back From a Downturn

Springing Back From a Downturn

When your company’s been through the punishing rounds of the Business Storm Cycle – from the high-growth Tornado where sales are climbing so fast you can’t keep up, to the Avalanche of high inventory and shrinking margins that follow – how you deal with the...
Bouncing Back

Bouncing Back

Business owner, do these complaints sound familiar to you? Why is productivity down? Why are margins falling when revenue is soaring? My back office just can’t keep up or give me good data It seems like my technology team is always fighting fires If so, it’s...
Surviving the Tornado: Can You Ride It Out?

Surviving the Tornado: Can You Ride It Out?

Tornados – those hypergrowth phases of high sales revenues and low cash flow – can sneak up on you. You don’t realize one is there until your company is whirling around your ears, and you’re right in the midst of it. That drastic percentage of increase in revenue is...
The View From Inside the Tornado

The View From Inside the Tornado

I’ve talked about surviving the Tornado; that wild hypergrowth phase that blasts your company up to the sky, then just as rapidly drops it back to earth. But what does a Tornado phase look like when you’re in it? Let’s follow one company’s wild ride. Wind-farm...
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...