Even the Big Guys Mess This Up

Even the Big Guys Mess This Up

Mistakes happen when you’re learning to ride out the ever-changing business cycle. In fact, most startup companies and divisions make the same ones. In the new product or acquisition phase, many departments get scant resources and little attention; unless they are...
How to Dig Out of an Avalanche

How to Dig Out of an Avalanche

With a title like that, you may be asking, “Is this going to be an adventure story?” Well, yes – and no. The kind of Avalanche I’m talking about doesn’t involve snow; it’s part of the life cycle of your business, but it can be nearly as overwhelming if you’re...
Mastering the Business Cycle:  Starting Out and Staying Airborne

Mastering the Business Cycle: Starting Out and Staying Airborne

Thinking in terms of cycles is a way human beings make sense out of life. Cycle Theory can be applied to just about every natural, social and historical concept there is, from world power cycles to international relations cycles to sociological and psychological...
The Force of Habit

The Force of Habit

Habit is a powerful thing. That can be a good thing—but not always. In the house where my family used to live, there was a counter on the left side of a double sink. When my mother washed the dishes, she washed them in the right-hand sink, rinsed them in the left-hand...
What Do You Mean, There’s No Magic Bullet?!

What Do You Mean, There’s No Magic Bullet?!

So – you dropped a bundle on the newest cutting-edge software that the salesperson assured you was the magic bullet to solve all of your problems – yet costs are still going up, and processes are still bad. How could this be? You’ve got the best possible technology!...
Smoothing Your Road to Success

Smoothing Your Road to Success

Congrats – your company has blasted past the start-up phase, experienced the initial whirlwind of success and the growth spurt it engendered, and now you’re preparing to scale up the management structure of this newly complex enterprise. You’ve mapped and...