Category: bottom line results

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The Top 5 Workplace-Productivity Killers

While the beautifully designed spaces and free coffee of the modern workplace might not look like a 19th century sweatshop, it might still feel that way to employees slogging through their to-do...

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A Scorecard to Improve Cash Flow

Many people think that keeping a scorecard is tedious, even unnecessary. By keeping a scorecard it can help individuals and teams discover ways to change or improve processes to increase a task’s...

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Too Many Hats, Not Enough Heads

Rumor has it that smaller staffs, with people wearing more “hats,” is the new normal since the economic downtrend. Perhaps this is not very far from the truth. You no longer see...

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Hitting Performance Targets Because They’re There

Outside of work, people are highly motivated to stretch their mental and physical limits. They complete triathalons in record time, ride dog sleds across frozen tundra, and climb mountain peaks few have...

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Acknowledge The Labor and Your Business Will Grow

Sigmund Freud and Erik Erikson’s Psychoanalytical Theories help explain positive and negative reinforcement and punishment. They believed that when a stimulus is introduced and a particular behavior is reinforced (such as a...

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Strategic Planning Brings Bottom-Line Results

This past weekend I completed my 3rd full, 26.2-mile marathon. After finishing such a strenuous task, I realized how much I use strategic thinking to get myself across the finish line. I...

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I Hope Business Is Slow Today

“I hope business is slow today” is a constant theme that is present in many organizations.  This theme is about individuals, employee, and managers who do not understand or fully realize the...

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Metrics As Motivators: Is It Possible?

Many organizations track metrics in order to improve efficiency or processes.  The question is, are the metrics true motivators, or are they merely numbers, charts, or graphs posted on a wall? As...

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Metrics That Matter

Nearly every organization we have consulted with in the last 30 years creates pretty good metrics that track business results in a pretty decent way. We believe the age-old adage, “if you...

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Look Around, Recognize, and Celebrate Great Work!

One challenge that I continually see with managers and supervisors is that recognition and celebration for great results is limited. While most managers and supervisors understand the importance of and are open...

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