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Will Manufacturing Come Back To The U.S.?

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Topics: enterprise value, cost effective, Change, better jobs

4 Ways We Help Specialty Manufacturers

specialty manufacture resized 600I’ve been working with several specialty manufacturers recently.  All of them have been in different parts of the specialty-manufacturing world.  We’ve found some common strategies that have helped them improve the enterprise value of their companies.

Focusing on one of the four issues below can help improve the value of your company.  Here are some things you should think about concentrating on if you’re in the specialty manufacturing business:

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Topics: value creation, enterprise value, niche management, niche

5 Business Books To Keep You Warm This Winter

winter readingThe New Year has dawned and for many it’s time to do some serious reading.  This winter I’ll have lots of time to read and thought you might like a few suggestions that will keep you engaged.  Some of these are old favorites and some are new.  The one thing they all have in common is you’ll want a highlighter as you read them.

Management - Peter Drucker.  I believe this book is required reading for anyone that’s serious about management.  One of the factoids I found very interesting is that in the early 1980’s the average CEO pay was 10 to 20 times the pay of workers in their companies.  Today that number is close to 350 times.  No wonder we have a problem with the middle class disappearing.

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Topics: value creation, enterprise value, value, winter reading

The Only Way To Be Great Is To Love What You Do

love what you doUsing the word love in a business setting is something that we’re not supposed to do.  We’re not allowed to tell others that we’re motivated by love.  We’re not allowed to let others we know that we love them and we’re not allowed to use love as a motivating force.

At the same time, we do use love, even if we don’t admit it.  When you look at anyone who does great work, it’s because they love what they do.  Greatness doesn’t come from a belief that you have to do it.  It only comes from things you love.

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Topics: enterprise value, success, specialists

5 Reasons You Need To Be Operationally Irrelevant

Operationally Irrelevant cat resized 600One my favorite terms is operationally irrelevant.  This is the stage in your business where you are completely out of the day-to-day operation of your business.

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Topics: operational irrelevance, enterprise value, Tactical Excellence, passive ownership

Is Vermont Being Smart Or Just Politically Correct?

VermontIt’s Op Ed Friday and I get a chance to talk about issues that face businesses, but are things we might not be able to do much about.
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Topics: mission vision values and goals, enterprise value, value, vision, Change

What’s Your Anchor? Or, Why I have An Obsession With Alpacas

Anchors and AlpacaOK, I admit it.  I have a thing for Alpaca’s.  You know, the cute furry creatures that some people raise to sell their fleece.

I know there are people who think I’m nuts for the preoccupation I have with Alpaca’s.  You might be one of them.  Maybe you’re wondering why someone would write about Alpaca’s in a blog that deals with creating value in business owners lives.

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Topics: business coaching, mission vision values and goals, enterprise value, mission, value, goals

When You Measure It You Improve It

key performance indicator1 resized 600One of the first activities I recommend in instituting a quality control program is to first understand what the important measurements in a company are.  It might be profits, gross profit, labor cost, or any number of other financial measurements.  When you figure out what the important Key Indicator is in a company you and your company have started down the road of improvement.

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Topics: business coaching, enterprise value, Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

Two Words You Need To Get Rid Of

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Topics: communication, enterprise value, innovation, value

Three Reasons Personal Values Should Drive Your Life

Values resized 600There are just too many people in the world that believe life isn’t fair and life isn’t fun.  I've often had people join companies I've run who's world view is the world and everything in it stinks.  

My goal has always been to help people with this attitutde to move to a point where they think about their world in a more positive manner.  My ultimate goal has always been to have those around me me think about we and how we can make the world (or at least our company) a better place.

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Topics: people in transition, enterprise value, Personal Responsibility, value

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