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Jan

09

2019
Customer-Focused Business vs. An Operations Focused Business

Customer-Focused Business vs. An Operations Focused Business

All businesses have rules and policies governing the way they do business. While some are strict in enforcing them, others like a customer-focused business has more of a relaxed approach. A customer-focused business gives employees flexibility, and allow them to take risks to help push their performance above average. They are entirely focused on understanding potential customers, and hire and train employees to deliver the...

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Jan

08

2019
Marketing Lessons Learned

Marketing Lessons Learned

Cerius Executives has been operating for well over a decade, and during that time we’ve learned our fair share of marketing lessons. Although techniques and trends constantly change, there are some keys that remain timeless. Marketing Lessons – You need patience, patience, and more patience The business world isn’t known for its patience. You can ask Cerius’s co-founders Pam Wasley & Kristen McAlister about learning...

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Jan

07

2019
Put a Value On Your Tool Kit in Small Businesses

Put a Value On Your Tool Kit in Small Businesses

One big frustration faced by owners of small businesses face is that best practices from big companies aren’t applicable to small businesses. In this case study, independent executive Marc simplified tools and techniques to boost profits in small businesses The old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” is a good way of looking at some of the everyday, common-sense tools you use. As...

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Jan

06

2019
How to Prevent Bad Hires and Find the Right Person

How to Prevent Bad Hires and Find the Right Person

To find the right person is a challenge for job recruiters, but one that can be overcome with the right approach In an episode of the HBO hit TV show, Silicon Valley, the founding CEO of the company is asked to step down and is quickly replaced by an experienced CEO. The new hire comes in with big and bold ideas that promise to turn...

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Jan

05

2019
Interim Executive Case Files: Interim COO at a $30 Million Manufacturing Company

Interim Executive Case Files: Interim COO at a $30 Million Manufacturing Company

The impact of an interim executive COO at a manufacturing company This article examines the impact an interim executive had on a 30 million dollar manufacturing company when they brought in an interim COO for 4 days a week over 6 months to help address some of their challenges. Company background Prior to the interim executive joining the company, there were a number of challenges...

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Jan

03

2019
How Interim Executives Manage Companies in Growth

How Interim Executives Manage Companies in Growth

Interim Executives are the best choice for young, fast-growing companies. Their expertise and skills can help build foundations of growth that are sustainable and versatile. Growth in businesses and organizations is not always steady. Sometimes it so slow that it feels like there is hardly any growth at all. Other times, it is so fast that business owners don’t have the time to adjust and...

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Dec

30

2018
How to Differentiate Between Business Problems and Symptoms

How to Differentiate Between Business Problems and Symptoms

In this episode of Cerius Business Today, we are joined by interim executive Don Labowsky. He shared the different kinds of challenges and business problems he typically sees in assignments and how he helps companies solve them. Don stressed the importance of differentiating between symptoms and problems in solving business problems: I think that sometimes companies get stuck in a rut doing certain things certain ways,...

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Dec

28

2018
Inventory Management by an Interim Executive

Inventory Management by an Interim Executive

Interim executive James Stewart pulls a company out of crisis through inventory management Interim executives step into companies at a time of crisis. Facing challenges and solving problems is what they’re good at. They are available to step into companies on short notice, to fill a sudden gap in leadership, and to run a key initiative which provides specialized skills and knowledge for temporary periods of...

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Dec

27

2018
5 Inspiring Leadership Quotes for Interim Executives

5 Inspiring Leadership Quotes for Interim Executives

The best advice for interim executives comes from other leaders themselves. The founders of Apple, Walmart and Disney share their secrets of what makes a good leader. Read three of the best leadership quotes to inspire interim managers to succeed on their mission. Leadership Quotes for Interim Executives #1 “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple...

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Dec

25

2018
The Art of Delegation in a Growing Business

The Art of Delegation in a Growing Business

Growing a business doesn’t have to be hard. Master the art of delegation to help your business expand without loosing focus from the big picture. Just as with any new business, Cerius Executives went through growing pains in its early days. Founding partners Pam and Kristen recount some of the lessons they learned and the impact the art of delegation can have in the success of...

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