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Aug

28

2012

Be Selective about Lean Implementation for Rapid Results

Contributed by Terry Mercer I recently read a definition of Lean by Mark Doman in the Target Magazine: “Lean is a system that creates a physical and social environment where problems are quickly identified and then solved by motivated employees who are trained to eliminate waste in their processes so that customers receive the highest quality products and/or services at the lowest cost in the...

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Aug

28

2012

Master These Three Processes First in Order to Thrive in 2013

Contributed by David SheddEvery year, countless companies undertake process improvements and change initiatives. Most fail. Generally, they fail for one of three reasons: The process or initiative was not the most important thing for the company to work on at that time to improve the bottom line and/or realize growth. The employees in the organization did not take accountability and responsibility for the success of...

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Aug

24

2012

Prepare for 2013 by Taking Care of the Basics

Contributed by Andrew Bart As the business environment becomes more global in nature, competition is increasing not only within the US but worldwide. Our world is definitely becoming a smaller place, economically, politically as well socially. Events such as environmental warming, wars, regional (e.g. European) debt crises as well as extreme poverty are impacting each of us no matter where the original event takes place....

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Aug

22

2012

Cash Cows vs. New Products, What Should Receive the Most resources Next Year?

Contributed by Niv Edward Caviar One of the most difficult decisions facing managers is the best use of human, capital, and organizational resources to meet their company’s goals. Within an organization’s planning cycle, one of the most recurring decision points is whether firms should invest in current, stable, profit-producing products (Cash cows), or higher growth but riskier new products and new markets. A firm’s intrinsic...

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Aug

21

2012

Preparing Your Company For Inflation. What must you do in the next 6 months

Contributed by Monty Houdeshell Is the prospect of hyper inflation keeping you up at night?  Is inflation even on your radar? Maybe your business is relatively new or you have never operated in a period of higher inflation. The last time annual inflation in the US, as measured by the CPI (Consumer Price Index), was more than 4% was 1991.  Since then, for the last...

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Aug

20

2012

The Changing Face of Business Capture for Companies Selling to the Federal Government

Contributed by Ed Abner In the last few years, business capture has changed from a series of one on one meetings with user groups and those in authority to a well-organized stratagem implemented by multi-level professionals with the primary purpose of exchanging information, generating feedback and defining requirements. The only thing that hasn’t changed is the mission: to win. Most significant in today’s capture process...

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Aug

01

2012

Is the IRS Making You Paranoid about using Contingent Workforces?

Are today’s laws scaring you from using temporary workers and independent contractors?  The laws in every state are getting stronger but it does not have to keep you from reaping the benefits of using these types of workers if you have a contingent workforce strategy in place.  These benefits include maximizing flexibility, accessing key skills and bringing in outside perspective. The other day, I was...

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Jul

23

2012

Forecast Transparency: Will You Hit Your Sales Target This Year?

Contributed by David Shaffer With summer upon us, business focus traditionally turns to the second half and year end push to meet revenue and profit objectives. For many organizations, particularly during these difficult and somewhat unfamiliar economic circumstances, the first half has fallen short of expectations and concern is mounting as to the credibility of year end forecasts. The challenge, how to sift through fantasy...

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Jul

20

2012

When IT Projects Fall Behind Schedule

[ezcol_2third] Contributed by John Schmidt We all know the pain of IT projects falling behind schedule. Morale dives. The incremental revenues from a project launch that you hoped for aren’t going to happen in this fiscal year. Instead of savings from operational efficiencies, you get hammered with cost overruns and a horde of glitches and bugs. [/ezcol_2third] [ezcol_1third_end] Read More ArticlesLike This Request a Meeting...

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Jul

20

2012

Use the Strategic Plan to Focus your Employees on the Vital Few rather than the Trivial Many

Contributed by Marc Koehler We want our employees to love what they do, while being focused on the most important aspects of the business.  Unfortunately, a majority of business leaders face two challenges.  The first one is Dis-Engaged Employees.  A recent Gallup poll identified that 19% of the existing workforce are miserable and another 52% are apathetic toward their work.  These 71% are dis-engaged because...

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