Operations


Oct

23

2018
Putting Muscle Into Your Business Operations Part 1

Putting Muscle Into Your Business Operations Part 1

Putting Muscle into Business Operations: Questions that Reveal Harmful Levels of Frailty in a Critical Corporate Function – Part 1 “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” The late businessman Arnold H. Glasow was also a humorist, but most CEOs would likely agree that there is nothing humorous about his statement. Of course, recognizing...

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Sep

29

2018
4 Interim COO Decisions in Strategic Operations Management

4 Interim COO Decisions in Strategic Operations Management

How should your business grow? How can it stand out from the competition? How will you reach your 5 year goals? All of this and more is determined by strategic operations management of an interim COO who ties everything together. A key driver of small business success is effective strategic operations management. However, many managers lack the capability to do so. To help gain fresh...

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Sep

25

2018
Interim Executive Advice: Create an Operating System for Your Company

Interim Executive Advice: Create an Operating System for Your Company

An operating system brings organization to the disorder in a company. By creating one, an interim executive can help a company achieve their objectives through tracking progress and milestones. In the hurry to get things going, start-ups often get disorganized. They are a chaos of people and tasks with no center to bring it all together. If that’s the situation your company is in right...

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Sep

22

2018
Interim Executive Advice: Your Company Needs an Operations Manual

Interim Executive Advice: Your Company Needs an Operations Manual

An operations manual can bring order to an organization and drastically improve workflow. So the next time an interim executive steps in, they can hit the ground running. An operations manual is essentially a system that can run your business. If your business is a chaos of tasks and people with no coordination at the heart of it, you’ve got a problem. Interim Executive Advice: An...

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Sep

18

2018
The Difference Between Operations and Strategy

The Difference Between Operations and Strategy

Managers today need to know there’s a difference between operations and strategy. Both aspects of the business work parallel to each other, boosting performance and creating a competitive edge. Think of operations and strategy like two separate but essential engines on a boat. Both engines run efficiently and independently to ensure a smooth and fast journey. Running on one engine can lead you in a...

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Jul

21

2018
Modifying Business Operations is Like Changing the Tires on a Moving Bus

Modifying Business Operations is Like Changing the Tires on a Moving Bus

Modifying business operations while your business is up and running is complex and challenging. But if done the right way, it can reap huge benefits! Have you ever tried changing a car’s tires while it was in motion? Seems like a silly question to ask. Even in NASCAR, they stop the car for 11 seconds or so. I recently had a client say to me,...

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Jul

15

2018
The CEO’s Checklist for Operations

The CEO’s Checklist for Operations

“Operations” covers a lot of territory in a company. If you currently have, or are considering hiring, a Chief Operations Officer, or COO, you need to decide how broad you define his or her duties. A few of the interim COOs at Cerius helped us identify critical questions about operations that serve as a checklist for CEOs. This checklist will help you do three critical...

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Jul

14

2018
Why You Need Standard Operating Procedures

Why You Need Standard Operating Procedures

Standardizing operations through standard operating procedures can make a world of difference to your business. Although it might seem like a chore to document everything, they are very useful in the long-term. Standard Operating Procedures are documents that detail how a particular task or process is done in your business. You can use it to put together a staff handbook or manual. It helps contractors,...

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Jul

12

2018
Putting Muscle into Corporate Operations: Questions that Reveal Harmful Levels of Frailty in a Critical Corporate Function – Part 2

Putting Muscle into Corporate Operations: Questions that Reveal Harmful Levels of Frailty in a Critical Corporate Function – Part 2

Questions that Reveal Harmful Levels of Frailty in a Critical Corporate Operations Function “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” This is part 2 in our Putting Muscle into Operations Management series. You can review part 1 here. Recognizing there’s an issue and working towards a solution can sometimes seem like a world apart....

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Jul

06

2018
Small Business Operations

Small Business Operations

Small Business Operations – Don’t let people become bottlenecks Whether you’re a small business owner or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, managing an organization can be intricate. Small business operations and processes that keep the business running are complex and interdependent on multiple people. One of the most common killers of growth and productivity in a company is communication and information flow. Talk...

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