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Sharpen Up Your Meetings

“The longer the meeting, the less is accomplished.” – Tim Cook  Try this at your next meeting: look around the room and add up the hourly salary of each attendee in your head. If you don’t know, then ballpark it. Add about 25% for payroll extras. Get an hourly figure...

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Avoiding Business Disruption This Winter

“It’s about making choices. Some are easy. Some are hard. And some will make you question everything.” – Tim Cook  With COVID-19 circulating freely, many of us have felt the sting directly in our staffing levels already. Those who haven’t should expect it this winter....

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Here’s How to Use Empty Office Space

Is your office feeling a little sparse lately? A lot of business people are finding themselves standing in the middle of empty desks, sometimes row upon row, while their intended occupants are working from their kitchen tables. While the work is getting done...

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Are Your Statements Making You Vulnerable?

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." – Thomas Jefferson 2020 has been a crucible for businesses of all sizes. Alberta businesses know that we've been among the hardest hit, with many facing a long winter on the brink of insolvency. The Federal...

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This Simple Diagram Identifies How You Waste Money

The beating heart of Process Improvement is identifying and eliminating waste. Waste comes in 1 of 8 forms, and its visibility can range from blatantly obvious to systemically ingrained and challenging to pinpoint. Isolating those ingrained wastes—which is how the...

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Hoshin kanri, Part II

We need to be more strategic with our decision-making, maybe now more than ever before. Instead of just bringing the staff into a room and open-endedly telling them to “strategize,” use a tried-and-true formula. Last week, we introduced the model of Compass Management...

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Hoshin kanri, Part I

Vision is not usually the problem. It's common to develop your vision in the boardroom, the elusive "why" of your business—but far more challenging to make it the agent of change at every level.  Hoshin kanri, a Japanese term coined during the Second World War...

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Pandemic Leadership

"The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves." – Ray Kroc The culture we create for our teams is ultimately what binds us together and keeps our revenues flowing. As leaders, we need to make sure that this engine of our company is...

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The Power of Failure

"If failure is not an option, then neither is success." – Seth Godin Failure is the best teacher. When it comes to Process Improvement and growing our bottom line, failure is invaluable. The goal for failure is fast, cheap, and often. With each failure, we do a...

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Marketing During a Pandemic

"Even when you are marketing to your entire audience or customer base, you are still simply speaking to a single human at any given time." – Ann Handley  How do you acquire new customers in a pandemic? Will the customers you've always had keep coming back? Will any...

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