Operational Management Tips for Manufacturing

Tips for operational management regarding administrative, inventory, purchasing, management, or sales & marketing

Small Biz Thoughts Guided Tour - July 2018

Small Biz Thoughts Guided Tour - July 2018

Company analysis: Pandora Media

Reading Pandora Media’s financial statements is like rubbernecking at a car crash on the highway. Completely not necessary, not classy, and perhaps a waste of time. Two years ago I wrote about Pand

SOP: Compensating for On Call After Hours Work

Do you have technicians "on call" after hours? How do you compensate them? Well, that depends on whether they have to be at your office or just stay close to a phone.More SOPs at http://www

Oh, professionalism

Hope you’re enjoying the summer – full of beaches, lakes, friends, and food. As consultants, it’s often hard to stay “aware” and “fresh”.  In reality, the travel and the clients can be

Interview Gil Cargill on Adding 7 Figures to Your Income

Interview for SMB Community Podcast. Gil Cargill from Cargill Consulting. More info at http://www.gilcargill.com.

Who is David Rubenstein?

If you are in private equity, this is a name you already know.  Rubenstein is the co-founder, and co-chairman, of the Carlyle Group which invests $200+ billion on behalf of their limited partners. H

Rob Boles from Blokworx on Modern Security

SMB Community Podcast interview with Rob Boles from Blokworx on Modern Security challenges. See more details and a special offer at http://www.smbcommunitypodcast.com/2018/07/meet-rob-boles-mssp/ .

James Kernan on Gamification within Your MSP

This SMB Community Podcast with James Kernan covers "Gamification" within Your MSP. How do you motivate employees, make their job fun, and improve your success? Coach James Kernan gives you

SOP: Use DISC Profiles

DISC is a common type of personality profile (not a test!) you can use in your business. Every company needs a mix of talents and personalities. DISC is a good place to start looking at your team.

SOP: Self Talk on Focus and Distraction

Are you one of those people who says you "can't" sit still? You can't focus? You can't get off your phone? Sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy to me.More SOPs at http://www.SOP4SMB.com

Learn how to learn, think about thinking

These two phrases have become my pedagogical mottos. Learn how to learn. Think about your thinking. If we value a liberal arts education (I do), and believe that the nature of work will be forever cha

The Future and History of Operations

It’s time to rethink what we mean when we talk about “operations.” Operations is not only about manufacturing. Operations is and has always been what gives an organization the power to act: to c

Small Biz Thoughts Community Intro June 19

Small Biz Thouhgts Community Intro - Presented June 19. More info at https://smbbooks.net/sbt-community-launchSee 6-minute video - What's Inside the SBT Community?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiuE

Writing feedback: After grading 80+ papers/presentations

Grading papers is a double edge sword; it’s insanely time-consuming, and yet enormously valuable. As a ballpark estimate, last semester I reviewed 500+ written pages (MS Word, double-spaced) and cou

Small Biz Thoughts Community Walk-Through June

June 2018 Preview of the Small Biz Thoughts CommunityMore info and sign-up at: https://smbbooks.net/sbt-community-launch

Ideo: Make your ideas tangible

Three years ago, I wrote about idea fight club – the simple, fun, true idea that consultants should start projects with an open mind, then systematically, democratically beat up on those same ideas,

SOP: Information Sharing within Your Company

Don't let data just accumulate. Your information should be organized so that new employees can be trained to find things . . . and keep them organized going forward.

What advice do you have for college students?

We ran a business bootcamp for non-business majors for the last 3 weeks. We had 4 guest speakers. Good questions and good advice. Thanks for all the great advice AN, IM, WM, DB.   Do the work. Mark C

Humor Can Improve Your Work Culture

Ever noticed how difficult it is to spend a lot of time around someone who doesn’t have a sense of humor? More than just being dull, those interactions can actually get tense after a while. Chances

What is the DuPont Method?

(geek alert) The DuPont Method is one of my favorite things from B school. Yes, it’s a way to calculate return-on-equity, but it’s also a great way for a consultant to get smart on a company quick

Company analysis: 1 hour version, Agilent

Consultants should be a quick study. Imagine that you find out on Friday afternoon that you are going to be staffed on a new project on Monday. You better spend 2-3 hours getting smart on the industry

Jeff Bezos: “All overnight success takes about 10 years.”

Amazon is an outlier in approach, scope, scale, and profits. So, let’s listen in on an interview with someone who knows a lot about the company.  Founder, Jeff Bezos, quotes in blue italics. My bi

Why Your Administration is KEY and Effects from the Bottom to the Top!

Why Your Administration is Key by Pro-B Management

7 Inventory Problems That Are Impacting Your Bottom Line

Your Seven Inventory Problems: 1.  Stock counts not being done or not completed on time Though less of an issue with digital inventory, manual inventory still faces issues with counting stock properl

Top 5 Ways Your Sales Team is Failing You!

The sales team is one of the most important parts of a company and yours is no exception. They are the team that generates revenue, however there are many flaws they can fall into if you’re not care

Colour Code Your Way to Success

Colour Code Your Way to Success with Pro-B Management. The colour code aids you in the identification of the reasons behind why you do what you do.

Top Five Productivity Killers

Top 5 Productivity Killers that can hurt your business and decrease your bottom line.

How Personality Types Affect Bottom Line

In order to drive discussion on this question, we first need to understand what personality is and what are the different traits that individuals’ personality can have. It is possible to define pers

Inefficiencies That Cost you Big Time

Employee Communication Poor communication in business whether written or oral can obstruct the efficiency of your organization or a specific department. For instance, vague email messages that require

What Business Travelers Want Most From Loyalty Programs: Stealthy Luxury

I guess I sounded like a dick in my last post,

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