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Employee Engagement And Your Operational Strategy

Employee Engagement And Your Operational Strategy | Business-Growth | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Yes employee engagement is critical in executing on a successful operational strategy. The authors point of ensuring your culture is aligned and supports employee engagement is a good one. If your culture does not support the strategic direction i might be worth the time to find ways to bridge that gap!

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Joanne Brooks's curator insight, September 9, 2013 10:48 PM

Employee enagagement whilst not easy it vital to any business ... you just have to look at how the benefits outweigh the work... loyalty, enthusiasm, productivity, profitability, motivated... and the list goes on!

Donna Karlin's curator insight, September 10, 2013 5:52 AM

Where operational strategy meets organizational culture.

Greg Lustig's curator insight, September 11, 2013 6:25 PM

To fully engage employees ,you need to make them feel that they are an 

intregral part of the process.

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How Companies Can Learn to Make Faster Decisions

How Companies Can Learn to Make Faster Decisions | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
SpaceX had a problem. Managers at the aerospace manufacturer wanted to make faster decisions for one of their big clients — NASA — by finding alternatives to the high volume of meetings and cumbersome spreadsheets used for tracking projects.
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Faster decision making is key in today's fast paced world.  How you achieve it is not necessarily clear however.  As this article indicates increasing communication, involving more people and  ensuring a shared vision amongst coworkers is critical.  The point that made me stop and ponder was the point of making more decisions in parallel.  This could in fact be a key ingredient in success and one of the most difficult to pull off successfully.

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The 3 Myths Most Entrepreneurs Tell Themselves About Marketing

The 3 Myths Most Entrepreneurs Tell Themselves About Marketing | Business-Growth | Scoop.it

"Don't fall into the trap of underestimating the power of social media or executive blogs."

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Entrepreneur or established CEO, it might not matter.  The point is active participation in your company's marketing efforts can help you better understand your customers and your marketplace. 

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You Can’t Do Strategy Without Input from Sales

You Can’t Do Strategy Without Input from Sales | Business-Growth | Scoop.it

"In academia, there is remarkably little written about how to link strategy with the nitty-gritty of field execution."

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Your sales team is key to successfully executing on your business strategy.  Keeping them involved, communicating, and evolving to market changes is key!

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The Morning Routines Of The Most Successful People

The Morning Routines Of The Most Successful People | Business-Growth | Scoop.it

Start strongDoes your morning look like Margaret Thatcher's, or Ben Franklin's? These routines might inspire you to create your own.
Whether you're a morning person or a night owl, we all start our day at some point.

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Start strong. Tackle difficult things first. Review your plan. Focus on customers first!  All good advice on how to start your day. What does your routine begin with?

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CESSON's curator insight, August 4, 6:09 PM

'William Styron, novelist... slept until noon and his “morning” routine involved staying in bed for another hour to think and read.' This sounds amazing. 

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4 Steps to Knowing What Your Customers Want Better Than They Do

4 Steps to Knowing What Your Customers Want Better Than They Do | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Analyzing customer data is just more proof of what we've always known. Actions really do speak louder than words
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Predicting what your customers will want in the future has always been a key ingredient of many successful entrepreneurs.  However, when you ask customers what they want they typically don't know? So, how do you get them to think about future enhancements? 


Programs like our Custom Lumber Solutions process where observations in their environments is a key first step just like this author points out.

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What My Mentor Taught Me About Being A Mentor

What My Mentor Taught Me About Being A Mentor | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
We need different types of mentors for different stages -- and different aspects -- of our careers. So it's not realistic to expect mentor monogamy.
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Business mentors are important.  The insight that our mentors can  change over time based on our stage of life is something that I believe it true.  Mentor relationships are based on give-and-take.  Who are you mentoring?  Who is your mentor? Maybe it is time to take a deeper look at this?

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Three Ways to Actually Engage Employees

Three Ways to Actually Engage Employees | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Nobody washes a rental car.
People will go the extra mile only if they feel they have ownership. It’s much the same in the workplace.
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One of the points mentioned is to emphasize your company's impact not your results when conducting employee communications.  Sounds like a great reminder that employees truly do want to know they are making a difference and not just driving more corporate profitability.

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Are You a Boss or a Leader?

The distinction between being a boss and being a leader may seem small, but it means the world to the people who work for you.
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Good leadership can be rare.  Every team usually has a boss.  However, what they also need is a leader.  Do you lead?  Can you be a better leader?

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How GE Stays Young

How GE Stays Young | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
GE is an icon of management best practices. Under CEO Jack Welch in the 1980s and 1990s, they adopted operational efficiency approaches (“Workout,” “Six Sigma,” and “Lean”) that reinforced their success and that many companies emulated.
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Excellent summary of how to remain a leader in your market.  The point of increasing product development ideas by staying close to your customers is a belief we have as well.  Your next great product idea will most likely come from understanding your customers business and applying your products and services to satisfy an unmet need.

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9 Ways to Turn Your Desk Into the Ideal Workspace (Infographic)

9 Ways to Turn Your Desk Into the Ideal Workspace (Infographic) | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
If your workstation doesn't fit you, you're in trouble. Here's a quick guide to setting up your workspace for optimal health and productivity.
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You have probably heard these tips before.  However, this is a great reminder on how best to set up your desk to be most productive.  Since more and more of our office work is reliant on computers we should all implement some of these practices so we can be most productive long term.  For me, the tip on the size of the font on the computer screen was key. Especially since my aging eyes are seeing less and less these days!

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6 Qualities of Highly Successful Teams (Infographic)

6 Qualities of Highly Successful Teams (Infographic) | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
A new infographic breaks down the habits of the most productive teams.
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Personable, candid, collaborative...  Some of the qualities that successful teams have in common.  I have to agree.  I would also add open minded, passionate and committed. What others would you add?

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Alan French's curator insight, April 1, 10:51 AM

Some interesting stats here that support something good team leaders have known for a long time - good teams engage on more than just closed business conversations. The social development of teams is essential for performance.

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Hiring New Employees: The FIVE KEY "W" Questions - Entrepreneurs Questions

Hiring New Employees: The FIVE KEY "W" Questions - Entrepreneurs Questions | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Since employees are one of the most expensive lines on most P&Ls and have a significant impact on revenue and profitability, entrepreneurs must personally take responsibility for hiring employees.
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Good reminder on five important questions to consider when hiring employees. Also good reminders for candidates on how to address the needs of the organization while interviewing and possible areas to try to differentiate yourself. 

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Challenge Yourself and What You Know

Challenge Yourself and What You Know | Business-Growth | Scoop.it

Being strategic is constantly challenging yourself and what you know. Strategic planning/thinking is an opportunity to engage in free thinking and challenge yourself and what you believe.   Serving your customers requires constant innovation, and innovation comes from unconstrained, free thinking. Self limiting thoughts are the enemy of strategic breakthrough initiatives. Unconstrained, free thinking comes from questioning fundamental assumptions about your products or services.  Below is “The Lesson of the Square Watermelon” and this speaks to the power of strategic unconstrained, free thinking.  

Baillie Lumber's insight:

Another excellent example of how thinking "out of the box", or in this case "within the box", helps advance business.  A great reminder to us all!

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CESSON's curator insight, March 8, 9:37 PM

Nice post by Baillie about thinking "outside the box."  

Alan French's curator insight, April 1, 11:09 AM

Ok, so the example raises an inquisitive eyebrow, but the principle of innovating constantly for both your customers and staff is essential for growth.

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John C. Maxwell: Improve Yourself

John C. Maxwell: Improve Yourself | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Time for a history lesson: The Stone Age didn’t end because humans ran out of rocks. It ended because we kept learning and improving. If you think about it, the desire for self-improvement is written into our DNA.
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Yes, the world is changing fast! I have to agree with the author that if you are not moving forward chances are the world is passing you by!  And to stay on top in business you will most likely have to challenge yourself and your company to leave your comfort zone.



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5 Leadership Lessons From The Beatles

5 Leadership Lessons From The Beatles | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Inspiration comes in unlikely place. For some, nature is a source of ideation. For others, family and friends can give a twist of insight that you never thought through, for something unrelated to your actual discussion.
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I never really thought to search for business leadership lessons from the Beatles.  However, as this author points out, the practices that the Beatles utilized to earn their success definitely has some cross over to success in business.  Especially the point of "show up fully" and always work towards delivering 100% of your brand promise to your customers!

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How Advisors Can Go From ‘Good to Great’: Jim Collins

How Advisors Can Go From ‘Good to Great’: Jim Collins | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Bestselling author Jim Collins shares the secrets of greatness at LPL’s annual advisor conference.
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Great advice on how to achieve success...  Think of ways to be useful to others!

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10 Tips From Entrepreneurs Who Made Their Own Luck

10 Tips From Entrepreneurs Who Made Their Own Luck | Business-Growth | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Lead by example, take risks, and celebrate.  All good tips for aspiring

entrepreneurs from people who have had success doing it.

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harish magan's comment, August 30, 2013 7:18 AM
Not many, Entrepreneurship should be in blood otherwise the chances of failure is much more.
harish magan's comment, August 30, 2013 7:19 AM
Not many, Entrepreneurship should be in blood otherwise the chances of failure is much more.
Gerald Hynes's curator insight, January 29, 10:34 PM

Really enjoyed this article. A nice summary of p[eople who work hard and then people say they are lucky.

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What You Don't Know (But Should) About Managing Millennials

What You Don't Know (But Should) About Managing Millennials | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Gen Y-ers' appreciation for work-life balance, affinity for team collaboration and passion for helping their colleagues makes them an important asset.
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Do you need to manage Millenials differently? The general understanding is that Millenials are those born between 1981 and 1998, (give or take a few years on either end depending on who you ask.)


Encouraging work life balance, team collaboration, and goal setting are good foundational elements for managing any group of employees.

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5 Business Lessons from Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs

5 Business Lessons from Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
As a lifetime basketball fan, I’ve enjoyed seeing the game develop over the years. As a business strategist, I am also fascinated by the National Basketball Association's (NBA) growth into a global
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Be willing to adapt. Make the tough decisions. Be resilient. Study the global landscape and focus on culture.  Excellent advise for leaders in today's marketplace!

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Finding the Balance Between Coaching and Managing

Finding the Balance Between Coaching and Managing | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Ask 100 people if they have good common sense, and more than 95% will tell you they do. Ask them if they are good coaches, and almost as many will say yes.
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Great insights on how important it is to lead people on your team to make decisions vs. doing it for them.  The idea of collaborative problem solving and coaching others to discover solutions is a great way to increase team development.

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Invitation to Innovate

Invitation to Innovate | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Innovation is hardly a new term. Dating back as early as the 15th century, innovation comes from the Latin innovationem, noun of action Read More
The post Invitation to Innovate appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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The author highlights six key points to spur more innovation.  The suggestions that companies hold “ideation sessions” and “create an environment where mistakes are tolerated and free of punitive measures” are great suggestions.

Create an environment where mistakes are tolerated and free of punitive measures - See more at: http://blog.vistage.com/innovation/invitation-innovate/#sthash.DqsL9ptH.dpuf
Create an environment where mistakes are tolerated and free of punitive measures - See more at: http://blog.vistage.com/innovation/invitation-innovate/#sthash.DqsL9ptH.dpuf
Create an environment where mistakes are tolerated and free of punitive measures - See more at: http://blog.vistage.com/innovation/invitation-innovate/#sthash.DqsL9ptH.dpuf
Create an environment where mistakes are tolerated and free of punitive measures - See more at: http://blog.vistage.com/innovation/invitation-innovate/#sthash.DqsL9ptH.dpuf
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100 great questions every entrepreneur should ask - Chicago Tribune

100 great questions every entrepreneur should ask - Chicago Tribune | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
100 great questions every entrepreneur should ask
Chicago Tribune
Paul Graham, Jim Collins, Tony Hsieh, and other business leaders share the questions you should be asking if you want to improve your company.
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Sometimes you come across a list that just makes you think.  That was this list for me!  As we are looking to constantly improve our business, perhaps questions from this list can be helpful.  Two that I appreciated were "What should we stop doing?" and "What potential mega-trend could make our business model obsolete?".

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Business Success: Four Key Ideas

Business Success: Four Key Ideas | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
More than a year ago I ran a two-day “business excellence” retreat with the owners of 21 small to medium-sized businesses.
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It is always good to get perspectives from other successful business leaders.  Sometimes the recommendations you receive bring you back to the basics, and probably the reasons your business began to be successful in the first place.  This article mentions four key thoughts that are simple to ensure are part of your strategy or are easy to include. The point on "voice of customer" is one that was very useful.

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How Busy People Make Time To Read--And You Can Too

How Busy People Make Time To Read--And You Can Too | Business-Growth | Scoop.it
Haven't finished a book since college? Between work, family, and social lives, trying to find time to read can be more effort than relaxing hobby. Here's how to make more time for your favorite page-turners.
Baillie Lumber's insight:

Yes people are busy.  Yes reading is important for business.  So how do you find ways to read more?  This article provided a few thoughts. Perhaps try to point of reading in small time increments.  It doesn't have to be hours at a time. (just a thought).

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Alan French's curator insight, April 1, 10:55 AM

Yes I know its basic time management stuff but prioritising learning in your schedule is so important, not just for you, but your team, family, etc.

CESSON's curator insight, July 6, 6:25 PM

No matter who you are, what business you're in, or what you're interested in, books open your mind and keep it challenged. We should all make better efforts to read more books. 

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The Most Important Numbers You Need to Understand to Grow Your Business

The Most Important Numbers You Need to Understand to Grow Your Business | Business-Growth | Scoop.it

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Via Daniel Watson
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A simple article that is a good reminder. I especially liked the points: 1- Remember not every customer is as profitable as the other. 2- Keep an eye on your prospecting efforts. 3- Review your business metrics monthly.

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Des Kirby's curator insight, January 28, 8:18 AM

Some  financial management health checks to help you keep your business profitable.

Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, January 28, 1:45 PM

Very Basic, but essential.  The key from my point of view ? Make sure  that the "checking the number" becomes a monthly routine that you stick to stubbornly. Block the time, no compromise!

Marie Clement's curator insight, January 30, 9:28 AM

This is an excellent article that helps you to get a grip really quickly on the information that needs to be reviewed constantly and encourages setting up schedules to do this.