Business Self Analysis

Physician, heal thyself! Does this wonderful phrase apply in business? It is easy to be critical of others and their organizations, but do you really look at your own operation in detail to see where you are headed? The hardest part is always getting started. An acronym that is useful in business analysis is FOG,…
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The Make-up Of A Basic Business Plan

The most often question I hear from people who want to start a business is, “Where can I get the money to fund it?” A friend says the only free money comes from the three “Fs”–families, friends, or fools. I submit you are in endangering your relationships if your dreams do not come to fruition.…
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Learn From Others

A recently concluded nine-month performance excellence project involved executives from five very different organizations. One of the highlights cited by many of the attendees were the exercises where teams were comprised of a mix of the organizations. They stated that they learned that their organizations were different, but they had the same problems.   I…
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Basic Marketing 101

To start any marketing activity it is well to understand the aim of the organization and how this marketing activity will help to achieve that organizational aim. Taking a step down, it is then important to understand the aim of the total marketing effort and how this activity helps to achieve that marketing aim. There…
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Three Elements Of Management

Do you have a documented management system in your organization? In previous articles, we have said that all work is comprised of a series of processes to form a system. You do, in fact, have a management system but it may not be documented nor understood by employees. One management system developed by Japanese industrial…
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