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    July 2, 2013

    A New Leadership Key Performance Indicator

    A Billion Words of Leadership – Is it time for a Leadership Checkup?

    By Joseph Skursky, President of Market Leader Solutions The commitment of leadership to principles, standards, and strategic direction cannot be overstated in terms of the critical importance they play in organizational performance. Too many leaders, however, focus on motivational talk with persuasive or even commanding language, while ignoring the most important and influential directive of all…their own actions.   A leader’s actions communicate far more than the words they...Continue reading

    By Joseph SkurskyPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on July 2, 2013

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    June 14, 2013

    Defining the Best Organizational Structure for Your Business

    A roadmap to your Target Operating Model where growth is controlled, measured and profitable.

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC Over many years of working with small to medium size businesses, particularly those looking for, or experiencing growth, a common theme has frequently emerged; one of assuring that the infrastructure of old is robust enough to match the demands of today. A misaligned organization can result in declining customer service, quality, profitability and employee satisfaction levels. It can destroy a company’s...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on June 14, 2013

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    May 5, 2013

    Managing Risk Through Effective Project Management

    The Service Industry’s Approach to Managing Risk

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC Over the past 20 plus years of working with clients in multiple industries, a common concern at the executive level repeatedly finds its way into discussions. How do we manage risk while striving to push our organization to maximize its performance and at the same time assure there is no significant impact in customer service and quality? Interestingly, this is a similar question that is addressed by the investment...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on May 5, 2013

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    April 8, 2013

    What’s Your Leadership Philosophy? Inspiration From Margaret Thatcher

    Are you limited by your past or driven by what you & your business can become?

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away this morning.  For those of you that are not familiar with this great lady, she served 11 years from 1979 to 1990 as the first and only female Prime Minister.  She won three General Elections, the longest anyone has held this post.  Last week I happened to watch the movie depicting her life, “Iron Lady,” and was inspired by her thoughts, leadership and vision for Britain during the cold war.   There was one...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on April 8, 2013

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    April 3, 2013

    How To Use Lean Principles To Drive & Grow Your Business

    Is building a lean culture right for your organization?

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC Building a lean culture requires a companywide commitment to efficient & consistent products and services that customers’ want and trust. There are three Lean Principles outlined in this article: Managing Lead Time, Standard Operating Procedures & 5 S’s.  Together they can set the stage to drive and grow your business. Although generally assumed to be associated with manufacturing,...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on April 3, 2013

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    March 6, 2013

    4 Steps to Effective Strategic Planning & Implementation

    Learn to “Charter” Strategic Initiatives, Manage Accountability & Achieve Results

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC Most companies schedule their management retreat to develop and establish the strategic direction for the remainder of the year, as well as a 3-5 year outlook. The process, although it can contribute to team building by “getting away” from the daily grind, frequently does not result in strategy. That’s because what starts as a noble intention or cause ends with little to no accountability, letting...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 6, 2013

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    March 4, 2013

    Overcoming Disconnect Between Middle & Upper Management

    Is your management team preventing growth or are they a competitive advantage?

    Two common themes exist in most organizations.  “Upper Management is too distant.”  “Middle Management is too independent.”  Essentially they are saying the same thing right?  There is disconnect between management levels that causes animosity, poor moral, and an inability to get things done efficiently & effectively.  Now, I could write this article about how to overcome disconnect by dealing with the problems, but I’m sure you can read about that...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 4, 2013

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    February 24, 2013

    Top 3 Ways To Improve Profits Without Increasing Revenue

    Are Cost Cuts & Efficiency Gains the Same Thing? Where Should You Focus?

    There is a lot of debate these days about the value or damage arbitrary cost cutting can bring to an organization.  The reality is that many businesses are faced with this decision due to rising costs and decreased revenues.  So what is the best way to create a rebalancing of your business that allows you to grow, while surviving in today’s market?   The answer is not simply stated, but it can be simply mastered by leadership that educates and sets the parameters for efficiency...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 24, 2013

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    February 1, 2013

    Complacency in the Workplace: Overcome Bad Attitudes With Accountable Leadership

    4 Reasons Why Complacency Exists & What Management Can Do to Annihilate It

    Those annoying words are like scratches on a chalkboard. “This is the way we always do it.”  Can you image living life with that attitude?  You would never grow, improve or try new things…what a boring life!  In business, boring companies don’t grow their revenue, they don’t make continuous improvements to their products, processes, or services, and they are certainly NOT innovators.  So how do you lead an organization that has an attitude problem, without...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 1, 2013

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    January 23, 2013

    Lessons Learned Templates & Guide: A Managers Toolkit for Continuous Improvement

    Create a cultural shift that will improve your bottom line & make you more competitive.

    It happens to all of us.  Our organization, employees or project teams make mistakes and change course, table good ideas for a “later” date, or receive unsolicited & undocumented feedback from customers. Unfortunately, we forget to address these lessons as actionable opportunities on how TO DO or how NOT TO DO whatever it is that we learned.  Instead of capturing and maintain this knowledge, we put it on the back burner assuming we will get to it later, or that we will remember to...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 23, 2013

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