Business management

Starting with the End in Mind – webinar for business owners and buyers May 16 at 1PM (EDT) If you have the following questions, this webinar is for you! How do I strategically think about my end game? In other words, how do I figure out what game I am playing? What makes a business…

The Red Sea disruption forcing ships to go around Africa creates a new Supply Chain reality. It can lead to late deliveries of inventory resulting in disruptions affecting business globally. One of the noticeable issues is the Reuters report, “Tesla, Volvo Car in Europe Pause Output of Certain Car’s models.” Besides the production disruptions, late…

Onboarding isn’t just about shaking hands on day one or drowning your new hires in an ocean of paperwork and procedural manuals. Take it from us, onboarding is about igniting the spark from the moment your new team members step through the door. In this blog, we correct 4 common misconceptions about team member onboarding to…

Homogeneity among your leadership team is like a decadent creamy chocolate cake: it feels tempting, but when you resist it, you get in much better shape. Increasing diversity on your leadership team leads to better decisions – and better financial results. However we have a natural tendency to surround ourselves with people similar to us:…

If the value of your company would suffer in your absence, the biggest threat to its marketability might be you. “Buyers generally aren’t interested in paying top dollar if the business is overly reliant on the owner for its success.” That excerpt from a long-ago IBG Business article (“How Can I Increase the Value of…

By Tim Jung As CFO, you have 60 months before the private equity firm sells your company again. And the newly installed CEO doesn’t like the company’s reports. Maybe the reporting isn’t timely or lacks the right numbers. Maybe it doesn’t tell a story from the progress that has been made, how you’re going to…

  Methodology to Avoid Business Disruptions        A business requirements study is conducted before the software implementation begins.  The legacy software database is transferred to the test environment and verified daily for accuracy. Once test-environment data is verified for accuracy the step below will be taken. End users are trained in the test environment that has…

🤔What is your question-to-statement ratio? 🎓Register for our CEO Workshop about “How to be a better coach for your team” on Tuesday, May 2nd at 12 pm EST on Zoom. Register now! 😓Leaders can’t be great CEOs UNLESS they spend less time giving advice, and more time asking great questions. The issue is that many…

The Steps Below Should be Taken to Prevent the Need for Running Parallel Software  Before the project starts, a business requirements study should be conducted. At each day end, the data should be transferred to the new software test environment. Transferred data should be verified on daily basis for accuracy. This data verification eliminates the…

The Domino Effect of Having Out-Dated Software Systems.   Not having real time information on the fast-moving products. Not having accurate information of the inventory level in multiple locations. No method of tracking Vendor Reliability of ON-TIME deliveries.   What are the Results of Excess Inventory? Late shipments will result in production disruption. Order cancellations…

Managing Today’s Reality of Excess Inventory:   The Domino Effect of Having Out-Dated Software Systems.   Not having real time information on the fast-moving products. Not having accurate information of the inventory level in multiple locations. No method of tracking Vendor Reliability of ON-TIME deliveries.   What are the Results of Excess Inventory? Late shipments…

Small actions yield tremendous results. SUMMi7 is hosting an event next week for Medium-Sized Business Owners on March 30 in Plano, and you’re invited! If you’re not in the Dallas region and would like to attend, please DM us, and we can explore if a virtual experience is right for you. The topic for this…

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“Conflicts look bad. I always prepare touchy agenda points with my 2 senior leaders before leadership team meetings. This way senior leadership presents a united front,” recently mentioned the CEO of a 200-people company. Most leadership teams have too few open, healthy conflicts. This makes them less effective, reduces decision quality, and ultimately slows down business…

I wrote earlier about the value a closed loop employee suggestion program can provide. These do provide significant benefits, but there is no need to limit continuous improvement suggestions to those inside the company. Customer and supplier surveys can provide great insights into such opportunities while also enabling the company to collaborate better with key…

During my first visit to one factory, I quickly noticed on a wall in the lobby a collection of cards with employee suggestions – normally a good sign of a facility’s commitment to continuous improvement and employee engagement. A closer look revealed the opposite – improvement ideas that were months and even quarters old without…

Wealth managers and financial industry observers have pointed out that we are in the midst of a great wealth transfer driven by Baby Boomers. As Boomers (the generation born between 1946 and 1964) have aged, the savings and investments they worked hard to accumulate are now passing via inheritance to younger generations. Yet, what happens…

When you sit down for an intergenerational conversation about the future of the family business, it’s essential to have multiple goals before you. For instance, maintaining healthy family relationships is as vital as ensuring the business’s ongoing success during a period of transition. Family conflicts often arise from differing opinions, visions, values, or unresolved issues….

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