Operations Articles & Posts

This section contains some essential operating “How-Tos" for small business owners and Entrepreneurs. The goals are to help   focus your business on excellence profitability and efficiency. A critical component of these materials is to demonstrate how factors like logistics, sourcing and staff can improve results After you have reviewed them, you should move on to the OPERATIONS TEMPLATES section located in the Navigation bar beneath OPERATIONS ARTICLES.

Reality To Inspire Your Business Dreams, Not Destroy Them

Not having a tight grasp on the reality of your business could be the difference between success and failure. This article lays out some key concepts for small businesses to dramatically improve decision making through understanding reality. I continuously run into well intentioned, and even, well informed clients who ignore this simple guidance. This is […]

Ideas to Mitigate the Challenges in Developing a Successful Team

Are you part of a successful team? As the saying goes, “There’s no I in TEAM.” However, the team also needs to give its stars the opportunity to flourish. Great entertainment groups sports teams and scientific groups are examples of excellence. In addition, teams need to encourage diversity, expertise, and disagreement to encourage new ideas […]

Creating Effective Management Practices and Excellence

Introduction Creating a company culture that promotes excellence and commitment is a critical requirement for startups.  However, the term “Human Resources,” or “Human Resources Management,” frequently conjures up negative stereotypes and can be viewed as a necessary evil.  In spite of its occasional bad reputation, in cases where “HR” is part of an overall vision […]

How Effective Operations and Logistics Can Create Marketing Opportunities

Operations and logistics are frequently viewed as secondary functions that can be handled by someone else, but in reality they are the foundation that all other processes are based on.  They present a huge opportunity for a business to become more efficient and differentiate itself.  A simple definition of these two functions is: The process […]

5 Tools to Make Forecasting Better, Easier and Simpler

In helping hundreds of small businesses and startups at Startup Connection (www.startupconnection.net ), I have learned that improving forecasting is frequently your best path to success. This includes financial, sales, marketing, operational, internet, human resources and other forecasts (which include models, plans and budgets) that help understand and improve business. A few fairly simple recommendations can make the process […]