Have Fun Again!

It happened again yesterday! This isn’t what you signed up for! All the reasons why you love being the boss keep getting shoved further and further away. The great ideas that are inside you keep getting buried. Because who has time to implement them? Certainly not you and who would you trust to bring birth to your ideas anyway? No ONE! They are the reason why you started the company in the first place!

Things aren’t working the way you wanted them to.  By now, most of 2015 results have been determined. It’ll be 6 months before the results of any changes are seen. Now is the time to plan for 2016-2017, but don’t wait for 2016 to start. If you wait till next year, 2016’s results will be determined by what you’ve implemented in 2015.

Most days, you just want to focus on the part of the business that was attractive in the first place. It used to fun, and now it’s not. We can help you find that experience again. We can help you utilize the rest of the team by cloning yourself. If others think like an owner, they will know how to implement your great ideas that make your (yours and theirs) organization a success. They most likely have better ways to implement the ideas than you could imagine if you know how to engage with them, empower them and keep the whole organization aligned and working in the same direction.

Useless Effort?

Candidate hiring is gaining ground, doubling in the last five years. However, its effectiveness is suspect. There is no competitive advantage that can be gained through a better hiring process; we have no lock on getting the ‘best and brightest’. It’s what you do once you hire the person that creates organizational success. Through alignment (and collaboration), empowerment and development, your employees will contribute to their own and your success.

Like ‘training’ where 85 percent is not used back on the job, personality/cognitive/behavioral assessments are wasted because managers don’t know what to do the results. They tend to allow cooperation and effective communication if it doesn’t jeopardize their status; they tend to manage the way they want to be managed (or have been managed) out of habit; they tend to teach job requirements the way they as students would want to be taught. They tend not to adapt to their staff.

You too. So if you want to make a significant change in your organization’s metrics, we can show you how.PhD cover

Take Credit When Credit’s Due

If your business is like most, you’re missing opportunities to improve because you might be congratulating yourself early. Most businesses look at their metrics. As long as they see movement in the right direction, they think they’re winning. Leaders and managers then congratulate themselves. However, when the results ‘go south’, they then panic and look for someone else to blame: the economy, the competitors, those darn customers…because it can’t be ‘us’. “We’re still the doing the same things we did when we were succeeding, so it’s got to be something else causing us to become [less profitable, late on our deliveries, short of stock, lower market share, etc.].”

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4ward Associates is keen on metrics and the correct analysis of them so that you know if the changes you’re making are moving your business in the right direction, wrong direction or no direction. Perhaps your business is in a rut and you’ve tried a lot of things to make some significant improvements. We’ve been successful in moving many organizations out of those ruts–and it often doesn’t take much.

Let us help you drive the success your organization deserves!

By the way, the graph above is an example of an organization that has plateaued; it’s not getting worse in the last month.