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Critical Factors for Rebranding Your Business
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Critical Factors for Rebranding Your Business

by Larry Alton

3 must-haves for a successful rebranding campaign Thinking about re-branding your business? Change happens in a business that is constantly evolving, whether you take action or not.  A conscious re-branding effort helps put the direction back in your control. It’s impossible to remain stagnant, so start asking yourself whether you will only need make a few small adjustments or to embark on a massive overhaul….

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Apr
2014
When Does Outsourcing Make Sense? | Extraordinary Business
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When Does Outsourcing Make Sense? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

As a small business owner, chances are you started small and did much of the work yourself. But when, if ever, is it time to get out of your own way? Outsourcing is something many small businesses contemplate as they get bigger. The question of hiring people to handle the load or outsource can be a difficult one. Finding services outside the business that are…

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Mar
2014
Process and Strategic Advantage | Extraordinary Business
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Process and Strategic Advantage | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Process will be part of what will create strategic advantage for you. Process can be the differentiator, creating higher levels of customer service, quality, response time, lower costs, efficiencies, etc.. Therefore, process engineering or re-engineering, i.e.creating or refining processes, will be the outcome of your strategic plan.

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Mar
2014
Resources for Organizational Growth | Extraordinary Business
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Resources for Organizational Growth | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Most business owners realize, as Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is in overalls and looks like work.” He goes on to say, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” What is not said, but might be implied, is that it often takes more energy, more resources…

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Mar
2014
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Operations and IT–Enabler or Obstacle? | Extraordinary Business
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Operations and IT–Enabler or Obstacle? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How IT can benefit or harm business operations. Question for you: would you enter an automobile race where everyone is driving Corvettes and Mustangs and Chargers and you are driving a Pinto? If you are an athlete, would you wear smooth bottom shoes or high heeled shoes when everyone else is wearing cleats? If you golf, would you use a putter where everyone else is…

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Feb
2014
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Operations Management: Too Complicated? Not Important? Think Again. | Extraordinary Business
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Operations Management: Too Complicated? Not Important? Think Again. | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

The essential role of operations management in small business As a small business owner, you recognize that there about a million things that you have to do every day, from the things that you have to do, the things that you would like to do and the fires that seem to present themselves at the most inopportune moment. It seems like managing one more thing…

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Feb
2014
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Getting There| Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Taking an Operations Management approach to build your company and avoid substandard performance. It is amazing watching the athletes perform in the 2014 winter Olympics. These amazing athletes from all over the world do things that most people could never do. You may think, in the back of your mind, that these people must put in a great deal of training in order to develop…

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Feb
2014
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When Strategy Fails | Extraordinary Business
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When Strategy Fails | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

As a strategist – one who focuses on finding ways to out maneuver the competition – my conversations rarely touch on failure. If you read other strategists, most never talk about failure in strategy because the whole point of strategy is to avoid failure. But the reality is that it can happen, and certain decisions have to be made before proceeding. Here’s the thing about…

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Jan
2014
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You Can’t Fix Stupid | Extraordinary Business
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You Can’t Fix Stupid | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How addressing one part of your company’s operations may not be effective I think that one of the scariest things that can happen in business is suddenly being slammed with new customers and not being able to fulfill their needs, costing the company much more money than as planned in order to struggle just to keep up. While you, as a business leader, struggle to…

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Jan
2014
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Keeping Old Customers in the New Year | Extraordinary Business
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Keeping Old Customers in the New Year | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

5 simple strategies you can use to keep your old customers The best customer you can get is the customer you already have. While many businesses focus on adding new customers, an important key to success is focusing on keeping customers you already have. Accenture’s 2013 study on customer behavior showed that 81 percent of customers who switched companies say the company could have done…

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Jan
2014
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The Most Dangerous Strategy | Extraordinary Business
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The Most Dangerous Strategy | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

5 key steps to include when developing your Company’s strategic plan Imagine that you are about 16 years old, meeting with your guidance counselor and discussing the future with them. They may have given you an aptitude test, reviewed your grades and classes and perhaps pointed you to some colleges. Based on what you knew, you might have written down a plan – finish High…

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Jan
2014
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Accomplishing Your 2014 Goals | Extraordinary Business
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Accomplishing Your 2014 Goals | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How using tactics from project managers can help you successfully accomplish your 2014 goals I speak with a lot of business owners about setting goals and determining how to get their businesses to the next level, whatever that next level might look like. Most of the time, especially this time of year, we as business leaders will look over what we accomplished (or didn’t accomplish!)…

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Jan
2014
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Hit the Ground…Running! Extraordinary Business
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Hit the Ground…Running! Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Planning, visioneering, ideating, SWOT analysis, business performance overview…great stuff, but where’ the activity? Have you ever gone through the process of doing some extensive work on how you will grow your business, then found that six months later, not much has changed? Have you ever found that despite doing the work, you still tend to veer off in other directions, constantly in the state of…

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Jan
2014
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Out with the Old…Building for the Extraordinary
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Out with the Old…Building for the Extraordinary

by Rick Meekins

How planning for your company based on the Four Percenter’s Framework can help you build an extraordinary business. The end of the year is always an interesting time for many people. While some might feel that it is just another day, perhaps others feel that it is another opportunity for a party, there are those who, perhaps look at it as a mile marker. As…

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Dec
2013
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Capitalizing on Small Business Investments | Extraordinary Business
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Capitalizing on Small Business Investments | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Generating reasonable returns when investing in your company When investigating where to put money into your company, where is the best place or are the best places to do so? What is the priority? Are there investments that will pay off quickly that can be used to make other investments? What are the risks that need to be considered? Your goal, as a business owner,…

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Dec
2013
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