About: Rick Meekins
- Rick Meekins is the Managing Partner at Aepiphanni, a Business Consultancy, an Atlanta, GA based small business consultancy that provides Management Consulting, Implementation and Managed Services to business leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to improve or expand operations.
Posts by Rick Meekins:
How your entrepreneur mindset will guide you to adapt to marketplace changes and stand out during tough times
When you started your company, you probably saw a problem that needed to be solved and felt like you were the one to solve it. Whether it was building a better mousetrap or simply identifying time and opportunity, like every entrepreneur, you had every belief that you would go into business to succeed.
Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Perhaps that is what gave you the courage to step off of what was safe and normal and take the plunge to pursue building your company.
Aepiphanni Business Consulting’s latest “Of the Cuff” Podcast will be an excellent resource for answers and perspectives on the most interesting questions business owners are asking answered by seasoned entrepreneurs.
With the mission of educating, equipping, and inspiring business leaders, through our episodes we will be meeting business owners and entrepreneurs where they are and talk about challenges and opportunities.
On this first episode, Rick Meekins, Aepiphanni’s Managing Partner and Ingrid Ahumada, Aepiphanni’s Business Consultant, open this savvy conversation about the world of business and entrepreneurship.
Being a trusted leader during uncertainty
Being a leader of an organization is truly a difficult task. At the same time, for me, it has been one of the most rewarding opportunities I have had in my life. Becoming a leader has caused me to stretch and grow in ways that I’d never imagined. I have led teams and won… I have led teams and lost. But no matter what, I have always been committed to learning and being a better leader.
Transforming your team to digital environments: necessity or optional?
While it is no new news for anyone in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that business is being done – for better or for worse. Both sides of the coin are being discussed by business owners around the globe – how for some businesses, the virtual environment has enabled their businesses, while for others, it has hurt them drastically.
Months before the pandemic, the virtual environment was described as a particular work style, perhaps even frowned upon in some circles. Some people who were used to a live working environment felt that they could not be as effective in the virtual environment. The eye-to-eye and handshake connection were critical to some business relationships.
Your Customized Service as a Product – The Secret to Earning Customer Loyalty
Normally when you think about a product versus a service, you think about 2 different things:
- A service is something that you get that provides you with immediate, but not lasting value. It is intangible, meaning that you cannot pick it up and touch it or view it.
- A product is something that generally has durable value – or is something you will enjoy for a while. It is also something that is tangible.
For example, when you get your hair cut, you’ll look fantastic for about a day. After that, you’ve got to start maintaining it, so the immediate value you got from the haircut is not durable. On the other hand, if you purchase a mobile phone, the value you get out of it will remain as long as you use the phone.
Okay…so the goal for 2020 is to grow your business like crazy. You’ve got the plan, the fancy spreadsheet, the team is motivated, the assignments are made, and you are ready to fly.
But wait…didn’t you do that last year? And the year before?
What will make this year different?
4 reasons business process management is critical to your company’s “leveling up.”
So, he got a new client. This one is a BIG one. He gets his team scrambling to get paperwork, initiate billing, schedule meetings and God knows what else as he thinks only about how to keep the client now that he’s finally hooked them! He feels that it is up to only him to make it happen as quickly as possible!
If I had a dime for every time…
As an entrepreneur, you’ve probably had a good idea or two. Or, perhaps, you have new ideas just about every day.
How many of those ideas actually hit prime time? How many of those ideas actually achieve the goals that you have set for it? Why or why not?