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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
in Management

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
in Operations Management

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
in Business Growth, Planning

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
in Business Growth

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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Running on Remote | Extraordinary Business
in Operations Management, Team Building

Running on Remote | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Be an Effective Leader of Your Remote Fleet The adoption of the internet has created a drastic change in the way we do business around the world. Now, we can reach out to people around the planet and have face-to-face conversation with them as easily as we could with a friend living right down the street. This has given rise to virtual teams – teams…

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Nov
2013
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9 Things Leaders Need to Know for Effective Decision-Making | Extraordinary Business
in Management, Management and Leadership, Risk

9 Things Leaders Need to Know for Effective Decision-Making | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How to maximize the effectiveness of decisions in a minimal amount of time. As business leaders, we are required to make decisions all day, every day. For smaller companies, that may look like ongoing idea generation and decision-making might focus on whether or not to execute and how to do it. In a larger business, attention might be focused on customers, employees, vendors and other…

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Oct
2013
The Tragedy of Busyness | Extraordinary Business
in Management, Operations Management

The Tragedy of Busyness | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Ensuring that the activities that are occurring in your business are actually moving you toward a goal. When I speak with business owners, I usually hear about how they are extremely busy, but they aren’t experiencing the levels of revenue that they think are appropriate, or they are interested in rapid growth. Their businesses might be moving a lot of product or they may going…

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Oct
2013
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Just Bring It!! | Extraordinary Business
in Operations Management

Just Bring It!! | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How BYOD Changes Your Small Business IT Environment Bring your own device allowance into work places has shot up from 72 percent in 2011 to 95 percent in 2012, according to Spring Technology. When you switch from a completely employer controlled device policy to a BYOD policy, your overall small business IT environment changes. You have a great deal of flexibility, but the security challenges…

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Oct
2013
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Doing Well? How do you Know? | Extraordinary Business
in Management

Doing Well? How do you Know? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

With the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. “Obamacare” rolling out, business owners and politicians across the country are faced with the question: “How will this affect my business? How much will it cost me?” Realizing that the act will require change, either from compliance or non-compliance, what has to happen in order for you to make a good decision – even to criticize or support it…

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Oct
2013
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Ted Cruz’s Marathon Speech–Strategic Thinking | Extraordinary Business
in Strategy

Ted Cruz’s Marathon Speech–Strategic Thinking | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Learn how Senator Ted Cruz leveraged his gifts to gain a strategic foothold and how to apply it to running your company. From watching clips of Ted Cruz’s all night speech, it is clear that Senator Cruz is a committed individual and an incredible speaker. What’s more is that he used his gift as a speaker to pursue a vision that he has. He did…

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Sep
2013
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The Customer, Your Business & Strategic Planning | Extraordinary Business
in Strategy, Voice of the Customer

The Customer, Your Business & Strategic Planning | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Listening to the Voice of the Customer is a vital part of strategic planning The voice of the customer is an essential part of your company’s strategy. Whether looking at expanding into other markets, enhancing or broadening your offerings, or restructuring the business for greater efficiency, without listening, deliberately and regularly to the voice of the customer, and taking their feedback into consideration, you will…

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Sep
2013
What Ails You? | Extraordinary Business
in Strategy

What Ails You? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

You know what needs to be done. You know it is keeping you up at night? What is keeping you from taking the next step? A conversation I have had with numerous business owners centers around their interest in getting their companies beyond their present existence, how they don’t have this or that or some other thing  and that they are working far too many…

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Sep
2013
What You Don’t Know About Strategy | Extraordinary Business
in Strategy

What You Don’t Know About Strategy | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How ignoring creating a thorough strategic plan could sideline your business As a consultant and business blogger, I see the term “strategy” and “strategic planning” getting thrown around like rice at a wedding. Thankfully, there are many competent consultants that can speak to strategy and strategic planning and deliver on services extremely well. My fear, however, is that there are many business owners that think…

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Sep
2013
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Strategic Positioning–Taking the Long View | Extraordinary Business
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Strategic Positioning–Taking the Long View | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

When considering a strategy for a company, one of the things that every leader must understand is the difference between short-term and long-term thinking. Short term thinking or a short-term vision is based on the way things are right now, and may be the best decision or type of decision for the moment. In the analogy of the farmer, that would be equivalent to seeing that you have a bad crop and not taking it to market.

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Sep
2013
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