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Changing From a Manager to a Leader | Extraordinary Business

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Organizational change first begins with a change in mindset of the organization’s decision makers. The primary decision makers are often referred to as either managers or leaders; however, each of those labels mean something very different. Mangers focus on directing, constructing, and following the processes, systems, and people of a company. A leader is more concerned about why things are happening and where things can be improved so that the whole company realizes the benefits of a change. In short, managers are more “in the moment;” leaders tend to look at the big picture and how it can successfully shift to keep the company prosperous.
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Cash Flow Management Strategies that Actually Work

Every business owner needs to monitor his company’s cash flow very closely. In large organizations, this task is usually delegated to the CFO. Even if there is an entire department handling a company’s cash resources, it is essential for the CEO to remain directly involved in this activity.
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How Multi-Location Business Owners Can Overcome Challenges | Extraordinary Business

Having your own shop has its difficulties. Having two creates challenges. The expansion from one location to two sets a foundation for the growth of your business for years to come. There are certain trials that a multi-location business owner needs to overcome in order to have the company as a whole thrive in its industry.

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Sweet Spot | Extraordinary Business

In baseball, the “sweet spot” is typically the spot on a baseball bat where a hitter will get a powerful, clean hit.  When hitting a ball with the bat, hitting it outside of the sweet spot will typically make the ball go up or down, and the bat twist.  The result is that the full force of the swing isn’t transferred to the ball.The Sweet Spot

When hitting the ball on the bat’s sweet spot, however, the bat doesn’t twist, and the full force of the swing is transferred to the ball, yielding a nice, clean hit.

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So…You are CEO…What Now?

I’ve worked with a number of entrepreneurs who tend to call themselves CEO, or Chief Executive Officer, which, in all respects, is fine.  It’s no different then being a solopreneur, (an entrepreneur who runs a single person shop) and referring to ‘we’ whenever goods and services are questioned.

While many small business owners embrace this idea, a common thread I’ve seen amongst business owners is determining where and how to fit into the organization.  Some wish to do everything.  Others wish to hire a manager and take long, exotic vacations on company funds.  Others, still, sort of bounce…around…inconsistently…consistently getting in everyone’s way.clip_image002

The job of the CEO or whatever the business owner is calling themselves, is to drive the vision for the organization.  This assumes, of course, that the business has a vision.  What this means is that:

  • You probably cannot take a job in the business that is going to take you away from driving the vision.
  • You need to evaluate what you do each day to determine what types of things you need to get off your plate so you can drive the vision
  • Being the CEO doesn’t mean you need to put your thumb on everyone’s neck.  You will get far more from them by sharing the vision, leveraging their input and allowing them to focus their energies on their strengths
  • Being CEO doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be present.  Driving the vision cannot be done without presence.  This means that you need to connect with your people – virtually or actually, on a regular basis.
  • Being CEO doesn’t mean that in the earlier phases of your business, you “just don’t do stuff.”  But it does mean being cognizant of where the holes are and making plans to address them before they become problems!

As CEO of the organization, your organization is dependant on you for leadership, direction and presence.  Business is about people, and good business is about bringing people together, with specific gifts, talents and abilities, synergizing and focusing those energies on a single vision, which will make all parties better off.

Business, at its core, is about people. 

At Aepiphanni Business Solutions, we are a Small Business Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small business owners. We specialize in helping you develop strategies for your organization, and are committed to your success. If you have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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It's All in the Details

Do you realize that something as small as a spelling mistake, a stain, inconsistencies and a number of other details remove you from the arena of “excellence” to that of mediocracy?  For some, it seems like this terrible little curse, of sorts, is something that “just happens…” over and over again.

If you are someone who is chronically missing some of the details – here are a few things you can do:clip_image002

  1. Acknowledge it to yourself.
  2. Look for the patterns – where are you missing, consistently
  3. Try to identify the “why’s” – why are you missing the mark.
  4. Do not excuse yourself.
  5. Start with a goal.  For example, “I will be 15 minutes early for all of my meetings”
  6. If your area of concern is in writing, schedule yourself time to go back and review what you’ve written, or, better yet, get someone else to review it
  7. If your area is in presenting, practice your presentation
  8. If your presentation, itself, is an area of concern – your clothing, your hair, nails, makeup, etc., ask for advice – not just from your friends and family, but from peers and colleagues who will give you and honest opinion.

“You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression” is more than cliche, it is truth.  As a professional and or business owner, that impression you make can make the difference between success and failure.  It’s all in the details.

At Aepiphanni Business Solutions, we are a Small Business Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small business owners. We specialize in helping you develop strategies for your organization, and are committed to your success. If you have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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Hurricane Gustav: A Lesson in Process Improvement

As with many, I decided that I wanted to stay abreast of everything that was going on with Hurricane Gustav, the massive Hurricane that hit the gulf coast yesterday, 8/1/08. My heart truly went out and goes out to the people in LA that have been displaced by the hurricane. Thankfully, many if not most people will be able to return to their homes and businesses with minimal cleanup.

What impressed me the most, however, was the movement of 2 million people out of harms way in what seemed to be an orderly manner. Now, this wasn’t just a local parish event, or even a city event; this was a coordinated event involving city, state and federal agencies. When contrasting this to Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, even a casual viewer would notice the huge differences. The process has improved.

This process improvement, however, was no accident. Coordination between the different entities didn’t just happen. Ensuring that the travelers had some place to stay when they reached whatever destination was not some casual happenstance. It was all planned and review and reviewed. Models were created, processes were developed, other scenarios were integrated into the modeling and contingencies were created. This was a carefully orchestrated operation that could probably be adjusted and dropped anywhere in the country.

In your business, creating processes and improving on those processes is key to your ongoing growth and success. While hurricanes are events that you cannot predict, precisely, there are always indicators that suggest that a particular event is approaching. The most important thing you can do, as a business owner, is have some understanding of what could happen, and have some process for dealing with this.

We all have our hurricanes of life and in business. Your reaction could be like that of Hurricane Katrina or like that of Hurricane Gustav; it’s up to you. Yes, there are people who say, “I don’t need any process,” as there were people that said, “I don’t need to leave for a hurricane.” In both cases, there are those who lived through their Katrina’s to tell about it, but there are many more who embrace greater satisfaction and less scarring because they developed their processes ahead of time.

At Aepiphanni Business Solutions, we are dedicated to serving the needs of small business owners. We specialize in helping you develop strategies for your organization, and are committed to your success. If you have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].

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