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The Value of Change Management | Extraordinary Business

The Value of Change Management

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Change is inevitable. It’s going to happen. Managing change enables businesses to transform profits by transforming the mindset of business owners and employees from that of victimization to one of empowerment. Quite simply, managing the change that happens to a business is the simplest strategic step to take. Change can be “managed” by being strategic, deciding what changes to make and how to make them within the existing organizational structure. What is special about taking a proactive, empowered approach to managing change is that change is done successfully. A successful change can be defined by the value it creates for the organization. Change management creates value by “addressing the people side of change” as businesses adjust to new organizational norms created by making decisions (Creasy, 2017).
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The Loss of Moss | Extraordinary Business

Keep Moving Forward

It’s interesting how life changes; it seems that there are so many times when there were things that were thought to be “in balance” that suddenly get “out of whack.”  There are those things that were taken for granted as always being available that suddenly are gone or inaccessible.

When these things happen, we typically only have two options: get stuck or move on.

Chances are, if you let yourself get stuck, you are creating or continuing a mindset that will never allow you to move beyond mediocrity.  You’ll get sad and depressed, probably start blaming yourself and/or other people and generally make the people around you miserable.

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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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A House Divided | Extraordinary Business

Have you ever worked for an employer or known other business owners who acted as though they were the expert on everything that happened in the business?  Do you remember or notice how the employees felt: that they were expendable, that they didn’t count, and they really didn’t care about the job – it was just a job?  They did not share the same vision, passion and beliefs that the owner had in the business and thus, there was a house divided.
Throughout history, we are reminded that a house, divided, cannot stand, meaning that a house that does not share a unified mission and vision cannot be successful.  Many companies are destroyed from the inside out, with members amongst the ranks deciding that they want things to be different so much so that they strike or they quit and start their own competing companies or they find ways to sabotage the company.
As a leader, you are solely responsible for:

  1. Empowering your employees to make or participate in the discussions and decisions in which they have expertise and experience
  2. Harnessing their strengths so that they can bring as much as they can of who they are to help drive the business
  3. Showing them how they fit in the company mission and will help drive towards the vision
  4. Keeping them involved through a communication strategy, wherein you provide regular updates of what is going on in the company
  5. Valuing their ideas – have an innovation process for submitting, evaluating and implementing new ways of doing things in the company

If you can demonstrate to your employees how they are a valuable part of the growing organization, that they are truly stakeholders and that they are not expendable, you’ll find that they will be the bricks and mortar that keep your organization growing and moving forward.
Be extraordinary.  Don’t run a divided house.  Build an extraordinary one.
Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or 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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A House Divided | Extraordinary Business

Have you ever worked for an employer or known other business owners who acted as though they were the expert on everything that happened in the business?  Do you remember or notice how the employees felt: that they were expendable, that they didn’t count, and they really didn’t care about the job – it was just a job?  They did not share the same vision, passion and beliefs that the owner had in the business and thus, there was a house divided.

Throughout history, we are reminded that a house, divided, cannot stand, meaning that a house that does not share a unified mission and vision cannot be successful.  Many companies are destroyed from the inside out, with members amongst the ranks deciding that they want things to be different so much so that they strike or they quit and start their own competing companies or they find ways to sabotage the company.

As a leader, you are solely responsible for:

  1. Empowering your employees to make or participate in the discussions and decisions in which they have expertise and experience
  2. Harnessing their strengths so that they can bring as much as they can of who they are to help drive the business
  3. Showing them how they fit in the company mission and will help drive towards the vision
  4. Keeping them involved through a communication strategy, wherein you provide regular updates of what is going on in the company
  5. Valuing their ideas – have an innovation process for submitting, evaluating and implementing new ways of doing things in the company

If you can demonstrate to your employees how they are a valuable part of the growing organization, that they are truly stakeholders and that they are not expendable, you’ll find that they will be the bricks and mortar that keep your organization growing and moving forward.

Be extraordinary.  Don’t run a divided house.  Build an extraordinary one.

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or 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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Be Extraordinary…Mind Your Seeds

Starting and growing a business is a lot like growing crops on a farm.  You will get what you plant, assuming you take care of it and have the resources in place for when it is “harvest time,” or when the fruits of your labor present themselves.

The challenge that many business owners have is going through the process.  Impatience and lack of focus has caused many a business whither and die.

Here are a few thoughts:

  1. Examine, understand and prepare your field.  Your field represents the environment – your industry and your marketplace.  Having a good understanding of where and how you need to start your business is key to growth.  While there are opportunities in every field, every market will not be fertile for your particular opportunity.
  2. When starting your business, keep in mind that it is like planting a garden.  While you can just “scatter seeds,” having a plan for starting your business will ensure that your resources (seeds) are most effectively “planted.”  Seeds represent your products and services.
  3. If you plant more than one type of seed or offer more than one type of service, make sure that you have the ability to nurture the seed while it grows.  Every product or service you offer requires some type of investment, be it time or money.  Value each one.  Otherwise, you could end up loosing more than you have invest.
  4. Be patient.  Nurture and grow your seeds.  Have an understanding of how long it will take to grow any segment of your business.  If your business cannot sustain you from the onset, which is normally the case, ensure that you have enough resources to sustain yourself in the mean time.  That might mean working for or with someone else (not the main thing) so that you have reliable income from the main thing.
  5. Don’t mix seeds.  If your nine-to-five is to sell widgets, sell widgets during that time.  If your night job is to make zups, make zups.  If you make zups while selling widgets, then sell widgets while make zups, you’ll probably end up doing both jobs poorly and making a big mess of things.  Keep your seeds pure.

Keeping these steps in mind should get you off to a good start.  Areas where I see business owners missing the most is in keeping the main thing the main thing, and patiently nurturing it until it is ready to harvest.  This has resulted, more often than not, in lackluster businesses, burnt out business owners and more saturation of sub-par product in the marketplace.

Be extraordinary.  Mind your seeds.

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or 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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Value Added: Did You Get What You Came For?

Can you define, specifically, what value your activities bring to yourself and to others?  Can you answer the question of why you do certain things, who it will benefit and what you expect the results to be?  Are you conscious enough to walk away from a time investment or project that detracts from the value you bring?

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It Was Just a…Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

I have two very sharp teenagers at home who tend to, shall we say, do the things that teenagers do. Of course, since they are boys, I get stuck having to “manage their behaviors,” which must be done. As a consultant, my goal is a) to get to the root of the problem, b) figure out what we could do differently and c) correct the problem while keeping the relationship in tact.

My teenagers, of course, have an agenda of their own, which pretty much goes a) No matter what, take no responsibility, b) find some way to blame dad for whatever the infraction is and, if all else fails, diverge, meaning, find a way to shift the topic away from the main point to something off topic that really keeps any sort of progress from being made.

I think that, sometimes, in business, we do the same thing: there are those important things that we need to do for our business that we tend to avoid, like business development, marketing, advertising, updating the accounting and the like, and focusing on the things that are right in front of us. I always refer to those things as, “the new shiny” – referring to the way a little child will instantly be in love with the shiny thing you will give them – until someone else gives them something else that is new and shiny.

The New ShinyWhat happens, though, when you avoid those things that you know are important to your business? Well, the same thing that would happen if you didn’t keep up with the maintenance on your vehicle or bicycle or even yourself: it would break down.

What does this have to do with keeping the main thing the main thing? Well, like my boys, when running a business, we can get off track performing activities that are outside of our core responsibilities (or what needs to be our core responsibilities!), which, for most business owners, is keeping the business moving toward the company vision, or where the business is headed.

Aepiphanni, for instance, has a vision of providing a suite of products and services for small businesses that will help to create strong, stable, lasting organizations. Therefore, I put all of my energy into keeping the organization moving in that direction. Anything that gets in the way of that, or slows the progress, has to be removed.

Do I get off track? Yes! absolutely! but I know what the main thing is, so that I KNOW WHEN I AM OFF TRACK, and can get myself back on target.clip_image001

Is it easy to stay on track? No! There are lots of “new shinies” that come across my desk and email every day. Can you say Twitter? Facebook? LinkedIn? Skype? You can’t get much newer or shinier than those.

How do I avoid this and try to stay on track? EAT THAT FROG!!

Take a look at the 1:28 video from Simpletruths.com.

Remember: keep the main thing the main thing. It is vital to the success of your business.

At Aepiphanni Business Solutions, we are a Small Business Strategy Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small business owners. We specialize in helping business leaders and executives organize, plan and develop strategies for their organizations. We are committed to our clients’ 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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Shhhhh…Listen!

I met with a woman the other day, named Cynthia Currence.  She happens to be the President Elect of the Georgia Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants, and a really, really great person.

During this rather brief meeting, where we talked about our perspective businesses and how we could work together, she made it really clear for me that sometimes we are so busy categorizing everything, and putting them into nice, neat little boxes that we don’t take the time to listen.  The funny thing is that it was me that was doing the categorizing and not listening!!

shhhh...listenCynthia mentioned to me that she helps business owners listen, whether listening to their employees, their customers, their vendors or other businesses. What I heard, however, when I reflected back to her, my take was that she is a communications expert.  I did not emphasize the listening part, which was what was important to her…I classified her into the group of people who help two groups of people simply talk to each other.

The funny thing about that is this is the fundamental problem: as a knowledge-based workforce, we are learning to express ourselves rather effectively.  The other part of the equation we are missing is the active listening component – going beyond hearing and reflecting, but rather completely putting away our pre-conceived ideas and backgrounds to open ourselves up to whatever information is being shared with us.

This means that we don’t listen and think of something intelligent to say while the other person is speaking, but rather, seeking to understand that other person.  This was one of those thoughts or statements that makes ones ego vie for attention while scrambling for something intelligent to say.  Yet, this is what we do, day in and day out.  We spend so much time thinking that we forget to listen.

Think about this…how many businesses do you know of that have a turnover rate of >100% per year?  What about organizations that have very few repeat customers?  What about Non Porfits that can’t get their board and their director on the same sheet of music?  What about committees that cannot seem to “get it right” to move anything of any substance forward.

Now the question is: How can listening help your business?

For more information on how Cynthia might help your organization, please visit her at http://www.currenceassociates.com.

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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