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Throw Your Hat in the Ring | Extraordinary Business

boxerPart of building an extraordinary business is setting and committing to goals.  Businesses don’t grow just by inertia – creeping along and suddenly becoming an overnight success.

A friend of mine, Doug Grady, recently published an article the other day called, “Throw your hat in in the Ring!” which I thought was a great piece on committing to goals.  It is part of a book he is writing called, “The Ripple Effect.”  In the article, he talked about the difference between having a great idea and actually committing to it.  He likened it to the early days of boxing, wherein if one wanted to get into the ring to challenge another boxer, he would take off his hat and throw it into the ring, thus signifying his commitment to the challenge.

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Don’t Just Stand There! Open the Door! | Extraordinary Business

I was working with a client, over the weekend, at his office in Downtown Atlanta.  He mentioned to me, when we were walking in, that he had gotten a ticket parking in the same location that I did.  However, there was a 2 hr parking sign there, so I felt like I was safe.

As I was returning to the car, after the meeting, I noticed a Parking Nanny  (patrol officer assigned to writing parking tickets) standing at the corner of my street with two other guys.  They were talking about writing parking tickets and were debating on whether or not to have my truck towed.  As they continued their conversation, I walked down to the truck, got in and drove off.  As I drove by them, I saw them staring at me with their eyes bugged and their jaws on the floor.  They had missed an opportunity.

This is what happens with many business leaders and super villains.  They spend so much time evaluating and discussing their opportunity that them miss out altogether.  This is why it is so important to have a plan in place to evaluate and take advantage of opportunities, quickly.  This is why you’ve got to be of the mindset that you are always looking for opportunities.

For example:

  • Business mission and vision statements – How will this opportunity effect my company beliefs?
  • Job Descriptions – I’ve met someone who I think might be a good employee – I just don’t know what I am looking for or how to leverage their capabilities
  • Business modeling – We need to get more space and more vehicles.  Based on our current P&L;, how much can we afford?
  • Idea Champions – We have great ideas – but they just remain ideas.

All of these are typical scenarios and responses are tools that you, as a business leader, need to use in order to take advantage of some opportunities.  Of course, this is the short list.  Yours will be a bit longer, and practical for your line of business.

When opportunity knocks, be ready to be extraordinary.  Don’t just stand there.  Open the door!

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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Don’t Just Stand There! Open the Door! | Extraordinary Business

I was working with a client, over the weekend, at his office in Downtown Atlanta.  He mentioned to me, when we were walking in, that he had gotten a ticket parking in the same location that I did.  However, there was a 2 hr parking sign there, so I felt like I was safe.

As I was returning to the car, after the meeting, I noticed a Parking Nanny  (patrol officer assigned to writing parking tickets) standing at the corner of my street with two other guys.  They were talking about writing parking tickets and were debating on whether or not to have my truck towed.  As they continued their conversation, I walked down to the truck, got in and drove off.  As I drove by them, I saw them staring at me with their eyes bugged and their jaws on the floor.  They had missed an opportunity.

This is what happens with many business leaders and super villains.  They spend so much time evaluating and discussing their opportunity that them miss out altogether.  This is why it is so important to have a plan in place to evaluate and take advantage of opportunities, quickly.  This is why you’ve got to be of the mindset that you are always looking for opportunities.

For example:

  • Business mission and vision statements – How will this opportunity effect my company beliefs?
  • Job Descriptions – I’ve met someone who I think might be a good employee – I just don’t know what I am looking for or how to leverage their capabilities
  • Business modeling – We need to get more space and more vehicles.  Based on our current P&L;, how much can we afford?
  • Idea Champions – We have great ideas – but they just remain ideas.

All of these are typical scenarios and responses are tools that you, as a business leader, need to use in order to take advantage of some opportunities.  Of course, this is the short list.  Yours will be a bit longer, and practical for your line of business.

When opportunity knocks, be ready to be extraordinary.  Don’t just stand there.  Open the door!

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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Asleep at the Wheel | Extraordinary Business

Have you ever walked into an establishment and felt like you were interrupting the employees from doing…nothing.  The place might be clean, even sterile, the lights adequate, but not quite bright, and the customers in the place quiet, too quiet.

You can’t help but excuse the place, “Well, I am here just to pick up a widget or two,” knowing that if there was another place you could get it, you would be there in a heartbeat.  Nonetheless, out of curiosity, you begin looking for the management, and you see a slightly disheveled individual, who appears dead on his feet, and moves with all of the intensity of watching paint dry.

Asleep at the wheel.  Nobody is steering the ship.  This phenomenon is a JOB phenomenon.  It is what happens in a business when their is no enthusiasm for what is going on.  There is no vision, nothing to hope for.  Nothing that makes anyone in the place jump out of the bed Monday morning and say, “Gee, I can’t WAIT to get to work!”

How about your organization: are you and your team asleep at the wheel?  What are your stakeholders thinking about your business, your products or your services?  Are you one of those that thinks that you are so good that you don’t have to run a decent business?  Are you so focused on the bottom line that you take the commitment out of the business?

To stand out in the marketplace, to build an extraordinary business, you’ve got to put the time and energy into creating a committed culture in your organization.  Characteristics (and benefits!) of committed cultures include:

  1. A commitment to quality and consistency
  2. Pride in the workplace
  3. Shared commitment to the organization’s success
  4. Shared vision
  5. A unified mission, meaning one that all employees can embrace
  6. Clear and open communication
  7. Free-flowing ideas and growth
  8. Passion for (internal and external) customers
  9. Low turnover
  10. High attraction rates for high quality talent
  11. Trust and openness
  12. Growth

While this is not an overnight change, it is one wherein the benefits far outweigh the costs.  Looking back at organizations that have done exceptionally well, you’ll see leaders that were committed to their employees, their growth and interests, and employees who were committed to growing the organization.  You’ll see teams that are awake at the wheel.

Be committed to your employees.  Grow and extraordinary business.  Be awake at the wheel.

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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Asleep at the Wheel | Extraordinary Business

Have you ever walked into an establishment and felt like you were interrupting the employees from doing…nothing.  The place might be clean, even sterile, the lights adequate, but not quite bright, and the customers in the place quiet, too quiet.
You can’t help but excuse the place, “Well, I am here just to pick up a widget or two,” knowing that if there was another place you could get it, you would be there in a heartbeat.  Nonetheless, out of curiosity, you begin looking for the management, and you see a slightly disheveled individual, who appears dead on his feet, and moves with all of the intensity of watching paint dry.
Asleep at the wheel.  Nobody is steering the ship.  This phenomenon is a JOB phenomenon.  It is what happens in a business when their is no enthusiasm for what is going on.  There is no vision, nothing to hope for.  Nothing that makes anyone in the place jump out of the bed Monday morning and say, “Gee, I can’t WAIT to get to work!”
How about your organization: are you and your team asleep at the wheel?  What are your stakeholders thinking about your business, your products or your services?  Are you one of those that thinks that you are so good that you don’t have to run a decent business?  Are you so focused on the bottom line that you take the commitment out of the business?
To stand out in the marketplace, to build an extraordinary business, you’ve got to put the time and energy into creating a committed culture in your organization.  Characteristics (and benefits!) of committed cultures include:

  1. A commitment to quality and consistency
  2. Pride in the workplace
  3. Shared commitment to the organization’s success
  4. Shared vision
  5. A unified mission, meaning one that all employees can embrace
  6. Clear and open communication
  7. Free-flowing ideas and growth
  8. Passion for (internal and external) customers
  9. Low turnover
  10. High attraction rates for high quality talent
  11. Trust and openness
  12. Growth

While this is not an overnight change, it is one wherein the benefits far outweigh the costs.  Looking back at organizations that have done exceptionally well, you’ll see leaders that were committed to their employees, their growth and interests, and employees who were committed to growing the organization.  You’ll see teams that are awake at the wheel.
Be committed to your employees.  Grow and extraordinary business.  Be awake at the wheel.
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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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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Business Strategy: Innovation Process | Extraordinary Leadership

Part of every business’s strategy should be innovation, or the creation, management, evaluation and implementation of ideas.  As a business leader, consider how many ideas you have and how many more ideas you are presented with over the course of a week.  Then consider, how many you don’t get, meaning those that your stakeholders might have, but don’t give you for whatever reason.

The reason you would want to create a process for ideas and innovation is that without effort, ideas are just ideas.  Even if you consider yourself an innovative company, not having a process makes the innovation process very inefficient.
Something that might have normally taken a few weeks or a few months to develop might end up taking a few years.

The process is relatively easy.  Like any process, you would want to start with the vision, and work backwards.  Consider inclusion of the following as part of your evaluation and process development:

  • What is the idea?
  • Who will manage the idea?
  • Who will manage the process?
  • Does it fit into company beliefs?
  • Is it feasible?
  • How does it fit into our current offerings or the way we do things?
  • What are the risks?
  • What resources will be required?
  • When would we like to have it done?
  • How will we know if we have been successful?
  • What will the outcomes be?

Getting the process down on paper will help the process move along, and help your business to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the marketplace.  As with any process, realize that the process should be reviewed, periodically, to see where it can be improved.  Continuous improvement is a mark of an extraordinary business.

Be extraordinary.

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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Business Strategy: Innovation Process | Extraordinary Leadership

Part of every business’s strategy should be innovation, or the creation, management, evaluation and implementation of ideas.  As a business leader, consider how many ideas you have and how many more ideas you are presented with over the course of a week.  Then consider, how many you don’t get, meaning those that your stakeholders might have, but don’t give you for whatever reason.
The reason you would want to create a process for ideas and innovation is that without effort, ideas are just ideas.  Even if you consider yourself an innovative company, not having a process makes the innovation process very inefficient.
Something that might have normally taken a few weeks or a few months to develop might end up taking a few years.
The process is relatively easy.  Like any process, you would want to start with the vision, and work backwards.  Consider inclusion of the following as part of your evaluation and process development:

  • What is the idea?
  • Who will manage the idea?
  • Who will manage the process?
  • Does it fit into company beliefs?
  • Is it feasible?
  • How does it fit into our current offerings or the way we do things?
  • What are the risks?
  • What resources will be required?
  • When would we like to have it done?
  • How will we know if we have been successful?
  • What will the outcomes be?

Getting the process down on paper will help the process move along, and help your business to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the marketplace.  As with any process, realize that the process should be reviewed, periodically, to see where it can be improved.  Continuous improvement is a mark of an extraordinary business.
Be extraordinary.
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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