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Hate Meetings? A Business Operating System Can Help

Posted by John Boudreau on May 1, 2018 1:12:13 PM

In my blog post, “Seven Signs You Need A Business Operating System”, I called out the seven problems that can be solved using a business operating system.

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Topics: small business meetings, business operating system

How A Business Operating System Can Help Drive Accountability & Results

Posted by John Boudreau on Apr 19, 2018 10:21:39 AM

In my blog post, “Seven Signs You Need A Business Operating System”, I called out the seven problems that can be solved using a business operating system.

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Topics: Accountability, employee expectations, business operating system

Employee Problems? Try Using A Business Operating System

Posted by John Boudreau on Apr 13, 2018 9:45:37 AM

In my blog post, “Seven Signs You Need A Business Operating System”, I called out the seven signs that indicate you need a business operating system.

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Topics: employee engagement, business operating system

Do You Have A Business Operating System For Sales?

Posted by John Boudreau on Apr 8, 2018 7:05:26 PM

 

 

In my blog post, “Seven Signs You Need A Business Operating System”, I called out the seven signs that indicate you need a business operating system.

What is a business operating system? I love investor and well know entrepreneur, Brad Feld’s definition.

“A business OS is how we consistently and clearly communicate, hire, make decisions, etc. that help us do more faster.”

I like to think of a BOS as something that helps to drive three things in your business:

  • Clarty
  • Alignment
  • Execution
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Topics: business operating system, sales execution

Motivating Employees Can Offer Huge Business Returns

Posted by John Boudreau on Mar 9, 2018 3:55:28 PM

Gone are the days of just expecting an employee just to “do their job” and be happy about it.

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Topics: performance management, employee motivation

How To Execute Your Small Business Strategy

Posted by John Boudreau on Mar 2, 2018 10:39:37 AM

I think everyone would agree that having the right strategy is important if you want to maximize your chances for success.

Yet,  I find many small businesses not maximizing their chances of success - at times even unintentionally weakening their chances for improved results, greater profit and more sales.

It really comes down to getting two critical areas right:

  1. Having a clear strategy
  2. Executing on that strategy
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Topics: execution, strategy

Clarify Your Company Goals To Drive Out The Chaos

Posted by John Boudreau on Feb 21, 2018 3:42:59 PM

In my last blog post, “Seven Signs You Need A Business Operating System”, I called out the seven signs or problems that indicate you need a business operating system.

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Topics: company goals, Business Stress

Seven Signs You Need A Business Operating System

Posted by John Boudreau on Dec 28, 2017 7:44:37 PM

We’ve all heard of a computer operating system or “OS”.

The computer OS manages the hardware and software resources of the computer and provides a common language by which each component communicates with each other.

The operating system controls all the processes which are running in the background on the computer. Maybe you've experienced this, but some processes can drain computer resources, slowing the computer down and making it much less efficient.

No new software or component can be installed unless it is compatible with the OS.

An operating system can get corrupted, causing the computer to slow down or even worse, crashes. To fix the problem, the only solution is to reboot and install a new OS.

There are a lot of parallels between a computer and your business.

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Topics: business operating system, company processes

Three Steps For Developing Departmental Goals From Company Goals

Posted by John Boudreau on Dec 21, 2017 12:38:10 PM

Company goals are ineffective when those goals remain trapped in the minds of leadership - even worse when they stay trapped in the mind of one person.

When this happens, the rest of the team is left to guess what the most important priorities are based on very little information.

In order to operationalize a company’s goals, those goals must cascad down throughout the organization. They must be translated into the monthly, weekly and daily actions of the team members.

Makes sense right, but exactly how do you do that?

This blog post is meant to offer a step by step process for cascading company goals down to departmental goals, then further down to individual goals.

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Topics: company goals, departmental goals, individual goals

6 Keys To Linking Employee Bonuses To Company Goals

Posted by John Boudreau on Dec 7, 2017 3:16:48 PM

December is the month that many companies hold annual employee performance reviews.

Built into these reviews is an employee expectation that a positive performance review will result in some sort of pay increase or raise. Often, owners have a set amount of money which they have discretion to allocate based on the performance review.

If you search Google for “annual performance review and raise” you’ll notice that the top 9 results all focus on helping employees ask for a raise. Only one article talks about how performance reviews and raises shouldn’t be linked.

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Topics: company goals, company financial goals, employee bonuses, employee reviews