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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. If you access the right area you can see all the processes which are running on a computer. Some processes actually drain resources and can slow a computer down.

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

When the OS gets corrupted, the computer slows down or even worse, it 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 9/10 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

Still Using Excel To Track Your KPIs? Here's A Better Way

Posted by John Boudreau on Dec 2, 2017 6:45:00 PM

This blog post is for those dedicated businesses that are tracking KPIs (key performance indicators).

When I say “tracking” I mean that you have a set of meaningful measurements that you are reviewing with your team on at least a monthly basis. You may have multiple Excel spreadsheet or Google Sheets that you are using to keep track of all sorts of critical metrics. 

If you’re not tracking KPIs, I would encourage you to do so ASAP. If you need help determining which KPIs to track, please contact us and we can help.

For example, last week we helped a $12M manufacturing company determine the right KPIs based on their strategic plan.

Please reach out if you need help. If you're not sure why tracking KPIs is such a big deal, please read this post on how we helped one company increase their profit by 135%! KPIs work. 

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Topics: company goals, KPIs, Excel

5 Secrets To Achieving Your Company Goals, The 5th Will Surprise You

Posted by John Boudreau on Nov 23, 2017 10:51:14 AM

I am sure that you agree that in order to maximize business performance, each employee must be in 100% agreement with the company’s goals and vision.

If you're frustrated and feel that your team is not rowing in the same direction and aligned, you’re not alone.

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Topics: company goals, KPIs, company core values

To Drive Greater Results, Link KPIs To Strategy

Posted by John Boudreau on Nov 20, 2017 2:05:35 PM

Tracking KPIs (key performance indicators) is a real competitive advantage for a small business. No business magically drifts into a better version of itself and KPIs can help to ensure your team is executing on your strategy and driving the results you expect.

But what about strategy? But when we talk to small businesses about strategy, the concept can be confusing and strategic planning can sound like a time consuming process to time crunched CEOs.

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Topics: strategy, KPIs

4 Ways Employee Goal Tracking Can Increase Your Revenue And Profit

Posted by John Boudreau on Nov 8, 2017 9:38:56 AM

Looking for ways to increase your revenue and maximize your profit?

Employees are your company’s most valuable asset and making sure each employee is focused on the right things is critical for revenue growth and profitability.

A recent study indicated that over 50% of all employees don’t know what is expected of them and only 30% feel involved in the goal setting process.

One way to drive focus, clarity, engagement and ultimately productivity, is through employee goal tracking.

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Topics: company goals, employee goals, employee goal tracking

Employee Problems? Your Company Core Values May Be To Blame

Posted by John Boudreau on Nov 1, 2017 3:47:20 PM

I’ve noticed a common cause to many of the employee problems that exist in small businesses, the company’s core values.

Let me explain.

Often, someone in the organization is not doing what is expected of them and as we will see, that behavior is driven by an individual’s core values.

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Topics: employee performance, core values, company core values

How To Crush Your Company Goals With These 4 Simple Steps

Posted by John Boudreau on Oct 24, 2017 12:13:46 PM

As of the date that I'm writing this post we have about 50 business days left to 2017. Are you on track to crush your company goals?

I don't mean to just squeek by. I mean exceed the goals you've set for your company. Everyone wants to win right?

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Topics: company goals

How To Handle Poor Employee Performance

Posted by John Boudreau on Oct 16, 2017 1:33:18 PM

As a small business owner, poor employee performance can have a devastating effect on your business.

This is especially hard for small businesses because leadership is often wearing multiple hats and there is not a lot of time for training and assessing the true root causes of poor performance. This results is higher than average employee churn and stress.

As you read this blog, I want you to think of that one employee who is just not performing. My hope is to give you some ways in which to improve their performance and lessen your stress.

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Topics: employee performance, poor employee performance