Jan 10, 2018

Lessons from the Rescue of 77 Businesses

If there’s one shared trait among the companies Bob Bethel took over, it was their approach to accounting. Each one of them was using what Bob calls “taillight accounting” – looking backward to see how the business is doing financially. He does not blame them for using this method of accounting, as this approach is preferred by the majority of companies in this country. The problem is that taillight accounting encourages business failure.

 

His new book, Strengthen Your Business: Fail-Proof Strategies From The Man Who Has Rescued 77 Businesses, stems from witnessing other business owners’ struggles, and a desire to step in and turn things around. In it, you will see that Bethel takes a practical approach to business advisory rather than an inspirational one, focusing on the fundamentals of what makes a business profitable.

 

About: Bob Bethel is the orchestrator of seventy-seven business turnarounds over the past fifty years. His early successes and troubles in his career inspired Bob’s passion for taking over struggling businesses and making them profitable. Bob has turned around companies in every industry imaginable and has helped save over ten thousand jobs.

 

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Jan 3, 2018

Using Lean, TOC & Six Sigma to Transform Schools

The Excellent Education System: Using Six Sigma to Transform Schools helps you discover and understand the technique of evidence-based learning and operations through which the modern school satisfies the need to increase the flow of successful students through the educational system from Kindergarten through Grade 12. This book explains, in clear terms, what educational excellence means and the principles of process improvement. In addition, it gives you an introduction to the Six Sigma methodology. Included in the discussion are case studies of educational professionals who have found a new world centered on the evidence-based educational processes. These processes lead to many examples of dramatic turnarounds in some failing schools.

 

Daniel T. Bloom SPHR, SSBB, SCRP is a well-respected author, speaker, and human resource strategist, who during his career has worked within a wide variety of industries. He has been an educator, a contingency executive recruiter, a member of a Fortune 1000 divisional HR staff and the Corporate Relocation Director for several real estate firms in the Tampa Bay area. He is an active member of the HR social media scene since 2006 with contributions to Best Thinking.com, WordPress, Human Capital League, and Recruiting Blogs.

 

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Dec 27, 2017

2017 Business901 Podcast of the Year: The Lean Strategy with Dan Jones

Dan Jones is a management thought leader and advisor on applying lean, process thinking to every type of business across the world. He is the founding Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK, dedicated to pushing forward the frontiers of lean thinking and helping others with its implementation. He is also the co-author of the original books on Lean, The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production and Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated.

 

His new book, The Lean Strategy: Using Lean to Create Competitive Advantage, Unleash Innovation, and Deliver Sustainable Growth is outstanding. I enjoyed reading it and putting it to use. In typical Dan Jones fashion, the podcast delivered some great insight.

 

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Dec 18, 2017

The Power of Tribal Thinking

Christine Comaford believes we can do well and do good, using business as a path for personal development, wealth creation, and philanthropy. Her newest book, Power Your Tribe: Create Resilient Teams in Turbulent Times, will be released January 2018 but if you pre-purchase the book through her website there is an amazing collection of free giveaways.

 

Power Your Tribe website: http://www.poweryourtribe.com/

 

Her two New York Times bestselling business books are SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together and Rules for Renegades. Her newest book, Power Your Tribe: Create Resilient Teams in Turbulent Times, will be released January 2018.

 

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Dec 11, 2017

Conducting Research Using The Oxford Review

David Wilkinson is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Review. He is also acknowledged to be one of the world’s leading experts in dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty and developing emotional resilience. David teaches and researchers at several universities including the University of Oxford, Medical Sciences Division, Cardiff University, Oxford Brookes University School of Business and many more. He is the author of The Ambiguity Advantage: What great leaders are great at, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

 

The Oxford Review aim is to get the very latest, just published, peer-reviewed research to you in brief, understandable, practical, and useful way to digest briefings; no jargon, no overload. And make you the most impressively up-to-date person in the room.

 

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Nov 28, 2017

Start-Ups Can Learn From Non-Profits

Maxine Harris is CEO and Co-Founder of Community Connections, a private, not-for-profit mental health agency in Washington, DC. She is also the Executive Director of The National Capital Center for Trauma Recovery and Empowerment. In the past several years, Community Connections has specialized in gender-specific approaches to treating women and men, trauma survivors, homeless persons, and substance abusers.

 

Author of numerous books and articles, Dr. Harris has recently authored "Lessons For Non-Profit and Start-Up Leaders: Tales of a Reluctant CEO." I will say I was somewhat reluctant to do the podcast, and not sure where it was going to go but undoubtedly this is one of best podcast I have had for start-ups. Her insight into people and culture was excellent.

 

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Nov 9, 2017

Thriving in a Digital Age

THE DIGTIAL HELIX provides organizations the power to act faster and do it better than before by developing a digital culture from the ground up. Digital transformation promises a bridge to a future, where organizations can thrive with more fluid business models and processes. The few who get digital transformation right deliver twice as fast as other organizations, and see a near-immediate doubling in brand value.

 

This new book, THE DIGITAL HELIX: Transforming Your Organization’s DNA to Thrive in the Digital Age, explains the specifics of digitally transforming an organization from the role of the digital-explorer leader in using information to empower the organization to move better and faster to shifts in sales, marketing, communications and leadership, product development, and service and support.

 

The book introduces The 7 Components Of The Digital Helix:

  1. Executives As Digital Helix Explorers
  2. Themes And Streams
  3. Customers Have Experiential Portfolios
  4. Marketing And Communications As Flow
  5. Sales Are Connected Moments
  6. Everybody Is Responsible To Each Other
  7. In The Moment One Step Ahead Always

 

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Nov 2, 2017

Engage, Retain & Develop Talent

“Organizations and managers should be intentional and aggressive about creating a culture in which people feel valued, significant, and fulfilled, a culture in which people truly look forward to going to work,” says Larry Sternberg. Managing to Make a Difference distills the authors’ fifty years of combined leadership and consulting experience focused on best practices in engaging, retaining, and developing top performers. 

 

The tools and techniques the authors present will enable managers to:

  • Motivate, inspire, and lead teams with confidence
  • Manage through challenges and overcome obstacles
  • Develop key talent and maintain high engagement
  • Adopt practical management tools based on substantiated research

 

Managing to Make a Difference includes tools such as:

  • Career Investment Discussions
  • Focus On You
  • The GIFT Formula
  • Human Investment Planning

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Oct 23, 2017

Amazing Power of Added Insights

Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She’s built a reputation as a fresh, modern voice in the leadership world by pairing her scientific grounding in human behavior with a pragmatic approach to business challenges. Her second book, Insight, delves into the connection between our self-awareness – what she calls the meta-skill of the twenty-first century – and our performance and success, both in life and the workplace.

 

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Oct 11, 2017

Mastering your To Do List

According to biz-life strategist TEDx speaker Cortney McDermott, and new author of the book, Change starts within you, now is the perfect time to master your to-do list. “There’s something about the instant gratification of checking off or, even better, drawing a thick line through a ‘to-do,’” says McDermott, author of Change Starts Within You. “But it’s not about chasing gold star after gold star. There is a secret thought-process to mastering your to-do list…in a way that’s sustainable.” McDermott discusses: 

 

  • Why spreading out the list is key: Learn to limit your list to what must get done that day
  • Her go-to guide for quickly and easily organizing your long-term plans
  • The added benefits of mastering your “to-do” list: Fulfillment, Presence, and Flow
  • How being more strategic about you daily list can help you fully connect with others

 

A perfect read to get ready for the New Year. 

 

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Oct 2, 2017

Service Design Audio Collection

A special collection of Business901 podcasts on the subject of Service Design. The collection totals over four hours and the guests are listed in the order of appearance.

 

Marc Stickdorn graduated in Strategic Management and Marketing and worked in various tourism projects throughout Europe. A leading proponent thru the years of Service Design, Marc co-authored This is Service Design Thinking.

 

Arne van Oosterom, Partner at DesignThinkers is a Strategic Design agency that specializes in social innovations, service innovations, customer centered design, marketing 2.0 and branding. They provide a bridge between business opportunities and creative solutions.

 

At Work•Play•Experience Adam St. John (aka Adam Lawrence) turns good services into memorable service experiences that start people talking. Adam says, “Your customers will feel better served, will appreciate the value of your work and will be more loyal to your company.

 

Service Design Teacher and Practitioner, Vincenzo Di Maria trained as a designer at Central St. Martin’s College of Art Design in London where he still teaches. Vincenzo is the co-founder of Common Ground, a service design firm working across Europe. Their work focuses on socially responsive design and innovation ranging from products to services and experiences.

 

Lance A. Bettencourt, PhD, has led job-centric innovation projects with many of the world’s leading companies and his thought-leadership is evident his publications on job-centric innovation. His book Service Innovation: How to Go from Customer Needs to Breakthrough Services was my introduction to Service Design

 

Economist by education, Sylvain Cottong has spent his career at the intersections of business, society, technology, science & culture, with the value of design for process, service & product development and more generally with leadership & innovation. You can find him at  strategybuilders.eu, a Luxembourg based network of international consultants.

 

A founding partner of Livework,  Ben Reason now leads the London studio on service design and innovation projects for both UK and international clients. Ben is the co-author of Service Design: From Insight to Implementation and Service Design for Business: A Practical Guide to Optimizing the Customer Experience.

 

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Aug 29, 2017

Failure as an Art Form

Stefana Saxton serves as a Business Excellence Innovation Leader for Business Excellence (BEx®) at Black & Veatch where she works with internal and external clients to identify, prioritize, and execute mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, its business partners, and clients globally. Stefana has worked with clients in healthcare, finance, engineering, programs, operations, information technology, manufacturing, and development.

 

We had a great conversation about development and in particular her upcoming session, Innovation, the Art of Being Wrong at The LPPDE North America 2017 conference in San Jose this September. In her session, she will demonstrate how organizations must embrace failure to accelerate innovation. Through mental framing, learn to create freedom from the fear of failure using adaptive analytical perspectives that encourage ideas and discovery. How to keep your organization innovative and successful by creating a culture of passion, drive, and ambition in the midst of failure.

 

The Lean Product and Process Development Exchange, Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to foster opportunities to grow and share the knowledge, expertise, and experiences that help organizations use lean product development to dramatically improve product development performance.

 

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