Operations

What list goes with which list and where does it all go?

I’ve been exchanging emails with my brother all morning about organization. He asked if I had some favorite online applications that I use to keep me organized. I pulled open my del.icio.us bookmarking account and realized I really had too many. Now, I have to admit, I have moments of being a very organized person...

By Palo Alto Software |

Grow and Expand – The Right Way!

Once a business is up and running, and things seem to be going well, people often wonder whether they should grow and expand their business. Anita Campbell has a good small post about Knowing When It’s Time To Expand, although she says “I wish there were a magic answer.  If there is one, I don’t...

By Sabrina Parsons |

Listen to the people who actually do the work

I just read a fascinating article on pbs.org about the sad demise of Business 2.0 magazine. I think the most interesting thing about the failure of the magazine is Time Inc.’s complete lack of understanding of what made Business 2.0 work. Time apparently implemented a new strategy that lumped all the “business” magazines together, and...

By Sabrina Parsons |

Breathe life into Excel

Crystal Xcelsius has released a free version of their software that helps users create dynamic flash dashboards from excel data. This is a great tool to help turn boring financial presentations into interactive and engaging PowerPoint. You can even post your final creations to your web site. Free Download We’ve used the standard version of...

By Noah Parsons |

SWOT and Teamwork

SWOT is probably the best tool there is for taking a strategic look at a company. It’s named for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. It’s a very good first step towards analyzing any company, or developing business strategy. I recommend the SWOT be part of every planning process. It’s also an excellent tool for gathering...

By Tim Berry |

Gather Your Team

Especially when you’re growing an existing business, you want the planning process to pull your team together, develop commitment, and accountability. Managers have to believe in a plan to implement a plan. They also have to believe that results will be tracked, and that managers will be held accountable for disappointing results and will be...

By Tim Berry |

You still want meetings. Here’s how to make them useful. – Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)

Great post over at Signal vs. Noise about making meetings useful. Especially in small businesses (where you don’t have the luxury of lots of employees, middle managers, etc, etc) making meetings useful is critical. Otherwise they become an increadible time waster and reduce productivity significantly. That said, I’ve worked in plenty of big businesses that...

By Noah Parsons |

Article from the July 2005 bplans.com newsletter.  To subscribe directly to this business planning newsletter visit bplans.com and sign up. How to Perform SWOT Analysis A valuable step in your situational analysis is assessing your firm’s strengths, weaknesses, market opportunities, and threats through a SWOT analysis. This is a very simple process that can offer...

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