Operations

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 |

Everyone’s a Critic

I’ve been doing some research lately on creating *good* PowerPoint presentations, particularly presentations for business plan pitches and also presentations to help teach business planning. What I’ve found is a lot of critics. Everyone knows what bad PowerPoint looks like. Everyone can point to a million bad presentations. From Seth Godin and his “really bad...

By Noah Parsons |

Blogging for Business

In their latest issue, Fast Company has an interesting article about blogging for business – how companies are using both public and private blogs to increase communication with customers, encourage better internal communication, and market new products. What I found particularly fascinating was the idea of using an internal blog in business to share ideas...

By Noah Parsons |

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