Articles on: System

Business Lessons: Black, White, and a place for Common Sense

The ability to scale in any business hinges on the ability to create systems and procedures that are teachable and repeatable.   It is the key to delivering a consistent product or service.  When it is truly dialed in, it creates a level of autonomy that frees employees to literally and figuratively excel in their roles.  […]

Business Lesson: Calculating the cost of Mistakes

Mistakes are part of life and part of business.   Some of the biggest lessons learned come from mistakes. We can all agree on that.   However, in business, excessive mistakes can not only be costly, they can potentially destroy the company.    We have to learn from our mistakes…or run the risk of repeating them. In many […]

Real businesses have real systems

This is a guest post from Stephen Heiner – in addition to living out his dream of being an entrepreneur in Paris, Stephen also has the experience of starting (and selling) multiple businesses here in the US. Time is the perhaps the most precious commodity for small business owners. There’s that pile somewhere on your […]

Are you embracing simplicity?

I saw an interesting interview recently with Bert Jacobs, one of the two brothers who founded Life Is Good…the T-Shirt company whose business model is built around the idea of sharing optimism. Considering that they literally started with nothing (selling their first shirts out of the van they were living in…) they have had amazing […]

Are You “Flipping” in Your Business?

Prefer to listen to this post? Just click the start button below:   This past month an area high school teacher was honored with an Educating Excellence Award.  (The award is sponsored by Perceptive Software and KU’s school of Engineering.)   She is part of growing trend of teachers who have adopted the “flipped classroom concept” […]

Do your processes have your business at a dead end?

Clear, documented, easy to follow processes are critical to business success…but they could also be a reason why you’re struggling right now. For a business to grow, systems and processes are the cornerstones in creating a scalable business.  Everyone knows the story of how Ray Kroc bought a small chain of hamburger restaurants from the […]