Are You Poised To Accelerate Growth?

September 15, 2014

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  • Where are you experiencing frustration and complexity in your business? Where is there a greater need for ease and simplicity?
  • Are there gaps in people, processes and/or systems in tightly and seamlessly connecting your teams with your customers and partners?
  • Is your company sought after by prospects, customers, potential employees and investors?
  • How are revenues and profits trending? Up? Down?
  • Is business exciting?

You can’t accelerate growth if you are slogging through muck.

Photo Courtesy of Ian Sane on Flickr

Thought for the week:

“The time is now…What are you waiting for? No excuses.” – Mike Libecki
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What do you think? I welcome your comments!
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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consultinghttp://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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Reliability & Durability

September 8, 2014

 

Mike Libecki (center) and Umang Patel (right)

Mike Libecki (center) and Umang Patel (right)

I met Mike Libecki at a Dell event in San Francisco this past week. He is an expeditioner for National Geographic and other groups and travels to some of the most isolated and unforgiving venues on planet earth. He’s gone on over 50 expeditions. “Extremes” characterize his work.

You have to imagine reliability is of the utmost importance to Mike. He can’t afford to carry duplicate equipment “just in case” something fails. He can’t request assistance if something breaks. He’s on his own. No FedEx or package delivery service can support him. Everything he brings on a trip must be very carefully evaluated.

Dell Ruggedized laptop encased in ice

Dell Ruggedized laptop encased in ice

Road warriors are a bit like Mike in that we need our computers to be extremely reliable. Mike will be using a Dell Ruggedized computer to support his work and communications needs in extremely harsh, punishing environments. He’s looking forward to the ruggedness and reliability of the Dell product–his last brand wasn’t robust enough for his needs.

Reliability is essential for Mike. Every component, system and process needs to work flawlessly and seamlessly to protect Mike and his team and help him create the value his sponsors expect.

Have you considered whether every aspect of your product and/or services have been carefully vetted and designed to offer a fantastic customer experience? Are your products, services, processes and systems as reliable and durable as your customers need them to be? Do you ever stop to think like Mike? This is key to accelerating your growth.

Thought for the week:

“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not on the branch but on her wings. Always believe in yourself.” – Unknown
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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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Knee Defender And Irate Airline Passengers

September 1, 2014

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As airlines put more and more passenger seats into their aircraft, it’s clear they are thinking we are simply freight and will endure no end of pain and suffering to get from one destination to another. We are forced to fit into an envelope of space that, for some aircraft configurations, must violate the Geneva Convention torture regulations.

As I write this, there have been two instances of air rage in the past week over a product called the Knee Defender. And, no wonder! Here’s what happens.

When the person in front of you reclines their seat, it’s only natural to not want to have your face even fewer inches from the seatback in front of you so you naturally recline your seat a bit just to preserve what little personal space you’ve been allocated. Having the person behind you disable your seat recline function with the Knee Defender is tantamount to a declaration of war.

What to do? Ban the Knee Defender from all flights within the U.S. and to/from international destinations involving the U.S.. The airline and the marketplace can decide when seats recline, not some bozo in 12C who’s decided he’s going ruin the person’s trip in 11C. Capiche? Great

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Thought for the week:

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond.” -Bruce Lee
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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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Disaster Recovery Made Simple for Small Business

August 25, 2014

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Given the recent earthquake in Napa, this could not be more timely.

My good friend and colleague, Dan Weedin, The Crisis Conqueror, has an important session about disaster recovery at Noon PDT on September 5, 2014.

  • It’s a one-hour event.
  • It’s recorded so if the time doesn’t work for you, you won’t miss a thing.
  • Your investment is $50.

To register, please go here.

Update: If you live in Napa or Solano County in California and were impacted by the quake, Dan Weedin will offer you a free scholarship to attend this event. You need to contact him directly via his website. You must tell him you learned about this from my blog, Business Execution Insights.

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

 

Photo courtesy of Mohri UN-CECAR, Flickr

 


The Earthquake Effect

August 25, 2014

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At 3:20 am PDT yesterday, Napa, California, suffered a 6.0 magnitude earthquake, the largest quake in Northern California since the 1989 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17th at 5:04 pm.

The threat of earthquakes is omnipresent in California. There is no earthquake forecasting system yet though there is one under development. Additionally, we never know if an earthquake is a precursor–a foreshock–to a larger earthquake or the main event itself for months afterward.

Business owners should contemplate what unforecasted events can impact their business.

  • What contingency plans need to be put in place for events–weather-related, earthquakes, power outages, bridge collapses, supply chain issues, etc., that might impact business for an extended period of time.
  • Attention should also be given to disruptions that can occur because of competitors, both known and unknown. It is possible your world can be jolted overnight.

I’d bet Boeing–who at one point enjoyed nearly 100% market share for commercial aircraft–didn’t believe that Airbus would amount to much when they first started selling aircraft. And, now there are even more competitors like Embraer and Bombardier in the market.

Big jolts can be an important wake-up call. Make sure you don’t miss the sign and your opportunity to accelerate your growth.

Photo Courtesy of Martin Luff on Flickr

Thought for the week:

“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as being stuck where you don’t belong.” – Unknown
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What do you think? I welcome your comments!
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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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Palestinians: Here’s Your Problem & Solution

August 21, 2014

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To the Palestinian people: Work towards what you want, not toward what you don’t want.

Please include me with many in the world who are deeply concerned about the on-going conflict between Hamas and Israel. Sadly, Hamas is using—taking advantage of—the Palestinians to support it’s agenda of demonizing Israel. The sacrifice being made by the Palestinians is great—too great in my view. My profound wish for both sides is peace.

The great and unnecessary Palestinian sacrifice being wrought on Gaza today is only made possible by allowing Hamas to seize control of facilities such as schools, mosques, hospitals, etc., for terror purposes and for then for Hamas perpetrating violence against Israel from these facilities. This has gone on for years.

If the Palestinians were to think this through independently, you just might come to the conclusion that Hamas’s constant bombing and terror activities are responsible for Israel’s defensive attacks being imposed on the Palestinians in Gaza.

Do you really believe Israel wants to kill innocent Palestinians? Israel doesn’t want this.

Israel wants what you want: to live in peace, to not be bombed, to not be subjected to suicide bombers, etc. This is what the vast majority of people in the region want.

After years of attacks, Israel must seriously degrade and, to the extent possible, eliminate the Hamas’s terror capability. Sadly, Hamas uses the Palestinians as martyrs for its cause without the consent of those who are being killed and injured. And, the anger that follows feeds additional hatred. It’s a perpetual hatred machine.

The Palestinians can’t seriously believe that Israel is out to pick a fight with you, right? You have to believe that after years of Hamas poking Israel in the eye that these efforts might result in military retaliation by Israel, right? Hamas has been begging for this fight—it furthers Hamas’s agenda, and, in so doing, fails to advance the cause of the Palestinian people.

The Palestinians need to tell Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), “Enough. Go away. You don’t represent us and you aren’t helping us.” The Palestinians must disassociate yourselves from any and all hatred and terror activity aimed at Israel.

I urge you to not allow these groups pretending to be looking out for Palestinian interests to represent you any longer.

You are either victims or creators. Hamas is only empowered if the Palestinians are victims. You can do better than this. You have the power to create something different for yourselves.

The Palestinians need to start by acknowledging Israel’s right to exist and mean it. Imagine what that one statement could do if the Palestinians meant it and demonstrated that they meant it?

Imagine being able to build trust with Israel as other Arab and Islamic people living in Israel do day in and day out. Look at what the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is doing to support the Palestinians with field hospitals. This is what Israel is about. Watch what happens after this first huge step. The world—including the U.S.–will push Israel to support the creation of a Palestinian state.

I’m sure some who read this will tell me, “You don’t understand. It’s much more complicated that this.” While there is certainly more, the Palestinians need a starting point. Keep it simple. Peace for the Palestinians. Peace for Israel. Peace in the region. Peace opens opportunities for the Palestinian people.

Dave Gardner

© 2014 Dave Gardner

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Changing Corporate Behavior–It Ain’t Easy

August 18, 2014

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As Marshall Goldsmith wrote, “What got you here won’t get you there.”

If your company has a change-resistant culture, Goldsmith offers an important insight. It also speaks to the notion that embracing the status quo is insufficient to get a company from where it is to where it wants to be.

How do you implement significant, dramatic change? In an article written by David Roberts, Staff Writer at Grist.org, Roberts paraphrases insights from Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr:

The first step in changing a behavior is to isolate it into a kind of indivisible unit. For each desired behavior change, there will be a unique set of barriers and benefits; successful programs will reduce the barriers and increase the benefits (or, he noted, raise barriers and reduce benefits of competing behaviors).

While the article speaks about humans adopting environmentally-friendly changes, McKenzie-Mohr provides insights to one of the business world’s most daunting challenges: implementing change.

How might you use this these insights to help you and your company accelerate growth through change?

Photo Courtesy of myriam di maio on Flickr

 

Thought for the week:

The world has been “down in the dumps” this past week over the passing of Robin Williams. I’m hard-pressed to think of anyone else in the entertainment industry who is so universally loved. Robin leaves behind an amazing legacy. He will be missed.
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What do you think? I welcome your comments!
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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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