Tagged: Business Innovation

Coach, Connect and Co-create value

In the last few years the term “consultant” has seemingly become a negatively viewed job description. When one describes their job as a consultant it is generally viewed in one of two ways. Many people are now working in the so called ‘Gig Economy’ and call themselves a ‘consultant’ rather than an independent contractor. These […]

“When Pigs fly….”

“When Pigs fly…” is the usual response when you try and get giant corporations to take on new business innovation. However, it now seems like winglets are developing on the swine. GM recently announced a new business venture call Maven. http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2016/Jan/0121-maven.html “GM President Dan Ammann said while more customers than ever are buying vehicles, there […]

Rent ‘n’ Exec

If your plumbing backs up or leaks you call a plumber. When your electrical outlets stop working you call an electrician because those experts deal with these issues every day and have acquired specific expertise that likely you do not have. So why, when your business strategy is faltering, do you try and fix it […]

Way too much B.S. in business today. As I listen to the business news and even to my own clients talk about their business often all I can think about is calling it B.S. While what you are thinking right now might be appropriate in many cases what I mean by B.S. is BAD STRATEGY. […]

Deteriorating Customer Experiences

Have you noticed over the last several years that the quality of customer experiences for the most part have deteriorated in almost every aspect of business? Whether its B2B or B2C it seems like companies forgot what is critical for their long term success is the importance of a great customer experience.

“How long will your business exist?”

In this business world of what have you done for me lately, thinking about anything beyond this quarter or this year is a challenging situation for business leaders. Shareholders demand increasing earnings per share, CFO’s want to know where have you cut costs and increased cash flows, COO’s and operations managers are being driven to increase productivity every year and analysts wonder what’s the next innovative product/service you are going to offer this year?

Designed Not to Listen

Companies need to rethink how they listen to their customers. It is not about just having happy customer metrics; it is about creating value for customers that will be rewarded by loyal customers. It is not about seeking complaints or complements, it is about how to improve your business, detect trends and getting ahead of problems. Listening to customer will provide valuable input to innovation within your company. Those companies who are designed not to listen to their customers are designing themselves to FAIL.

Why Running is Like Running a Services Business

An epiphany hit me the other day while I was out running.At some point in my life running for exercise went from being a health benefit to becoming a health risk. I realized that there might be parallel between this problem of running for health and a service organization’s ability to stay healthy.