Capacity

Recently we wrote about why businesses need to know and manage “constraints”, especially when they are growing.  Constraints are in many ways the flipside of capacity, where business operations are concerned, because increasing operational capacity will generally decrease constraints.  Yet very few business owners and leaders think enough about operational capacity – until it gets…

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Grow

Business advisors, consultants and coaches are increasingly common.  Since the 1970s, published references to those terms have leaped, as this graph shows: Why ?  Here are three reasons: Stagflation & Reform: In the 1970s, developed economies suffered from a combination of high inflation, higher unemployment and low growth.  Consultants offering potential solutions to business and…

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Sustainability

There’s been a lot of talk recently about “sustainability” – in our environment, in our personal and working lives, and increasingly as a business management concept.  And many people will have different opinions about what business sustainability even means, in business terms (here’s an explanation from Investopedia that we like a lot).   At the…

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Balance

Before I quit “corporate life”, I was typically working 70+ hours a week, so it’s no surprise that my work and personal life became unbalanced. It wasn’t something that happened overnight.  It was a bit like a splinter in my heel that I had ignored. I found ways to limp my way through my final…

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Health Check

Going to the doctor is one of those things that people tend to avoid. When we’re healthy, we don’t want to make the trip for our yearly check-up, and when we’re not feeling well, we tend to think whatever is bothering us will simply pass. From the outside, we know that these are not the…

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Working on your business

There are times when every business faces obstacles to “business as usual”, and it can’t keep on doing what it has always done before, for reasons beyond its control – eg the 2020 Coronavirus Crisis.  For many business owners and leaders, you might find those periods will prevent you from “working in your business” as…

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