4 Ways how Supply Chain thinking can improve your results

4 Ways how Supply Chain thinking can improve your results

A supply chain is a sequence of companies that each deliver a contribution in a product's transformation stages from "nothing" to "delivered product". You can depict it like this: All of these companies operate independently, and all of them have a number of...

Financial fraud: how to cook the books?

Financial fraud: how to cook the books?

Why do we hear so regularly that some firm has messed with their bookkeeping and financial statements? Simple: there are many good reasons for financial fraud! For instance: If your bonus depends on a certain profit level, you can feel tempted to "produce" that profit...

Relationship management: a practical how-to guide

Relationship management: a practical how-to guide

Relationship management is about working on relationships that are [1] mutually beneficial, [2] durable, [3] pleasant. Yes, this requires investments, at the very least in terms of time. So if it isn't intuitive to you, you may wonder: why do it? It is...

Quinn: a leader’s complete attention radar (4 domains)

Quinn: a leader’s complete attention radar (4 domains)

Leadership kind of people are the busy type. A million things to mind. Yet these can be quite easily clustered – Quinn offers a handy framework that revolves around two axes: [1] you have to attend to things inside and outside the organization, and [2] some things...

3 Quality angles: have you organized for yours?

3 Quality angles: have you organized for yours?

In business, working on "quality" and working on "improvement" are more or less synonyms. Oddly enough, this is not always as essential as it seems. There are advantages to doing it, but these may not interest you enough. There are three basic stances towards quality,...

5S: Make (and keep) any work place LEAN

5S: Make (and keep) any work place LEAN

In business, working on "quality" and working on "improvement" are more or less synonyms. Oddly enough, this is not always as essential as it seems. There are advantages to doing it, but these may not interest you enough. There are three basic stances towards quality,...

De Bono: expand your thinking – 6 ways to look at things

De Bono: expand your thinking – 6 ways to look at things

A work place, be it a garage, your computer, desk, or kitchen, can get quite messy. Within the extensive domain of Lean Production, there is a logical set of simple principles to keep it all in order: 5S. Originally, the S's in 5S are Japanese names. But luckily,...

Go Viral! Use these 8 accelerators…

Go Viral! Use these 8 accelerators…

Good chances that you've heard of De Bono and his Six Thinking Hats. Smaller chances that you recall what they were, and more relevant, what you can actually do with this color festival. Edward De Bono categorized six "typical" ways of thinking, and suggested that...

Scrum: the lean & mean development approach

Scrum: the lean & mean development approach

As everybody knows by now, trying to obtain individual and peer-to-peer engagement works infinitely better than traditional advertising in this age. The holy grail of such engagement is to "go viral", when your piece of content gets spread like crazy over the...

Freaks Cheats Familiars: assure you get attention

Freaks Cheats Familiars: assure you get attention

SCRUM is a modern approach to project management. What is different then compared to a more conventional approach? Were there reasons to change? And how does Scrum work? Let's get to the three nut shells of the WHAT, WHY and HOW of Scrum! WHAT Like in conventional...

Value propositions: 3 classic ways (+ 1 bonus way)

Value propositions: 3 classic ways (+ 1 bonus way)

You are in business. Suppose that clients don't come flying in. So you're trying to be seen by the market. You are developing some marketing activities. The very first thing to do is immediately one of the tougher things: make the audience AWARE of your existence. You...

The 20-80 Rule rules everywhere … use it!

The 20-80 Rule rules everywhere … use it!

Everybody in business tries to be attractive to the market. That means that people need to see a certain VALUE in your proposition. A famous model by Treacy & Wiersema highlights the three default "types" of value (value propositions) that you can offer the...

Eat That Frog: go through the mud for your ambitions!

Eat That Frog: go through the mud for your ambitions!

Everybody has heard of the 20-80 rule. Also known as the Pareto principle (which is a statistical cumulative distribution, but don’t let that bother you). What were the basics again, and what is interesting to know about it? Say you have 10 products (x-axis), yielding...

Leadership: be able to vary the 4 styles

Leadership: be able to vary the 4 styles

SCRUM is a modern approach to project management. What is different then compared to a more conventional approach? Were there reasons to change? And how does Scrum work? Let's get to the three nut shells of the WHAT, WHY and HOW of Scrum! WHAT Like in conventional...

Complete business blueprint: no more blind spots

Complete business blueprint: no more blind spots

You have seen various leadership styles around you. The four prototypical styles are: 1. Directive, 2. Coaching, 3. Supportive, 4. Delegating. Many people will see themselves as "being" one of the four. They identify with one of the styles, as in "I am the coaching...

10 Things to want from clients (get more out of them)

10 Things to want from clients (get more out of them)

Business entails a lot to attend to. How does all of that relate? How to keep track of everything? My MBA framework for the training course SpeedMBA sets out a complete "business blueprint". For those who like a bit more words to a graph, I'll briefly explain the...

Mindset: the ONE switch to improve everything

Mindset: the ONE switch to improve everything

Your clients have certain needs. Sure. Fine. Covered (right?) ... But what about you? What do you want from them? In fact, what CAN you want? Well, quite a lot. Let's have a look at a list of 10. Don't forget to read the last bit below the list. As you've seen, you...

The eight elements of complete marketing

The eight elements of complete marketing

In business, working on "quality" and working on "improvement" are more or less synonyms. Oddly enough, this is not always as essential as it seems. There are advantages to doing it, but these may not interest you enough. There are three basic stances towards quality,...

Leadership… do you have it in you?

Leadership… do you have it in you?

A work place, be it a garage, your computer, desk, or kitchen, can get quite messy. Within the extensive domain of Lean Production, there is a logical set of simple principles to keep it all in order: 5S. Originally, the S's in 5S are Japanese names. But luckily,...

Bottom line improvement: more FUN in your work

Bottom line improvement: more FUN in your work

Leadership kind of people are the busy type. A million things to mind. Yet these can be quite easily clustered – Quinn offers a handy framework that revolves around two axes: [1] you have to attend to things inside and outside the organization, and [2] some things...

Covey: the 7 (okay 8) habits you must develop

Covey: the 7 (okay 8) habits you must develop

Why do we hear so regularly that some firm has messed with their bookkeeping and financial statements? Simple: there are many good reasons for financial fraud! For instance: If your bonus depends on a certain profit level, you can feel tempted to "produce" that profit...

Get Kaizen in a minute, challenge yourself the next month

Get Kaizen in a minute, challenge yourself the next month

Everybody in business tries to be attractive to the market. That means that people need to see a certain VALUE in your proposition. A famous model by Treacy & Wiersema highlights the three default "types" of value (value propositions) that you can offer the...

Use competition to make you stronger: 4 ways

Use competition to make you stronger: 4 ways

A work place, be it a garage, your computer, desk, or kitchen, can get quite messy. Within the extensive domain of Lean Production, there is a logical set of simple principles to keep it all in order: 5S. Originally, the S's in 5S are Japanese names. But luckily,...

Driven: what we all do, in 4 words

Driven: what we all do, in 4 words

Leadership ... do you have it in you? Leadership. We tend to be intrigued by it, whatever the form of power behind it is. But what is a leader? It is not a formal position or role in an organization (like ‘product manager’). It can basically be anyone, who steps...

Power: which of the 5 types?

Power: which of the 5 types?

Driven: what we all do, in 4 words Most of us know Maslov's pyramid of needs (physical needs, safety, affection, recognition, and fulfilment). Still a pretty strong model, but I found a more recent model of what drives us to be even more compelling (by Lawrence and...

Become Elon Musk: 5 (okay, 6) ingredients

Become Elon Musk: 5 (okay, 6) ingredients

Power: which of the 5 types? Do you have power? How so? And what power do you have to deal with? Power has always been a powerful theme in human interest: intriguing, disgusting, and appealing to the various many. French & Raven have pinpointed the grounds of...

MBTI: pinpoint your personality in 4 questions

MBTI: pinpoint your personality in 4 questions

Driven: what we all do, in 4 words Most of us know Maslov's pyramid of needs (physical needs, safety, affection, recognition, and fulfilment). Still a pretty strong model, but I found a more recent model of what drives us to be even more compelling (by Lawrence and...

Semco: democracy is in the house!

Semco: democracy is in the house!

Power: which of the 5 types? Do you have power? How so? And what power do you have to deal with? Power has always been a powerful theme in human interest: intriguing, disgusting, and appealing to the various many. French & Raven have pinpointed the grounds of...

Funding options: mix all 8 ways

Funding options: mix all 8 ways

Semco: democracy is in the house! 15 September is the International Day of Democracy. Business guru Ricardo Semler has been serious about making his business fully democratic. With the absence of organization charts, function titles and formal rules (there is a...

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