My old boss has a saying, “We are in business for fun and profit. If we are not making a profit it’s not any fun.” All projects start out fun and profitable. What happens next is really up to us.
I have a love-hate relationship with financial dashboards. The longer a specific report has been in use, the more likely I am to find a stagnating metric. You see, dashboards have a magical power to keep numbers in check, which on one hand is intentional, but on the other hand – corrosive.
In this podcast Tom Stimson talks about the value of having uncomfortable conversations in order to address the real problems in an organization.
In this podcast, Tom Stimson explains how to understand and work with conflicting truths, and how to make conflict useful for your business.
In this podcast Tom Stimson explains the most important aspects of managing your cash flow, including tips on how to take advantage of the opportunities a good cash flow brings to you.
In this podcast Tom Stimson talks about the difference fun makes in business, and where fun starts for you.
You can copy the way another company looks, but you can’t copy how they think. Your mindset will determine whether you have sustainable results. A colleague who felt we would be a good fit recently referred me to a company that was interested in my services. I exchanged emails with the owner and setup the call. At the appointed time, I called the office and was trapped in an auto-attendant loop that disconnected when I dialed ‘0’ to reach a human. Three of the extensions I tried had full mailboxes. I called the owner’s mobile phone. No answer, mailbox full. As a last resort I sent an email, which was shortly answered with apologies and an excuse. We reset the call time and tried again. Same result. I can’t make this stuff up. I sent another email that shared details of my phone system dead-ends and full mailboxes, but never received a reply. Here’s the thing: this company and its owner came recommended as a high-quality supplier that pays attention to details and looks like a company much larger than they are. Their website is great, the pictures of their work are stunning, and in general they look like a […]
In this podcast Tom reveals three key steps to breaking down silos in your organization.
Tom discusses why untapped capacity is such an important thing to focus on.