August 8th, 2009 by admin

Are you, your employees and managers feeling battered, unsettled and unhappy?
Workers are being asked to do so much more with less time to complete the tasks.  Many employees face the threats of their work hours being reduced, pay cuts, benefit cuts, or even layoffs.  These factors can contribute to employee burnout. How is your company struggling to maintain morale?  Is your company keeping employees motivated during one of the worst motivating times in recent history due to the financial crises across the world?
Despite these workplace distractions, you need your employees will remain productive. Are you keeping your managers focused on growing your business?  How do you keep doing business in such an unusual business climate?
The major key is to recognize the early warning signs of declining motivation and plummeting morale, then respond quickly with practical solutions to help your employees and your business bounce back. Have you thought of ways to succeed at this?
Employee loyalty is at an all time low and even if your workforce is loyal and motivated, how do you sustain it? Any qualified owner or manager will tell you that morale can crash from one month to the next.
How do great companies create strong morale and reap the benefits of breakthrough productivity, high product quality, world-class customer service and low turnover?

Is it primarily driven by market success? No.

 High salaries? No.

A single charismatic leader? No.

There is not a simple shortcut or solution to achieving high morale and avoiding burnout. And usually one person cannot always make it happen by themselves. Companies with fabulous morale do a whole lot of things right from the beginning. There are many simple tasks that can be done to keep your employees more content so that they perform a better outcome at their position. Lean thinking is not about just cutting expenses. What are you doing for your employees or even yourself to stay motivated if you are a one person company?

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How Does Your Company Deal With Instability

July 8th, 2009 by admin

Companies like Toyota, Southwest airlines, and Wal-Mart chose a different path. They do not keep pushing problems as big as a boulder uphill. These companies find ways to sidestep the problem. They “flatten the hill” (no pushing uphill). Basically they do not have to push a boulder at all. Do you fight your companies financial battles by fighting the boulder uphill? Do you find a way to not push a boulder at all by having strengths in your company to work through any issues.

See the book Going Lean by Stephen Ruffa for more ideas.

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Traits of Being Successful Part 3

June 24th, 2009 by admin

Take action. Rather than getting stuck in the paralysis of analysis, successful professionals live in the field of action. They tend to bulldoze through multiple projects simultaneously. They tend to make decisions before all the facts are in. In a study or Fortune 500 CEOs, the typical CEO makes a decision when 30%-70% of the relevant information is in.

Model what works for others. You won’t find a highly successful person doing his/her own taxes. However he may call 20 of the most successful people in his/her circle of influence to get the name of a great accountant.

Rather than reinvent the wheel, these success-minded people tend to keenly observe what works around them and try to implement it into their lives by “modeling successful behaviors.”


Respect and learn from more successful people. Rich people tend to not get immobilized feeling envious of others. They tend to seek them out and learn from them. Business guru Jay Abraham advocates taking a millionaire out to lunch once a month. Successful people are often surprisingly generous when it comes to sharing their wisdom and contacts with someone who has a genuine desire to improve their situation. Better yet is to form a mastermind group that meets monthly to allow the flow and interchange of best practices and ideas from a number of highly successful people. The clients in our mastermind groups learn the fastest because they process the new material at such a high level.

Invest in education. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Financially successful people are constantly learning, growing, and challenging themselves to be better people—not just at making money, but at everything. High education and intelligence correlate with high self esteem. Why not take advantage of that fact and commit to education in all facets where it is important to you.

Information supplied from Healthleaders Media

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