23 08, 2017

How to create concise and clear process instructions

Over the past few years, we’ve purchased furniture from various retailers. I mean the type of furniture that comes in boxes with nuts and bolts and tools—and if you’re lucky—with instructions. We’ve had wonderful experiences where it  comes out right, and horrible ones when it takes much longer than it’s supposed to—often requiring reassembly at [...]

17 05, 2016

Are you making this mistake with your team?

As a leader, you must make sure that roles and responsibilities are clearly defined for your team. No matter how smart, talented, driven, or passionate you are, your success as an entrepreneur or small business owner depends on your ability to build and inspire a team. A successful leader is one who can spur his [...]

3 05, 2016

I can do it by myself is a lie—don’t believe it!

Have you ever felt you knew exactly where you wanted to go—but just didn’t know how to get there? You may need coaching. The myth… It’s ingrained in our culture: The “self-made” success! The lone champion! The belief that achievement is best if done alone is a dangerous lie—and it’s probably hurting you! Admittedly, we admire [...]

2 05, 2016

Every minute you spend in planning saves ten minutes in execution

“Every minute you spend in planning saves ten minutes in execution,” claims Brian Tracy. We agree completely! Even if you consistently work harder than everyone you know, if you’re not working on the smartest, highest-leverage tasks, you’re not going to be as productive as someone who works half as much as you! When you put [...]

12 04, 2016

Only write down five things at a time on your to-do list

“What?!? No way! I have too many things to do!” How many of you have approached your task list (to-do list) and wondered where you should even start? For productivity: Have two lists! Here's how that's done with PlanPlus Online: One list is your “Master List.” These are ALL the tasks you have to do. [...]

2 09, 2014

Catch-Up Day 2.0

We’ve all been there. It’s 5pm, and the workday has somehow raced past you without allowing you enough time to tackle what needs to be done. Twenty emails in bold type stare at you impatiently from your inbox, while you ponder if the three voicemails left on your phone during lunch can wait for a [...]

5 08, 2014

What Does CRM Software Have to Do with Organizational Culture?

Organizational culture can be difficult to define because its meanings and varieties can be as numerous as the companies that exhibit it. In the most general sense, however, organizational culture represents our group behavior and our shared values. It drives the way that we interact within an organization and the way we interact with external [...]

22 07, 2014

The difference between good and great systems and processes

The difference between a business that achieves consistent greatness versus a business that achieves occasional goodness is well-executed systems and processes.  Creating functional and friendly systems in every department is essential in today’s business environment. It's vital that companies create user-friendly manuals and training programs to encourage individuals to put systems and processes in place in order to [...]

24 06, 2014

The 5 Building Blocks of Culture

In most businesses today, virtually everyone is familiar with the concept of “Culture” but very few people understand how a culture develops in an organization. While every company has a culture, very few organizations are proactively building a culture based on intention. You need building blocks of culture to enhance productivity in the workplace.  The [...]

16 04, 2014

Building a Culture of Productivity

How do you go about building a culture of productivity? The word culture is traditionally defined as the beliefs, manners, rituals, customs, institutions, arts, and achievements of a specific society. When you think about culture, you likely think of countries with rich histories, elaborate traditional clothing, and unique religious rituals, but did you know that [...]