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Efficiency

Business Optimization Lessons in Wood Cutting

I went to my mother-in-law’s cabin this weekend to help her chop and move some wood. She had to take down a large tree recently that was about 3 feet in diameter and 70 feet tall. The tree was cut up into discs about a foot thick. Along with a few others, I spent eight

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Data

Data-Based Decision-Making

Before I started focusing on optimizing for outcomes, I had started a YouTube channel producing how-to videos related to automation and efficiency improvements in business. As I shifted my focus, the time needed to produce the videos was consumed by other activities. Having gotten many things in order in the last couple of months I

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Efficiency

Outcomes vs. Outputs – is there a difference that matters?

When working with different businesses, I’ve seen a lot of confusion around the difference between outcomes and outputs. The short answer to the question, “is there a difference that matters?” is that yes, there is a big difference, and if you don’t get it right, you risk wasting time focusing on the wrong things when

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change

Change is the Way to Better Outcomes

I’ve been trying something new out for the last few weeks and so far it’s going really well. It all started when a friend invited me to take part in a challenge she was running in her Facebook group to use dictation for creating large written pieces instead of typing. Changing how we do things

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Balance

Balanced Systems Thinking

I want to share how my workout went this morning and how that relates to business. So today, I did my regular work out. I spent about an hour lifting weights and doing cardio and had a really good workout that I put a lot of effort and a lot of energy into it and

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Change Management

Leading Change for Productivity, Efficiency, and Effectiveness

Keeping productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness high requires proactive effort in all three areas.  It also requires constant change as you learn and fine tune your systems.  This change, if not managed through good leadership principles, will not last long term, as people tend to revert to old habits over time.  Eventually, anything you changed will

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Technology Management

Technology for Business – What do you NEED?

Technology has become an ever-increasing key part of any successful business.  Two key outcomes from using technology include doing things not humanly possible without tech and automating tasks in your business, allowing you to scale without having to hire more people.  Let’s explore why technology matters and the technology for your business that will help

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Effectiveness

Systems Thinking and Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Productivity

For many, focusing on effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity isn’t very exciting work.  In fact, a lot of people find it downright boring.  It’s not flashy, doesn’t excite many people, and the benefits aren’t always immediately identifiable. While this is true for most people, setting up efficient structure and systems are critical to the long-term health

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