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You thought you understood disruption

by Tom LarsenMay 28, 2020 Design, Making Choices, Marketing, Operations, Organization, Planning, Sales 0

In the past, disruption in business terms was when a new entrant to an existing market was doing some aspect radically different. Airbnb was a new kind of lodging (instead of hotels/motels). Uber was a new kind of transportation option (instead of taxis/busses). Blockbuster and Netflix in their own ways were new ways to get […]

Integrity – A Cornerstone of Trust

by Tom LarsenJan 30, 2019 Organization, Planning, Sales 4

The definition of integrity is generally the quality of being honest. I stretch the definition to “Do you and your business walk your own talk”? Are you doing what you say you will do, meeting the commitments

Who is your Customer?

by Tom LarsenJun 21, 2017 Marketing, Operations, Organization, Sales 0

Making a great product is the minimum standard to be in business. Many founders and creators think that is the entire goal of the business. They are correct that this is the top priority. But,

We are all the sum of our choices so far

by Tom LarsenMay 31, 2017 Making Choices, Organization, Planning 0

At some point, for anyone with any capacity for self-awareness, one has to look at what is working and what needs work and come to a potential enlightenment – I got myself here.

A Groove or a Rut

by Tom LarsenMay 17, 2017 Making Choices, Organization, Planning 0

All too often, what appears as a groove to you, is actually a rut where you are just showing up to do the same thing today that you did yesterday.

Speed vs Accuracy

by Tom LarsenMay 3, 2017 Making Choices, Operations, Organization, Planning 0

Would you prefer a fast meal or a well prepared meal? You have choices just as the restaurant has choices and builds its business around what it actually is willing to commit to perform. Doing your best work is about making it great. Being fast is about putting something out there quickly.

Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

by Tom LarsenApr 19, 2017 Making Choices, Organization, Planning 0

Striving for the greatest efficiency in technology as a way to solve a problem is very trendy. The efficiency we all now recognize from technology, all too often creates a perspective that everything we do needs to maximize efficiency. In the endless pursuit of efficiency it is easy to lose sight of whether or not the concept or effort is actually effective.

Congruent

by Tom LarsenApr 5, 2017 Making Choices, Operations, Organization 0

Take congruence a step further; what if congruent was a theme, not a specific habit. What if you look at your life or your business practices and determine if they are creating a congruent message?

Let go a little

by Tom LarsenMar 22, 2017 Making Choices, Operations, Organization 0

Your business is your bird. Your goal is for your birds to be healthy, productive and self-sufficient. How tightly you are holding your bird is how deeply you are involved in every little thing happening in your business. Your challenge

The Bolt-On Syndrome

by Tom LarsenMar 8, 2017 Operations, Organization, Planning 0

A problem arises when those bolt-ons, or patched in code, become permanent creating future inefficiencies that cost your company time and money to work around indefinitely or go in and repair. That’s the debt part.