Category: Planning

Make it simple

by Tom LarsenJul 19, 2017 Marketing, Operations, Planning, Product Development, Sales 0

How good a job you have done making your processes simple for your people or your customers is determined not by how wonderful you think it looks from the inside. The quality of the simplicity is determined by the ease with which the user can get done what they need to get done for them to progress.

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.

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.

Opportunity is in the Gaps

by Tom LarsenFeb 8, 2017 Making Choices, Marketing, Planning, Product Development 0

Opportunity in business comes from doing something, a service or product, that others are NOT already doing

The Bolt-on Syndrome

by Tom LarsenNov 9, 2016 Making Choices, Operations, Organization, Planning 0

Have you ever been in a house where the rooms just didn’t make sense? Often times that’s because the now big house was once a cute little 1 bedroom, 1 bath and has been expanded over the years to 3 or 4 bedrooms with multiple baths. Two bedrooms have a doorway together or there is […]

The value of experience; How soon do you want to be scalable?

by Tom LarsenApr 7, 2016 Marketing, Operations, Organization, Planning, Sales 0

Recently I worked with an entrepreneur who continually asked me how old job candidates were as they were considered for positions in his company. His concern was about the “culture” that he was creating and would not admit it, but, did not want older people in his company. His perspective was driven by money and moldability. Young, inexperienced people are less expensive than older people.

What is it exactly you want?

by Tom LarsenDec 9, 2015 Organization, Planning 0

The measure of how badly you want something, in my opinion, starts with actually identifying what it is you want.