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Make Business Operations Understandable – Just Run it! June 1, 2012

Posted by PerformDetectiv in Action Planning, Business Analysis, Business Excellence, Business Strategy, Excellence, Leadership, Process Improvement.

In today’s business news… many authors develop a complex scheme for either the roll-out of an initial  business plan or the careful measurement of an ongoing process improvement strategy. It’s always refreshing to see someone break it down to the elements that allow small and medium size businesses to both understand the process and more importantly implement changes that make sense.

In today’s world of sound bites and social media cryptic comments, it is also helpful to bring the basics of sound planning and common sense to the entire process.  Dick Cross (  http://dickcross.com/about-dick ) wrote the book Just Run It! ( http://dickcross.com/just-run-it ) to accomplish that and much more.  What resonates about his approach is that many of us ( @PerformDetectiv ) have already been using these same approaches to help entrepreneurial leaders get a handle on the basic elements of their business without losing them in the process.

Dick’s four dimensions that describe all businesses are intuitive in that they capture the essence of  our efforts; what are our needs, how are we positioned, who are our customers, and what are our competencies.  These basics can indeed be understood from the back of an envelope or in short order by any member of the business team.

The other areas of exploration include understanding analytics and using metrics to stay up with changes. His “Vision Strategy Execution” really takes theory and roll-out from “tactical” to “practical”. He also understands that it then becomes important to stay up with the changing business environment to remain nimble in our ever evolving economic landscape. He dots the i’s and crosses the t’s with his “VERDICT” approach and actions going forward.

Along the way he emphasizes the importance of getting-the-word-out and the refreshing understanding that “endorsements” and “satisfied customers” will grow the business ten times more than any effort to just advertise or use traditional promotional tools.

This is a very healthy understanding of how business really works and growing your bottom line. A terrific read and thorough approach … How to succeed by understanding… and trying!

Use Vision, Strategy and Execution…

The Performance Detective




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