Author: vernon

“Everyone Has A Plan Until….”

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Growing up I was a huge fan of Mike Tyson. He seemed to have it all at such an early age.    His favorite saying was “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”   He probably didn’t know how true that statement really is.  You see, he was 18 years old and on top of the world.  He had riches, fame, video games named after him and was the heavyweight champion of the world.  Little did he know that when he received his “punch in the face” he would also be ill prepared to navigate through his fame, fortune and missteps.

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Do You Want to Be Right or Do You Want to be……

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Rich?!……  I know that money isn’t everything and in fact it isn’t the biggest driver of many people.  But I will never forget when I first heard those words spoken to my old boss.  The best consultant that I have ever worked with in the corporate world looked my then boss square in the eye and asked him “Do you want to be right or do you want to be rich”?!  The consultant said these words because he knew that the owner was the reason that the culture was poor.   That the operations were struggling and that no matter how much talent they brought in to the company from the outside, that nothing would change because from the top down they wouldn’t let it.  The worst part was that the ownership wasn’t even conscious of this fact.

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Does it Have to Be Painful?

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What I have noticed more and more lately is that most people (myself included) only go to the doctor when they have a serious issue.  Take my recent experience this week.   Last week I was working on replacing rotting boards on my deck as well as laying a new concrete slab and clearly overdid it with something.  My back began to ache and I ignored it.  All of a sudden Monday around noon I had so much pain I couldn’t move and literally had to drag myself to the chiropractor about half a block away from my office.   Long story short I spent half the day stretched out on a table and the other half missing work.  If I had only listened to what I knew was right and that nagging voice in my mind reacting to my back pain…..

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Are You The Picture of Health?

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Have you ever wondered why auto repair shops do a free 32-point vehicle inspection?  We have worked with several of these shops over the years and there are several reasons that they do this.   I want to share with you my favorite stories from one of them, and how that shaped how we do business today as a company.

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Why Outside Perspective is Crucial

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Your team might be capable of generating brilliant ideas on how to improve your business. But sometimes, it seems nearly impossible to get something innovative from exhausted minds. Bringing in an outside perspective is a good practice for your company to keep growing and improving.

When you are in the middle of a war against customer demands and productivity issues, you tend to lose focus and direction. You find it difficult to convey your leadership vision to your team. During such time, your organization can benefit from hiring a flexible, independent business consultant.

Driving True Innovation

Your employees interact with one another and generate ideas internally. This promotes insular thinking, which keeps the team from maximizing their creativity. By hiring a business consultant, you are welcoming fresh ideas that can drive true innovation. Studies show that companies that hire help from the outside perform better than those that don’t.

A consultant from Devoted Business Development will offer a fresh perspective and unbiased opinions or ideas. Having worked with many clients, we discovered and proved that employees pay more attention to what a consultant from outside their organization is saying. This shows how important an outside perspective is to a company’s growth and performance.

Collaborative Learning

When you work with us, we’ll learn from each other. We’ll share our expertise and many proven approaches to help improve your business processes and inspire growth. You can benefit from suggestions coming from a professional who doesn’t belong to your team, but understands your business as much as you do.

Let us learn together and find better ways to drive your business forward. Take the first step by requesting an appointment with our team of dedicated business consultants in Minneapolis, or complete our contact form to get started.