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052: The One Thing You Need to Know About Organizational Agility – Roger Nierenberg

What does an orchestra have in common with your company?  Plenty, according to Maestro Roger Nierenberg.  As CEO, you are the conductor charged with listening and leading to ensure harmonious results.  By seating your team within a live professional orchestra, Roger teaches you how to look at it “as a mirror reflecting how you want to be and how you actually are.”  In this episode, he not only defines what organizational agility is, but also shares the one thing we need to know about it in order to identify root causes of problems, adapt quickly, and perform with less chaos.  Listen as he explains how you can use your voice as an instrument to facilitate teamwork.

Special Guest: Roger Nierenberg, Founder & CEO – The Music Paradigm

Location: New York, NY  USA

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Related Episodes:

    • Episode 008: The Lean Methodology: What It Is & How to Apply It to Your Small Business
    • Episode 034: Developing a Business Strategy for Sustainable Growth
    • Episode 035: Positioning Front Line Leadership for Success
    • Episode 045: Using Organization Design to Drive Innovation with Ron Carucci

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046: Leveraging Your Story for Team Cohesion with Hasani X

“What are you fighting for?”  According to Hasani X, the answer to this question sets the foundation for everything you do.  But people need to know and hear this story in order to be compelled to work with you on a team or do business with you.  In this episode, Hasani, a communications and performance expert, shares the people, processes and tools he leverages to help his clients dramatically transform their businesses and team dynamics through storytelling.  He also shares how a personal tragedy led him to pivot from building businesses to building people.

Special Guest: Hasani X, Chief Storyteller at Lead Your Story

Location:  Columbia, SC  USA

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Related Episodes:

  • Episode 011: The Benefits of Backpacking on Your Small Business (Tim Walter’s story)
  • Episode 017: How Traveling Can Lead to Self-Discovery and Business Evolution (Keith Finger’s story)
  • Episode 043: Becoming an Online Influencer with Heather Havenwood
  • Episode 045: Using Organization Design to Drive Innovation with Ron Carucci

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045: Using Organization Design to Drive Innovation with Ron Carucci

“Fail fast doesn’t mean pray and spray,” warns Ron Carucci when asked about companies who rush to market without due diligence and suffer from “EBITDA addiction.”  Ron has a 30-year track record helping organizations articulate and execute strategies that lead to accelerated growth.  In this episode, he shares two examples that demonstrate how he uses organization design to encourage clarity-driven innovation.  He also discusses the three ways to organize work and explains why your work, your people and your technologies must be integrated to stay ahead. 

Special Guest: Ron Carucci, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Navalent

Location: Seattle, WA  USA

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Related Episodes:

  • Episode 018: How AI Technology Can Scale Your Small Business
  • Episode 029: Minimizing Risk with Decision Science
  • Episode 034: Developing a Business Strategy for Sustainable Growth

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036: Executing Strategy with Project Management

Visionaries, whether executives or entrepreneurs, are great at developing and articulating strategy but may find difficulty in execution.  This is where Kim Farmer comes in.  As a certified project management professional with 30+ years in corporate business experience, she knows how to get stuff done!  In this episode, Kim graciously gives us an excellent primer on project management to help you take specific actions to achieve your company’s growth strategy.

No fluff, no B.S.  This is where the rubber meets the road and this episode is one of the most important to-date because it’s all about action!  Learn the 5 major questions to answer prior to beginning any project as well as the triple constraints you’ll have to balance throughout a project.  You’ll also find out how to identify, assemble and coordinate the people, processes and tools you’ll need to ensure your project’s success as Kim explains the Waterfall and Agile approaches to project management.  Be sure to check out the show notes below – they’re packed with great information to support you in planning and organizing your next project!

Special Guest: Kim Farmer, PMP – Solutions Delivery Manager at Crane Connectivity Solutions

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BONUS: 

Below is a project management diagram that Kim wanted to share with you.  It brilliantly illustrates the importance of clear communication to ensure all team members on a project understand the estimated scope, time and budget.

I also found a website, TemplateLab.com, where you can download different types of Gantt charts for FREE!  Gantt Charts are a useful tool to illustrate a project plan/schedule.  “It allows you to quickly see the status of any project and see how far along it is.  It also allows you to manage processes that depend on the completion of other processes. Mostly, Gantt Charts allow project managers to quickly give estimates about how long the project will take to complete.”

Here’s a video that explains how to create a simple, basic Gantt Chart in MS Excel:

And last, here’s a diagram that showcases the “triple constraints” that Kim referenced in her interview:

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 006: How Can I Implement Business Infrastructure in My Company?
  • Episode 008: The Lean Methodology: What It Is & How to Apply It to Your Small Business
  • Episode 021: Improving Quality in Healthcare Operations
  • Episode 034: Developing a Business Strategy for Sustainable Growth

 

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033: Pricing for Profit

Kill Bill.”  Kill hourly billing to be exact.  This summarizes the sentiment of investment banker turned CFO-for-Hire and pricing consultant, John Ray.  John reminds us that our clients care most about results.  Therefore, charging the right price means having a value conversation with your clients to understand how to price.  In this episode, John unpacks the psychological factors involved in pricing, validates why pricing is the most important factor in profitability, and explains why you should stop billing your clients by the hour.  Listen as he also outlines the process for figuring out your client’s desires and charging a price that aligns with the premium experience you create for them.

Special Guest: John Ray, Founder & CEO at Ray Business Advisors, LLC.

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Related Episodes:

  • Episode 004: When is Business Infrastructure Needed?
  • Episode 007: Staffing Up While You Scale Up: Tips for Getting the Help You Need When You Need It
  • Episode 008: The Lean Methodology: What It Is & How to Apply It to Your Small Business
  • Episode 032: Running Your Business by the Numbers

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