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What to Do When You Hit the Ceiling

Author - Peter M. Beaumont - July 2018
We all have or will hit the ceiling at some point when we are not sure how to grow ourselves or our business. We just seem to lose momentum. This can make us feel frustrated and in some cases, ill-equipped to lead or push through. However, "maxing out" is a normal part of growth. It is not always on the…

People Strategies in a Full Employment Economy

Author - Jerry Olson - June 2018
How One Company Achieved a Nearly-Full Employee Capacity During a Full Employment Economy Like many businesses, an RFB client was having a difficult time hiring for a few key positions that pay well but are hard to fill. As a small business, having 12 open positions was severely affecting their productivity. Fast forward one year and they have achieved and…
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Why Set an Impossible Goal?

Author - Katie Pierce - April 2018
The 2018 Winter Olympics have been over for a few months now and though most of the excitement has died down, there’s one Olympian I keep thinking about, women’s half-pipe participant, Elizabeth Swaney. Swaney didn’t receive a medal. In fact, she placed dead last in her women’s half-pipe competition. Yet, when her run was over, she turned to smile and…

What Can a Franchise Teach Us About Our Own Business Model?

Author - Chad Haldeman - March 2018
Franchise operations account for almost 10% of small business transactions in the U.S., which is no surprise knowing what an attractive acquisition target they can be. So what is it that makes a franchise such a target for buyers? RFB Business Advisor, Chad Haldeman, answers this question and more in his Irish Titan guest blog post.

Growth Through Acquisition

Guest Author: William Ludwig - November 2017
How do you know the best time to grow your business through acquisition? For business owners, one of the most important decisions made is how to best grow your business. However, growth can be a complicated proposition. How can you best achieve your desired growth goals? By adding more clients, more staff, new product and/or service offerings? Expanding into new…

The Passion for Traction

Author - Steve Wilcox - October 2017
In this article originally published in the October issue of Minnesota Business Magazine,  Steve Wilcox discusses why the Entrepreneurial Operating System has captured the interest of more than 28,000 businesses.

Is Your Company More Valuable Than Industry Peers?

Author - Colette Belisle - August 2017
Have you ever compared your business to another company in your industry to estimate how valuable it may be? If you think similar companies in your industry are comparable to yours, you might be in for a big surprise... When we examined data provided by over 30,000 businesses, we found there are eight factors that drive business value. And, they…

The Surprising Secret to a Great Transition

Author - Chad Haldeman - July 2017
We see a lot of company founders who are contemplating a transition out of their company. Some get lucky early in life, but in the vast majority of instances where a founder is getting a significant offer, it is not his or her first rodeo. In fact, most owners have had multiple failures and modest business successes before their first big…

Subscription Services – 3 Surprising Reasons to Use Them

Author - Bill Wermager - May 2017
Subscription Services - What's the Big Deal? You can now buy a subscription for everything from dog treats to razor blades. Music subscription services are booming as our appetite to buy tracks is replaced by our willingness to rent them. Starbucks now even offers coffee on subscription. Why are so many companies leveraging this type of business model? The obvious…

RFB Case Study – a CEO’s Journey

Author - Jerry Olson - April 2017
Mark Poss, CEO of Big Fish Works, chose Resultants For Business to help him and his team identify and execute strategies as they navigated their disrupted media industry. Beyond top and bottom line concerns, they are working to change the culture, attract and retain the right people and engage their customers in new and different ways. I talked with him…

The Danger of Re-Selling Another Company’s Product

Author - Colette Belisle - April 2017
On the surface, it seems like a great idea to become a distributor of a popular product. After all, if it’s already proven to be a popular product elsewhere, why not bring it in as another offering? As the case study below demonstrates, the danger is that in the long-term, re-selling may not increase your company’s value. In fact, it…

Is 2017 Your Company’s Defining Year?

Author - Chad Haldeman - March 2017
What changes have you made to make your company more valuable in 2017? Our suggestion, you may want to think hard about how your customers pay. If you've been following our blog, you'll know recurring revenue is a topic we cover time and time again. It's not that we have no other methods for improving your company's value. We push…

How Three Moves Quadrupled the Value of this Business

Author - Jerry Olson - Feb 2017
Are you stuck trying to figure out how to create recurring revenue for your business? Automatic sales will make your business more valuable and predictable. However, the secret to transforming your company is to think less about what’s in it for you and more about convincing customers to agree to a monthly bill. Consider the transformation of Laura Steward’s IT consulting…

How Much Goodwill Does Your Business Have?

Author - Terri Wilcox - Jan 2017
Goodwill: the difference between what someone is willing to pay for your company minus the value of your hard assets The term “goodwill” is often thrown around in conversation as a subjective description of how much your customers like your business. However, when it comes to valuing your business, there is nothing subjective about it. Let’s imagine the main physical assets…

How Understanding Addressable Markets Can Increase Company Value

Author - Colette Belisle - Dec 2016
Let’s say your company just designed a revolutionary machine for harvesting wine grapes. Or if you don’t drink wine, then imagine the hops in your beer, the beans in your coffee or the leaves in your tea. You arrive at your first vineyard, excited to demonstrate the speed and precision of your tractor only to find that extreme frost has…

5 Ways to Get Your Business to Run Without You

Author - Bill Wermager - Dec 2016
Some owners focus on growing their profits, while others are obsessed with sales goals. Have you ever considered making it your primary goal to set up your business so that it can thrive and grow without you? A business not dependent on its owner is the ultimate asset to own. It allows you complete control over your time so that…

Rich vs. Famous

Author - Jerry Olson - Dec 2016
Have you set a goal for your company for this coming year? If you’re like most business owners, you’re striving for an increase in your annual sales. It’s natural to want your company to be bigger because that’s what everyone around us seems to celebrate. Magazines profile the fastest growing companies, industry associations celebrate their largest members, and bigger seems…

Did Microsoft Overpay for LinkedIn? A Look Into Strategic Acquisitions …

Author - Chad Haldeman - Nov 2016
Did Microsoft Overpay For LinkedIn? Microsoft’s recent $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn provides a great example of a strategic acquisition – the type of sale that usually garners the most gain for the acquired company’s shareholders. You may be wondering what a billion-dollar acquisition has to do with your business, but the very same reasons a strategic acquirer buys a $26…

You-Proofing Your Business

Author - Jerry Olson - Sept 2016
Making your business less dependent on you as the owner has a number of benefits. First, you can scale your company more quickly if you’re not acting as a bottleneck. Second, you get more time to enjoy life outside of your business. Lastly, a business less dependent on its owner is much more valuable to a potential buyer. However, pulling yourself out of…

Thinking vs. Doing: The Owner’s Dilemma

Author - Steve Wilcox - Aug 2016
I remember the trip my wife and I took in 2015 to the BVC (British Virgin Islands) to present our Visioning Program to a Rotary International Conference. As we island hopped one gorgeous, sunny day, we looked over the bow of our boat to an island with a white sand beach, only to be informed by our local guide that…

Six Power Ratios to Start Tracking Now

Author - Jerry Olson - Aug 2016
Doctors in the developing world measure their progress not by the aggregate number of children who die in childbirth, but by the infant mortality rate – a ratio of the number of births to deaths. Similarly, baseball’s lead off batters measure their “on-base percentage” – the number of times they get on base – as a percentage of the number…

NEW Service Offering: Launching RFB® Value Acceleration

Author: Steve Wilcox - Apr 2016
We are excited to introduce a new RFB® service offering. Last year, we began looking for ways to prove and improve in the area of ROI. Based on feedback received from our wonderful clients and their leadership teams, we realized we must all better define “Building Value” so that everyone stays on the same page and moves their long-term strategy…

So, What Drives Business Value?

Author: Paul Cronin - Apr 2016
“There are approximately 23 million businesses in the United States, and yet only a few hundred thousand are able to be sold each year. This means for every small business owner who creates a business that someone will buy, there are about a hundred businesses that do not sell.” (1) Most owners think their Company is valued by their profit…

How To Scale Up Your Service Business

Author: Mark Capaldini - Apr 2016
It can be tough to grow a service business. Clients are typically buying your expertise, and if all you have to sell is time, the size of your business will always be limited by the number of hours in your day. So… increase the value of your company by training others to deliver your expertise. That doesn’t dilute your expertise…

Behavioral Finance℠

Author: Terri Wilcox - Nov 2015
Who would ever think that finance has a direct correlation to behavioral management? Finance and accounting methods are black and white (remember accounting 101?). You either understand the debits and the credits, or you don’t. You either budget and project or you don’t. You are either capable of analyzing your profit and loss statements and the balance sheet, or you’re…

NPS Explained

Author: Terri Wilcox - Aug 2015
THROUGH THE EYES OF YOUR CUSTOMERS Wouldn’t it be great if you could measure how valuable your relationship is to your customers… coming from their viewpoint, not yours? And wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to get that sort of feedback using an easy method that boils it all down to one simple metric? That’s exactly what the Net…

Running Your Company By The Numbers

Author: Steve Wilcox - May 2015
Can Your Business Run Without You? Several years back I met Joe, the owner of a medium sized plumbing supply and service company in our area. Each winter he would migrate to a warmer climate to relax and reflect. This gentleman enjoyed golf and had a routine visit to the golf course every morning. But before he proceeded to the…

CEO’s Need Mentors

Author: Mark Capaldini - Apr 2015
Today CEO's face complex and dynamic challenges. While there are terrific resources available through CEO peer groups, all too rarely do CEO's consider their options for mentors. In the April 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review, Suzanne de Janasz and Maury Peiperl concisely present the results of research concerning CEO's who have utilized mentors. (See the link below for full…

Leaders MANAGE

Author: Jerry Olson - Mar 2015
What Do Managers MANAGE? When the vision is clear and the expectations are understood, leaders turn their attention to the second step in the Leadership Loop. This is where they manage to accomplish the expected results. The first work of management is to MONITOR behaviors and performance against the expectations that have been set and communicated. This work includes the…

Big Changes in the Freight World

Author: Steve Wilcox - Dec 2014
We became aware of a significant change in the freight world, at a recent quarterly meeting with Core Products.  We thought it would be beneficial to share this information with you. Core Products & their customers will see a significant increase in freight cost next year due to the way FedEx & UPS will be calculating freight. They will start…
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