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Metric Management Uncovers Success

Author - Steve Wilcox - Sept 2020
Though the last few months have been a wild ride for us all, especially small businesses, The Resultants have continued working alongside our owners and leadership teams to forge ahead. We were unsure of what to expect but we knew we couldn't stand by and let the Covid-19 crisis take advantage of all the hard work our clients have put…
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How Strong Teams Rise to the Occasion

Author - Chad Haldeman - Sept 2020
Isn't it often true that, under stress, a person’s core characteristics come out?  I've experienced this in my personal and professional lives in both positive and negative ways.  I've also seen this in the behaviors and performance of a number of leadership teams we work with.  Even with sincere and dedicated efforts, change is difficult.  There is nothing like the…
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It’s Time to be a Resilient Leader

Author - Jerry Olson - July 2020
Times of chaos and crisis are troubling. Currently, our economy, public health, government, politics and just about every aspect of our lives is unsettled and uncertain. For those of us who, in the past decade, have grown used to a predictable future, this is a difficult time. Whether your business is flourishing unexpectedly or struggling for survival, today is a…
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People Strategies in a Time of Crisis

Author - Jane Drigans - June 2020
We can all agree our workforce and culture have been disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses are redefining what work looks like in our new normal. People strategies, from recruitment to employee engagement and retention, to building better teams that collaborate and innovate, have been uprooted. The Resultants recently hosted a panel discussion on “People Strategies in a Time of…
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Time to Climb out of the Fishhook

Co-Authors - Steve & Terri Wilcox - May 2020
In this final installment of a three-part series, we dive a little deeper into the "Ride it Out" phase. If you missed the first two, first check out Three Phases for Today’s Small Business, then read through Disrupt the Disruption to get the full picture. In the Ride it Out phase, we're attempting to do business after having made quick,…
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Disrupt the Disruption

Co-Authors - Steve & Terri Wilcox - May 2020
As we described in the blog, Three Phases for Today's Small Business, businesses are working through 3 phases: Sort Out, Ride Out and Dig Out (of the fishhook). For many, we are past Sort Out and have moved into Ride Out. Even though we’ve clarified current reality and sorted out huge amounts of resources, info and options, it doesn’t diminish…
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Fearless Leadership in These Tough Times

Author - Steve Wilcox - March 2020
Our business world faces disruptions, the likes of which we haven’t experienced before now. It’s time for leaders to step up. What does it take to be a leader as we face the unknowns and chaos? Resiliency and Optimism. That’s YOU, right now, TODAY. Are you up for the challenge? When the coronavirus first hit, few business leaders imagined we’d…

Achieving Owner Freedom

A Resultants’ Client Video Testimonial
Our clients say it best! Check out some quick video clips from Dick Noble, President of Summit Information Resources. From gaining owner freedom, to growing a more valuable company, to building teams of great people, Noble explains how The Resultants process has helped his business go further, faster.   Summit Information Resources provides quality new and used networking hardware, server…
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Will Your Vision Ensure Your Company’s Survival?

Author - Jerry Olson - February 2020
Every business faces an existential dilemma. Its founder(s) conceived the business with a plan for where they want to go. They’ve dreamed of making a difference in the world but in most cases, that dream never becomes reality. Small Business Administration (SBA) statistics show only half of new businesses are still operating five years after they start and only one…
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How Great Leaders Engage Their Followers

Author - Jerry Olson - Sept 2019
A leader’s habits and behaviors have a significant impact on the engagement and effectiveness of their followers. In fact, at least 10 of the 12 core elements of engagement identified by Gallup in the book First, Break All the Rules, are directly or indirectly dependent on the leader’s behaviors and habits. Good leaders plan ahead, prioritize and act with forethought…
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“Followed by All” Culture Chaos

Author - Steve Wilcox - Sept 2019
I once worked with a Leadership Team at a manufacturing company that prided themselves on top-notch processes and procedures. They shared with me their SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) and spoke glowingly about how they followed procedures, thus improving efficiencies overall.  At the same time, they were also discussing an issue with work output on the floor. It seemed one of…
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Using Culture to Drive Performance

Author - Chad Haldeman - June 2019
It was a classic David vs. Goliath situation. We were part of a larger company but in our market, we were a distant second in terms of organizational size and market share. Our competitor had dominated the market for many years with legacy brands and tenured sales and operations teams. As we evaluated our options during strategic planning, becoming number…
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The Recruitment Balancing Act

Author - Terri Wilcox - May 2019
There has been a shift in today’s tight labor market that's forced us to think about how we view our employees and our working relationships. In fact, RiseSmart recently reported the employee relationship economy is on the rise. RiseSmart states, “it's emerging in response to the evolving concepts of work: how it's done, where, by whom, for how long and…
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5 Ways to Drive Employee Engagement

Author - Peter Beaumont - April 2019
Why is everyone talking about employee engagement? And what exactly is it? Well, simply put, employee engagement measures how passionate employees are about the work they do, how loyal they feel towards the company they work for and whether or not they're willing to go the extra mile. It is NOT the same as employee satisfaction, though it IS just…
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A Reason to Celebrate

Author - Jane Drigans - March 2019
Has March Madness taken hold of you yet? It’s been described as “one of the biggest, most exciting and most fun events in all of sports.”  With the NCAA Final Four men’s championship coming to Minneapolis, there's no doubt there will be great displays of teamwork and much cause for celebration around here. Whether or not you’re a sports fan,…
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Go Further with Faster Decision-Making

Author - Jerry Olson - Jan 2019
Do you have a vision of growing your business into more than it is today but feel like you keep getting stuck? Accomplishing your goal of a bigger and better future will require changes to how your business is run. Hand-in-hand with those changes come all the decisions to be made. Unfortunately, as businesses grow and become more complex, especially…
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Why It’s Important to Laugh at Work

Author - Peter M. Beaumont - November 2018
When I was just starting out in my career, it was frowned upon to laugh at work. Work was serious business! And it still is but sometimes, work can get a little too serious. According to a 2007 study performed by University of Missouri-Columbia researcher Chris Robert, humor “has meaningful impact on cohesiveness in the workplace and communication quality among workers.…

Can You Get and Keep Joe?

Author - Jerry Olson - October 2018
In his article originally published on page 36 of the October issue of the BATC-MN Housing First Digest, Jerry Olson talks about an issue most of us can currently relate to, employee retention. In today's full employment economy, good employees have lots of options. So, what can you do to ensure they'll choose to work for you?
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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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Right People. Right Seats. What Does it Really Mean?

Author - Paul Moen - April 2018
We often hear company leaders credit their success to having “good people,” but what does that mean? Simply put, it’s about getting the right people in the right seats, which is easier said than done. Paul Moen explores this concept a bit further in his article featured on the BankBeat guest blog.

The Leadership Gap in the Green Industry

Author - Terri Wilcox - Feb 2018
Are you feeling the impact of an industry-wide leadership gap? In her article originally published in the February issue of the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) Scoop, Terri Wilcox identifies five leadership challenges that many business leaders are facing as over 3.6 million Baby Boomers set to retire in the next few years. Check out pages 18-23 for insights…
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Right People, Right Seats Starts with These Questions

Author - Jerry Olson - Jan 2018
Right People, Right Seats. You’ve heard it over and over but do you know what this short phrase really means? Understanding how this concept affects your business is pivotal in accelerating your organization forward, reaching your long-term vision and building value. Right People, Right Seats is not simple. Finding a great candidate for a currently open position is a short-term…

Adjusting Your Succession Planning Mindset

Author - Chad Haldeman - December 2017
Succession: Learning a Painful Lesson As a young division leader of a large media organization, I had assembled a strong team of managers who had performed together at a very high level for some time. We were making it happen! However, there was one manager, a fairly recent hire, who had strong technical knowledge but was out of step with…

Leading People: The Foundation of Business Strategy

Author - Jerry Olson - October 2017
In his article originally published in the October issue of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) Digest, Jerry Olson explains how business success is built on a foundation of people working together as a great team toward a common goal. Unfortunately, only about 20% of employees feel they are part of a great team. Great teams require strong…

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…

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…
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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…

Prep and Plan to Sell

Author - Bill Wermager - Oct 2016
Why bother doing it the hard way? Whether you want to sell your business next year or a decade from now, you will have two basic options for an external sale: the financial or the strategic buyer. The Financial Buyer The financial buyer is buying the rights to your future profit stream, so the more profitable your business is expected to…
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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…
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Developing and Maintaining a Talent Pipeline

Author - Chad Haldeman - Aug 2016
Step Two in Creating a High Performing Sales Organization The old sports metaphor, “the best defense is a good offense,” refers to the conditions created by a proficient offense who controls the ball, game clock, and pace of the game. They are successfully executing their game plan, which quite often leads to a win. When creating and leading a high…
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