Top 3 Apps to Work Smarter and Save Time Every Day

As partner and director of strategy for Altima Business Solutions, my job is to increase profitability right now sustainable through tomorrow and beyond. My secret sauce? I free up management time. Think about it: how much more successful would you be if you could focus 90% or greater of your energies on what moves your needle? Time has become one of the most precious commodities, just behind knowledge (cf. 3 Moves To Reap The gold Of The New Knowledge Economy). As an entrepreneur, there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish all of what your business requires let alone for family or relaxation time. Working strategically is a very efficient way to manage your time and sustainably grow your business. Strategy applies not only to make important decisions but also to improve the daily tasks by working smarter through systems and processes (cf. Strategy). What if even mundane tasks could be done more efficiently and in no-time? Here are the top 3 apps we use every day which save us tons of time: Camcard: is the easiest app to manage and exchange business cards. Take a picture of any business card with your phone, add notes, category, etc. It will immediately populate your contacts and also build a separate database that you can access on any device, including desktop, and easily export. Producteev: is a social task management application. Much more efficient than your to-do list. It will let you manage your tasks, assign tasks to team members who will receive an email notification, easily integrate with your calendar and remind you of deadlines. Keeper: is the...

Great Advisory Boards: Harnessing Their Power

Great Advisory Boards: Harnessing Their Power Over the past few weeks, I have talked about the demonstrable, high ROI of strategic planning for companies of all types and sizes, along with suggested processes and tactics to complete that plan on time and under budget. As important as the creation of the plan is its ongoing review and...
3 Strategies to Make a Financial Difference in Your Business

3 Strategies to Make a Financial Difference in Your Business

Business owners and executives have long sought ways to improve their bottom line. Usually their energy is focused on how they can attract more customers to generate additional sales. However, working strategically is the key to immediately boosting the bottom line. Business strategy is not only about how to be more profitable tomorrow but also how to immediately march more dollars into your business and onto your balance sheet! These tactics will help your business grow in any kind of economic climate, recessionary or otherwise. Here are 3 Strategies to improve your bottom line today: Implement or Upgrade Your Systems and Processes. Systems and procedures are put in place to keep companies on course toward their profitability goals and to minimize surprises along the way. They provide a clear and consistent blueprint for how business is done on a daily basis and how decisions are made. Inefficient systems and processes are costly in terms of dollars, waste, rework, delays, resource utilization, whereas ineffective ones are pricey as well because they are not reliable. They don’t do what they are supposed to do. The first step is to go back to the fundamentals: ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘who’, ‘where’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ questions. The first question about any process/action is, why do it at all? Often many steps exist simply because of the status quo: ‘We have always done it that way’. The second question might be, why do we do it this way? Then, what is being done? What should be done? What can be done? When should it happen? And so forth. The second step is to not only look...

This Guy’s Marketing Stunt Was So On-Brand That We’re Actually Writing About It

This Guy’s Marketing Stunt Was So On-Brand That We’re Actually Writing About It Gihan Amarasiriwardena, who trained in engineering at MIT, likes to run his apparel company, Ministry of Supply, like a tech company. When Fast Company last checked in on him, Amarasiriwardena was articulating a philosophy of apparel design that closely resembled that of tech design: rapid prototyping, constant iteration, A/B testing of products, and so...
Want Big Things Out of Life? Expect Big Things of Yourself.

Want Big Things Out of Life? Expect Big Things of Yourself.

Want Big Things Out of Life? Expect Big Things of Yourself. Join us Dec 20. for our free webinar on attracting top talent, fueling productivity and building a brag-worthy culture. Register Now ” If you fail enough times and fake it long enough, you’ll eventually make it. If you do a whole bunch of gigs, sooner or later they’ll add up to...