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Category Archives: Growth Hack

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Discovering the Root Cause of a Problem

Last week’s blog touched on a process called ‘The 5 Whys’ which is best implemented as a tool to find the root cause of a problem. Quite often, ‘The problem is not the problem’. It was developed by Sakichi Toyoda, a Japanese inventor. It became part of the Toyota Production System and then Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. It is now... Continue reading

Learn to Listen Like a 3 Year Old

Why are we careful not to say anything 'bad' around a young child? Because they are very, very good listeners! To them, listening is power; it is how they learn and grow. Hey, wait a minute, weren’t we all three year olds at one time? Therefore, we all have the potential to be really good listeners! What happened in between? I think one of the... Continue reading

Be a Small Business ‘Growth Hacker’

‘Growth hacker’ sounds like a bad person, but in reality it’s a smart business person. Wikipedia includes the following in the definition of Growth Hacking: …as in many cases Growth Hackers are simply good at using techniques such as search engine optimization, web site analytics, content marketing and A/B testing which are already mains... Continue reading

This is a Five Minute Job!

This expression has stayed in my mind for years and these 6 little words have really helped me be more productive at work.  I had an employer who would write notes of tasks to completed during the workday that were often neglected; mostly because the little jobs weren't 'easy' or 'fun' (think toilets!). My boss would bold, underline and highlight... Continue reading

3 Reasons Why Business Meetings are Still Important

Since posting 6 Tips to Holding Effective Meetings in July of 2011, it has consistently remained one of my more popular posts. I have also seen opposing points of view that business meetings are a complete waste of time. I strongly disagree. But if a business didn’t follow my 6 tips in running a better business meeting, then I would agree; ineff... Continue reading