Category: business

Having the right tools… very important!

Early on in my career as a packaging engineer, the director of my team said to me, “without the right tools, how can we expect you to do your job?”.  This was over 5-years ago, but it still sits top of mind for me…

Partnerships are never 50:50

Perhaps you have, are, or will be in a partnership type business with a friend, family member, or someone else.  You may set the business up as a partnership where each you and your partner own 50% of the business.  Although the partnership is…

Layoff, me!

The corporate environment can be very rough at times.  In my experience, I have observed at least three size-able layoffs in just  6 years of working for my employer.  I understand the company is not doing well, so they need to trim some of…

The new workforce – take advantage

The workforce is very different today than it was ever before from start to finish.  The way people are recruited, hired, interact, and so on has all changed with new advances in technology allowing for us to be faster, smarter, and more efficient.  For some larger…

Run a successful business

Let’s say your company is doing poorly.  Let’s pretend your business has $1 million in debt and your sales are decreasing year over year.  Your leadership may also be lacking and your turnover rates are increasing each year.  How do you turn your company…

Getting into the details of your financials

Since 2009 when I started my career as a chemist, I began tracking my financials in great detail.  The way I track my money today is very different from when I first started tracking in 2009, but the purpose is still the same.  If…

Facing challenges

Just a few weeks ago, I was faced with a few regulatory challenges in my business.  There is no shortage of regulations in the USA when it comes to commercial business.  Due to the abundance of regulation, it can be difficult to operate at…

Lack of direction and what it means

My last post was titled, Lead by example and today’s post is titled Lack of direction and what it means.  As just a FYI, I do not plan the sequence of my blogs or even put much thought into what my next blog will be.  It just…

Seems easy, until you start digging in

Have you ever thought something looked easy, but when you started trying it yourself you found out there was much more to it?  Recently, I have run into some challenges with a project I have been working on for my business.  I would not…

Strengthen your weakness

I am driven by results and when I am not seeing those results, I take a step back and assess the situation.  First, I will want to understand why I am not meeting my goals. Second, I will try and find a reasonable solution…

Influencing from the lower levels

One of the crucial activities in starting my new role at my workplace is meeting the team and individuals I will be working with.  It helps build relationships with your new co-workers and allows you to better understand their roles in the organization.  During…

Corporate world

I found myself in a discussion this afternoon with someone about my role in the corporate world and my feelings toward the people I work with.  Although I work with a lot of nice people, I do find there to be a lot of bull shit…