Women in Business Series Part 2: Interview with a Managing Director

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 27, 2017 11:13:00 AM

This week as part of our Women in Business series, we interviewed Meredith Schultenover, the Managing Director of Kraft Enterprise Systems LLC.  Kraft is the trusted business partner for fast growing and mid-size businesses looking to deploy business management software solutions.  The Kraft team specializes in NetSuite, Adaptive Insights, and Microsoft Dynamics GP.  

Schultenover started working at Kraft Enterprise Systems in 2001 following a position in consulting at PwC.

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Topics: leadership, entrepreneur, business success

3 Steps to Improve Business Predictability

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 24, 2017 9:05:00 AM

When your company moves out of the start-up stage, you’re ready to see consistent revenue and steady levels of growth.  But what’s the key to business predictability? While entrepreneurs are often prepared for risk and spurts of upturns and downturns, if you want your business to survive the growth-stage, you need to find some consistency.

Predictability is the idea that certain activities can be expected or considered likely to happen because they have been repeated so many times before. But predictability doesn’t have to be boring. Although some experts think business predictability is falling by the wayside in the fast-paced tech world, check out these three steps to improve your predictability and stay on track to achieve your goals.

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Topics: Consistent Growth, scaling up, business success

How the Daily Huddle Helps You Scale Up

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 22, 2017 9:01:00 AM

Research shows that employees spend about 31 hours per month in unproductive meetings. While there are plenty of ways to improve your team meetings, many managers are switching to a Daily Huddle to help their teams be more productive. 

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Topics: employee management, team alignment, communication

3 Ways Strategic Planning Puts Your Company Ahead

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 20, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Don't you hate how it always rains the one day you forget your umbrella? While we can't successfully plan ahead for every possible situation, having the right tools and info when you need them can make your life so much easier. 

One of the biggest reasons that companies fail is a lack of strategic planning. Some entrepreneurs are so passionate about their ideas that they jump right into starting a business without really thinking it through. Entrepreneurs who have a shortened planning period or forgo planning altogether usually have to deal with bigger issues down the road--worse than getting soaked in that thunderstorm we mentioned above. 

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Topics: business planning, Consistent Growth, strategy

Women in Business Series Part 1: 4 Takeaways on Scaling Up

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 17, 2017 9:01:00 AM
It's 2017, and many entrepreneurs are shaking things up.  In light of Women’s History Month, see what your team can learn about starting a business and scaling up in 4 key business areas from some of the situations women in business have faced. 

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Topics: entrepreneur, scaling up, business success

Your Entrepreneurial Success Isn't Based on Luck

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 15, 2017 9:05:00 AM

When things start going well for your organization and you’re on your way to scaling up, it can be easy to say “We got lucky” or “The timing was right.” These statements may help you seem modest, but they’re not accurate. When you start seeing entrepreneurial success, you need to understand why.

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Topics: Consistent Growth, scaling up, business success

Team Alignment According to Bracket Strategy

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

It’s upon us again. That time of the year when grown men and women get excited about the 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance of hitting the jackpot of March Madness Bracketology.


People use all kinds of different tactics for choosing their favorites when it comes to March Madness and let’s face it, most are out of the game in the first couple of rounds. While the strategies enthusiastic basketball fans use to pick the perfect bracket don’t quite have a high percentage of success, some of those strategies could lead to picking the right team when it comes to your organization.

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Topics: employee management, team alignment, strategy

Stop Micromanaging and Improve Your Business Execution

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 8, 2017 2:16:00 PM

For many leaders, it's difficult to take a step back and delegate your work effectively. Especially as the founder of a company, the desire to micromanage your team members can be overwhelming. When your company started, you may have been the sole employee, or one of a few. You're often used to overseeing every single task and ensuring that things get done your way. But for lasting success, it's important to nip micromanaging in the bud, so that your employees can maximize their professional development and you can make the most out of your time.

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Topics: KPI, Micromanaging, Consistent Growth, team alignment

6 Things Every Business Owner Should Keep in Mind

Posted by The Align Team on Feb 27, 2017 9:01:00 AM

As CEOs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, you likely have a lot of things to handle on a day-to-day basis. However, there are several things that every business owner should keep in mind in order to scale up your company successfully and see consistent growth.

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Topics: founder, business planning, entrepreneur

3 Ways a Business Management Platform Can Help Align Your Team

Posted by The Align Team on Feb 27, 2017 8:05:00 AM

 

As a company founder, you're likely engaged with your business from when the sun comes up until you're so tired you don't even know what time-zone you're in.

Your company has goals, and you’re determined to achieve them. But if your employees aren’t in-tune with your objectives, your growth stalls fast.Find out how a business management platform can keep your team on track and help you align individual and organizational goals.

 

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Topics: founder, team alignment

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