Choosing the Right KPIs for Modern Business Success

Posted by The Align Team on Apr 4, 2017 9:45:39 AM

Every company needs to track and measure how well it is doing compared to its stated goals. But how can your company identify which metrics you need to monitor? The specific targets you set and Key Performance Indicators you measure will depend on your organization’s industry, but the types of metrics described below can help you define your KPIs and get tracking.

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Topics: KPI, business planning, track progress

How to Find Entrepreneurial Success and Maintain a Work-Life Balance

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 31, 2017 9:06:00 AM

For some founders, work and life easily become enmeshed. When your company is such an important part of your identity, boundaries have the tendency to become blurred. The increase in technology and the pressure to be “always on” can make this distinction even more difficult.

As the founder of a company, finding a work-life balance can feel next to impossible. But it doesn’t have to be. Find out how leading CEOs around the world have created their own ways to manage the stresses of their professional and personal lives and see entrepreneurial success.

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Topics: founder, work-life balance, entrepreneur

Women in Business Series Part 3: Interview with a Woman Business Owner

Posted by The Align Team on Mar 29, 2017 8:55:00 AM

In the final section of our Women in Business series, we’ve interviewed Julie Scates, President and Founder of J2T Recruiting Consultants, a boutique Finance and Accounting recruiting firm based out of Denver, Colorado.

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Topics: leadership, founder, business success

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

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