Keeping Things Fresh While Growing Your Business

Posted by The Align Team on Apr 24, 2017 9:01:00 AM

With Earth Day and Arbor Day, April has no shortage of focus on nature, growth, and renewal. Running a company is hard. At the beginning there's so much excitement and fresh energy and it's natural for that initial rush to ebb into a daily routine, but when that routine becomes a rut how do you breathe new life into it and capture the spirit of those early days?

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Topics: Consistent Growth, business success

3 Tips to Increase Accountability and See Consistent Growth

Posted by The Align Team on Apr 20, 2017 9:01:00 AM

Accountability is a key component of successful companies. When your teammates are responsible for certain tasks and take ownership of their roles, you know that stuff will get done. Organizations today strive to have a culture where employees are proud of their work and know exactly what they need to do to propel the company forward. To scale up successfully and see consistent growth, learn techniques to increase accountability in your company.

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Topics: employee management, Consistent Growth, communication

3 Misconceptions About Scaling Up Your Organization

Posted by The Align Team on Apr 10, 2017 8:42:00 AM

Scaling up your company can seem daunting. Business experts, trusted family and friends, and anyone else within a five-foot radius will provide advice, insights, and other nuggets of wisdom. But often, this well-intentioned advice isn't rooted in fact, and it can end up negatively affecting your company. Learn how to avoid 3 common misconceptions about what it takes to scale up effectively. 

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Topics: business planning, Consistent Growth, scaling up

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

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

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

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

Key Elements to Consider in Writing Your Business Plan

Posted by The Align Team on Dec 20, 2016 8:17:00 AM

A business plan can be an essential tool for a new company or fast-growing startup. However, many leaders struggle initially with what they should include in their business plan and how to best represent their information. See what top business publications and entrepreneurs have suggested as key elements to consider in writing your business plan.

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Topics: founder, business planning, Consistent Growth

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