3 Strategies for Scaling Up and Navigating the Growth-Stage

Posted by The Align Team on Apr 27, 2017 7:50:00 AM

Research shows over 27 million people in the U.S. are starting or running new businesses. While start-ups and their predicted successes and failures dominate the media, what should your company expect once you’re past the initial start-up phase?

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Topics: goal alignment, team alignment, entrepreneur, scaling up

How Adaptability Affects Strategic Execution

Posted by The Align Team on Apr 18, 2017 7:55:00 AM

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 470,000 companies go out of business in the United States every year. If you think that number seems high, just recall what happened to the Delorean. Surprisingly, only 71 companies of the original 1955 Fortune 500 list are still around today. What's the hold-up for these organizations when it comes to strategic execution? How can companies that were once household-names end up going bankrupt? One of the biggest issues that prevents companies from succeeding in the long-run is a failure to adapt. 

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Topics: entrepreneur, innovation, business

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 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

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

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

What Ancient Proverbs Can Teach Us About Modern Business Success

Posted by The Align Team on Feb 21, 2017 8:38:00 AM

There’s a reason that many business executives will reference ancient proverbs in their documents and meetings—why? Because many of these platitudes still have relevance today, and there is a great deal that ancient proverbs can teach us about modern business success. We’ll delve into some of the expressions from centuries ago that particularly apply to contemporary entrepreneurs and business owners.

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Topics: leadership, entrepreneur, scaling up, business

Insights on the Young Entrepreneurs of Forbes' 30 Under 30

Posted by The Align Team on Jan 30, 2017 7:40:00 AM

While plenty of entrepreneurs don’t get their big break until later in life, many young people are increasingly taking opportunities to innovate and start their own enterprises. It shows that just as there’s no upper age limit on entrepreneurship, even several remarkable children under the age of 18 have started companies that have earned more than a million dollars.

As evidenced in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, these young entrepreneurs come from varied backgrounds and work in diverse industries. What can we take to heart about their early successes?

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Topics: founder, business planning, entrepreneur

What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know in 2017

Posted by The Align Team on Jan 5, 2017 11:07:26 AM

As we embrace the new year, a number of articles have come out identifying the resolutions, best practices, and new insights that business owners need to keep in mind if they want their companies to thrive. With all that information available, it can be difficult to identify what’s essential. Here’s our compilation of what every entrepreneur needs to know in 2017 to create success for your business moving forward.

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Topics: goal alignment, business planning, entrepreneur

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