Zone_GraphicSpend time in "The Zone" every day working on your business not just in your business (Michael Gerber). Here you will find FREE audio, video, articles, links, and downloads that will stimulate your thinking and teach principles for building more effective business systems and processes. HAVE FUN!

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Business Improvement: Better Than a Suggestion Box

Posted by Ron Carroll on Apr 9, 2013 6:20:00 AM

Suggestion Box

Collectively, your employees have a wealth of experience, talent, insight, and creative ideas that could improve your business operations. But, do you have a system to tap into this hidden treasure?

Some companies have tried using a "suggestion box," which typically doesn't work very well. They allow anonymity leading to frivolous suggestions or mean-spirited remarks. They tend to focus on problems, not solutions. They put more work on already busy people; oftentimes no action is taken. Finally, they are not usually set up to reward successful implementation and results.

There is a better way. You can learn more by reading,  "Better Than a Suggestion Box: Tap Into a Wealth of Employee Ideas."

Download the suggestion form below to implement a business system that can add hundreds of improvements and innovations to your business in the coming year.

Suggestions for Business Improvements Form- Microsoft Word (modify to your needs)

Suggestions for Business Improvements Form - pdf (print and go)

Tags: Worksheet, People, Improvement, Innovation, Culture

Turn Your Business Strategy into a Balanced Scorecard

Posted by Ron Carroll on Dec 12, 2011 8:03:00 AM

Balanced ScorecardDoctors Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton of Harvard Business School introduced the Balanced Scorecard in 1991. It has gained wide acceptance as an effective strategic management system, a performance measurement system, and a communication tool. Simply put, the Balanced Scorecard enables organization leaders to convert mission, vision and strategy into specific and measurable objectives, with action plans to achieve those objectives.

Below are worksheets for helping you develop your business strategy and create a company Balanced Scorecard—a one-page summary of your organization's strategy and goals!


Prepare your company Balanced Scorecard now, and like your SWOT Analysis, re-evaluate it at least annually.

Strategy-Balanced Scorecard Worksheets - Microsoft Word (fill in the blanks)

Strategy-Balanced Scorecard Worksheets - pdf (print and hand write)

SWOT Analysis Worksheets

Tags: Business Startup, General Business, Worksheet, Business Measurement

Perform a SWOT Analysis to Guide Your Business Strategy

Posted by Ron Carroll on Sep 24, 2011 12:52:00 PM

SWOY AnalysisThe SWOT Analysis, developed in the 1960s at Stanford University, is a strategic planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project or business venture. It considers internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieve the business objective.

Early Greek philosophers summed up the desired results of this process in two words, "Know Thyself."

 Below is a questionnaire to stimulate your thinking, combined with a worksheet to perform a SWOT Analysis on your company. Ideally, you will match your strengths against market opportunities that result from your competitors' weaknesses or voids.

Take an hour or so to do this important exercise. Re-evaluate your business at least annually.

SWOT Analysis Worksheets - Microsoft Word (fill in the blanks)

SWOT Analysis Worksheets - pdf (print and hand write)

Balanced Scorecard Worksheets

Tags: Business Startup, General Business, Worksheet