Horizontal, the New Vertical

Henry Ford may be best known for creating the assembly line, but did you know he also created the weekend. Ford realized his workers needed the free time in order to use and enjoy their new automobile. Along with giving them Saturday off he also doubled their wages so they could afford their new Ford. Of course they could have any color they wanted as long as it was black!

Technology Time Savers

I love when we can hire virtual employees to improve productivity here at Coyle. They make life simpler, easier, cheaper and quicker for the whole firm. It makes a big difference.

Technology is making it simpler to “hire” these virtual employees. Today I want to talk about three different technology time savers that can help you do the same thing: Copytalk, 99designs and CreateSpace.

Business Keystone Habits

Keystone Habits provide everyone in your company a simple, basic message that creates purpose, direction and energy. So what is it and why is it so effective?

First, let’s take a look at Claude Hopkins. Hopkins, a famous ad man from the early 1900s, had a problem. A friend of his came to him about a product called toothpaste. Claude wasn’t too excited about it because there was no existing demand for it. Rotten teeth were the norm.

But his friend persisted and Claude decided he’d look into it. He got some dental books, started researching and learned about mucin plaque, that film on your teeth. He thought if he could get people to focus on having a beautiful smile by getting rid of that film, maybe they will buy this toothpaste. Five years later, toothpaste is in demand and Pepsodent has become a huge success.

Your Business Process: Name It and Own It

In our last post we discussed the importance of understanding and describing your process. Today we want to emphasize the importance and power of naming that process.

What’s in a name? Let’s say I named this blog The Seven Habits to Creating a Process or Chicken Soup for the Process. You would immediately connect it with Stephen Covey or Jack Canfield. You would say they own those approaches. The name encompasses their philosophy and mission, what they are uniquely about.

As you read through (or listen to) this blog, think about your own company’s unique