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Five Steps to Successful Outsourcing
Schulweis Kathleen B
9/1/2007
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The devils plaguing entrepreneurs who outsource are indeed in the details. Getting it right involves sidestepping five common pitfalls and following five commonsense practices. Basic to a successful outsourcing relationship: Does everyone agree on what the deliverables will be?

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Managing Risk with Background Checks and Investigations
Scherzer Carole
9/1/2007
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Specialized or technical advice or skills not closely related to your company's core objectives can often be handled effectively by outside contractors. Typically less expensive that hiring full-time staff, potential outsource services should be carefully considered with these topics in mind: expertise, experience, proposals, and attitude.

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Buck Knives Goes Lean(er) for Growth
Buck Charles B CJ
8/1/2007
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As Buck Knives, Inc., celebrated a century in business, it also faced a cash crunch that was putting it out of business. CEO CJ Buck shares how his team took dramatic action (including moving the company from Southern California to northern Idaho) to fend off high-quality global competitors and to turn the historic and highly regarded company around with its own version of the Toyota Production System (TPS).

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Six DisciplinesT: A New Focus on Performance
Roth Brian D
8/1/2007
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Six Disciplines energized this manufacturing firm as its CEO and management team struggled to motivate and reward employees by measuring performance. Engaging employees in ongoing strategic planning, using Six Disciplines software to stay focused on the plan, and remaining accountable for performance resulted not only in increased enthusiasm and efficiency. An unexpected benefit was that it helped management and employees learn how to work much better together.

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What is Six DisciplinesT?
Landwehr Craig
8/1/2007
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Among the newest business-excellence methodologies now available, Six DisciplinesT is growing in popularity as a holistic tool to help manufacturing entrepreneurs remain competitive against all comers. It's designed specifically to help small and mid-sized businesses ensure they are doing the right things at the right times. Goals include simplifying the quality management approach, fostering practical planning, and delivering effective, sustainable execution management. Many practical tools to implement the program are available.

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Design the Right Compensation Plan for Your Business
Carpenter Susan
6/1/2007
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Much work is involved in developing an executive compensation plan that keeps your company competitive, integrates short- and long-term goals, and contains performance measurement systems that tie back to compensation. Well-devised packages drive organizational goals and objectives and your top talent.

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Processes, Procedures, and Policies
FastTrac
4/13/2007
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Discover the importance of planning and documenting processes--what we do, procedures--how we do it, and policies--why or when we do it.

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How to Conduct Fundamental Market Research
Warner Bill
4/1/2007
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Completely understanding your market allows you to confidently approach any customer, potential partner, or investor. This entrepreneur and angel investor outlines a five-step process for knowing breadth and depth of the market landscape.

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Market Research Informs a Business Idea
Smith Sally E
4/1/2007
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This entrepreneur and former banking executive shows how she used market research to discover the opportunity for an unexpected new venture. She researched ways around obstacles, identified solutions, and stayed creative--until one day, she found herself at the helm of a very successful business.

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Questions to Answer When Analyzing Competition
Warner Bill
4/1/2007
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Your basic business strategy and product plan needs to be rooted in an understanding of what it takes beat the competition. To do so, this author says you must have a realistic understanding of what you are up against, and he lays out a method to do smart market research.

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