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  1. The Importance of Succession Planning – Exemplified by Carlos Ghosn

    Over the past 20 years, Carlos Ghosn has become one of the most successful executives in automotive history.  In 1999, the then-CEO of European car company Renault rescued Nissan, orchestrating a two-way stock trade that left Renault owning 44.4% of Nissan.  In 2017, Nissan acquired a controlling interest in Mitsubishi, pulling all three companies together…

  2. WingSwept’s Most Popular Blog Posts of 2018

    From management to operations to technology, we covered plenty of topics in 2018.  Three of these topics, however, earned more interactivity than any of our other material.  Unsurprisingly, these three topics each have the potential to have a significant impact on your company in the coming months and years. Is Your Business Prepared for the…

  3. 3 Characteristics of an Excellent Company Culture

    Most business owners figure out pretty early in the life of their business that they can’t succeed with a group of individuals.  There has to be some unity of purpose. Employees at successful companies don’t arrive at work each day and simply do what they’re told without understanding why they’re doing it, or how it…

  4. What Meaning Means for Your Company

    We’ve talked about the importance of employee engagement before – how engaged workers are less likely to steal, negatively influence their coworkers and miss workdays.  “Engaged” here is defined as employees who are “involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace”, according to study sponsor Gallup. A recent study outlined in the…

  5. What Most Businesses Get Wrong About Marketing

    According to the Forbes “World’s Most Valuable Brands” list, Apple is the most valuable brand – the brand alone is worth $182 billion.  It’s followed by a bevy of tech companies (Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon) and Coke comes in at #6 as the top non-tech brand, worth $57 billion. That must be nice. The…

  6. Does Your Office Have an Evil Genius?

    If you watched more than a handful of cartoons as a kid, you remember all of the evil geniuses.  Their names were different in each show, but they were always trying to rule the world, and the heroes always stopped them.  Did you ever wonder if the heroes could make the world a better place…

  7. Lessons for Small Businesses in the Failure of Sears

    In news that surprised absolutely nobody, Sears has announced that it’s going bankrupt.  If you’ve been in a Sears lately, you probably saw exactly why it can’t pay the bills – the stores are old, the shelves are empty, and the customers are gone.  But how did Sears get here?  And what does any of…

  8. Ready, Fire, Aim! Four IT Changes that Require Advanced Planning

    Sometimes you must make decisions quickly in the business world.  Some opportunities are short-lived, and some problems need to be addressed quickly.  Other problems just aren’t worth the extra time you’d put into solving them perfectly. Of course, there are also times where quick decisions can lead to big problems.  Unfortunately, these problems don’t always…

  9. Process Produces Profit (and Peace of Mind, too)

    Is there anything that sounds more like a corporate money pit than Business Process Implementation?  It sounds like something GE has been doing while their stock fell 50% in the past year.  But the reality is that process is extremely important. As a company that manages network infrastructure, we’re admittedly biased.  Following established processes when…

  10. Three Ways SMBs Can Beat Big Business

    Currently, the top 15 companies in the US are sitting on $1 trillion of cash and investments they don’t even know how to profitably invest – enough to spend $3,000 on every person in the United States.  Depending on how you see things, this staggering figure can make you wonder how small businesses can even…