Yearly Archives: 2020

5 Actions Productive People Take That Most People Don’t

Posted on August 4, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

If you want to reach your goals, surround yourself with productive people. It will only be a matter of time before their good habits rub off on you. Two and a half years ago, I made a decision that would change the trajectory of my career: I challenged myself to get to know one new person a week who was doing something I thought was cool. This decision alone was worth its weight in silver. What turned it to gold, however, was asking a few […]

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All Sales People Should Create This One Thing for Themselves

Posted on July 13, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

This is a guest blog post by Chris Peterson, Principal at Vector Firm Greg Maddux, former Major League Baseball player, four-time Cy Young Award winner, and MLB Hall-of-Famer, was known for his control.  He wasn’t overpowering but was always in control of his pitches and his ego. It was his control that led to his greatness. However, if you watched him closely, there were a few times during every game when Maddux lost control of his temper while he was on the mound, and sometimes […]

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Make Your Scope of Work Statements Stand Out

Posted on June 1, 2020 in Around the Web ,Business Process Improvement ,Industry Discussion by

Good Scope of Work Statements Establish Boundaries and Responsibilities A well-defined and communicated scope statement is one of the primary methods of managing a client’s often-changing expectations of what they will ultimately receive from a project. This is developed during the proposal phase of the project — initiated as part of the sales cycle — and is included within the more comprehensive scope of work document. There are really two types of scope of work statements, each serving a different purpose in clarifying the scope […]

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Better Processes Equals Better Projects

Posted on May 19, 2020 in Blog ,Business Process Improvement by

When was the last time your integration business focused on process improvement? Process management is an exercise in efficiency – it is all about doing the correct things while minimizing waste. There are a lot of programs out there that address process standardization and improvement in more words than I’ll use — programs such as Lean, Six Sigma, Business Process Engineering, SIPOC (Supplier, Input, Process, Output, Customer), and so on. More study on any of these topics will certainly yield positive benefits, especially at an integration […]

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Why Are Standards Important, and How Do We Get Our People to Follow Them?

Posted on March 2, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

When we follow standards, it allows us to establish, measure and assure a certain level of quality, and predictability, to our clients and to one another. These days, many people have a hard time understanding why some people don’t seem to know how or care about doing the “right things” the “right way.” It seems that it’s more important to them to do things “their way,” instead of following a standard method which delivers the defined results, and is repeatable across all of the individuals […]

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Learn How to Use New Tech Tools to Solve Problems More Effectively at NSCA BLC 2020

Posted on February 17, 2020 in Around the Web ,Blog by

At NSCA BLC 2020, Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg will talk about using innovation to bring new ideas to life & how to use modern tech to make better decisions.   by D. Craig MacCormack Artificial intelligence, 5G, virtual reality and machine learning are on just about everyone in AV’s minds these days, but where do they fit in today’s business landscape for integrators? NSCA BLC 2020 features this topic prominently. That’s a question Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg plans to answer at the 22nd annual NSCA Business & Leadership Conference in his Executive […]

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A Focus on Quality Will Impact Success in Your Integration Business

Posted on December 2, 2019 in Blog ,Improve Profitability ,Increase Project Profitability by

There are four ways to measure work in your integration business Quantity First are measures of output, starting with Quantity: how much work was produced.  You can usually identify and report the number of units, pounds, or other output measures, no matter what kind of work it is:  So many bricks laid, so many bags of pretzels shipped, so many ounces of gold mined.  Managers generally seek to increase Quantity. Quality The second output measure is Quality:  how good is the work produced? Were all the […]

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