Yearly Archives: 2020

Aligning Behavior with Values and Ethics

Posted on October 13, 2020 in Change Management ,Industry Discussion ,Q360 by

Basic behavior is either the willful alignment to established standards, or the willful disobedience of those standards. In last week’s blog, we discussed the importance of distinguishing competence from behavior to maximize performance improvement. Today, we continue this conversation. Behavior manifests itself from the motivation behind how an employee does what he does once he’s part of a process — it’s his attitude and corresponding actions. Ignorance has to do with competence, not behavior. Entitlement, laziness, and ambivalence manifest themselves as behavior. The goal is […]

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Distinguish Competence from Behavior to Maximize Performance Improvement

Posted on October 5, 2020 in Blog ,Business Process Improvement by

When managing people, competence and behavior are often indistinguishable — and that’s a problem for integrators that want to maximize performance. Many managers automatically link competence and behavior together. As a result, when an employee is doing something incorrectly, managers fail to ask, “Is it because they’re not trained well, or is it because they’re choosing to behave that way?” The difference is important if a company is to get the most out of its employees. (Important note: When I use the word “incompetent” herein, […]

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How to Calculate and Recover Your Labor Burden

Posted on September 8, 2020 in Blog ,Improve Financial Management ,Increase Project Profitability ,Solutions360 by

Welcome back to The Brads Show, and our series of discussions about how to build the principles of maturity into your integration business. In today’s video, Brad Dempsey and Brad Malone discuss the importance of accurately measuring labor burden, and the impacts to profits. What is job costing? A job, or a project is a unit of work. So there is a start and end date. Hopefully, there is a scope of work, there is a budget, possibly a bill of materials, and as we […]

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Communicate Assumptions and Risks to Create Common Sense

Posted on August 24, 2020 in Business Process Improvement ,Industry Discussion ,Q360 by

Common sense is when everybody around me agrees with my perception of reality, without my having to tell them. Working on hundreds of projects and training thousands of project managers, I’ve often wondered why so few people around me have common sense. Many times I’ve discovered their lack of common sense three-quarters of the way through a project, which is a little late. I mean, they’re intelligent, hard-working, and committed to delivering a quality product and/or service, but sometimes they just don’t seem to think […]

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What A Comprehensive Scope of Work Document Looks Like

Posted on July 6, 2020 in Blog by

Here is an outline of the major components of a comprehensive scope of work document In our recent blog post, Make Your Scope of Work Statements Stand Out, we talk about how good scope of work statements help establish boundaries and responsibilities. Today, Brad Malone, of Navigate Management Consulting, continues this discussion, describing what your scope of work documents should look like. I have heard many terms used to describe the contractual aspects of an audiovisual integration project: bill of materials (BOM), scope of work […]

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Project-Based Financial Concepts for Integrators

Posted on June 22, 2020 in Improve Financial Management ,Increase Project Profitability ,Industry Discussion ,Solutions360 by

Recently, our CEO, Brad Dempsey, joined Brad Malone on the Navigator podcast. This episode is part of Navigate Academy Module 4 Project-Based Financial Concepts In terms of maturity, Solutions360 sees a wide range of integration companies. “We see the complete gamut of maturity,” says Dempsey. “It really runs from lifestyle businesses – small businesses started by somebody who had a passion or a skill with an opportunity to do something – all the way up to very professional companies that are even ISO certified.” “If […]

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Labor Burden Is a Crucial Concept for Running a Profitable Integration Business

Posted on June 8, 2020 in Business Process Improvement ,Improve Profitability ,Q360 by

If you hear the term “Labor Burden” and you want to glaze over a bit, don’t Understanding Labor Burden, as applied to the direct hourly cost of your billable labor (Technicians, Engineers, Programmers, Project Managers, etc.), may just change your business. Labor burden is a crucial concept in running a profitable company.  It helps managers understand the true costs and resulting profitability of people, projects and departments.  It helps to determine how you should be pricing your labor, and when to hire more when needed. […]

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