Category Archives: Operations

You thought you understood disruption

  • by Tom Larsen | May 28, 2020 |
  • Design, Making Choices, Marketing, Operations, Organization, Planning, Sales |

In the past, disruption in business terms was when a new entrant to an existing market was doing some aspect radically different. Airbnb was a new kind of lodging (instead of hotels/motels). Uber was a new kind of transportation option (instead of taxis/busses). Blockbuster and Netflix in their own ways were new ways to get … Continue reading You thought you understood disruption

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Are You Holding Yourself Accountable?

  • by Tom Larsen | Feb 19, 2020 |
  • Making Choices, Operations, Planning, Product Development |

No one would dream of waiting until the day before the wedding to plan and invite the guests. Yet, we know from our own experience that millions of people wait until Christmas Eve to shop for Christmas day.

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Cannabis from the Consumer POV

  • by Tom Larsen | Mar 20, 2019 |
  • Operations, Planning, Sales |

Recently I’ve been studying the cannabis industry from the consumer point of view. With decades behind me owning and managing consumer product brands, I was curious to see how

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Make it simple

  • by Tom Larsen | Jul 19, 2017 |
  • Marketing, Operations, Planning, Product Development, Sales |

How good a job you have done making your processes simple for your people or your customers is determined not by how wonderful you think it looks from the inside. The quality of the simplicity is determined by the ease with which the user can get done what they need to get done for them to progress.

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Who is your Customer?

  • by Tom Larsen | Jun 21, 2017 |
  • Marketing, Operations, Organization, Sales |

Making a great product is the minimum standard to be in business. Many founders and creators think that is the entire goal of the business. They are correct that this is the top priority. But,

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Speed vs Accuracy

  • by Tom Larsen | May 03, 2017 |
  • Making Choices, Operations, Organization, Planning |

Would you prefer a fast meal or a well prepared meal? You have choices just as the restaurant has choices and builds its business around what it actually is willing to commit to perform. Doing your best work is about making it great. Being fast is about putting something out there quickly.

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Congruent

  • by Tom Larsen | Apr 05, 2017 |
  • Making Choices, Operations, Organization |

Take congruence a step further; what if congruent was a theme, not a specific habit. What if you look at your life or your business practices and determine if they are creating a congruent message?

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Let go a little

  • by Tom Larsen | Mar 22, 2017 |
  • Making Choices, Operations, Organization |

Your business is your bird. Your goal is for your birds to be healthy, productive and self-sufficient. How tightly you are holding your bird is how deeply you are involved in every little thing happening in your business. Your challenge

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The Bolt-On Syndrome

  • by Tom Larsen | Mar 08, 2017 |
  • Operations, Organization, Planning |

A problem arises when those bolt-ons, or patched in code, become permanent creating future inefficiencies that cost your company time and money to work around indefinitely or go in and repair. That’s the debt part.

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The Bolt-on Syndrome

  • by Tom Larsen | Nov 09, 2016 |
  • Making Choices, Operations, Organization, Planning |

Have you ever been in a house where the rooms just didn’t make sense? Often times that’s because the now big house was once a cute little 1 bedroom, 1 bath and has been expanded over the years to 3 or 4 bedrooms with multiple baths. Two bedrooms have a doorway together or there is … Continue reading The Bolt-on Syndrome

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