business advisory programsfor small business CEO’s
I work with CEO’s of small businesses ($500K revenue and up) to solve three specific kinds of problems:
- implementing a lightweight management framework so you can spend more time working on the business instead of in it;
- improving throughput and profitability in manufacturing; and
- helping your leadership team grow as fast as your business.
Here’s how it works:
Lightweight Management Framework
Managing your business by financials and operations only is not enough. If you don’t pay attention to your people, ensure your business model is keeping up with changing market demands, keep your brand fresh and modern and make sure your marketing is working, you’re likely to have nasty surprises when you least want them.
Enter the Tornado Method
I developed the Tornado Method as a lightweight management framework for small businesses. It is based on my own experience as a CEO and I’ve used it in real life with over a hundred businesses.
The Tornado Method’s 11 elements in three layers cover all aspects of a great business. Get these 11 elements right and you’ll not only have a great business—you’ll have a life as well.
Implementing a lightweight management framework
I work with you and your leadership team to introduce the Tornado Method to your business, adapt it for your needs and make it part of your regular routines. By engaging your management team in the process we make them part of the process and ensure they manage their departments by the metrics that matter.
The implementation program is lightweight as well. We use visual tools to reduce the learning curve and increase engagement. There are no complex systems to implement; visual status boards keeps everybody up to date all the time.
And at the end of the day you have more time to work on the business—and for yourself.
Throughput and profitability in manufacturing
Every business is a system, and every system has a constraint (bottleneck). Focusing improvement efforts on that constraint is the fastest and most effective path to improved profitability.
The Theory of Constraints
The Theory of Constraints was introduced by Dr Eli Goldratt in his 1984 novel The Goal. With elements of kaizen (continuous improvement) and Lean Manufacturing, the goals of implementing the Theory of Constraints include:
- increased profit (the primary goal for most companies);
- fast improvement (a result of focusing all attention on one critical area – the system constraint);
- improved capacity (optimising the constraint enables more product to be manufactured);
- reduced lead times (optimising the constraint results in smoother and faster product flow); and
- reduced inventory (eliminating bottlenecks means there will be less work-in-process).
I help businesses implement the Theory of Constraints in their production, manufacturing and operations. As with my other programs, implementing this methodology engages your whole team, ensuring everyone buys into the process to get the maximum benefits.
The Theory of Constraints is applicable to any business with a manufacturing or production process. It applies to businesses struggling to maintain profitability or fulfil demand.
Your business can only grow as fast as your leadership team is able to drive it. But not all leaders are born, and not everyone has the hard and soft skills they need to cope in a growing environment.
Business Contextual Coaching
I help CEO’s grow their leaders through business contextual coaching. This coaching has two unique elements:
- The coaching is focused on developing each leader to excel at their current and future role in the business.
- Coaching is a three-way partnership between me, you as CEO and the emerging leader.
The focus is on leadership skills and personal development. Each coaching cycle begins with an assessment of where the coachee is in their development; prioritising the areas for improvement and setting goals for the cycle.
Coaching runs in 12-week cycles with 1-on-1 sessions every 2 weeks and email check-ins every other week.
As with all coaching programs, the content of coaching sessions remain highly confidential. Where necessary, I will – with the coachee’s knowledge and consent – provide insights to you as CEO so that you can help the individual where necessary. Similarly, I will use insights you provide to me to help drive the coaching.
A three-way commitment
Coaching has the potential to radically improve an individual’s performance, but it does require a full commitment from all three parties involved (me, you as CEO and the individual).
For more information, book a call
For more information on how I work with small business CEO’s, book a call using the form. I will be happy to spend an hour and see if it makes sense for us to work together.
At no point will I attempt to persuade you to work with me or apply any kind of sales pressure. This is either important to you or it isn’t, and I’m either the right person to help or I’m not. After an hour together, it will be an easy decision for you. You’ll just know.