Philip Bowers

Get Off Your Throne and Lead from the Trenches

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / July 9, 2013

I recently saw a cartoon that had a silhouette of a man sitting on a throne being pulled by 3 other silhouettes; the caption read “Boss” with an arrow pointing to the man in the throne.  Underneath was another cartoon.  It was very similar except for one major difference.  The throne was empty and there were 4 silhouettes pulling the throne with a caption that read “Leader”, pointing…

Employee First Impressions Can Build a Sustainable Culture and Reputation

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 25, 2013

Have you been through the hiring process in your organization?  Have you applied for a job at your company or worked with the temp agency that represents your company?  Have you analyzed the messages that are being sent out to those who have never even set foot in your offices or done any business with your organization?  If you haven’t, there’s no better time to start than now. …

Beat the Competition through Process Innovation

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / November 18, 2012

Innovations in products, technology, design, and engineering have pushed society forward and made the world a better place to live.  Companies spend fortunes on product development and research to ensure that they are on the cutting edge, supplying consumers with everything that they want and need. How can your small start-up, and minimal R&D budget, compete with that?  You must change how your industry does business, or start…

Four Ways Your Organization Can Stay Ahead

by / ⠀Startup Advice / November 10, 2012

I recently saw an independent study that said there were 4,900 woodworking manufacturers in the United States.  4,900!  Talk about competition.  The study continued to say that about 85% of the business is done by only 5% of the industry!  How crazy is that?  This screams that there is a major lack of leadership in this industry and the word “floundering” suddenly comes to mind. Think of this…

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