Business

The 2014 Scene: 14 Business Trends for the New Year (Part 1)

Posted in Advisory | Business | Leadership on February 19, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2014 is already behind us. But with 11 months still to go, it’s essential to get educated on some of the biggest trends that may hit us this year. From emerging and changing technologies to tax challenges and incentives, 2014 could be a game-changer for some organizations. [More]

Our Top 10 Business Blog Posts of 2013

Posted in Advisory | Business | Leadership on December 30, 2013

It’s hard to believe that in only a couple short days, 2013 will be behind us. We’ve experienced a lot here at Sikich this year, and although 2013 was a great year for us, we are all very much looking forward to what 2014 has in store. But before we move forward into the New Year, let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane. Here are the 10 blog posts that you all enjoyed most this year—statistically speaking, anyway. [More]

Business Success: Understanding & Influencing the Big Picture

Posted in Advisory | Business on September 4, 2013

Every year, Inc. magazine produces its coveted list on which every privately held company wants to see its name—the Inc. 500|5000. Being ranked on this list means a lot of things to a lot of companies, but they all have one very crucial thing in common—they’ve all grown. And they’ve grown tremendously. Sikich was one of those ranked this year, and for the first time ever! With a 47 percent increase in growth over the past three years, we ranked #4627—everyone here couldn’t be happier. [More]

6 Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Organization

Posted in Advisory | Business | Leadership on May 14, 2013

Waste accumulates all too easily in business. Even if your organization is thriving, it's possible to identify opportunities for improvement by following six simple steps. [More]

A Business Lesson from the NBA Playoffs

Posted in Advisory | Business | Leadership on May 7, 2013

Passion, overcoming challenges and playing hard are all necessary components of an NBA playoff victory. They are also all critical for business success. [More]

Telecommuting is Not the Problem for Struggling Companies

Posted in Advisory | Human Resources | Staffing | Business on March 8, 2013

With Yahoo!’s recent decision to ban telecommuting and Best Buy ending its Results Only Work Environment (a program that allowed employees to create their own schedules, including how often they showed up at the corporate headquarters), it seems as if corporations may begin a backwards trend. Good idea or bad idea? It seems that for every article I find suggesting that reducing or eliminatin... [More]

Commitment Level Differentiates Professional Firms

Posted in Advisory | Business | Professional Services on February 27, 2013

The other day I was in a meeting with a prospective client, where more than once the term “commitment” came up. This prospect’s current firm has made commitments that they cannot keep. They eventually get the work done, but not in the time period to which they committed. Furthermore, they have not even been proactively communicating with the client when they are struggling to mee... [More]

7 Common Places for Waste Accumulation in Business

Posted in Business | Leadership on February 4, 2013

The current economic situation is forcing business owners to take a good look at their companies to identify key improvement opportunities. Whether cutting costs is a necessity, or you just want to run a leaner business, you should constantly seek ways to reduce waste. Take a look at these seven areas where waste typically accumulates to help your management team develop and implement a waste-redu... [More]

3 models to help manage organizational change: Part 2

Posted in Advisory | Performance Measurement | Local Government Management Services | Business | Government | Leadership on October 16, 2012

Last week, we provided two out of the three models that can help managers understand and lead organizational change more effectively and efficiently. As we mentioned, managing this change can be a time-consuming task, and it's crucial to get to underlying behaviors of the change in order to successfully implement it. Here, we provide the third and final model: Stages of ChangeWhile we have descri... [More]

5 networking traits to build strong business relationships

Posted in Advisory | Human Resources | Human Resources Consulting | Recruiting and Onboarding | Staffing | Business | Leadership | Professional Services on October 1, 2012

Several years ago, the Sunday Magazine in the Chicago Tribune ran an article featuring top networkers. The resounding message was that individuals who are considered at the top of their networking game are those who think first and foremost about what they can do for the other person. These networkers really did believe in building relationships and understood that solid relationships are two-way ... [More]

A 2-part process to making more effective decisions

Posted in Business | Leadership on July 11, 2012

The decisions you make as a leader affect every single aspect of your business. They impact all of your stakeholders, the workplace culture and environment, and the company’s bottom line, and continued success relies upon you making the best possible business decisions. The process of making great decisions is much more than placing words or phrases in a pros and cons list—it’s a... [More]



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