Where Big Ideas Come From

Our 3rd CEO Leadership Event of our 3-part Series

Wednesday, May 18th from 12noon – 2pm

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What can we learn from fast growth businesses who live and provide the latest technology?  How do they find the right people? Where do their big ideas come from? Does culture drive growth or does culture adapt?

Join us for a rich conversation over a lovely lunch and no traffic!

REGISTER TODAY TO HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE!

PANELISTS:

CloudLock   Gil Zimmermann, CEO & Co-Founder, CloudLock

Mobiquity   Bill Seibel, past CEO, Mobiquity

CTP   Chris Greendale, Founder & CEO, Cloud Technology Partner

MODERATOR:            Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz, Founder & CEO, Next Stage Solutions, Inc

WHERE:  The Lanam Club, 260 N Main Street, Andover, MA 01810

Register Today!

Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz of Next Stage Solutions, Inc. | 617. 449. 7728

Andy Snider of Snider Associates | 617. 947. 1170

How Fast Growth is Achieved

Addressing the Challenges of Succeeding the 21st Century

Spiral Wednesday, May 18th  12-2pm   Part 3

Approaches that worked in 2000 are not enough to succeed in 2016.  Digitization of things is upon us. What can we learn from fast growth businesses who live and provide the latest technology and what opportunities can we create when we are ready to embrace the new state of doing business?

PANELISTS:

Mobiquity   Bill Seibel, past CEO, Mobiquity

CTP   Chris Greendale, Founder & CEO, Cloud Technology Partner

CloudLock   Gil Zimmermann, CEO & Co-Founder, CloudLock

MODERATOR:   Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz, CEO, Next Stage Solutions, Inc.

Learn about techniques that the most advanced companies are using to achieve extraordinary results and to make their organizations more adaptive.

WHERE:  The Lanam Club, 260 N Main Street, Andover, MA 01810

Register Today!

Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz of Next Stage Solutions, Inc. | 617. 449. 7728

Andy Snider of Snider Associates | 617. 947. 1170

Effective Strategy Execution

Logo Exec Lead Part II:  Tomorrow is Here: Profitable Growth Requires Critical Assessments for Effective Strategy Execution          

Tuesday, March 29 Noon – 2pm over lunch

Specially for You:   Bring a CEO and Get a 2 for 1       Register yourself at regular rate and your prospect/client CEO at no charge with the special NSSCEO code.

Register Today!

Questions we will be addressing:

  • What specific changes did you make so that you could truly scale your business?
  • Do you have a certain process you follow?  If so, can you share that process?
  • What are your stories, both positive and negative, that you believe are essential for any CEO when considering profitable growth?
  • What we cannot measure we cannot manage.  What are your top three value drivers and how do you measure them?
  • Can you share with us what measures you have put in place to assure that the strategic plan gets executed within the capital resources and timeframe you planned?
  • How are you making use of the available technology and where do you see the potential competitive advantage?

Panelists:

   
Randy Nunley, CEO of Odyssey Systems Consulting Group
Charley Storey, President of Harpoon Brewery
                
Kevin Young, President of Mondi International
Moderator:    Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz, CEO of Next Stage Solutions, Inc.

Come and hear from successful CEOs in how they shifted their focus to achieve growth by implementing the right infrastructure to effectively identifying new growth opportunities.

Join us to learn more in how CEOs have embraced qualitative and quantitative practices to address demands critical for future growth and long-term value creation.

ACCELERATED GROWTH DEMANDS CRITICAL AND INNOVATIVE SHIFTS  A 3-part mini series on how today’s business leaders successfully grow their organizations.

Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz of Next Stage Solutions, Inc. | 617. 449. 7728 or Andy Snider of Snider Associates | 617. 947. 1170

NSS feels the love…

WE FEEL THE LOVE…

Is February a good month to consider looking at growth opportunities and start with a Benchmark Assessment?

Well, we feel the love in the air so please read on and check out our gift to you below!

For any new readers, NSS is an experienced, cross-functional and operationally driven group of Business and Finance Advisors.  In particular, we focus in four areas of your business:

  1. Growth Opportunities
  2. Profit Optimization
  3. Business Systems and Processes
  4. CFO Search and CFO Mentorship

NSS finished tabulating the results of a CEO SURVEY taken in Q4 of 2015.  Our survey incorporated questions around growth, decision-making, immediate challenges and their view of importance on financial expertise.

Let’s take the first one, GROWTH, and how they identify opportunities.  What is their process in making sure the opportunity is achievable and optimal for the organization? Our question “What could hold you back from achieving your growth objectives”, provided us with an evenly distributed response:

  • 1/3 feared that the opportunity would no longer exist as planned, whether additional products to market materialize or lack of opportunity in general
  • 1/3 worried of not finding the additional capital
  • 1/3 were concerned in finding the right people

The first one is indeed an intriguing fear and I would like to address this a bit further.  With continuous uncertain market conditions, an organization today must be nimble, efficient and quick in the decision-making process. Goals are achieved by companies who operate at the highest level of effectiveness. In order for the CEO and Business Owner to understand how to maximize growth and profit opportunities, they must understand the contributing value of each of the Four Functional Business Elements: Sales, Operations, Finance and Organizational Culture.

We learned that most of the CEO Survey takers did not have any particular decision-making process, but mostly relied on their intuition.  A day in the life of a CEO is extremely demanding yet making a silo-based decision could hurt the company long term.  Every decision has ramifications to the entire organization, whether it is an offsite Strategy meeting or a Sales Pipeline Projection Exercise.  Don’t get me wrong, these activities are important, but the dots must be connected back to the Four Functional Business Elements and eventually back to Finance.

In order for a business to successfully and optimally make decisions, they must first understand the interdependency of these four business functions, how they relate or not relate. Often changes can be made easily within a department so not to hold up a decision-making process or in the worst case, miss the opportunity all together for a new product launch.

Two years ago, NSS developed a Benchmark Assessment tool to help our clients gain a more in-depth understanding of how the business functions interrelate and how they can de-risk the business with having a solid decision-making process in place. Because we at NSS practice cross-functional thinking when working with our clients, we created a true value for them in developing our short and long version of a business assessment tool: Best Practice Roadmap™.

It is February and we feel the love in the air!!  NSS   offers you a complimentary short version of a Best Practice Roadmap™

BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT REQUEST FORM

The assessment is designed for businesses with $15M+ in annual revenue and if you would like to find out how you stack up against best practice firms, please send us your contact information and we will send you the link to fill out the assessment online.  Once you complete the assessment, we will analyze the information and send you back a report. Of course, with complete confidentiality.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!  Rudi and the NSS team

Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz of Next Stage Solutions, Inc. | 617. 449. 7728

Tools for Profitable Growth

On Thursday January 21 the first program of the 2016 CEO leadership lunch series was held at the Harvard Club of Boston in Back Bay. If you were unable to join us for the January event we hope to see you on March 29. REGISTER TODAY!

The topic of the first event was “ Leading in Changing Times.” Andy Snider from Snider Associates moderated a panel that included Roger Berkowitz, CEO of Legal Sea Foods, Pat Sullivan, CEO of Game Creek Video, and Dennis Slutsky, former CEO, American Dryer.

Dennis Speaking Part 1

Over 40 people attended the event and seemed to feel that it was a worthwhile investment of their time.

Some of the more interesting thoughts that were discussed included:

  • Leadership and effective collaboration are critical to success in changing environments
  • To avoid bad business outcomes in times of change use metrics to make decisions
  • Hire the brightest and greatest. If we think they are good, we will find a place for them.
  • How to make executive teams more functional and breaking down the silos is one of the biggest challenges.

The next event will be held on Tuesday March 29, 2016 at the Waltham Woods Conference Center in Waltham MA.

PART 2: Tomorrow is Here: Profitable Growth Requires Critical Assessments Tools for Effective Strategy Execution

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 12noon – 2pm at Waltham Woods, Waltham

Hear from successful CEOs in how they shifted their focus to achieve growth from implementing the right infrastructure to effectively identifying new growth opportunities. Join us to learn more in how CEOs have embraced qualitative and quantitative practices to address demands critical for future growth and long term value creation.

PANELISTS:

  • Charlie Storey, President,  Harpoon Brewery
  • Kevin Young, President,  Mondi Group USA
  • Randy Nunley, CEO, Odyssey System Consult. Group

MODERATOR: Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz, CEO of Next Stage Solutions

Who should attend?  CEOs and Business Owners of midmarket companies  Sign up

Metrics Matter

A little over a year ago I published a blog on “Measure what you Manage” and given the New Year, I thought that Key Performance Indicators or KPIs are a good topic to consider revisiting for your organization.

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At NSS we believe that metrics really matter. If properly and consistently applied, they provide you real measurements in how you are achieving your goals and objectives.

Key indicators are used to measure day-to-day monitoring, goal setting and for achieving efficiencies operationally. Metrics also change depending on your current priorities.   The importance here is not how many KPIs you are using, but rather that you use the right metrics for the right tasks.

A KPI is a metric, but not every metric is a KPI! How do you go about defining a KPI? Here are some considerations:

  • How many KPIs should you have?
  • How often should you measure?
  • Who will be accountable for the metrics?
  • What benchmark should you use? Make sure you use some industry benchmarks so you can compare yours with the competition.
  • Do the metrics reflect your value drivers?
  • Can they be worked around it and how will you guard against that?

Many of these metrics are in fact non-financial yet they ultimately affect your financials. KPIs should be aligned with your vision, mission and strategy, including short and long term goals. For example, if your company decides that customer satisfaction is going to be the primary focus of improvement this year, you want to clarify how to measure satisfaction and create the criteria in how to achieve customer satisfaction. Make sure to communicate and train your employees and empower them to realize your expectations. Let me give you a sample of customer satisfaction KPIs:

  • Net Promoter Score (NPS) – How many customers like your brand to promote to others?
  • Customer Satisfaction Survey – Internal benchmark to use for future baseline and KPI
  • Customer Response Time – How long does it take to get back to customers and resolve outstanding issues?
  • Customer Acquisition and Retention Rate- measures ability to bring in new customers and of retaining them to generate recurring revenue
  • Conversion Rate – How likely is a customer to make additional purchases
  • External benchmarking comparing to competition

KPIs in midmarket companies are chosen by the executive team. You decide what you are going to measure and how you want them to perform against your value drivers.

Creating KPIs for key value drivers is not difficult per se, where it gets to be challenging is in actually measuring them consistently. It is also assumed that you base your metrics on valid data. Do you have clean data to work from and the tools to measure accurately so that you can gain accurate results? If not, take necessary steps to clean up your data.

Our experience is that many companies who have KPIs, have in fact too many. This creates a danger that the metrics become meaningless over time and employees will find a way to work around them. This brings me to another important point in setting your KPIs. Make sure your employees fully understand the requirements for the KPIs and in how they successfully can achieve them. Develop an incentive plan and recognize and reward positive outcomes. The employees need to fully understand and be empowered in how to affect a metric positively.

Audit your KPIs periodically to make sure they still make sense and that they are still relevant. If a KPI is not being followed, it should be re-examined for its validity. Discuss the relationship between performance and expectations. Think about your processes and intended actions that lead to improved performances. Do not create KPIs in isolation, they all need to be connected and tied back to your strategic intent. It is far better to have a few KPIs that are right and measure the right value drivers in your organization.

The beauty in KPIs, if consistently measured, is that they are quantifiable and measure how well you are achieving your corporate goals and objectives. They also bring accountability and identify the gaps between actual and targeted performance. The KPIs should represent organizational as well as individual factors that lead to improvement. Generally, companies that actively implement KPIs fare better in the market place against competitors. So metrics do matter.

Do you have a KPI story to share, either successful or not? Do you use them at all? Send me your comments. For another take on KPIs, watch my short Rudi/Tuesday video on performance metrics.

Rudi KPI

Happy New Year

Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz, CEO of Next Stage Solutions, Inc. |617-449-7728

Executive Leadership Series

ACCELERATED GROWTH DEMANDS CRITICAL AND INNOVATIVE SHIFTS

Logo Exec LeadA 3-part mini series on how today’s business leaders successfully grow their organizations. These programs are exclusively for CEOs and Business Owners and pre-registration is required.  REGISTER TODAY as seating is limited!

PART I: Building an Organization that can Thrive in a VUCCA* World (* Volatile, Uncertain, Changing,Chaotic, Ambiguous)

THURSDAY, 21 JANUARY, 2016 | 12NOON | HARVARD CLUB

Learn about the importance of linking strategy, leadership, learning, and     accountability to create an organization with maximum flexibility to deliver positive results in changing environments. Hear how corporate leaders built companies that have thrived in change and created lasting value, by getting the right people and getting them to do the right things at the right time.

PANELISTS:  Roger Berkowitz, CEO Legal Seafood; Pat Sullivan, CEO Game Creek Video; Dennis Slutsky, form CEO American Dryer

MODERATOR: Andy Snider, Snider Associates

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PART II: Tomorrow is Here: Profitable Growth Requires Shifts in Critical Assessments and Strategy Execution

TUESDAY, 29 MARCH, 2016 | 12NOON | WALTHAM WOODS

Successful CEOs will share how they shifted their focus to achieve growth by implementing the right infrastructure to effectively identifying new growth opportunities.

PANELISTS: Charlie Storey, President Harpoon Brewery: Kevin Young, President Mondi Group USA; Randy Nunley, CEO Odyssey System Consulting Group

MODERATOR: Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz, Next Stage Solutions, Inc

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Part III: Addressing the Challenges of Succeeding the 21st

WEDNESDAY, 18 MAY, 2016 | 12NOON | LANAM CLUB

Approaches that worked in 2000 are not enough to succeed in 2016. Learn about the techniques that the most advanced companies are using to achieve extraordinary results to make an organization more adaptive. Panelists TBA

For Information call 617-449-7728 or to sign up click HERE!