Gary Holt Blog

7 Employee Engagement Ideas: Why My Job is Terrifying and I Love It!

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Jul, 31, 2015 @ 14:07 PM

This is a guest blog post written by Andrea Hewett, Social Media Business Director for Holt Marketing and Management Services, Inc.

My job frightens me. No, I'm not a Lion Tamer. I don't walk the high-wire or fly on a trapeze. I don't swim with the sharks (literally or figuratively). I am a Business Consultant.

You may be laughing right now and asking yourself, “What’s so scary about business consulting?” It’s true that there is no immediate danger to my life or well-being in my line of work. And while the possibility exists that a client could get angry or fire me because they don’t like the results they are getting, I don’t stress over that at all…

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3 Questions the Best Managers Ask: Defining Management Leadership

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, May, 29, 2015 @ 12:05 PM

A lack of management leadership results in the organization becoming defined by the employee’s beliefs and standards, rather than by management’s. Most organizations don’t realize that without management leadership the business will eventually fail. If left to make their own choices and decisions, employees will resort to their personal life experiences and the standards they believe are right.

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Topics: Efficiency, turnkey management, improve productivity, Efficiency Improvements, management leadership, entrepreneurial management, entrepreneur management, improving productivity, best management practices, oversight management

Why You Shouldn’t Work Holidays: Improving Productivity

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, May, 22, 2015 @ 16:05 PM

This is a guest blog post written by Andrea Hewett, Social Media Business Director
for Holt Marketing and Management Services, Inc.

If you haven’t already seen or heard the multitude of blog posts, articles, podcasts, etc. that exist solely to stress the importance of productivity in the workplace and how to get better at it, then you are either new to the internet, our blog, or both.

Chances are that you already know how important productivity is to a business, but do you really know if you are being as productive as you can be? Do you understand why it is so important to the company and how to improve productivity?

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Focus on Vision Statement: How to Motivate Employees in the Workplace

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Mar, 20, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

You CAN create a more fulfilling and purposeful workplace!

The purpose and primary aim of an Organization should be to help people improve their life in some way. It’s a proven fact that Organizations and Businesses in any industry achieve their financial goals if their customers and their employees feel cared about, treated fairly, respected, and are successful in some way because of their association with that Organization.

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The 6 Tactics You Need for Effective Recruiting Strategies

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Thu, Jan, 15, 2015 @ 14:01 PM

Recruiting can be a difficult and often frustrating task. It is vital to your Organization to have skilled, easily trained employees that can communicate effectively to help you increase your gross margins. The problem most face in achieving this, is the human aspect that can often be deceiving. People can be hard to read. They can be great at interviews and great at talking the talk but when it comes down to it, your main concern should be if they can walk the walk. 

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Topics: recruiting, strategy for recruiting, profitability, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, gross margins, Efficiency Improvements, profit growth, recruiter, recruiters, finding good employees, finding great employees, prospecting, research, social media, productivity, marketingholt.com, recruiting strategies, recruitment, how to find good employees, hiring, looking for new hires, linkedin

Find your Synergy Factor in Finance and Increase Profits Dramatically

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Jan, 06, 2015 @ 13:01 PM

I’m finding that many of my clients are benefitting the most from Finance plans. Because I’m seeing a real need for this, I decided to include an excerpt from Chapter Six of my book The Synergy Factor on The Finance and Information Team:

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Topics: systems, profitability, profits, business strategy, strategies, Efficiency, improve efficiency, gross margins, make more money, business success, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, profit growth, successful strategies, business systems, innovation, system, finance

Be the Perpetual Entrepreneur - Propel Your Business into the Future!

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Dec, 23, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

The Situation

Organizations have concerns about the following:

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Ways to Increase Profit: The New Leadership Training

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Thu, Dec, 04, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

The New Leadership Training

What does it take to run an Organization smoothly? You know that when you hire a new employee, you have to train them so they know how to do the job the way you want it done. But how do you guarantee that they are getting the best training? Is training all that important? Of course it is! Without proper training, your company will suffer losses due to errors and re-work so you are essentially paying someone that costs you money instead of making you money.

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Topics: profits, process development, Efficiency, improve efficiency, Efficiency Improvements, profit growth, strategic work, successful strategies, business systems, Process Mapping, productivity, marketingholt.com, coaching, innovation

The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Gross Margins

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Mon, Nov, 17, 2014 @ 16:11 PM

Increasing Profit through Productivity

Your business is doing well, it may even be doing great; but could it be better? This is something we ask ourselves on a daily basis and make sure to ask our clients. Are you where you should be when it comes to Key Performance Indicators? You should be monitoring and measuring your performance in four main areas: Management, Operations, Sales & Marketing, and Finance. If you think you have it covered, you might already be in trouble…you should know, without a doubt, that you have it covered.

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Topics: saginaw marketing, profitability, profits, process development, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, gross margins, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, Gary Holt, profit growth, michigan marketing, business systems, Process Mapping, productivity

Modern Day Superman: How this Mentality is Hurting Your Gross Margins

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Nov, 07, 2014 @ 12:11 PM

This is a guest blog post written by Andrea Hewett, Social Media Business Director
for Holt Marketing and Management Services, Inc.

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Topics: Saginaw, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, gross margins, increasing sales, make more money, more business, business success, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, profit growth, increase sales, marketingholt.com, coaching

Creating the Elusive Worktopia to Increase Growth

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Oct, 31, 2014 @ 15:10 PM

Change to be Better

Change to be better is a methodical business practice of ever-changing strategies and innovation. A core belief of this method is that success is in learning and creating and passion. Most people don’t change their business practices because they believe that what they are doing is the best way. Unfortunately, the reasoning behind this is because it is how they were taught and, in some cases, tweaked by the individual based on their own strengths and abilities. It is what they are comfortable with, and many fear the unknown.

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Topics: strategies, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, workflows, change, Efficiency Improvements, profit growth, information value, strategic work, task list, successful strategies, business systems, change management, coaching, innovation, tasks

Marketing Rules: Impact the Critical Areas of Your Business

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Thu, Oct, 16, 2014 @ 15:10 PM

In part 4 of our Marketing Rules series, we focus on the steps you need to take to increase production, reduce errors, and avoid stress (as you can see in the illustration to the left, this is very important!)

If you aren’t up to date with the series you can read them on our blog, just be sure to start with "The 10 Most Important Rules of Smart Marketing in the New Economy." I've also listed them all below, in series order, to give you easy access:

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Topics: planning, marketing, saginaw marketing, profitability, profits, marketing plan, marketing management, process development, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, diagrams, make more money, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, profit growth, michigan marketing, business systems, Process Mapping, marketingholt.com

What Cartoons Teach Us about Process Improvement

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Mon, Sep, 08, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

Walt Disney once said, “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.”

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Topics: business strategy, process development, strategies, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, Michigan, Proprietary Systemic Differentiation, increasing sales, business success, workflows, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, successful strategies, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, increase sales, system failure

Oversight: The Real Value of Management

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Aug, 01, 2014 @ 16:08 PM

Once projects or work is assigned or delegated, it is the responsibility of that position’s manager to make sure the tasks within the project are completed. The best way is the proactive approach. Proactive means that the oversight manager has access to task lists and checks dates far enough in advance of the due date to be sure tasks are completed and work gets done.

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Topics: time management, planning, Efficiency, improve efficiency, workflows, Efficiency Improvements, Gary Holt, task list, marketingholt.com, tasks

You Can’t Manage Time but You Can Manage Priorities!-part 2

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Jul, 29, 2014 @ 14:07 PM

Priority Management

A calendar system typically uses a month-at-a-glance page(s), week or daily view. The month page is a bird’s-eye view of tasks and deadlines to come; this view becomes useful for scheduling a month in advance. The daily sheet should contain three areas: time slots for scheduled appointments; tasks for prioritizing what needs to get done that day; and an area for comments or jotting down a record of additional daily events. You can accomplish the same thing using Microsoft OutlookTM.

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Topics: Saginaw, time management, planning, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, Michigan, optimization, workflows, Efficiency Improvements, strategic work, task list, tasks

You Can’t Manage Time but You Can Manage Priorities!

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Jul, 25, 2014 @ 14:07 PM

"I don’t have enough time to get everything done!"

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Topics: Saginaw, time management, planning, strategies, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, Michigan, workflows, Efficiency Improvements, strategic work, strategic, task list, marketingholt.com, tasks

Firefighting 101: Systems keep your Business from Going up in Flames

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Jul, 22, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

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The Gross Margin Matrix – Avoiding System Failure

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Jul, 18, 2014 @ 08:07 AM

In today’s economy, businesses are often having trouble with sales and, most often, with increased sales they are still having profit problems. Why is this? Due to the current economic crises, demand has declined and more often than not, the competition responds by slashing prices to boost sales. What they don't realize is that excessive price cuts are usually harmful to not only their profits, but to everyone's.

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Six Sigma Process Improvements save big money!

Posted by gary holt on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 08:11 AM

Not too many businesses succeed without looking at how their processes perform. This starts by analyzing the numbers to see if you are on budget. But the businesses that really succeed and achieve this feat also measure those key performance indicators that cause variance. Then they act upon what they learn.

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Topics: marketing strategy, profitability, profits, metrics, customer service, business strategy, process development, Efficiency, increasing sales, new customers, business success, workflows, happy customers, change, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, The Perpetual Money Machine, Six Sigma, successful strategies, new business, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, analysis, workflow mapping, change management, increase sales, workflow diagrams, coaching