MORE ENJOYABLE, MORE REWARDING
If you feel you have the right to make work better, to work with dignity, then you are in the right place. I came up from the workfloor, got promoted and made every mistake, and had some success before I began to study the “Science behind the Art of Managing.” That made all the difference. I have walked in your shoes. I have seen what you see. I have felt what you feel.
I was a 5 Star Chef, worked for the Ritz, ran hotels, private clubs. In my many decades of managing and helping others make managing manageable, I ran one of the highest quality and most profitable departments in an innovative supermarket chain, shattering industry benchmarks. I have helped small and medium businesses like yours grow from startup to a national presence, without losing who they are and what they believe in. Even more, I helped engineer the creation of an entirely new niche in a highly competitive industry, Artisan Cheese. I have worked for others, and for myself, had successes and some failures, advised State Boards in California and Wisconsin, worked with innovation boards, and small one and two person businesses. I am a founder of the Deming Collaboration, and I love my work. But you don’t have to take my word for it, check out my online cv at danstrongin.com.
But why does that matter for you? In this blogazine you will learn practical, work tested tips, tools, principles and techniques, to save you the suffering I and others had to go through to learn them. Behind closed doors, I have listened to business owners discuss the failure of business schools to prepare their students for the real world of small and medium businesses. So few teaching in them have the broad experience necessary to sift through the mass of stuff to find the pearls. Their focus is ensuring students get hired in corporations, so they can sell their degrees. This is not the same thing as ensuring a small to medium business gets what it needs.
“In our first five years, Dan helped lead a wide effort which has produced a renaissance in Wisconsin’s signature industry. He provided leadership, knowledge, unmatched industry contacts, tireless effort and boundless optimism …in launching an incredible period of growth and innovation”
Here you will learn an Uncorporate Way: the way work is really done away from the executive offices and in small to medium companies around the world. A way you won’t find it in most Business Schools, but you will in some of the most successful organizations in history: Colgate, Apple, Toyota, Panasonic, Honda, Harley Davison, Agilent Technologies, and many more: carefully adapted for small to medium business people.
THE STORYLINE ABOUT BUSINESS IN THE MEDIA IS NOT THE WHOLE STORY.
Not every business looks solely to Wall Street for guidance. Many of the most powerful economic drivers come from family owned businesses, or companies like Apple and Amazon that make decisions based on what is best overall for the company, as they see it, not just to ensure the short term wealth of fickle investors.
THEY REPRESENT THE CORPORATE POINT OF VIEW
While most people in the US, Europe and around the World work in private companies, not publicly traded ones.
WE ARE FOR THE UNCORPORATIONS
The official term for companies set up to avoid the exacting requirement of current law that publicly traded companies must first meet the investors desire for short term profit. They listen to a different drummer, many of them seeing their role to consider all stakeholders, and make them, their families, the people who work for them and their families, the greater community and the world itself thrive for the long term, in what matters: dignity, worthwhile work, fair pay, a chance to use the best in each of us, and of course, healthy profit for the long term.