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Business Solutions for Maximizing Your Profits

March 2010    

In 1992, NSPG released Numbers Cruncher, our Break Even Calculator.  This was followed by our Flat Rate Price Book product line. With our simple-to-use-tools, you can make being a business owner what you always wanted to it be - successful, profitable and rewarding.

Finding high quality employees, and motivating them to perform consistently well is a never ending challenge for all businesses.  Inspiring a group of employees and managers to high level performance on a regular basis is a challenge for even the most successful companies.  What techniques can you use to inspire people who range from managers who work in an office all day to techs who work in sometimes unpleasant conditions, and everyone in between?  And, where can you find people who are ready to work as part of a team to consistently achieve your company's goals?

Many large companies are looking to a surprising source for people and management ideas to improve the performance of entire organizations.  Your company can probably take advantage of some of these ideas if you are willing to forget some of the things we think are true about who we hire and how we lead them.

Let's start with a description of an  organization that develops these types of highly motivated and organized individuals.  This description is from someone who is a mid to low level member of one such group.

Depending on the mission, our group includes up to 40 people.  We are led by a person who has the ability to recruit, train, and lead us.  He chooses and trains people with the proper skills and experience for tasks that range from menial to highly technical, and he positions us so we can effectively perform our assigned tasks.  He has to be able rely on every member doing his job, so we must all be motivated to achieve the goals of the group. The leader monitors all activities to be sure that everyone is performing as expected.

The members of the group have spent time, as much as years in some cases, amassing the skills and tools needed to complete our part of the task.  Each member understands that his part is important to the overall success of the mission no matter how small or large his part is. 

What this description leaves out is that all of the volunteer members of these groups are highly motivated even though the tangible personal  rewards for success are very small.

This description of a dedicated, skilled group working together toward a common goal matches what most successful businesses strive for. 

So, in what unexpected place are large corporations looking for these types of employees and managers? 

The online game called World of Warcraft.

Some divisions of IBM have begun to embrace computer game playing employees and managers.  With strict guidelines delineating the split between work and play, the skills that games teach can be effectively harnessed to produce productive employees. 

"World of Warcraft produces tremendous leadership skills among players. It teaches you how to evaluate risk, build teams for specific tasks and it also teaches individuals not to over react if they are not selected for a specific task."

Surprisingly, the game played by over 10 million people, imitates real world organizational challenges with an overlying fantasy element.  Players willingly spend many hours learning new skills which enable them to participate in ever more complex challenges, and they do it just to earn the recognition of their peers.

This system of rewarding performance with recognition of achievement is used by most successful service companies.  The dollar cost for this type of reward system is modest, but it does require an openness about company business that is difficult for some to achieve. 

Next month we will discuss how schools and businesses are using these concepts to motivate for success.  You may be able to take advantage of these techniques to improve not only your business success, but also improve the job satisfaction of your team.

A successful business that is known for high quality service and value is built upon the skills and enthusiasm of its employees who interact with their customers every day.

NSPG software tools can help you quantify what it costs to run your own successful business. Knowing your numbers that you can use to motivate your employees and properly price and to sell your services are critical if you are going build your own profitable, high quality business.

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Give Mike Conroy a call to discuss motivating your employees, creating your own market niche, selective discounts, loss leaders, your numbers, your performance benchmarks, or your flat rate books.  Take advantage of his experience working with hundreds of companies like yours to help you achieve your own business success. 

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The Economy

Consumer spending continues to slowly rise while incomes stays flat.  Disposable income rose slightly in February due to reduced taxes.  The consumer will not significantly increase spending until income begins to grow at a higher pace.

Industry suppliers continue to announce price increases for a broad range of product lines.  Increases we have seen recently range from six to fifteen percent.


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Freebie of
the Month

The freebie of the month is a web site or product that we feel gives you something worth looking at or using that costs you little or nothing.

Mint.com is an easy to use site to track your investments and spending, and even set up and monitor a budget.

Mint.com works by taking all of your on line login information for your banks, credit cards and investments, and automatically logging in to gather your information in one place for you.  You can see all transactions on your credit cards and bank accounts in one place on a daily basis. It really makes controlling your finances easy.

Mint.com even sends emails to remind you when you have payments due so you never have to worry about late charges.  No set up is required for these reminders.  They just happen.

The down side of this type of Service is that you are storing all of your critical login information in one location.  If you can get past this risk factor, Mint.com offers very useful services at the cost of seeing an occasional financial ad.  If you've been meaning to get more organized about your personal finances, Mint.com might be a good place to start.

If you have a favorite Free site, let us know.



A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.      Groucho Marx

No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.
               Elbert Hubbard

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
               Anatole France

What if this weren't a hypothetical question?

Procrastination isn't the problem, it's the solution. So procrastinate now, don't put it off.
              Ellen DeGeneres

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
              James M. Barrie

No man ever listened himself out of a job.
               Calvin Coolidge

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
                George Orwell

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