In 1976, a typical supermarket had 9,000 items. Today it has over 50,000. While we all
might like to think that the problem of choice is unique to the supermarket industry,
we know it is not. The confusion that choice creates is especially evident in the areas
of Business Finance and Business Development. Are you familiar with your choices?
- How should our business evaluate
- What risks am I being exposed to
and how might they be mitigated?
- Should we explore the purchase of
an existing business?
- How much should our resources cost
and how might we negotiate a better price?
- Why hasn't my innovative company
- When should I consider growing or
reducing my staff and/or resource needs?
- What about market size,
competition, current trends?
- How can my services become
cheaper, better, and faster, today?
Certainly there exists the need for a company to facilitate choice in these matters. That
company is The Ashdale Group, Inc. Through our affiliation with funding providers
(both public and private), service bureaus, and our own professional "in house"
consulting team, we offer distinct solutions to the problems that choice creates.
The success of a company’s process is largely dependent upon that company’s dedication to
its full and complete design and procedural implementation. This requires focus, drive and
determination to achieve. Consequently, if a component should fail, structure is there to
define where, when, how and why it occurred. Unfortunately, for most small businesses
procedural guides don't exist. In those instances, The Ashdale Group, Inc.
is available to assist. Through their methodical evaluation process, activities are
reviewed and procedural guidelines are developed and implemented to restore operational
integrity. With proper usage, both scheduled operator and relief back-up remain
accountable for activity performance (or lack thereof), and process delegation is
allowed to flow smoothly even during volatile times.
In yet another instance, while attempting to implement an internally generated
improvement plan, employee focus and drive begin to wane as motivation weakens and
frustration sets in. While stress and tension begin to build, productivity and process
efficiency are replaced by complacency as camaraderie turns to suspicion. Once again,
The Ashdale Group, Inc. is there to help. By focusing on the cause (process) and not
the effect (behavior), we are able to determine the most efficient solution through
procedural modification. This independent and observational perspective can also include
standards of measurement for your implementation thereby strengthening your team’s level
of commitment and accountability. Our ongoing follow-up procedure requires that you
remain focused, affirming your desire for growth and improvement, which in turn will
serve to invigorate your process and enhance productivity.
Primary Causes of Process Deficiency
Pricing: Your product might have become someone else's loss leader
Marketing: More efficient methods of production or distribution now exist
Competition: If there's a profit others will do it
Obsolescence: A “CD” replaced by the newer “DVD” or “Blu-ray” technology
Burnout: Team leaders begin to loose focus
Time: Hectic schedules don't allow for "observational" time
Change: Issues relating to family, health, finances and housing are always changing
Taking the time to periodically examine these deficiencies rejuvenates your business
process. As always, you will be assured of an unbiased appraisal of your current process
along with our suggestions for improvements that keep your best interests in mind.
Whether on a quarterly, annual or other periodic basis, The Ashdale Group welcomes
the opportunity to service your needs.