Managing Your Business
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This website was started in mid-2020 to help business owners, executives, managers, and entrepreneurs deal with the unprecedented challenges of the chaotic “new abnormal” — a world of rapid change, huge uncertainty, and great unpredictability
- Blog A blog-based learning center intended to build a valuable and growing resource for business leaders who are looking for guidance as they deal daily with rapid change, uncertainty, and unpredictability.
- Tools & Examples For subscribers, free access is provided to a range of simple but powerful management tools all designed to understand and address today’s chaotic business environment.
- Coaching For those readers who might find value in a coaching process for their specific business situation, a fully online eCoaching service is available at a modest cost.
The website focuses on a new and urgent management practices set dealing with managing a business in times of great uncertainty. Unprecedented changes in the business environment worldwide beginning in 2020 have made traditional practices (way back before December 2019) not just obsolete but potentially damaging.
Business can no longer be done as it has been for decades. But far from obvious is what may be needed to move forward into unknown times.
Many new practices will be developed, tested, and adapted by each business as it copes with the world as it now is.
AI-eCoach is primarily aimed at achievement – getting real results. Goal-setting is often secondary or simply inferred. Action planning may be mostly situation-driven and immediate, as in our battlefield skills analogy (link).
Today, many businesses are sharply focused on survival. I guess that this is a goal in some respects but it is inherently multi-dimensional and may have evolving scope and changing focus. Achievement in this context may be just keeping a positive cash flow while avoiding obstacles.
A secondary focus is on long-term survival, which might be thought of as thriving. This may be growth but it may also be business reinvention.
The artificial intelligence meaning in “AI” refers to our use of systems dynamics methodology with a simple, heuristic learning capability. Systems dynamics falls within the general definition of artificial intelligence.
Gerry Allan has a broad background in technology, consulting, and general management.
His education includes a doctorate in business decision analysis from Harvard University, an MBA in applied economics from University of California Berkeley, a master’s degree in electronics engineering, and an undergraduate degree in engineering physics. He studied and worked for two years with Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Harry Levinson who wrote the definitive book “Organizational Diagnosis”.
As an independent management consultant, he assisted clients in areas from supply chain management to quality assurance systems, profitability improvement programs, distribution system redesign, operations reorganizations, and service quality improvement, and a precursor to Zillow.
His management experience provided firsthand knowledge of most business functions in both large and small companies. Positions held include start-up CEO and tech entrepreneur, COO for a software developer, CFO for a fast-growing electronic components manufacturer, VP of marketing/sales for an industrial microwave systems manufacturer, purchasing manager for one of Canada’s largest gas transmission companies, and VP of operations for a pioneering metallurgical company.
This short book is intended for executives and managers who want to learn about the fast-growing, rapidly-evolving practice of executive coaching, how the coaching process actually works, and how one might go about choosing an executive coach. Executive coaching is changing dramatically, driven like so much of life today by technology. What was not long ago predominantly an onsite, face-to-face personal interaction between client and coach, is moving toward electronically-enabled, remote interactions that are often separated in both time and distance. Anytime, anywhere. “>Amazon-Kindle eBook is intended for executives and managers who want to learn about the fast-growing, rapidly-evolving practice of executive coaching, how the coaching process actually works, and how one might go about choosing an executive coach.
Executive coaching is changing dramatically, driven like so much of life today by technology. What was not long ago predominantly an onsite, face-to-face personal interaction between client and coach, is moving toward electronically-enabled, remote interactions that are often separated in both time and distance. Anytime, anywhere.
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Written coaching communications provide an extremely valuable process narrative that is largely unavailable in most verbal coaching processes. See my Executive Coaching Insights book for much more detail on this. The coaching examples included on the Coaching page provide a good picture of how this type of process actually works.
Slack-based Coaching: Slack as you may know is one of the currently most popular business communications and collaboration platforms, with millions of active daily users. Slack was chosen for AI-eCoach because of its huge user base and and because it offers:
- Open for everyone
- Friendly user interface
- Easy asynchronous conversation
- iOS and Android apps
- Powerful customization abilities
- Excellent search