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3 Tips to Help Integrators Grow Services Revenue

Integrators regularly ask Solutions360 for advice about how to grow their services revenue. It often goes something like this, “How do we start this, because we have a break fix business? We get calls from our clients and we are very reactive and we take care of them, but we really want to build that […]

Understand the Power of Variable Costs

  Integrators that understand the power of variable costs know that every dollar saved goes directly to profits. This is Part 1 in our new blog series from Joel Harris, which explains the power of variable costs for your integration business. More than 20 years ago, I discovered the hidden profit enhancement found in focusing […]

The Time Billing Paradox

What is the best way to get your team to buy in to the importance of time tracking? On this episode of the Navigator, Brad Dempsey and Brad Malone talk through the time billing paradox, and the struggle people have when they hear the two scary words – time tracking. This is one of the […]

Does Everyone Understand the Purpose of Your Processes?

What is the purpose of your processes? And does everyone understand the value? If an integrator is engaging in an activity on a daily basis, people need to know why. Everyone should understand why processes are in place. Mature companies document and improve their processes incrementally — in a nonjudgmental fashion — attempting to remove […]

Building Accountability in Your Integration Business

Today, we’re talking about project accountability, or count-on-ability. Welcome to another episode of The Navigator, with Brad Malone, Managing Partner at Navigate Management Consulting, and Brad Dempsey, CEO of Solutions 360. Project accountability means that we all have our roles, and our responsibilities. In previous sessions we discussed the importance of telling the truth early […]

Make Your Integration Business Stronger During Ups and Downs

There is no such thing as perfect, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for incremental improvements. That’s what continuous improvement is all about.  It’s understanding that there is always room to better a process or structure and taking defined steps to recognize where improvements can be made and implementing and measuring these changes. The […]

Best Practices for Managing Change Orders

Managing change orders is important, starting day one of every project. Imagine you have accounting records, and you know how much money you started with at the beginning of a project, and you know how much money you ended up with, but you have no way of knowing how you got from point A to […]

Aligning Behavior with Values and Ethics

Basic behavior is either the willful alignment to established standards, or the willful disobedience of those standards. In last week’s blog, we discussed the importance of distinguishing competence from behavior to maximize performance improvement. Today, we continue this conversation. Behavior manifests itself from the motivation behind how an employee does what he does once he’s […]

Distinguish Competence from Behavior to Maximize Performance Improvement

When managing people, competence and behavior are often indistinguishable — and that’s a problem for integrators that want to maximize performance. Many managers automatically link competence and behavior together. As a result, when an employee is doing something incorrectly, managers fail to ask, “Is it because they’re not trained well, or is it because they’re […]

How to Calculate and Recover Your Labor Burden

Welcome back to The Brads Show, and our series of discussions about how to build the principles of maturity into your integration business. In today’s video, Brad Dempsey and Brad Malone discuss the importance of accurately measuring labor burden, and the impacts to profits. What is job costing? A job, or a project is a […]