Corporate culture can mean quite a few things. Culture can be the way your team interacts or the overall atmosphere in the work place. It can be something as simple as doughnuts every Friday or team meetings once a week to make sure everyone is doing well. There is one thing that is universal about culture. Every company has one. Continue reading
When you hear about a problem with a product, the first thing that goes through your head is “Now why would they do that?” Jumping to conclusions is a dangerous way to run your business. If you really think about it, no one in your company is trying to sabotage your business. More often than not someone has made a minor mistake or an accident occurred. Continue reading
In business, life and pretty much anything you do, a goal is necessary to be successful. Long term goals can get you started, but even long term goals fall short without short term goals to hold them up. Without a goal, you don’t have any reason to be productive. Continue reading
Tribal knowledge refers to the collection of procedures and information known by certain groups but not commonly understood by others in the company. It gets passed on from experienced team members to new members of the company and is not often recorded. Tribes are a necessary part of a successful business, but each tribe’s knowledge must be documented to prevent confusion and lapses in productivity. Continue reading
Have you ever tried to give someone directions and left them alone to finish a project? How many times has the finished product turned out completely different than you envisioned? If this has happened, You probably didn’t give the worker a clear and concise set of directions. Continue reading
By Chuck Gault, Max Coating President
I recently came across a book titled Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish. Harnish is the founder of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and knows a thing or two about growing a company.
Based on the habits of John D. Rockefeller, in his book, Harnish talks about the fundamental ideas that Rockefeller used to ultimately dominate the oil industry. According to Harnish, there are three pillars to these habits:
Organizational charts are crucial for developing human resource policies and establishing managerial hierarchy. In many cases, the development of an organizational structure is the final piece that launches a small business to the next level. Most companies have an organizational chart and most of them have the President or CEO at the top, the Vice President next and the department head below the Vice President and so on. Continue reading
We recently hired a Production Supervisor, Kelvin Allen, for our Atlanta plant. Kelvin has over ten years’ experience in the automotive industry and is well versed in systems and processes. We asked him to spend a few days out on our shop floor to get to know the team, watch what we do, and take notes about any potential improvements we can make.
In 2011, Chuck Gault, President of Max Coating, had no intention of expanding the company. It wasn’t until he received encouragement from his staff that it might be a great opportunity to expand the business into Atlanta. And that’s when Chuck had a change of heart. Backed by his business partner and staff, he decided to go forward with the expansion.
I introduced this “Visualize Perfect Performance” diagram to our company after seeing it at a seminar a while back. I remember I really liked the speaker. He had 20 years of industry experience and a column in a trade magazine that I read every month. It was obvious he knew what he was talking about.