Charles Darwin was quoted as saying, "In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment."
While the context of Charles' quotation was directed at the human evolutionary cycle, his observation is equally appropriate for the evolution and survival of businesses as well.
Companies must ensure that they follow basic and sound business practices, that are documented, with carefully recruited, and well trained/motivated staff. Equally importantly, is the need for a good understanding of the health of your business and the performance of your employees, your projects, and your business through the use of metrics and key performance indicators to trend results, and to follow-up on deficiencies.But survival in times of intense competition and tough economic conditions also means looking for opportunities to become more efficient and more competitive. The global economy presents unique opportunities, difficult decisions, and some dangerous challenges for businesses of all sizes. This presents even greater problems for many small and mid-sized businesses because the owner(s) rarely have the level of knowledge to know every aspect of the business operation at an expert level, or to see opportunities for improvement. For large businesses, recent trends for decreased headcount may have left you challenged to plan and execute projects, document existing or changing business processes, or to be in a position to manage business transformations vital to your company's future health.
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Steve Wickens is President and CEO of STRIKE ZONE Management Consulting Services Inc. He brings 33 years of business experience as well as 26 years of management and consulting experience from a wide variety of roles, companies, and industry sectors.
Steve is rapidly becoming one of the most highly qualified business management consultants in North America. He currently holds 11 professional business designations, and is actively pursuing 2 more. These designations cover areas such as: management consulting, project management, project risk management, administrative management & leadership, credit & collections management, business analysis, systems analysis, Six Sigma, and accounting / bookkeeping. He also holds college diplomas in Accounting & Finance and Marketing Management. Steve is currently enrolled at Lansbridge University and is actively working towards an Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Additionally, Steve was one of the first inland fishing guides to obtain the prestigious International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Certified Charter Captain designation.
With a long history of residency in Toronto, York Region, Durham Region, and in the Kawarthas, Steve feels that his extremely diverse business / consumer knowledge and experience can be used in a variety of ways to assist large and small businesses in need of his unique skills.
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