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Teamwork from an Owner’s Perspective

This past week I had the occasion to share a lunch break with several people on our team at ACUMEN Corporation who just happened to be in the head office that day.  One of the guys, an SAP consultant and project manager, had put in a lot of hours with…

Pride in Partnership

This morning I was following my Sunday ritual of reading the paper and watching CBS Sunday Morning at the same time. While reading a particularly distressing article about political gridlock I happened to hear our partner SAP mentioned by the commentator on the program. That got my attention immediately. Turns…

Day Labor; Witnessing the Human Spirit

Every life takes twists and turns. Over the course of a lifetime we might even experience both feast and famine. I guess my opinion is that it’s important to understand how to handle each, and that’s based upon personal experience. I don’t know if you have ever driven by an…

Willing to Buy Coach

What follows in an excerpt from the book “The Willing to Buy Coach” which I co-authored with my friend and colleague Dan Schultheis who has convinced me of the importance of coaching in many walks of life. Our book, a follow-up to “Willing To Buy; A Questioning Framework for Effective Closing” will hit…

Hard Learned Management Lesson; Be Mindful of Unintended Signals

Sometimes I think I’m just destined to learn the hard way. For one thing, I’m a pacer. I seldom sit at my desk for very long. Since, as a manager, I generally have to get my work done through other people I just prefer to be out there with the…

My “Defining Moment” as a Manager

At least once in every career each of us has a defining moment. It could be being fired, promoted to management or simply learning a new trade. In my case it may well have been the moment, more correctly hours and days I spent studying under Stanley M. Herman, coauthor…

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Our Binary Workforce

“Either you are someone committed to making a difference in your workplace or you aren’t. It’s almost binary.  Are you a“1” or a “0”?“ Our Binary Workforce By Phil Perkins,  President and CEO, ACUMEN Corporation   Are you a“1” or a “0”?   You know I have come to the conclusion that there…

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5 Ways Implementations Fail

5 Ways 5 Ways  Software Implementations Fail By Phil Perkins,  President and CEO, ACUMEN Corporation About this time last year I began writing an eBook I titled “Epic Fail; How Not to Implement your ERP System”. Having worked with companies during software implementation projects for many years I have become quite…

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3 Ways your ERP Implementation can be a Team Building Exercise

3 Ways Your ERP Implementation can be a Team Building Exercise By Phil Perkins,  President and CEO, ACUMEN Corporation As some people on LinkedIn know, my background is primarily in project management, working with distributors and manufacturers. I am a big fan of “doing it right the first time” even…

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The Scorecard for Wholesalers; Turns and Earns Analysis

The Scorecard for Wholesalers: Turns and Earns Analysis By Phil Perkins President and CEO, ACUMEN Corporation In our daily life here in the United States it seems we always find a way to “rate” or “index” anything we do. If you have read any of my blogs or even my books,…