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Business Efficiency For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-44949-3
408 pages
January 2013
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Proven tools and techniques to improve business efficiency

In today's competitive environment, it's the businesses with the right set of tools and technologies that get ahead, while others are left in the dust. Business Efficiency For Dummies provides you with practical, useful information on how to run a more effective business while saving time and money in the process.

Analyzing the world's most effective companies and aimed at top-level business owners and managers, Business Efficiency For Dummies provides the foundation all companies can build upon. You'll discover how to take an objective view of your company's current processes and procedures; what to consider when evaluating analysis tools like Six Sigma, Lean, 5S, and Balanced Scorecard to get your company buttoned up and streamlined; how to audit your company's accounting procedures to rein in and control your AP and AR departments; how to train employees to work more efficiently; how to bring efficiency into the future; and much more.

  • Find out how to stay afloat in the current economy
  • Discover affordable, approachable methods for streamlining business practices for greater profit
  • Employ the latest tools and technologies to maximize business efficiency

The tools and techniques described in Business Efficiency For Dummies are indispensable for business leaders and managers looking to identify weaknesses and improve business productivity and profit.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Business Efficiency Basics 7

Chapter 1: Business Efficiency 101 9

Chapter 2: Unfolding Your Efficiency Roadmap 23

Part II: Making Strides Toward Efficiency 33

Chapter 3: You Are Here: MeasuringWhere You Stand 35

Chapter 4: I Thought I Saw a Bad Habit: Hunting Down Inefficiencies and Their Solutions 55

Chapter 5: Efficiency on Impact: Understanding the Ripple Effect of Change 71

Chapter 6: To Efficiency . . . and Beyond: Getting Where You Want to Be 83

Chapter 7: Efficiently Executing Your Efficiency Plan 97

Part III: Increasing Operational Efficiency 113

Chapter 8: Channeling Henry Ford: Process Automation 115

Chapter 9: The Bottom Line: Financial Efficiency 129

Chapter 10: Effi ciency, at Your Service 145

Chapter 11: Ready, Aim, Hire: Human Resources Efficiency 175

Chapter 12: Streamlining Your Sales Process 199

Chapter 13: Up to My Gears in Effi ciency: Manufacturing Efficiency 223

Part IV: Increasing Employee Efficiency 237

Chapter 14: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change: Change Management 239

Chapter 15: Before You Get Hit by a Bus: Knowledge Capture and Transfer 251

Chapter 16: Fine-Tuning Internal Communication 267

Chapter 17: Helping Employees BeMore Effi cient 287

Chapter 18: Holding Effective Meetings and Events 313

Chapter 19: Painless Project Management 339

Part V: The Part of Tens 359

Chapter 20: Ten Areas Ripe for Efficiency Improvement 361

Chapter 21: Ten Efficiency Best Practices 367

Chapter 22: Ten Hidden Hurdles to Overcome in Pursuit of Efficiency 373

Index 379

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Author Information

Marina Martin is the owner of The Type-A Way, a business efficiency consulting firm focusing on cost reduction and job satisfaction enhancement through innovation and automation. She regularly conducts one-on-one and small group trainings.

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