If you have been a follower of our blogs for some time now (What?  You haven’t been?  Shame on you!  Check out our past back-to-school blog here), you know it’s that time of the year where we start talking about changing direction, re-engagement, putting away of things/picking up of things, etc.

Summer is over and we’re back in school.

You’re not in school anymore, you say?  Perhaps, but most folks tend to slow down in the summer.  They (or their staff) will use this time for time off, diminished energy (after all, either their team or their clients aren’t around) and other reasons.  The fact of the matter is that this is healthy and normal – people need to ease off sometimes, re-charge their batteries, and get ready for the second half.

That’s now.

Most of the economy is humming along busily right now and complacence can sneak up on you – after all, sales are great, everyone is making money, unemployment is low, and profits are up.  Exactly – complacence!

Much like the best time to look for money (or a job or a house or a..) is when you don’t need it, NOW is the time to make sure that you are locked and loaded on your plan for the second half of the year.  Make sure that you have the following in place and ready to go:

  • Strategy (time for a session to develop your strategy?)
  • Marketing (time for a session to fine-tune who and what you are after?)
  • Sales (do you have not only enough but the right kinds?  Is your team primed and ready to go?)
  • Staffing & HR (what does your team look like?  Any holes?)
  • Operations (is your delivery mechanism in alignment with your strategy?)
  • Financial/Administration (do you run your business by the numbers?)
  • Systems and IT (do you take advantage of the benefit that systems – electronic as well as human – provide?)

Let’s talk – we recently rolled out a “Lunch and a Consult” service offering that can give you a quick read over lunch.


Alex is a game changer, a fixer, and a no-nonsense entrepreneur who gets to the heart of the matter with business owners. Alex has more than 25 years of experience driving organizational change through strategic planning and execution. By focusing on a client’s specific value and the subsequent growth and scaling of the enterprise, Alex has driven businesses to more than 11M in revenue growth, with up to 61x ROI on their investment. An Atlanta native, Alex graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and received a Master’s degree in Information Systems from George Washington University. After a 15-year career in manufacturing, health information management, and financial services, Alex broadened his experience even more by working in diverse industries ranging from multiple professional service verticals (e.g., law, medical, engineering, etc.) to the non-profit sector. He was instrumental in the turn-around of a public company that started at $18MM and subsequently sold for over $300MM. Alex’s roots run deep through the Atlanta community he serves. He is a mentor in the Georgia Tech Mentor Jackets program, President Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Intown Alumni Network, and an event sponsor for the George Washington University Alumni Association Atlanta Club. He currently serves on the board of Pinecrest Academy and past board chair of Lifecycle Building Center, a nonprofit community resource whose mission is to make the lifecycle use of the built environment increasingly efficient and sustainable.