DiscoverBusiness Infrastructure - Curing Back Office Blues
Business Infrastructure - Curing Back Office Blues

Business Infrastructure - Curing Back Office Blues

Author: Alicia Butler Pierre

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Growth is not a bad thing. But too much growth, too fast presents a set of challenges often overlooked when discussing small businesses. The emphasis tends to center on the marketing and promotion necessary to grow your business, and not on the operations and business infrastructure needed to scale your business in a sustainable manner. These back office operations can make or break your business. The Business Infrastructure show provides solutions and real life stories to owners and operators of fast growing small businesses seeking practical tips for dealing with growth spurts.
139 Episodes
Amal Hassan is living proof of the tenacity required to build, grow, and scale a business. She started a contact center three different times only to be forced to shut down. The fourth time was the charm. Now, Outsource Global employs over 850 people with clients in the U.S., UK, and Japan. In this episode, Amal gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the quality control measures to select the best people, processes, and tools that sustain Africa’s top BPO provider. Ep. 138.
Lynn Bonner’s tenure at Big 4 consulting firms, as a VP at U.S. Bank, and as a Founder is a trifecta of scaling success stories. She knows it takes energy, leadership, and action to get things done. As the CEO of her firm, Action Leadership Lab, she applies agile and digital transformation principles from her corporate experience to scale her clients’ companies. In this episode, Lynn shares how to build and scale a sustainable business in short, incremental steps. Ep. 137.
There are several ways you can scale your company, one being a Merger & Acquisition (M&A). But be careful. As Jeffrey Musgrove warns, “M&As always make sense on paper. The difficulty is the people part.” With a career that spans wealth management, operations, and private equity, he knew what to look for when he merged his consultancy with Think Systems. In this episode, Jeff details how to execute an M&A starting with an analysis of each company’s operating model. Ep. 136.
Henry Kaminski started his marketing agency, Unique Designz, on a high. The clients and money flowed in. But all of that changed after Hurricane Sandy. Suddenly his bank account had a negative $2,500 balance. Down but not out, he invested in a course that gave him the tools to rebound. Then he had a different problem – more business than he could handle! In this episode, Henry describes how he recruited and hired a remote team and took his business to new heights. Ep. 135.
Scaling your subject matter expertise may seem impossible, especially when people think consulting firms can’t scale. It isn’t true, as evidenced by Dorie Clark. She went from growing up in a small town to becoming the #1 communication coach in the world as well as a prolific author, speaker, and professor. How? In this episode, Dorie teaches organic marketing strategies to leverage your core competency, reinvent your brand, increase your visibility, and watch the money pour in! Ep. 134.
There’s no one way to scale, but a common and critical component is business infrastructure. Outgrow, a digital content marketing and technology company, is proof. In this episode, Saksham Sharda, the CIO and Creative Director at Outgrow, shares their 3-pronged approach to becoming New York’s top B2B software company. Now, they’re expanding globally. Get the full scoop plus resources he recommends at Ep. 133.
“Don’t grow alone. Ask for help.” Wise words from serial tech entrepreneur and investor, Jeff Wald. And he would know. After studying the causes of his first company’s failure, he resurfaced, and, in true entrepreneur fashion, started another company. And then another. When he founded WorkMarket, he knew that scaling from 8 to 8,000 salespeople required business infrastructure. Eventually, Jeff sold two of his companies to ADP and Salesforce. In this episode, he shares exactly how he did it.
If accounting is the language of business, then technology is the language of scale. And today’s successful leaders must be fluent in both. After working as an engineer and B2B salesman in Silicon Valley, Aman Agarwal started an education company to close the widening technical fluency gap he noticed among leaders. In this episode, he shares his equation for scaling and explains how you can measure your business’ success by a formula. Access resources he recommends at Ep. 131.
Kathleen Black values business infrastructure - it’s the basis for how she became one of the top real estate professionals in North America! She says, “When systems are clear, people are empowered.” Now, she teaches other high performers how to build the most efficient and productive teams in the world. In this episode, Kathleen shares insights on the people, processes, and tools she leverages to stay in the top 1%. Access resources she recommends at Ep. 130.
In this Season 10 finale, host Alicia Butler Pierre unpacks the importance of converting “why” into “how” when facing business challenges. She uses this conversion as a backdrop to give updates on all guests and their respective workflows and technologies. Alicia also shares four lessons she’s learned about operating a business in 2020. A special thank you to all guests, sponsors, and subscribers who made this season a smashing success!
Tasked with creating something that does good for the world, nine 10th and 11th graders conceived the HydroHat. It’s a wearable technology designed to reduce heat-related stress and injuries. Though rejected by MIT for a $10k development grant, they forged ahead and formed a company called SenseHydro. In this episode, these young inventors/entrepreneurs give a live demo of their process from ideation to prototype design and patent protection. Listen, watch, and be inspired!, Ep. 128.
Workflow improvement stumps small and large businesses alike. Where do you start? What framework will you use? As the founder of an emerging H.R. consultancy, Cornelius “Neil” Dowdell faces these questions regularly. One thing’s for sure – you have to identify and document processes before you can improve them. In this live consultation, Alicia shows Neil how simple tools like stick figures and note cards can help to quickly identify processes and more! Watch the video at
Incorporating technology into your workflows can significantly streamline operations. However, not all technologies integrate with each other. This leads to disparate data and worse, inaccurate analysis. Vertify solves this issue. In this episode, Wayne Lopez, the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Vertify, gives a live demo to show how it connects data and unifies teams in making better-informed decisions from a single source of truth. Watch the video at Ep. 126.
“The answers to life are written in a book called YOU.” This quote comes from poet, Jeffrey Pollard. He’s self-published a series of poetry books and, naturally, wants to increase distribution. With over 2,700 self-published books launched daily, how can he get his to stand out? In this live consultation, he’s joined by his wife Francine Smith. Together, we discuss a book promotion process to increase visibility using digital marketing tools. Watch the video at Ep. 125.
As business leaders, we’re tethered to our laptops. After all, we can take them to in-person meetings, work on them while on an airplane, and use them at our home offices. But are we sacrificing comfort for mobility? Logitech designs best-in-class products that ensure both. In this episode, Art O Gnimh, a VP at Logitech, shares how to select the right mouse and keyboard and set them up in our home offices to maximize productivity and minimize pain. Watch the video at  Ep. 124.
Deborah Bailey, Cynthia Culbreath, and Karen Mills are on a mission. They’re helping entrepreneurs “get back to the basics of business” by harnessing their collective engineering and legal brainpower to power the Business Action Alliance. Part of their non-profit’s outreach involves podcasting. But where do they start and how? In this episode, we walk through a process and a checklist for setting up their podcast for sustainability and profitability! Watch the video at
Necessity is the mother of invention. It’s what led to the creation of Thinksmart Whiteboard. When Joseph Powell realized there wasn’t a software on the market to emulate a collaborative whiteboard session remotely, he developed one himself. Now, Thinksmart Whiteboard powers remote whiteboarding sessions across America in real-time. In this episode, Joseph gives a demo of the app to show its versatile use in brainstorming, ideation, tutoring, and more! Watch the video at
At 14-years-old, Sebastian Flores is CEO of OctoGifts. What started as a unique handmade gift for his sweet-toothed friend, has now blossomed into a viable small business. Melanie Flores, his mom, lends her engineering and educator skills for operational support. But growing demand requires a more streamlined workflow. In this live consultation, you’ll learn the steps this mother-and-son team can use to improve their D-I-Y products’ kitting process. Watch the video at
Following her last corporate job Ai Ching Goh vowed, “No more Monday blues!” She knows the tedium of digesting reports filled with mounds of numerical data. There had to be a more impactful way to represent this data. This led to her co-founding Piktochart, a web-based visual storytelling app now used by over 8M people. In this episode, Ching gives a demo of Piktochart to show its use in visualizing data as infographics, presentations, and more! Watch the video at
All businesses compete for mindshare. Getting it is exciting! But what happens beyond getting attention? How do you go from clicks and views to money in the bank? The answer can stump even the most seasoned digital marketers. Among them is Ericka Bates, a consultant to freelance graphic designers. In this episode, Alicia gives her a process to test in LinkedIn. The goal is to increase the conversion of people from “interested” to “registered and paid.” Watch the video at
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