Category: Leadership

Enshored quickly and successfully transitions to a full work from home operational model

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While the world has moved at different speeds and with varying success in adapting to the post Covid-19 world, Enshored has successfully moved to a work from home model for nearly all operations.

The president of the Republic of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, ordered a “Manila lockdown” starting March 16, 2020, which meant that the City was one of the first in a country without high numbers of confirmed cases to go under community quarantine. That event led the Enshored management to quickly move forward with its rapidly evolved work from home plan. These plans have come under more strain as Duterte has extended and tightened the lockdowns to include the whole island of Luzon where Manila is.

Work from home “hero of the day” Team Captain Cindy Zaremalekabadi saves her team

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CEO Ian Jackson mentioned Cindy Zaremalekabadi via email sent to all employees recently as one of the new heroes of the day who made extraordinary efforts to support the team on how the company was adapting to the WFH situation. 

“Cindy Zaremalekabadi, our TC for Paddle, did such a great job with getting the Paddle team primed for WFH, including self-directing the logistics”, Ian Jackson shared. 

Work from home “hero of the day” recognition starts with the efforts of the rockstar IT team

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On March 13, 2020, PST Enshored’s CEO, Ian Jackson mentioned and commended via email sent to all employees the whole IT department’s energy, decision making, commitment, and skills that are really becoming obvious to all the members of the management team as they have solved related challenges about transitioning Enshored to work from home scenario.

“They are making things happen that need to happen and finding solutions where others would have given up. Our IT team is being prepped for long hours, all kinds of new challenges, and we will all remember their efforts long after,” Ian Jackson shared. 

Interview with Ian Jackson, CEO of Enshored

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Ian Jackson is the CEO of Enshored (www.enshored.com). Enshored is an outsourcing firm purpose-built to solve the challenges related to scaling disruptive, high growth businesses, delivering proven results by employing our unique agile operating framework and the most highly skilled associates in the industry

Ian’s role at Enshored sees him drive client acquisition efforts as well as providing direction and oversight to Enshored’s operational leadership.

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Facts and Figures of the Inc. 5000 Series: California–At-a-Glance

 

Following the money? Make your first stop California. Home to some of the most prominent U.S. venture capital firms, California attracts 47 percent of venture dollars, according to Pitchbook. But that’s just part of the story. To gauge the dynamics powering the state’s hottest private companies, Inc. crunched their numbers between 2016 and 2018. Here’s a look what’s driving California’s fast-growth businesses: What they do, where they do it, and how they contribute to the state’s economy in the process.

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Introducing the Inc. 5000 Series: California’s Top Companies

 

Inc.‘s first annual ranking of America’s top businesses in California is here. The fastest-growing private companies–representing cities from San Diego to Sacramento–saw their combined total revenues climb 168 percent to a collective $5.5 billion between 2016 and 2018. Their 2018 revenue ranged from $1 million to $393 million. And they are also job creators, adding 26,000 to California payrolls.

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Trust Others to Achieve Success

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Ian first graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1993 with a Sociology degree and no clear idea of what to do. Falling by chance into a job as a librarian and general assistant for a small financial publication, Ian became fascinated with finance, markets, and companies, sparking the drive and desire for self-improvement that saw him start a rapid growth upwards through the business side of a raft of Fintech companies.

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Scaling Made Simple – Strategy #3: Outsource Non-value Added Activities

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It’s been estimated that over 90% of Fortune 500 companies use some sort of outsourcing to assist with their operations. There’s a reason for that! 

As businesses grow, processes naturally need to be added and tweaked. Some of these add real value to your bottom line, but some don’t. Many companies claim that their customer service function is a real value-add, but do you have data that proves you actually add customers because of it?

Scaling Made Simple – Strategy #2: Make sure your management team is fully focused on the core business

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Time is finite. Ideally, some of the most productive and engaged minds in your company reside in management. Each of these leaders only has so much time in a day. 

As businesses grow, they get more complex. That’s just a fact of life. The problem is that this can lead your company leadership to get bogged down in items that don’t contribute directly to the larger vision and mission of your company. In fact, a Harvard Business Review article states that the typical company’s senior executives spend less than three days each month working together as a team—and in that time they devote less than three hours to strategic issues.

Scaling Made Simple: Strategy #1 – Reduce Variation

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In Six Sigma, reducing variation is principle #2. It’s noted that when planning for Six Sigma, variation is undesirable because it creates an uncertainty of achieving your desired outcome. If the desired outcome you’re seeking is always profitability – then anything that may deviate from that model should be evaluated. 

Savvy companies know that in order to grow, more resources need to be applied to products and services that perform. Often, that means weeding out options that may be under-performing. The trouble is, some companies don’t have the data to know the difference. It’s important to develop a process for pulling data on the performance of your offerings. Sit down and take an objective look at how each category is performing, and make a commitment to decrease the offerings that are not up to par in each.