Growing Your Professional Service Firm For Show or Dough?

Or are you building it for size or profit?
Imagine a weasel. Imagine that little demon of destruction, that insensate courage, tireless activity and incredible agility. Multiply this might some fifty times and you have a wolverine. Do you know that this little animal (some 45 lbs) can make the mighty grizzly bear (some 1,000 lbs) run for his life hysterically crying for his mother?
And this is where the wolverine story ends and our story begins. But to demonstrate how this relates to the growth of professional service firms, for a moment we’re going to talk about how weight training builds muscle in humans because there is a dangerously high number of professional firms grow that grow the wrong way.
First consider bodybuilders. They are building muscle for show. Muscle for size. Muscle for parade. Muscle for impression.
Now consider athletes. They are building muscle for strength. Muscle for power. Muscle for specific functions.
So, now let’s look at the structure of the muscle and how bodybuilders’ and athletes’ approaches differ when it comes to building muscle.
Imagine the muscle as a package of spaghetti. The individual spaghettis are the muscle fibres, known as myofibrils. The package, called sarcoplasm, is the sheath enveloping the spaghettis, the individual muscle fibres.
And here is the difference.
Athletes, who train for muscle function, strength and power, grow the size of the spaghettis inside the sheath, and the sheath grows naturally as the muscle fibres grow. The sheath is always tightly packed with muscle fibres. This is called myofibrillar muscle growth, that is, muscle growth for function.
Bodybuilders on the other hand train for muscle size. They are growing the size of the sheath itself with little consideration for the real muscle fibres inside. And all the space that is not occupied by muscle fibres is filled with water. Not really water, but all sorts of fiendish body fluids. This is called sarcoplasmic muscle growth, that is, muscle growth for show and parade.
So, now we can go back to professional firms and consider how they grow.
First consider the “bodybuilder” firm. Just as sarcoplasmic muscle growth, the growth of the sheath itself, requires high volume of training to create size for show, so operate bodybuilder type firms. They have lots of people, incredible level of busy-ness, lots of clients and preponderance of projects. Everyone is running around like a headless chicken. People are busy doing client work, writing proposals and running around chasing new prospects. These firms operate on high volume and, well you’ve guessed it right, low margins. They have impressive top indicators, like incredible gross sales and unimaginable number of billable hours. So, if you don’t look beyond the veneer, these firms can look truly impressive.
In contrast, let’s see the athletic professional firm. This type of firm trains with lower volume but uses heavier load for building functional muscles. This is myofibrillar muscle growth for function, strength and power, with little ragard for show. This firm focuses on growing the size and the number of its muscle fibres, knowing that the sheath with grow in response to fibre growth. As opposed to impressive top indicators, athletic firms have nice bottom indicators like net profit per person or net profit per project. They work systematically without chronic busy-ness and chaos.
Now let’s revisit the grizzly bear and the wolverine. How can this little creature spread fear among such mighty animals as grizzly bears? One is definitely agility. The other is body composition. While the wolverine is almost 100% pure muscle, a large chunk of the bear is fat.
Similarly, a large chunk of most professional firms is “organisational fat”, including but not limited to the posh office at the upscale end of town, fleet of impressive company cars, super expensive mahogany desks, unnecessary business trips, luxury “strategy retreats” and excessive number of – often underskilled – staff members. And most of these firms, although looking big and impressive on the outside, are pitifully underperforming on the inside. Yes, they can brag about impressive billable hours and billing rates, but after the overheads and salaries are paid for, they have almost nothing left to show for.
It reminds me of a former classmate at university who walked around with a mobile phone on his belt to impress us (in 1988) but didn’t have money to actually get his phone connected to use it for any practical purpose. It was all for show and parade.
So, now my question to you is this: What kind of firm are you building? Are you building a dysfunctional muscle-bound behemoth or a functional, practical, agile, lean and mean athlete of a firm?
Do you build your firm for show or for dough? Do you build it for size or function? Does your firm have an essence, a core or is it all veneer? Is your firm more of a fat grizzly bear or an agile wolverine?

KEYWORD “Bodybuilding Women” – 16


Steel Sisters: Bodybuilding Women

Women came into the sport of bodybuilding somewhat late. Understandable, as bodybuilding is essentially a male-dominated sport. But not to be put down, bodybuilding women athletes have risen above the mediocre stamp that has been placed on them ever since the first bodybuilding women’s competition took place.

The first of the bodybuilding women, Lisa Lyon was a pioneer, a media star, and a spokesperson for female bodybuilding. Born in 1953 in California, USA, Ms. Lyon was a graduate of UCLA and a student of kendo, a Japanese martial art. Then a bodybuilding enthusiast, Ms. Lyon was encouraged to join the bodybuilding women’s competition by none other than premier bodybuilding promoter, Arnold Schwarzenegger who saw potential in Lyon’s small, dancer’s physique. As it turned out, Schwarzenegger was right in betting on Lyon’s bodybuilding talents as she won first place in the first bodybuilding women’s championship.

Lyon was replaced by Rachel McLish, the champion of the first Miss Olympia bodybuilding women’s competition sponsored by the International Federation of Bodybuilders. Considered the symbol that all bodybuilding women wanted to look like, Rachel McLish combined aesthetic and muscles in female bodybuilding. More than just an icon, this Texan-born bodybuilding women helped define the sport of bodybuilding.

Next to Rachel McLish is the Australian shot-putter-turned-bodybuilder, Bev Francis, with whom she incidentally co-starred in the movie, Pumping Iron II: The Women. If McLish was the feminine embodiment of bodybuilding women, Francis presented the muscular extreme. Her incredible appearance and awesome muscular bulk sparked both awe and shock in the bodybuilding women’s world, which eventually led to the question: “How much is too much?” This was the question that bodybuilding women have been troubled with ever since Francis first hit the spotlight in 1986 as a finalist at the Ms. Olympia competition.

In 1991, the overly muscular Francis was relegated as runner up to the more aesthete Lenda Murray who won the Ms. Olympia title. Ms. Murray went on to win eight more Ms. Olympia titles to her name, the last of which was in 2003 where she was also hailed as the most successful and most popular among the bodybuilding women.

Other bodybuilding women include Juliette Bergman known as the Dutch Superwoman who won the 2001 Ms. Olympia competition and Mandy Blank who was an IFBB fitness professional competitor. Ms. Blank is one of the new breed of slender bodybuilding women whose goals are more geared into shaping the muscular body into aesthetic forms than beefing it up to become ultimately grotesque. Other bodybuilding women of Blank’s caliber are Monica Brant, named 1998 Fitness Miss Olympia and Canadian Sharon Bruneau who went through all the radical changes from being a model, to hardcore female bodybuilder, and finally to fitness competitor.


The Ultimate Bliss Go Pack Review

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What is the Green Tea Diet Plan?

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What is the Green Tea Diet Plan?

Eating and dieting these days do not usually involve your favorite beverages like green tea and coffee. But this is not always necessarily the case. With some bit of planning and a lot of discipline, your diet plan and weight regime can include your morning cups of coffee or green tea.

South Beach Diet Plan

An idea formulated by Dr. Agatston, the South Beach Diet plan is not low-carb, nor low-fat. According to its originator, the South Beach Diet plan “teaches you to rely on the right carbs and the right fats.”

This diet plan is comprised of three phases – Banishing your Cravings, Reintroducing Carbs, and A Diet for Life. Using artificial sweetener and low-fat milk in your coffee or green tea during all three phases is one way to go on losing weight without having to give up your brewed cup. Going decaf with your coffee might also be a good idea since the objective of this diet is maintaining even insulin levels. If you’re a green tea drinker, then there is less worries for you. Green tea contains only very few amounts of caffeine.

The Zone Diet Plan

The Zone Diet plan was developed by Barry Sears, a former biotechnology researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This diet plan is based on the maintenance and consistency of insulin levels. Because this diet plan also concerns itself with insulin control, the issues that arise are handled similarly as that with the South Beach Diet plan. Taking decaffeinated coffee and green tea is all right as long as these beverages don’t spike up your insulin. The eating program of the Zone Diet plan requires you to use artificial sweetener and low-fat milk in your coffee or green tea.

Blood Type Diet Plan

The Blood Type Diet plan is a weight loss regimen where the foods you eat are based on your blood type. The eating program of the Blood Type Diet plan is more restricted compared to the South Beach Diet plan, the Zone Diet plan, and the Atkins Diet plan. For instance, for people with blood types A and AB, coffee is highly advised. But for those with blood types O, adding coffee to the Blood Type Diet plan should be avoided. Green teas on the other hand are acceptable for any blood types. However, adding natural sweeteners like sugar, honey, stevia, or maple syrup in green tea should be avoided in this diet plan.

Sugar Busters Diet Plan

The name of the diet plan says it all. Subscribers to this diet plan are highly cautioned against sugars. Coffee and green teas are perfectly fine but only use artificial sweeteners.

Atkins Diet Plan

Another low-carb diet plan variety, the Atkins Diet plan works best with caffeine-free coffee and green tea. For best results, artificial sweeteners in your green tea and coffee are advised to keep your carbs down.

Paleolithic Diet Plan

Also called the Stone Age Diet plan, this diet plan is based on the consumption of simple, unprocessed foods that our Neanderthal ancestors would have eaten. This diet plan is perfect for green tea drinkers. Green tea is simple and 100% natural steamed dried leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. If you’re a coffee drinker, you might be in for a tougher choice since you might have to give up coffee all together with this diet plan. Sugars in green teas are still a big no-no, especially the refined kind.

As you can see, there are plenty of options available to help you with your diet plan, and enjoying the benefits of green tea is a great place to start.