Monthly Archives: May 2016

Lean Plan

A Lean Plan

A Lean Plan is a Powerful Tool 

Manage your business better. Keep the long term in mind while dealing with the everyday routine. Stay the course, but also make course corrections. Lean planning offers real benefits to every business, including:

Accountability. The future is now. Virtual world. Performance and productivity by metrics, whether it’s hours, codes, calls, or presentations. Set expectations with specific goals, then track numbers. Management by transparency. The lean planning process keeps the metrics on top.

Lean business planning sets clear expectations and then follows up on results. It compares results with expectations. People on a team are held accountable only if management actually does the work of tracking results and communicating them, after the fact, to those responsible.

Metrics are part of the problem. As a rule, we don’t develop the right metrics for people. Metrics aren’t right unless the people responsible understand them and believe in them. Will the measurement scheme show good and bad performances?

Remember, people need metrics. People want metrics. You and your business need metrics.

Managing chance. Forget that big daunting document; keep a lean plan to help you track changing assumptions, so you can review and revise regularly.

One  the strongest and most pervasive myths about planning is dead wrong: planning doesn’t reduce flexibility. It builds flexibility. Lean business planning manages change. It is not threatened by change.

Instead, understand that the plan relates long term to short term, sales to costs and expenses and cash flow, marketing to sales, and lots of other interdependencies in the business. When things change  and they always do the plan helps you keep track of what affects what else, so you can adjust accordingly.

Strategic alignment.  A simple process to keep you focusing on the details without losing track of the horizon. Make sure you have tactics to execute strategy; and specific, concrete milestones, metrics, dates, and deadlines to make the tactics real. Plus what you need to plan the money.

Forget the traditional business plan, and start a Lean Plan to Optimize Your Business said Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Attitudes needed to be a trusted entrepreneur

Attitudes business man

Attitudes needed to be a trusted entrepreneur on business

If you are an entrepreneur, you must aspire to be as trusted as possible, as no one likes to do business with someone they do not trust it, so today we will help you see what attitudes you need to adjust in order to reflect you are a person that people can rely on. 

“Gaining other one’s trust is not an easy task, it is good to be careful when approaching to new people, but it does not mean you do not have to trust anyone, you can always start building new relationships that can make you reach the goals you have proposed for yourself and your company”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim. 

If you are an entrepreneur you might me involved in closing deals, starting new business relationships and making new projects, in order to build trust and do these things, you might want to keep the following in mind. 

Be authentic – People that has developed their emotional intelligence will know if you are trustworthy, and for this, you will need to be honest, in everything you do, keep your promises, be punctual, keep your word and follow your commitments, this shows better than words what you are capable to do.

Be confident – No one will trust a person who is not self-confident, know about your products, services and your whole company, this will inspire trust in the others.

Be humble – As an entrepreneur, you should always be willing to learn from other people, asking them for their feedback will make them feel valued, this is what a leader that is worth trying will always due.

Stay calmed – Panic is the last thing you should show in a stressful situation, if you stay calmed, people will notice it and you will create trustworthiness. 

“The business world is filled with artificiality, or wrong deals, so it is hard to gain someone’s trust and it is even harder to keep it, but if you are honest, speak with the truth, create a good reputation, you will show other ones how good it is to trust you”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal about this topic.

Free advises to continue your education if you work


How to continue your education if you work, free advises

To learn new abilities and knowledge are key elements to keep on going as a professional, however, for most professionals it might be complicated to get back to school, when you’re out of time and money; nevertheless, these circumstances that might limit your learning and developing the trick is to considerate the opportunities around you, that most of the time are for free; therefore, if you get organized you can take advantage despite the time you have.

If you work on the same tasks every day, the chances are that you might get stuck in one single way causing that the other abilities you have do not get developed.

You might find new opportunities on your company, asking to participate on projects or teams out of your daily responsibilities, which will allow you to know new angles of the place you work and to learn new things at the same time.

Institutions like Harvard, Standford, UNAM and Tec de Monterrey are working to develop online content so you can take a course on line depending on your academic level, just need to have a computer and internet connection.

To connect with other people that are also interested to learn new things can help you to expand your abilities. Look for open classes, book presentations, conferences and related events of you favorite topics.

It might sound obvious; however, a lot of people think that is complicated to set a budget to buy books for you read and learn but you can solve this by visiting the public libraries or look for them on the internet.

You can also talk to the people that have developed leadership on your work that might talk to you about their experiences and what they do. You will be doing networking and you will also show interest to learn more about the company.

For Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, a person that wants to succeed on this world need to fail and to learn from that failure, otherwise that person will be afraid to fail and will never face succeed because of that fear. “We need to dream big, hard work really pays off”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.



How to make an interview

Which are the objectives in the Interview?:

  1. Pick up information about the candidate: know the person, characteristics, needs and interests.
  2. Explore its professional and personal track, as well as its specific behavioral competences for the position.
  3. Know the candidates motivation and his fit to the working environment where his incorporation is expected.
  4. Give information about the position: the candidate’s interest will be valued.
  5. Motivate and cheer the candidate for his continuation in the selection process till the end.
  6. The employment interview is a process of sales and “seduction”. Any message we pretend to transmit is formed by to aspects:
    1. Content aspect: Rational Level
    2. Relational aspect: Emotional Level

We are seen, before being heard. The personal image is especially relevant. For hitting with the dress, what matters is to have coherence and to comply with the rules in relation to the company sector and position you are applying for.

The interviewer wants a sociable person, capable of integrating in the company with a good treat with the rest of his colleagues and clients. People tend to help and think better of those who they like. If we smile we are affecting the interviewer’s emotions and give a more positive impression in the evaluation. The smile attracts, suggests confidence and optimism, relaxes and dissimulates the nerves and predisposes positively our interlocutors.

Visual contact empowers interest and facilitates communication. Look alternatively to all your interlocutors, with a direct and annual sight. Assent with the head shows an active listening and willingness. Play with objects shows nervousness and insecurity. Rub your hands denote impotent. Interlacing fingers shows authority and understanding willingness.

The language must be clear, simple and structured, avoid ‘pet words’ and. You have to be honest and sincere. Talk with a cordial tone, concise and specific. You do not have to speak badly of your current or former company.

“Is good to rehearse the interview before, plan what is what you want to achieve, what to say and how to say it” added Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Financial crisis

Financial crisis

Financial crisis, has already started?

The Wall Street Daily website published an interview with the investment expert Jim Rogers, who predicted that the next financial crisis has already started. If he is right, the market environment could be very complicated on the next months.

According to Rogers, old institutions, traditions, government, cultures, etc. will fall or disappear because of the collapse. The United States as per as Jim, “is the most in debt nation in the world history”, and along with other developed countries, will pay a high price for it.

Rogers was very successful on the 70’s, when he obtained an annual average profit of 420% during 10 years. Then to date, he has predicted every crisis that has occurred. He also, anticipated the real state collapse of the United States and he obtained big profits on it. As per as the Daily Reckoninglas, Roger’s profits because of his predictions are 300 million dollar.

Now he is predicting the biggest financial collapse in the history of the United States. He states that the economic data as the accumulative debt and the injection of money into the markets, lead to an inevitable point of break.

Despite this bad scenario, reality is that there are financial instruments that are very sophisticated to bet and win on the markets regardless these go up or down. The best financial advisor is to have common sense.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, a great entrepreneur from Mexico and president of Grupo Denim, is always aware of the latest financial news. “I have seen this interview, and my thinking is that we need to have other investments as protection, like gold and silver. There are other ways also to survive financial crisis, the main thing is to be one step ahead in order to react on time”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Modern office

modern office

How to have a modern office

Some of the biggest enterprises are proud of having modern offices with innovative designs and this is something that anyone, no matter what the size of your company is, can have, you just have to follow some simple steps that we will present to you today.

“It is important to work on a comfortable environment, there are little details that can change an office making you feel better, we spend many hours on an office every day, and for this, it is important that it makes you feel welcome”, thinks Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

If you want to have a modern office, the first thing you need to consider is the structure of your space, once you have identified it, it will get easier to transform your working space as follows:

  • Decorative motivation – Creativity needs support and there are many different formulas to maximize it, decorate your office with positive messages. If you have an office for your own, you can put on the walls the posters you like the most, if you have a coworker, ask him for opinion too.
  • Plants – They have a vital importance for any working space, they will change the environment in an office and will make it look modern.
  • Desk’s position – It is important that your desk is always in front of the door, as it will surprisingly make you feel more confident.
  • Paint – There are colors that inspire us and create different feelings, if you want to have a modern and comfortable office, choose the right paint for the walls, we recommend you green, light and pale gray tones.

“From time, to time, we use to spend more hours at the office than at any other place, so it is important that we work within a convenient space”, added Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal.