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Consultant Scores with Different Approach, MBA Outreach

Paul Vragel has a different approach to consulting: He listens to employees who do the work at the businesses where Vragel has been brought in to solve a problem. That is an idea worth some thought. <"View content">
(Daily Herald Article, 8/14/2017) Posted: 8/15/2017

Get Enthusiastic Engagement from Millennials - Immediate Buy-in to Change, Participation and Contribution

The Demographics
By 2020, 50% of the global workforce will be millennials. Employers are concerned about how to get millennials engaged in their work. <"View content">
(4aBetterBusiness email) Posted 8/8/2017


Manufacturing and the Internet of Things - Common Ground in Implementation

Paul Vragel, president, 4aBetterBusiness, says that a common understanding of process when bringing generations together in manufacturing is essential. He also talks the dos and don’ts when it comes to effective technology implementation. <"Listen to Podcast">
(Connected World Podcast) Posted 8/1/2017

Private Equity Portfolio Co. Growth and Profitability: A Challenge Case Study Presented at University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Paul Vragel, President of 4aBetterBusiness, developed and is presenting at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Weekend MBA program on July 22 a Challenge Case Study on growth and profitability in a private equity portfolio company. The case is based on an actual implementation led by 4aBetterBusiness. <"View content">
(4aBetterBusiness Press Release) Posted 7/8/2017


Challenged by customer price reduction demands?

Our client Sander faced the same challenge. He had long experience in his mid-market business, and experienced and talented employees. They had already made progress with their lean efforts, but not at the pace needed to increase profitability and growth in a more competitive environment. <"View content">
(4aBetterBusiness email) 7/6/2014


4aBetterBusiness President to Speak at Driving Business Innovation Conference

4aBetterBusiness, a leading consulting firm that cuts core costs, improves productivity and increases net profits immediately, today announced that President Paul Vragel has been selected to speak at the Driving Business Innovation-themed Building Business Capability Conference November 2-6, 2014 <"View content">
(4aBetterBusiness Press Release) – 5/15/2014


Creating an Employee Engagement Culture

The improved business performance benefits resulting from employee engagement have been documented by many studies. Engaged employees go beyond what is required, find new ways to reduce costs or increase value, and are willing advocates for their companies. Despite widespread efforts to achieve engagement, however, studies show that 60-70% of employees remain not engaged or actively disengaged. What is going wrong? <"View content">
(By-lined Article by Paul Vragel in Ceramic Industry Magazine) October 2013


CEOs: "Lean" Progress Lagging?

The most frequent issues we hear from CEOs about their Lean / Operational Excellence implementations are slow progress, inability to sustain gains and lack of employee engagement.<"View content">
(4aBetterBusiness email) 12/13/2012


Considering Business Transfer or Sale? What Do You See "Through the Looking Glass"?

In the book Through the Looking Glass (the sequel to Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland), Alice is pondering what the world is like on the other side of a mirror's reflection. Climbing up on the fireplace mantel, she pokes at the wall-hung mirror behind the fireplace and discovers, to her surprise, that she is able to step through it to an alternative world which is a reflected version of her own house.

Taking a step from your business "through the looking glass", what would a potential buyer see in that reflection of your business? <"View content">
(4aBetterBusiness email) 5/20/2012


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4aBetterBusiness, Inc. 1417 Main Street Evanston, IL 60202 847-606-2605
Paul Vragel, President pvragel@4abetterbusiness.com