Organizations are keenly aware of the necessity to contain costs, grow revenues, and run profitably. They must also agilly act and react to changes in markets as well as regulatory threats and opportunities. Based on solid business background and principles, EPH Associates can help your organization develop and maintain a holistic, architected strategic focus...while taking advantage of developing conditions. We take a long-term, strategic perspective while leveraging short term tactical advantages.
Founded in 1991, EPH Associates LLC has multi-decade experience in numerous highly focused disciplines. We have process and methods to ensure our clients obtain clear value when working with us. Grounded in open standards, we provide mentoring, training and other consulting services to ensure your organization has a clear picture of the target while navigating the rising and falling seas of today's ever changing environment.
Some of EPH Associates areas of expertise include the following:
Change is driving much of what we do today. Change can be a major distraction as we are forced to focus on the near term in order to just keep our heads above water. This is very often detrimental to the long-term objectives and strategies. There are changes in market conditions, changes in regulation, changes in legislation, changes in competition, changes in technology, changes in personnel, etc., etc., etc.
EPH Associates can help transform your organization so that you can take advantage of these changes...or at least minimize their negative impacts - while maintaining a long-term strategic focus. We can help prioritize your short term focus so that it minimizes distractions from the long-term strategic target. We help transform your organization so that the long-term target remains clearly in view and that all the tactical, short term efforts clearly become small steps toward that long-term target. We ensure that the tactical steps you (in many cases are forced to) take become interim steps in the longer journey.
“If you don’t know exactly where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?” (Steve Maraboli)
At EPH Associates, we firmly believe that each organization must own its own strategy. A strategy is so intertwined with an organizations "modus operandi", culture and politics that it would be presumptuous of us to try and absorb all that is necessary to develop a strategy as a consulting assignment. We do, however have some tools and methods that most organizations can adopt and adapt to their individual situation.
Where are we headed? What is our time horizon to get there? Every organization needs some sort of targeted strategic objectives and goals. A variation on the above quote - "If you don't know where you are going, you will probably never get there!" We help organizations identify where they want to go and establish the targets along the way.
"The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” (Michael Porter) Today's ever shrinking world has rapidly become one of specialization. We can't do everything and do everything well. We must be selective in choosing our targets, leverage our strengths and opportunities, minimize or eliminate our weaknesses and threats. EPH Associates will ask the hard questions to ensure your strategy is focused.
Many organizations are great at strategy development, but fall short when it comes to executing on that strategy. EPH Associates uses proven, architected, open standards-based techniques to help ensure that what you are actually doing as an organization is directly in support of your organization's strategy.
How do you get from where you are today to where you want (need!) to be as an organization as defined in your organization strategy? It takes a well defined roadmap that incorporates all the organization's functions - from line and corporate management to "lead the charge (and the change)" to sales and marketing to manufacturing to HR to information technology to finance...and every function/process within the organization.
Our approach maintains a clear vision of the target while executing the roadmap so that all efforts point in the same direction.
Today, change is ever present. The strategy we develop today will need to change and adapt to new technologies, new business models, new competitors, new legislation and regulation, new employees, new cultures, new partners, new customers - a whole new world! How do we adapt to this continuous change and still keep the focus on where we want/need to go...on the target?
Continuous monitoring of the environment, of technologies, of legislation, of competition needs to be in place as part of the organizations business processes. Agility is in knowing what to respond to, when to be aggressive, when the benefits of change outway the comforts of the present. Organizations need processes and methods that provide for this continuous evaluation...and processes to execute in a changing world.
However, the combination of solid strategy, a roadmap to execute that strategy and the agility to adopt to changes defines what EPH Associates helps its clients attain.
Globalization is the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas, and other aspects of culture. Advances in transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, including the rise of the Internet, are major factors in globalization...generating further interdependence of economic and cultural activities.
The term globalization has been increasingly used since the mid-1980s and especially since the mid-1990s. In 2000, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) identified four basic aspects of globalization: trade and transactions, capital and investment movements, migration and movement of people, and the dissemination of knowledge. Further, environmental challenges such as climate change, cross-boundary water and air pollution, and over-fishing of the ocean are linked with globalization. Globalizing processes affect and are affected by business and work organization, economics, socio-cultural resources, and the natural environment.
An organization's Strategy Development and, especially, Execution must reflect the agility needed to, ideally, anticipate, at worse, react to, the ever shrinking world. We help define the context of your ecosystem and how you can build the required agility to take advantage of that shrinking world. Our holistic approach leverages your organization's innate abilities to drive transformation in a managed and architected way.
Sustainability implies responsible and proactive decision-making and innovation that minimizes negative impact and maintains balance between ecological resilience, economic prosperity, political justice and cultural vibrancy to ensure a desirable ecosystem for all species now and in the future. Globalization and Sustainability are intimately linked in today's ever shrinking world.
We help organization understand the consequences of their decisions not only in solving short term problems or curing pain points, but also over the long term.
Through the development of solid Transformation Strategies, based on a firm and holistic architected base, organization can maintain a Sustainable relationship with its ecosystem. We help organizations identify, analyze, anticipate, strategize to take advantages of changes in their ecosystem - or even drive those changes in the direction you want to take them!