About Eric Mathews

As an in-demand executive and business consultant for more than 15 years, I’ve helped hundreds of business leaders transform their companies in over a dozen industries with a detailed and human consultative approach. Today, I’m proud to lead a team of driven and innovative business consultants at A&A Business Consulting, with a guaranteed 4X ROI and an average productivity increase over 30%. Though I’ve worked with companies like United Airlines, Nexteer, and more, I’ve had a long track record of success with businesses of all sizes in manufacturing, finance, financial services, automotive, transportation, energy, supply chain, warehouse, logistics, and consulting. So, if you’re looking to improve your margins or tackle a specific organizational challenge, we’d love to put our experience to work for you, with guaranteed results.
19 06, 2020

Terminating Toxicity

2020-07-06T21:18:13+00:00By |

Firing an established leader in your organization is no small task. Not only do you have to deal with the discomfort of terminating someone, you’re often faced with a mountain of work as you have to hire and train their replacement as well as ensure the rest of their work gets done. However, as I’ve studied interpersonal dynamics in countless companies, it’s become clear to me that in the long run, keeping a toxic leader will cost you much more than replacing them. If you’re not sure how to identify toxicity within your company, I’d encourage you to read my [...]

5 06, 2020

Toxic Management in the Workplace

2020-07-06T21:24:22+00:00By |

When I mention the words “difficult manager” to my clients, many of them nod knowingly. Unhealthy work behaviors are fairly common, but many companies don’t know how to fix the problems once they’ve begun — or worse, decide to buckle down and deal with them long-term because that person contributes meaningfully to the company’s bottom line. It may seem as though your difficult manager is indispensable, but I’d argue that’s almost never the case. In fact, they might be harming your business far more than they’re helping it succeed.  IDENTIFYING DAMAGING BEHAVIOR It’s important to keep a close watch on [...]

12 05, 2020

Keeping Your Remote Meetings Efficient

2020-07-06T21:35:53+00:00By |

Whether you’re in the office or not, meetings often suck up a lot of the workday, and that’s perhaps most true during video calls. You’re staring down a long list of tasks to execute and objectives to hit while your call meanders for hours. What’s more, long and winding meetings leave non-essential personnel to sit absentmindedly, getting paid to listen to irrelevant info while falling behind on work. There are two solutions to this problem, and both work well - it just depends on the needs of your team. Keeping Your Meetings Efficient Many managers are surprised to learn that [...]

6 05, 2020

Enabling Remote Teams to Thrive

2020-07-06T21:38:49+00:00By |

These are trying times for companies all across the globe, and most leaders are doing their best to offer empathy and extra space around expectations as employees figure out how to navigate tasks and time management while at home. Adjusted expectations are fair and right during this season, especially considering that many team members are also parenting and unexpectedly homeschooling, sometimes in small spaces with no designated office or workflow. However, when COVID-19 quarantines fade and offices begin to open again, employees who choose to remain at home should be subject to a different set of expectations and a higher [...]

29 04, 2020

Does COVID-19 Mark A Permanent Shift In Remote Work?

2020-07-06T21:41:08+00:00By |

In recent years, many companies have seen a slow shift in the workplace -- more and more employees are staying home. Whether due to a difficult commute, a need for flexibility, or simply finding no impetus to be present in the office, working remotely has had an appeal, especially in certain industries. But now, as COVID-19 brings a new normal to the work week, businesses everywhere are finding remote work their best or only option. Companies who have already put “work from home” policies in place at some earlier point may be handling this shift fairly well. But many teams [...]

16 04, 2020

Managing Your Business During COVID-19 & Beyond

2020-07-06T21:43:14+00:00By |

We’ve entered a new era in the workforce.  As businesses have found themselves thrust into a challenging new world, many have scrambled to cope with the new realities COVID-19 has introduced. As we adjust to this new normal, we also need to prepare for the permanent changes that will impact how people work, live and play. Whether or not you were considering “going remote” for some, or all, of your team, the genie is out of the bottle now. There may be no turning back—this is no experiment.  Success will look differently these days than it did in even our [...]

21 02, 2020

Will Improving Productivity Hurt Company Morale?

2020-07-06T21:46:46+00:00By |

The water cooler.  The break room. Those sacred places in the company where employees congregate to catch up on the latest news, share information, and build enough stamina to get through the day. Necessary...or a waste of time? When I consult with companies around the world, we often have to address the culprits of lost productivity. This means we look at time wasted in idle conversations, extraneous breaks, and irrelevant interruptions.  Yet some managers worry: “Will eliminating all this wasted time kill morale? Without the water cooler, what do I really have in company culture?”  This blog will show that [...]

30 12, 2019

Cultivating Adaptive Employees in Dynamic Roles, Part II

2020-02-20T17:57:18+00:00By |

In my previous post about adaptive employees, I identified two different kinds of roles you’ll find in your company: static and dynamic roles. While static roles generally can stick to a rigid script or process, the future of your company relies on how well your dynamic employees can adapt to problems, people, and the larger context. In this second post of the two-part series, I’ll give you some key insights on my strategy, developed over thirteen years consulting for dozens of business leaders in the manufacturing industry. Don’t process-engineer a people problem. In the previous post, I let you in [...]

27 12, 2019

Cultivating Adaptive Employees in Dynamic Roles, Part I

2019-12-30T16:41:50+00:00By |

I give the drive-thru attendant my order: “I’ll have a Number 6 with a Coke.” To which they reply: “OK, that’s a Number 6. And what would you like to drink with that?” I’ll be honest with you. This kind of exchange is one of my greatest pet peeves. Why? Because the employee didn’t adapt their pre-constructed script to the conversation we’re having. In the mind of that employee, they must follow their sequence. They took my food order and punched a button, which then prompted them to ask my drink order. And though I already gave that information, I [...]

7 11, 2019

The Wrong Knife Can Kill

2019-11-07T16:04:39+00:00By |

The Dangers of Overtraining and Hyper-specialization If you were to travel to Japan, you’d find signs hanging above restaurants advertising a dish unique to the region: fugu. A type of sashimi, this blowfish dish is sought out by locals and tourists alike. It can also kill you. The fugu stores a lethal toxin in its skin and vital organs. Chefs train for years to learn how to cut the meat carefully--one wrong move and diners will descend into paralysis. Their breathing will slow and eventually stop. In 1958, 176 people died from eating fugu in one single year.  So [...]