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.
11 02, 2019

3 Changes in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry— What Does it Mean for You?

If the industry is changing, you need to change with it. Change. It happens whether we like it or not. For some, change represents exciting new opportunities. These people are attracted to change and all the possibilities it represents. For others, change can bring feelings of insecurity and doubt. They tend to stick to the tried-and-true methods of operation. Whichever camp you belong to, I have always believed it’s best to prepare for change, to anticipate the future of an industry and plan in order to achieve the best possible outcome. In my experience, this willingness to acknowledge and embrace [...]

16 01, 2019

Boosting the Horsepower of Your Business

Have you noticed how much we throw around the word “power”? You can munch on a power bar while driving your car with power steering and listening to Huey Lewis’ “Power of Love.” But in science, actual power has three specific variables. It refers to how much you can move (productivity), how far you can move it (longevity), and how fast you can move it (efficiency). I find these variables apply in each and every business. Do you plan to get a lot accomplished in your company? Do you want to go the distance? Do you hope to fulfill your [...]

9 10, 2018

A Business Lesson from The Greatest Showman

One of the biggest movies from last holiday season was The Greatest Showman. Through moving music and whimsical storytelling, viewers are drawn into the life of P.T. Barnum, the founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. For all his highs and lows, his ingenious strategies and questionable moral choices, Barnum remains a lesson for all business leaders and entrepreneurs today. The movie focuses on a particular moment in the life of Barnum, one familiar to all those in business leadership. His operation grows at an unmanageable rate, and he’s faced with the limits of his own efforts. Will Barnum allow [...]

18 09, 2018

The Deadliest Sin in Business

5 ways pride could get in your way. Many have heard of the “Seven Deadly Sins,” but there is one that stands out as most damaging to your company. I’m talking about pride. And when I refer to “pride,” I don’t mean a sense of accomplishment or an acknowledgment of abilities. In this context, pride is when self-sufficiency crosses the line into harmful delusion. Does this sound familiar? A talented leader whose greatest downfall is their inability to overcome their own pride. Though it hurts the staff, customers, and bottom line, this leader can never admit failure, defeat, or incompetence.  [...]

10 08, 2018

Fixing the Telephone Game

Understanding Information Bias in Your Company Have you ever watched an episode of Undercover Boss? I'm sure you've wondered what going “undercover” for a day in your own company would reveal - I know I have. When you lead complex organizations, it can become difficult to have a sense of what's "really going on" on the front lines. Remember the Telephone Game from when you were a kid? Where you'd whisper a phrase to your neighbor and then they'd pass it along? It's always funny as the last person in line repeats what they've heard because of the enormous departure [...]

11 07, 2018

Fearless Leadership

Have you ever taken the time to study great business leaders? In the business world, we revere people like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates for leading their organizations to monolithic success. I can't imagine someone thinking of them as anything other than the most competent of their kind. These are brilliant men, and their legacies will stand the test of time because of how they led. If you're in Leadership, chances are pretty high that somewhere along the way someone also believed you to be a competent leader. Someone believed that you have the potential to do great things and [...]

14 05, 2018

Continuous Improvement and the Gig Economy

If your business is anything like most, you’ve run into challenges you can’t overcome, no matter who you throw at them. Many companies establish Continuous Improvement Teams to solve problems like these only to find that the problems don’t go away in the way they’d hoped. In fact, this very thing happened to a recent client: a large, international automotive manufacturer. Like many companies, their Continuous Improvement team consisted of ambitious, high-powered employees. In this case, there were six Six-Sigma Black Belts, a team manager, and a host of other employees with high-powered salaries, benefits, and more. It was costing [...]

6 03, 2018

Sales Are Up! So… Why Does It Hurt So Bad?

Three Ways Not To Respond to Increased Demand In the United States, 2017 shaped up to be one of the most profitable years in recent history with the GDP growing at 2.5%. Was your company one that capitalized on the economic boom, or did you find yourself struggling despite the uptick in revenue? Most people see increased sales as an automatic win for any business, but what do you do when production can’t keep up with the demand of your sales? Working as a consultant for the past two decades, I have seen almost every imaginable reaction to situations like [...]

16 02, 2018

Sales Are Up… So, Why Does it Hurt So Bad?

Three Ways Not To Respond to Increased Demand In the United States, 2017 shaped up to be one of the most profitable years in recent history with the GDP growing at 2.5%. Was your company one that capitalized on the economic boom, or did you find yourself struggling despite the uptick in revenue? Most people see increased sales as an automatic win for any business, but what do you do when production can’t keep up with the demand of your sales? Working as a consultant for the past two decades, I have seen almost every imaginable reaction to situations like [...]