Dean Atchison has served the broadcasting, small business banking, non-profit & manufacturing sectors since 1985. He has earned a reputation as a straight-shooter, a hands-on leader, a trusted partner & a person who delivers results. He found his niche working with small business, his passion is assisting small business owners find a better way forward, sustainable growth & job satisfaction.
Our operating style is open, honest & clear. Generally, prospective clients do not incur any fees for the first meeting or two, as we explore challenges, needs & 'fit'. When the client indicates that they would like to engage Atchison Companies, we prepare a written Consulting Agreement that clearly lays out the scope of work, the 'deliverables', the timeline & the fees for service. Atchison Companies does not require a long-term commitment & a one week cancellation notice is standard in the Consulting Agreement. We don't like surprises any more than you do as such, we provide the written Consulting Agreement in an effort to eliminate misunderstandings &/or confusion.
Over our careers we've proven to ourselves that problems are simply opportunities for improvement. With this mindset, we enjoy digging into challenges & problems. Our first order of business is to identify the root cause for a problem & then to begin developing countermeasures. We often do this by using proven Lean &/or Six Sigma tools. The scientific method works & small business owners can us it to solve problems & make quantum leaps in the performance of their companies. Ultimately, our goal is to teach/coach/mentor your team & to develop a team of gifted problem-solvers working inside your company. The best consultants work themselves out of a job by making themselves obsolete.