Articles by Phil Klutts

About Phil Klutts

Phil is an Edmond native and has managed to keep his wife here instead of traveling the world, which they both enjoy. They have two boys who love the outdoors, adventures, and learning new things. Phil is a problem-solver at heart and enjoys connecting people to the resources they need.

In addition to being the co-owner of Edmond Business, Phil founded the CK Group LLC after working for large and small businesses in the Energy, Construction, and Fitness industries. He focuses on helping small businesses and entrepreneurs improve their systems and processes. CK Group LLC's mission is to eliminate chaos and create clarity for small business by connecting vision, strategy, and implementation.

Local businesses overcome supply chain issues

By Phil Klutts | December 7, 2021

The Port of Los Angeles is 1,300 miles away. The Suez Canal is even further from Edmond at almost 7,000 miles on the other side of the globe. These two places, along with factories and transportation hubs worldwide, have had an impact right here in Edmond. Supply chain disruptions have delayed or halted shipments coming to stores and companies near you.

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“Reset” your company culture

By Phil Klutts | November 9, 2021

Some books fly under the radar yet pack a powerful punch. Reset by Johnny C. Taylor has been one of those books for me, although I do not recall how it made it into my reading list. However, I am glad I picked it up and that I continued to read it. I almost set it aside and moved on as I was reading chapter two because the first chapters seemed too focused on human resource professionals and culture at large organizations. I was interested in the book because of the emphasis on culture shifts and optimizing company effectiveness in 2021 and beyond, but started thinking it was not going to be beneficial.

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Create connections to benefit you & your business

By Phil Klutts | October 12, 2021

The people around us impact our success and path in life. Jim Rohn is famously quoted for saying, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” There are a lot of implications for your personal effectiveness and leadership in this quote. You can also think about this quote in terms of your business or company’s success. The influence from the right people can make or break a business or nonprofit.

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Seasonal store brings benefits

By Phil Klutts | October 5, 2021

Here today and gone tomorrow usually sparks concern and issues in the business world. This can be especially true in Oklahoma when storms bring in quick-acting, out-of-state contractors who don’t stick around for long. But, there are a few businesses that make the most of a short-term presence.

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How to improve your meetings

By Phil Klutts | September 14, 2021

How many meetings did you have this week? Three, eight, eighteen? Meetings are a necessary evil for any professional. Most people I speak with agree that we have too many meetings, but what can we do about them? Vital decisions and meaningful communication happen at some meetings while others are wasteful and frustrating. I’d be willing to bet that most of your meetings fall in the latter category.

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Goals and mindset go hand-in-hand

By Phil Klutts | September 7, 2021

Have you done everything you wanted to do this year? Year-end is closer than you realize. September will soon turn to October, then suddenly, Christmas music will play, and we’ll be ringing in a New Year. The fourth quarter almost vanishes into thin air when you sprinkle in a few holidays and time spent shopping or preparing for parties.

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Business lessons from Abraham Lincoln’s mentors

By Phil Klutts | August 10, 2021

Learning from great leaders is one of the reasons to read books and pursue educational opportunities. This month’s book, Lincoln’s Mentors, examines how Abraham Lincoln’s mentors guided him along his path to and during his presidency. Lincoln barely had a formal education, yet he learned a great deal throughout his life. He was always looking to learn and grow in his abilities.

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Achieving results with “Measure What Matters”

By Phil Klutts | July 13, 2021

Measure What Matters By John Doerr I recently started consulting for a company where I was not familiar with the intricacies and specifics of their industry. I jumped in and began examining the basics of business administration and financial management quickly. Soon after, I had to ask about certain functions within the operations unit. I…

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Professional Q&A: Matt Giles

By Phil Klutts | July 13, 2021

I tracked down Matt Giles for this month’s professional Q&A. Matt is the account executive for CoStar Group, serving clients who use CoStar and LoopNet services. Q: Do you live in Edmond, work in Edmond, or both? A: My wife Erika and I moved to Edmond with our three children Joy (4 years old), Hope…

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All Fit Collective: A supportive health community

By Phil Klutts | July 6, 2021

There is a new supportive and innovative fitness community tucked in the corner of an established shopping center in Edmond. All Fit Collective combines several fitness genres into one location at 514 S. Bryant in the Bryant Square Shopping Center. Candace Williams and Crissy Mize founded All Fit Collective in 2020 to combine their unique…

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