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.

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.

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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Improving your patterns with “Atomic Habits”

By Phil Klutts | June 8, 2021

Atomic Habits By James Clear Few things have as much impact on your professional career as the repeated tasks and mundane responses we call habits. Personal habits often turn to business or office habits as we live our professional lives. Some habits are purely professional. For me, one of those habits is walking through the…

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Lessons from “The 7 Gears of Business”

By Phil Klutts | May 11, 2021

The 7 Gears of Business By Chris McIntire Local author Chris McIntire draws on a wealth of knowledge and experience in business to help business owners and entrepreneurs find success. In his book The 7 Gears of Business, McIntire conveys many of the lessons he has learned over years of starting, running, and selling businesses.…

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Sandler’s “Bike Book” helps improve sales

By Phil Klutts | April 13, 2021

You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar By David H. Sandler One of the most essential business skills is the ability to sell. For some, selling is about a purchase transaction that trades money for a product or a service. This is what most people think about when they talk…

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“Mindset” guides you to reach your potential

By Phil Klutts | March 9, 2021

Mindset – The New Psychology of Success By Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Three days on the ski slopes in Colorado is a great proving ground for the concepts in Carol Dweck’s Mindset. This best-selling book, first published in 2006, shows how your thinking helps determine your level of success. The latest edition was published in…

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