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.
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…Read More
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.…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
The Practice: Shipping Creative Work By Seth Godin Seth Godin is a bestselling author 18 times over. Perhaps you’ve read “This is Marketing,” “Purple Cow,” “Linchpin,” or one of my favorites, “The Dip.” When he writes a new book, it is easy for me to put it on my reading list. In fact, if you…Read More
Master of None: How a Jack-of-All-Trades Can Still Reach the Top By Clifford Hudson This book caught my attention in three separate ways. First, I consider myself to be a jack-of-all-trades, so the title immediately made a personal connection. Second, growing up in Edmond means visiting Sonic was a regular occurrence, and I’m a sucker…Read More
When you think about local businesses, public schools don’t typically come to mind. Education is often considered by many as being in its own category, apart from corporations, small businesses, and even nonprofits. Yet, there are many aspects of schools that overlap with more traditional companies. That includes: Customer satisfaction (both parents and students) People…Read More
Over two weeks in December, S&B’s Burger Joint in Edmond moved two miles west to their new location at 1000 W. 192nd Street. The previous site at 840 West Danforth closed on December 2. The new location, one of eleven across the state, opened to the public on Monday, December 14. S&B’s continues to offer…Read More
Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time By Jeff Sutherland and J.J. Sutherland You may be tempted to ignore this book review when you see the title — Scrum. You might be thinking it only beneficial for a rugby team or the software coders in your life. I was surprised…Read More
2020 may have been the best year for a reset. Shutdowns, social distancing, and quarantines caused many businesses to struggle. Losing revenue was a harsh reality for most retailers and restaurants. For most, this was not by choice and they worked hard to facilitate business through all the changes and restrictions. One popular local restaurant…Read More