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.

“Master of None” shows how exploration leads to success

By Phil Klutts | January 12, 2021

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…

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The business of Edmond Public Schools

By Phil Klutts | January 5, 2021

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…

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S&B’s Burger Joint moves to new location

By Phil Klutts | January 5, 2021

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…

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Scrum teaches how to be more efficient

By Phil Klutts | December 8, 2020

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…

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Chick-fil-A on 33rd set to re-open after remodel

By Phil Klutts | December 1, 2020

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…

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Edmond firm helps make COVID testing available

By Phil Klutts | December 1, 2020

Edmond-based Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma (PPOk) has partnered with Wheeler Labs, located in OKC, to distribute saliva-based home testing kits across Oklahoma.  PPOk provides many different services to their network of pharmacies. They are membership owned and not-for-profit with a purpose to “ensure the viability, success, and competitiveness of its participating pharmacies.” PPOk’s offices are…

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Focus on the most pressing need in your business with Fix This Next

By Phil Klutts | November 10, 2020

Fix This Next By Mike Michalowicz Mike Michalowicz has written another fantastic book for business owners. He is a proven entrepreneur, starting and growing multiple businesses, and writes practical books to benefit other owners. In his latest book, Fix This Next, Michalowicz combines his experience into a new framework that addresses problems in any type…

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The business of Christmas lights

By Phil Klutts | November 3, 2020

Hanging Christmas lights is a chore for many residents and businesses. Most people don’t hang off roofs or climb ladders for fun. Luckily for Edmond residents, a host of companies accept the risks that come with heights, electricity, and Oklahoma weather to spread holiday joy. Crews began hanging Christmas lights on commercial buildings in the…

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Radical Candor identifies skills needed to excel at being the boss

By Phil Klutts | October 13, 2020

I forgot how much I like this book. Published in 2017, Radical Candor was recommended to me by a colleague two years ago. I read it then and started applying some of the mindsets and tactics. When I picked up the book to begin reviewing my notes and start reading it again, I was reminded of the wisdom included and found more nuggets that I missed the first time.

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Work The System offers advice to improve your business

By Phil Klutts | September 8, 2020

Work The System By Sam Carpenter, published in 2008 There are a few books that come across your desk that change your perspective and impact you more than others. Work The System, by Sam Carpenter, is one of those books for me. It was recommended to me four years ago from a business coach at…

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