Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success

We have run technical product businesses and we understand you’re already strapped for time and are pressed for growth and execution.  The Next Step brings a team of battle-tested Driven Simplifiers, who are wired for problem solving. Our motto is simple, no homework and one less problem for our customer.

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Helen Kirschstein

What do you do in your role at The Next Step?

Finance, HR, and Administrative management; Project Management; SOP Development; Due Diligence Planning and Execution

How/when did you first become interested in this type of work?

“Why?”  has always been one of my favorite questions, which led me to project work, operational audit projects, and solving business challenges.

What aspect your job brings you the most satisfaction?

I enjoy researching, investigating, and resolving business challenges and establishing processes to streamline tasks

What unusual, non-work-related skill do you possess?

Quilting is my passion, and I make one-of-a-kind quilts from t-shirts, memory quilts from departed loved ones clothes, multi-textured quilts for babies…the list goes on!

Where is your favorite vacation spot and what makes it your favorite?

Somewhere in the mountains in a cabin in the woods on the shore of a lake because the sound of the water is soothing, the woods are peaceful yet alive with birds and wildlife.

Credentials and Certifications

Certified Project Manager through PMI (ret.)Certified Project Manager through American Institute of Project Management (ret.); MBA in Leadership and Organizational Change from St. Thomas University; BS in Management, Marketing, and Human Resources from Mankato State University; BA in Accounting from Winona State University; roles as Director of Business Processes, Director of Program Management, Client Relationship Manager, Plant Manager, Controller, Human Resource Manager; Dale Carnegie courses; Lean Training


Ya, we're a bunch of growth oriented, metric driven, type A, continuous improvement drivers, who enjoy knocking out tasks and having some fun in the process. Yet as a team, our discussions revolve around MVP (Minimum Viable Product), and how we are delivering measurable value for our customers.  It’s why we have the policy that if we don’t deliver value you don’t pay.  It’s why we hire people that are:

Build Trust We display character and competence, building long-term relationships through transparency, mutual respect, and our consistent ability to deliver results.
Be Selfless We exhibit adaptability, flexibility, and a willingness to take on the challenges of others and guide them to positive outcomes. To always do the right thing even if we suffer in the process. To put others first.
Always Improve We exude a bias for “Yes” with a desire to make things better. It is the courage and bravery to forge new paths and try new things, knowing failure is only a bump on the path to growth.
Fight for Others We lead the charge and are dauntless in our approach to accomplishing our clients’ goals. Tirelessly elevating our own skills to support our team members and clients. Prepared at all times to answer the call.