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Are Your KPIs A-OK?

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Business planning initiatives are predicated on a fundamental assumption – that we can anticipate the future.  While it makes good sense to do all that we can to put plans in place based on the best knowledge currently available, it is not sufficient to ensure that the organization is prepared to meet the needs of […] [Read More]

Hungry for Lunch?

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    Senior executives have occasionally bemoaned to me how their best laid plans and strategies have fallen flat.  They share how they have expended hours upon hours of their time and their staff’s time; hired high-priced consultants to facilitate strategy building sessions, innovation retreats, and internal business planning meetings; and exhausted themselves completing SWOTs […] [Read More]

Projecting Sales Success

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One of the most critical concerns a business owner, entrepreneur, or sales manager has is gaining insight into future sales potential.  Given that many businesses are under-capitalized and struggle to manage cash flow and revenue generation, having insight into future sales and when those sales will occur is of paramount importance. The Default Approach In many instances, the […] [Read More]

Assessing Assessments

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One of the common steps taken by executives and well-intentioned consultants attempting to help businesses meet current or future training needs is to conduct a skills assessment of those presently doing the job (job incumbents) and compare those to the skills needed to perform the job.  The triggers that create the desire to conduct a […] [Read More]

Cautions About Skills Assessments

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Many companies recognize the importance of aligning their staff’s or employees’ skillsets to the ever changing needs of the business.  As part of that initiative, one of the key steps taken is often to assess the skills of the current employees to identify if there are gaps between the existing capabilities of the company’s employees […] [Read More]
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How to Maximize New Product Results

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  It is the desire of every business owner with their eye on meeting an unmet need in the market, or sustaining current/gaining additional market share or revenue to successfully launch their new product.  In most instances, there has been a considerable amount of resources (time, money, equipment) devoted to the design and development of […] [Read More]

Can You Achieve Your 2014 Business Plans?

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Here we are approximately halfway through the year for those businesses that adhere to a calendar year for business planning.  The summer is upon us and for some businesses, this is the time when they take stock of where they are versus where they expected (hoped?) to be by now.  Sadly, a good number of […] [Read More]
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Do We Work for the Same Company?

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I have had experiences with two different companies lately that both had struggles with the same issue – agreeing on standards.  Coincidentally, both companies were what would be considered larger entities.  The smaller of the two companies was within shouting distance of a billion dollars in revenue, and the larger was quickly approaching two billion […] [Read More]

Is the Prospect Who Does Not Buy a Jerk?

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In 1988 I was part of a company that was growing exponentially and had products that were far superior to what competitors could offer.  This company held patents in specific technologies that far surpassed what was otherwise available from other players in the industry.  Selling the product was thought to not be especially difficult, as […] [Read More]
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