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Mistakes Entrepreneurs Unknowingly Commit

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When corporate employees dream of being in their own business, they rarely envision the struggles that often accompany the financial management side of launching a business.  They will often default to the excitement of seeing the name of their business on a storefront, website, business card, or advertisement and project the “limitless income” they will […] [Read More]

Are We In Conflict Over Conflict?

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There is a constant wave of “How-To” books, webinars, articles, and presentations being marketed to executives and managers that would have them believe that it is good business practice to do whatever is in their power to minimize or avoid conflict.  The general thinking is that conflict is destructive and employees’ productivity will suffer if […] [Read More]

Can Innovation be Institutionalized?

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There have been a few recent developments in the business environment surrounding the concept of innovation that may seem disconnected – but actually point out something worth seeing as related.  The first is the disassembling of Nordstrom’s Innovation Lab.  Another is the understanding of how creativity and innovation occurs.  Lastly, is how things become institutionalized […] [Read More]

Torpedoing or Tuning Up Trust

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Senior Managers are still trying to navigate through the challenges of social media posts that make the ability to respond or communicate with customers, employees, industry partners, etc. in real time.  The positives of leveraging the immediacy of social media include the ability to address, acknowledge, inform, or otherwise engage and interact with various audiences […] [Read More]
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What Employers Should Know About Resumes

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Because this is such a compelling topic, this article is longer than typically published in order to ensure comprehensive coverage of the topic without having to make a decision to break it into two parts and lose the continuity of the subject. With it being the start of a new year, this is the time […] [Read More]
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Online Dating Hints for Business

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This past weekend, I was approached by a close friend who knows I often help companies improve their marketing and sales efforts.  Only, this friend was not reaching out to me to directly improve revenue, margin, or profit. This friend did not realize it, but was seeking a hand in improving conversion, reach, and targeting.  […] [Read More]
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Is it a Strength to Show Weakness?

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There is a wholesale movement occurring in business currently.  What once was accepted as conventional wisdom is being challenged and held in contempt by contemporary thought-leaders.  The practices and approaches used for sales, management, and business interactions that most leaders have been raised on are now seen as anachronistic and woefully out of date. What […] [Read More]

Don’t be Addicted to Hope-ium in 2015

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As the holiday cards are being taken down from the mantle, trees have been put out to the curb, lights have been boxed and put back in the attic, many business owners are ready to turn their attention to getting the New Year off to a strong start.  While personal resolutions may begin to fade […] [Read More]
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What is Your Management Style?

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With the holidays behind us, and the New Year right around the corner, businesses are planning and plotting their staffing needs for 2015.  Part of the mystery and challenge of choosing from job applicants is separating those prospective employees who will succeed from those that will not – even if they appear seemingly similar on paper.  […] [Read More]

Are Auto Dealers on Auto-Pilot?

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This past weekend included accompanying a friend looking to replace a car pretty immediately.  My friend was looking to make a decision quickly and was very much in “buy mode” versus just “shopping mode.”  Trying to be an informed consumer, my friend scoured Consumer Reports (www.consumerreports.org) to become educated about the different models and how […] [Read More]