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Aiming the Arrow at the Target

Business results are down, sales are in decline, errors are creeping into production, profits are in decline, margins are in a freefall, and things just aren’t being done as effectively and efficiently as before.  For many business leaders, that is the time when they reach for their trusted “go-to” reaction and decide to heap training […] [Read More]

Do You Measure Customer Equity?

As a business person, executive, or entrepreneur there are many specific measures employed to gauge business success. Some of them are quite familiar to business people; profit, sales dollars, market share, number of customers, and costs among others. However, while those are certainly indicative of success and appropriate to be tracked; they do not give […] [Read More]

Should we Give Cold Calls the Cold Shoulder?

As a trainer and consultant, I often am asked to help sales forces hone their skills in prospecting, sales methods, sales call techniques, etc.  Among the clients or prospects that inquire about those services, some of them use a “cold-calling” model for interest generation among their potential markets to generate sales.  I often have to […] [Read More]

How to Employ Different Decision-Making Styles

The average entrepreneur or businessperson has expertise insome mixture of the following:  a function (Accounting, Information Technology, Engineering, Human Resources, Customer Service, etc.), a skill (craft, programming, speaking, writing, cooking, interviewing, etc.) or,  a particular trait (detail-oriented, perseverance, good humor, etc.) What is not as likely to be resident in the businessperson or entrepreneur is […] [Read More]

Mokita as a Strategy

Everyone one of us has had the experience of thinking we have been dropped into a parallel business universe where right is wrong, and wrong is right. What makes sense is ignored and what is proferred instead is a tacit agreement to overlook the obvious and maintain the status quo. There is a word in […] [Read More]

Back to School and You

As many of you are experiencing; this week and perhaps next are the weeks when students head back to school. While parents sending their kids off to college for the first time are experiencing the empty nest or having to “let go” of their progeny, the other sides of this life event is what the […] [Read More]

What can we Learn From Chad?

Over the past week, we have all seen the “train wreck” that is Chad Johnson (formerly known as OchoCinco for the number he wore on the back of his football uniform) do the following: Swear uncontrollably during an interview that was broadcast on HBO Promise (jokingly?) to get arrested over the weekend In fact, get […] [Read More]

Crowd-Funding as a Source of Assets

The traditional way to raise funds for most businesses included: Using one’s own funds (savings or the money the owner is able to generate and apply to the needs of the business Relying on friends, neighbors, or family to either invest in the business, loan, or gift to the business owner Going to banks or […] [Read More]
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Negotiating Expert’s Advice on Discounting – Don’t (Part 2)

Part 2 of the discussion with Ron Hubsher, author, Consultant, and Sales Expert) In the previous article, Ron Hubsher shared the importance of thinking in terms of value and not solely cost in determining whether to offer discounts (versus replacing price reductions with increasing value through services, support, or other means).  In this article, Ron […] [Read More]

The Missing Fifth P – Personalizing Merchant-dising in the Home

Retailers and manufacturers alike are scratching their heads in befuddlement at the fact that what once worked for them is no longer effective. Tried and true tactics that were able to previously provide a boost to the bottom line are not delivering the anticipated results. Where in years gone by reliance on the ‘4P’s” (Price, […] [Read More]