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Business Leadership: Finding Breakthrough Ideas

What is your batting average for breakthrough ideas? When is the last time you, metaphorically speaking, went outside the lines of the coloring book, out of the book altogether, and created a masterpiece on the living room wall? There’s nothing wrong with following standard procedures or well-established practices. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” […]

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Creating New Products and Finding New Ideas: 5 Quick Tips

What is the trick? How adept are you at creating new products and finding new ideas? Nothing is more dead than yesterday’s hot item. Customers are attracted to novelty. The blockbuster movie premiere, the newest restaurant on the block or the latest viral dance craze capture the media and lock in our attention. Technology, interests […]

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Building a Business with FACTS

Building a business is like riding a rollercoaster. There are times of anticipation as you climb slowly to the top, and times of thrilling swoops and turns. There are also times of sheer terror, when you’re certain the cars are headed off the track and you are doomed to plummet to earth in a final […]

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How to Create Marketing “Wow!”

Does your business create marketing “Wow!”? Are you constantly thinking about new ways to delight your customers? Do you have an edge? Competition in every field is fierce. Even if you dominate your market, there are always others ready to enter, offering something new and enticing to your steady customers. Your predictable, dependable product suddenly […]

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5 Key Questions to Jumpstart Strategic Planning

The fourth quarter is here, fall is in the air, and in the business world, it’s time to jumpstart strategic planning for the new year. Do not permit yourself to be lulled into complacency. Yes, the weather is still balmy at times, and yes, the trees still hold some fall color. But year end is […]

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Power Networking: 5 Tips to Avoid Disaster

Power networking builds; thoughtless networking destroys. Visibility in person and online can attract customers, supporters and affiliates. But the wrong actions or the wrong communications can at best make your efforts useless. More likely, the unknowing steps you take can damage your business and tarnish your personal reputation. Beyond the basics, networking adheres to unwritten […]

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Change Management – Don’t Get Blown Out of the Water!

Change Management: Danger Ahead Change management is like sailing into a minefield. One wrong turn can take a simple project and transform it into a bloodied mess. You’re progressing on schedule and on plan, only to be blindsided by something that throws you into damage control. A critical component has been discontinued. Contractors find asbestos […]

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Business Expansion: Critical Questions for Success

When is the right time to implement a business expansion? When do you pull the trigger and invest in staff, or facilities, or other resources? How do you take the next step from where you are to where you want to be? Growth is wonderful. You’ve achieved success in serving your market and avoided major […]

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Three Tips to Win at Negotiation

You want to win at negotiation. Even for the moderately competitive, the reality of something on the line gets the adrenaline flowing. You want to “Go for the win.” But what does that mean, and how do you achieve it? Popular wisdom says, “Go for win-win.” But why? Doesn’t that really mean “Settle for the […]

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Four Fatal Flaws Which Destroy a Booming Business

What fatal flaw is waiting in the wings, ready to destroy your booming business? And what can you do to stop it? You can have an amazing business, with increasing sales and activity. But just as one weak spot can explode an expanding balloon, one weakness in a booming business can blow up everything. How […]

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