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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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Business Strategies from Pokemon Go!

  What business strategies can possibly be gained from Pokemon Go? Just because it’s the hottest craze to hit cyber-civilization, why should the established and sometimes dull business community look to this new fad for insights? First, Pokemon Go is successful – spectacularly so. And every business, except possibly for the partners in “The Producers,” […]

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5 Tips: Communicate to Win!

Do you communicate to win, or to lose? Successful leaders communicate to win. Business is a team sport, and the success of the team and its leaders depends on communication. Top management expects results, and results depend on communication. Communication is more than words; communication is reaching understanding. And the most effective communication both reaches […]

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3 Tips to Find New Profits Hidden in Plain Sight

  What new profits are you missing? Sometimes we can miss finding new profits hidden in plain sight. We become accustomed to the way things are, and repeat actions by rote. Take a chance. Take a look at your business with open eyes. Think creatively. You may be surprised to see the new opportunities to […]

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