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creating new products and finding new ideas

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

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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Firing a customer

Firing a Customer: Strategies and Options

Whether you’re corporate or entrepreneurial, firing a customer can create an emotional roller coaster. More than likely, the soon-to-be ex-customer has been a source of frustration, discord, anger and financial loss. You know everyone will breathe easier, but you can still dread the showdown. The problem customer might represent a major account, responsible for a […]

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Create "Wow!"

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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jumpstart strategic planning

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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Smart Networking

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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Setting priorities for the summer

Setting Priorities: How to Make Room on Your Plate

What are your priorities? Now that we’re on picnic and party season, setting priorities and work-life balance become more important than ever. At picnics, the top priority is to have room on your paper plate for “the good stuff.” This might be the BBQ ribs, or grandma’s potato salad, or homemade peach cobbler. Here, the […]

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Networking

3 Top Tips: Maximize Your Networking ROI

    Be a Networking Power Player Are you maximizing your networking ROI? Are you getting the best return on investment for the time, effort and money spent in making contacts? Consider the following tips.   Ask, listen, and then talk. Networking is building connections. Look for commonalities you share with people you meet. You […]

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team facilitation

Create a Transformative Business Now!

What does it t to take to create a transformative business? What does it take to not only survive, but reach beyond and thrive? Envision a pyramid. The great Egyptian pyramids, for example, have withstood the millennia. Their structure is simple, elegant and substantive. Consider the pyramid as a model for building a transformative business. […]

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serious about business

Are You Serious About Business? A 5 Point Checklist

Getting Serious. Are you serious about business? The first few years of business are amazing. You’re running hard; everything is new. There are a million things to get done, and you’ve managed to get enough of them done to get your business up and running. You have earned the right to be proud! There are […]

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