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managing business uncertainty

5 Tips on Managing Business Uncertainty

Managing business uncertainty can be overwhelming. Even if you embrace and even welcome change, dealing with uncertainty from local markets and  global developments is a whole different ballgame. What’s happening with the economy? What is the impact of global warming on the weather, or agriculture and water supplies, or property values and retirement destinations? How […]

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Building a Business

Building Your Business – 5 Lessons from an Epic Saga

Building your business isn’t quite as dramatic as a televised medieval saga; there are no flying fire-breathing dragons or endless legions of soldiers, and no prophesies to be fulfilled by the last episode. All human endeavor has parallels, however,  and those of us interested in building a business can learn greatly from the success, conflicts […]

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business strategies

Business Insights From the World of Opera

Business insights can come from anywhere, so let’s take a look at what business can learn from the world of opera. I recently had the opportunity to  watch an opera master class conducted by Matthew Polenzani, a world-renowned tenor and thoroughly fascinating instructor and speaker. The students performing were advanced, with strong voices and significant […]

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build your business

Tell Your Stories, Build Your Business!

What are your stories, and how can you use them to build your business? We all have stories. You have your successes and the abysmal failures, your origin stories and funny anecdotes. Stories are the vehicles of emotion – joy, sorrow, anger, commitment and more. Emotion builds connection, connection builds relationships and relationships can build […]

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building sales

Six Tips for Building Relationships and Building Sales

Directly or indirectly, solid relationships are a driving force in building sales. As consumers, we ask our friends and neighbors for vendors they recommend, with whom they have had a successful relationship. Word-of-mouth advertising is huge.  Alternatively, we often gravitate to those vendors with whom we have had personal contact. The successful vendor might be […]

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your perfect customer

Finding and Selling to Your Perfect Customer

How do you go about finding and selling to your perfect customer? Do you know who you’re looking for? And if you know who, do you know how to get their attention and transform them from a prospect to a delighted customer or client? Identifying your perfect customer: Who is your perfect customer? If you […]

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Implementing a breakthrough idea

6 Tips for Implementing a Breakthrough Idea

Implementing a breakthrough idea can be the pinnacle of achievement, or the train wreck of the century. You’ve explored and analyzed, checked the marketplace and competition, pulled ideas from other industries and thought way out of the box. Or perhaps a bolt of lightning struck you with a transcendent “Wow!” moment during your morning shower. […]

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Capitalizing on trends

Capitalize on Emerging Trends: Strategic Planning for 2019

Is your 2019 strategic plan positioning you to capitalize on emerging trends? Are you set to ride the waves of change, or are you at risk for being swamped in the undertow? Have you accounted for dynamic changes in your industry, and  the marketplace, and the world? And have you compensated for their impact on […]

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Breakthrough ideas

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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