How to Close More Sales

The phone rang. It was Sharon calling. She sounded glum, and there was no energy or life in her voice. “What’s wrong?” her coach asked. She explained that business was slow. She wasn’t finding any opportunities, and she wasn’t making any money. Her boss, to make matters worse, had just told her that if she…

What are you Measuring in Your Business

What are you measuring in your business? According to Peter Drucker, and the experience of all my clients, “what gets measured, gets managed”. If you are not achieving the results you want in your life, organization or business ask yourself, “What exactly are we measuring?”. Maybe you are measuring nothing at all. Our clients will…

How Stress Can Affect Your Job Performance

A job that is completely stress-free doesn’t exist. With deadlines to meet, people to please, standards to uphold, and new markets to enter, your job will always present challenges and circumstances that force you out of a state of perpetual complacency. Stress shouldn’t necessarily be perceived as a bad thing; it is what motivates you…

Making a Customer Relation Management (CRM) System Work For You

If you’re not familiar with that CRM software does, it’s specifically designed to help facilitate and improve the communication and relationships between you and your clients. CRM software can do a wide variety of different tasks depending on which one you buy; common uses for a CRM system include account management, comprehensive analytics, data collection…

Culture Of Leadership

CULTURE OF LEADERSHIP RITUALS. I like the “cult” in culture. The best companies like Dell, Google, Southwest Airlines, Apple and Wal-Mart, have something in common with cults. They have unique rituals like 7 am team huddles or Friday afternoon pizza parties to promote team bonding. Rituals shape culture and keep it special. CELEBRATION. John Abele,…

A Business Coach Engages in Provocative Conversations

A Business Coach Engages in Provocative Conversations. A great Business Coach hears what the client is saying and not saying, questions what you hear, by asking the right questions, pressing for clarity, and by sharing what you know and how you feel, provocative conversations can occur within minutes, not months. Let’s have a conversation! Kent…

Measure Your Way to Success by Using KPI’s

One of the things I enjoy about watching a good basketball game is the commentator’s use of statistics. I’m amazed by the wide range of statistics used and the conclusions drawn in the commentator’s analysis of the game. Statistics, in many ways, really tell the story of how the game was won or lost. In…

Ensure a Good Return on Your Investment

To be a business that is, a commercial, profitable enterprise that works without you — your business must give a good return on investment plus a full wage for every hour you spend working in your business. You can then pay someone to do your job and the business profits are not affected. The quote…

Is Your Business Growing or Dying

As a Business Coach, often business owners ask if it’s true that 80% of new business may fail within the first 5 years. And what of those that still exist after the first 5 years? What is the main reason for these failures? Most importantly, what is the secret of a successful business? It’s not…

Breakeven Analysis

Breakeven analysis is a tool used to determine when a business will be able to cover all its expenses and begin to make a profit. For the startup business it is extremely important to know your startup costs, which provide you with the information you need to generate enough sales revenue to pay the ongoing…

Keeping Score in a Winning Business

Technology in sport today has become increasingly sophisticated and enables monitoring of individual and team performance to levels unheard of even 10 years ago. Basic scorekeeping is taken for granted and we now see an instant array of data available for immediate analysis and magic eyes to challenge the decisions of human scorekeepers, umpires and…

Roots

How important are your roots? At the Watson Lake Sign Post Forest in Canada’s Yukon Territory you can see over 70,000 hometown signs planted by people from all over the world!   Business Lesson to be Learned: Even if you never go back, it’s important to acknowledge from whence you came!

Who said that?

Who said: ‘Work Smarter…Not Harder’? This phrase has been attributed to Allan F. Mogensen, the creator of ‘Work Simplification’. And what is Work Simplification, you ask: “the organized use of common sense by everyone involved to find easier and better ways of doing work” Business Lesson to be Learned: Keep an open mind and listen…

Are you working hard or just working long hours?

Hard vs: Long Work As the long days of summer become the shorter days of Autumn, how are you spending your time? Are you working hard or just working long hours? Long work is done by the lawyer who bills 14 hours a day filling in forms. Hard work is what the insightful litigator does…

Investing Time on the Right Tasks

Adoxography was a term coined in the late 19th century. It refers to highly skilled writing about trivial subjects. In effect, it’s wasting great skills and ability on things that don’t matter. And yet the ancient Greeks, who were otherwise pretty smart people, would engage in Adoxography on purpose, spending hours in praise of things…

Don’t Think Outside the Box – Redefine It!

Thinking “outside the box” is a popular idea in the business world today. People and organizations are told to think outside the box to stimulate creativity when they need to solve problems, streamline production, establish a new product, or develop a new process. And it’s true that unconventional thinking often sparks creativity and innovation. But…

Ten Reasons People Resist Change

Leadership involves introducing change, but what is a leader to do when faced with ubiquitous resistance? Resistance to change manifests itself in many ways, from foot-dragging and inertia to petty sabotage to outright rebellions. The best tool for leaders of change is an understanding of the predictable, universal sources of resistance. Once the source has…

The Art of Delegating

In today’s busy world, one of the best ways to create more time for top-priority projects is to delegate lower-priority work to someone else. Many people are reluctant or afraid to delegate work. Do any of these statements sound familiar? “Nobody can do this work as well as I can” “If someone else does this…

Increase Profits by “Pruning” Your Business

When you hear people talking about sales goals, they’re almost always referring to gross sales, i.e., “I want to do $1,000,000 in sales. But what is more important — gross sales or net profits? Increasing net profits, the money you keep after paying expenses, should always be the goal. Doubling sales does not necessarily mean…

Riding a Dead Horse

Riding Dead Horses: A Common Pastime The tribal wisdom of the Dakota people, passed on from generation to generation, states that when you discover you’re riding a dead horse, the best thing you can do is dismount. However, in modern corporate North America, a vast range of far more advanced strategies are generally encouraged: Buy…