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Business Succession Planning

Business Succession PlanningAre you ready to stop, look at yourself in the mirror and willingly admit that you have no business succession planning in place yet?  Yes, planning for when you leave the business (because of bad health, retirement , or death) is a must-do if you want to sustain all of the hard work you put in and managed to continue—at least, if you want the business to go on for a few years more.

In this article, I’ll take you through some action steps to start planning for your departure from the business.  Remember, whether you’re young or old, you need to have a plan in place! READ MORE »

 

Organizing Information

When developing written communicate make sure you cover the basics by organizing information in a logical, easily understood manner.

organizing informationThe simple “Rule of Thumb” is the following:  Always, always, always make an outline before starting the rough draft. An outline will keep the information organized and prevent you from putting material where it doesn’t belong. READ MORE »

 

Micro-managers

micro-managersThese are some of the expressions of employees who unfortunately work with or for micro-managers.

“He doesn’t trust me.”

“I just don’t do it right or good enough, so why even try?”

“I will ask exactly how to do this, because she will make me redo it if I try it on my own.”

“I better wait to ask, because the answer is always different.”

“They must think I am so stupid and can’t do anything on my own.” READ MORE »

 

Are You Mingling?

MinglingMany people are uncomfortable mingling during a networking event. We are often worried about what people will think of us. The easiest way to get around that is to put our focus on them. How? First of all, look for people who appear somewhat lonely, standing by themselves. They appreciate us coming up to them and initiating a conversation. This helps get relationship-building conversations started while promoting confidence in ourselves and the other person. It is easier to join a group previously engaged in a discussion after someone leaves, breaking the circle of participants, which then allow us to comfortably slip right in. The following guidelines will also help: READ MORE »

 

How is Your Sales Growth

Sales GrowthWhile sales growth is desirable, not all growth has equal consequences or outcomes.  Everyone is familiar with the coined phrase “urban sprawl” which is the result of unplanned growth.  This type of growth happens without forethought and causes unforeseen challenges and complications, often unpleasant or with a negative connotation.   According to Blackenterprise.com, “strategy is not about waiting for opportunities to come to your business. It’s about making sure your business is moving, and most importantly, that it’s moving in the right direction.”

Here are five steps they suggest are needed when developing a solid plan for strategic sales growth: READ MORE »