I Should Have Thought Of That!

What do all these companies have in common? Disney, CNN, MTV, Hyatt, Burger King, FedEx, Microsoft, Apple, AT&T, IHOP, Eli Lilly, IBM, Merck, Hershey’s, Coors, Texas Instruments, Fortune, GE, and Hewlett-Packard. Can you guess? Well first of all they are all very successful companies right? All names that you recognize right? But no, that’s not […]

Business As Usual

Yes, things are hard right now. Things seem to be as bad as they have ever been and that’s probably true. But we have to move forward, we have to try our best to conduct business as usual, if we are going to survive. Mark my words, no matter how bleak things are right now, […]

7 Traits Of Effective Leaders

I once had a boss who wanted to sit in his office all day, never participate in any meetings and then ask us, his managers, to write long tediously detailed reports and give them to him so he would know what was going on. In short he wanted to know everything we were doing without […]

Advice From Johnny The Bagger

Tips for great customer service! They say there are less than two hundred board shops left in North America, a fact that amazes me to no end. The other day, I was looking at a plan I did for a company just twelve years ago, where I said that there were less that six hundred […]

Embrace Change/ Embrace Success

“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody” Lily Tomlin Oh, that dreaded word “CHANGE” I have seen companies go out of business, rather than change. I have seen people suffer from all kinds of physical ailments, rather than change. I have seen whole marketing plans get […]

The Game Of Sales

  Managing a sales team is just like managing a sports team. You strive to put the best team on the field and then manage them to greatness. It means just like a sports team you must deal with all the team members as individuals figuring out how to handle each of them from the […]

The Paid Audition

I read recently that 48% of all customers feel that the most critical time for a company to gain their loyalty is based on the first order. So, half of your customers are going to decide if they want to keep working with you based on that first order. Man, is that pressure or what? […]