Becoming a Business Chameleon: Adapting to Change Before It Happens

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We all remember in science class as kids the theory of Darwinian Evolution: survival of the fittest, or more simply, adapt or die.  Unfortunately, the fear of impending death is usually the case for action for adapting in modern business as well.  That’s what makes it so tough to reinvent business—when the pressure is on with the figurative gun to the head of the chief executive.  But what if you could adapt to change or anticipate the need for it before the hammer was cocked, before the competition?  You’d become a business chameleon, protected for self-preservation and dangerous to competitors, hitting them before they see you.  Heck, you’d be the business Predator. Read More…

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Navy Seal Crisis Response: 3 Steps for Your Business

 navy seals, seal training, crisis responseThe United States Navy Seal program develops warriors on the battlefield par excellence.  These are men who are the very best at dealing with crisis situations that most of us can’t begin to contemplate and handling them with crack efficiency.  Unfortunately many of us reading this, myself included, never realize that game excellence until one or more of them make headlines by making the ultimate sacrifice for their cause, their unit, and their country.

But what exactly makes these guys so exceptional at what they do, and can those skills, or variations of them, be developed in people like you and I and used in our daily routines to make us the best in our own respective career universes? Read More…

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Economic Recovery or Not?

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If you read the conventional wisdom in the newspapers and look on most of the traditional media sources, you know that we’re in the midst of an economic recovery, however slow.  The stock market hit record highs in 2012, although many would say that government money printing from the Federal Reserve has created that artificial bubble.

But this isn’t the world of the small and mid-sized business owner, the guys and gals who deal with real customers, real suppliers, and face every day the challenge of selling their goods and services profitably above costs.

Whether it’s rising costs pressuring your margins, extra time at the office, or sales channels that seem to have stagnated or dried up, perceptions vary as to just how REAL this recovery is. Read More…

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How to Use Technology to Improve Workforce Management

Workforce Management, Workforce Management technologyOne of the most important areas of running a company regardless of its size is workforce management. You may not have consciously made the decision to undertake this task, but it is almost certain that you have done so without even realizing it! Thanks to the latest in technological advances, it is now easier than ever before to handle this part of your day to day operations. Read More…

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3 Top Small Business Habits to Thrive

business habits for success, success habitsBusinesses don’t run themselves. You have to take measured steps to keep the money flowing into your bank account. You already have a website up and running, all the gadgets and gizmos installed on your site to take payments from customers, and all you need now is something to guarantee your survival in the jungle that is the Internet. Users are getting smarter by the minute. The glitz and glam of social media is starting to wear thin. What you need are habits and strategies that are timeless. Read More…

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Link Popularity: 5 Top Tools to Assess How Good You Are

Inbound links, link popularity, link exchangeThe business of search engine optimization happens to be tough. However, there are several survival kits, which can help you in playing safe in this tough world. Link building is considered as the most important element of SEO. It deals with linking two or more sites together simply to attract good amount of traffic and make the site popular among the target audience. If you know how to use these tools, you could end up getting some of the best outcomes for your website through good organic search rankings. In order to carry out this task effectively, you have several good online tools, which can help you in carrying out this task along with giving you the popularity of these sites. Read More…

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Event Planning to Succeed

event planning, event plan, successful event planEver had one of your events fall flat on its face?  Not only is it not any fun, but it is usually costly and can kill your reputation.  No matter the type of your upcoming event, whether it be a business conference, wedding, a trade show or a family birthday party, you must ensure that you plan the event thoroughly, so that it exceeds your expectations.  As Winston Churchill once said, “He who fails to plan, is planning to fail”.  Follow these 5 steps for any event to develop a winning plan. Read More…

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Control Your Brand Conversation or Be a Part of It

your online brand, brand hijackThe domain of brand communication has changed significantly over the years. Customers have truly emerged as the ones who wield influence more than what advertising can do for organizations. It is no longer possible for organizations to cover up the low points of a product with media blitzkreig. Even online reputation management methodologies fail if people choose to voice their opinion against a product and such content subsequently goes viral over the internet. Read More…

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Is Your Business Breaking Trust Contracts?

trust contract, business trustBe it business, family or relationship, trust is one of the basic building blocks that can either make or break your growth. When it comes to business practices, trust is an unspoken ethical practice that helps a buyer to make subliminal decisions.

So how are you doing on the unspoken Trust Contracts that you sign? Read More…

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The Project Manager’s Most Important Quality

project management patience, project manager qualityAfter two decades plus in industry and holding titles from salesperson to Veep and all points in between, I’ve been in charge of a project or 20. Yup, I’ve organized crews on the back of a diner placemat and produced MS Project Gannt charts as big as a middle-school blackboard just like you may have.  I have come to realize that there are many characteristics to getting stuff done and done right, on time and on budget, yet there is really only one that will keep you sane in the process. Read More…

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