“I Have Been Thinking”

There was a time when the phrase “I have been thinking” would frighten my boss or my team mates, but it is something that I have always done a lot. I spoke of this recently during the Business PowerUp session for the Small Business Community Network.  It is difficult to find the time for this…

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The Risk of Doing It Yourself!

The latest attempt at an economical restoration (at the time of this writing) has been discovered in Palencia, Spain. Amateur do-it-your selfers are again trying to do art restoration. The results may look comical but the impact is sorrowful. How many things in our business approaches or attempts at crafting strategy mirror these efforts? Why…

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What Can a Banana Tell us About Sales Strategy?

I had a “I was this many minutes old” moment not too long ago when I saw someone posting about bananas. I wish I kept track of the person who posted so that I could properly credit them. When you go to peel a banana, which end do you start with? I have always started…

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Amplification through Social Media

Are you using social media such as LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to try to promote your business or to elevate your personal credentials? Perhaps you are also networking whether it is part of a networking organization or working within an industry. Do you post information or content but do not seem to get much…

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Moving from Milkman to Hunter – Evolving Your Outside Account Executives

How do your outside sales representatives work? Scenario A: Are they spending all of their active selling time in front of potential new customers? Are they relentlessly chasing down new prospects, constantly expanding your portfolio of customers and profitably growing your business? OR Scenario B: Do they have a set book of business and are…

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COVID-19 Has Accelerated the Evolution of B2B Sales!

I first wrote on these themes in December of 2018.  The ideas still hold true but what were emerging trends have now rapidly accelerated.  Digital networking and connecting and selling via various electronic media which were emerging concepts gaining acceptance a short while ago have now become every day realities. How often in the past…

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What If I Gave You 50 New Accounts?

As I work with clients, over and over I hear their difficulty finding new customers and their desire for assistance with lead generation. As I have worked through this, I have had a realization. What if I gave them 20 new accounts? What if it is 50 new accounts? How about 100 new accounts? How…

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Managing Through A Period of Business Disruption

This is a period of unprecedented disruption for all of us. There is disruption in our business lives.  There is also disruption and perhaps hardship in our personal lives. Some businesses are finding themselves quite busy while others have had the rug pulled out from under them. I offer a few thoughts for those that…

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Leadership – Will They Follow?

This will likely be more in the form of story-telling but it does offer some insights into ideals that have guided my own leadership development journey. There are courses, books, blogs and countless websites that all talk about how to develop leadership.  To me, the best way to develop leadership is to put yourself into…

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Anatomy of a Sales Manager

An organization’s sales manager is an extremely critical role.  It may be one of the most difficult jobs in an organization but it is often the one role where there is no training investment.  When there is a need for a sales manager, an attempt is made to promote the best sales representative.  Often the…

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