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Marty - thanks for the 4 tips. Process with a plan, plan and implement in the present, adapt the plan as you learn and go, stay focused on the plan by being deliberate - have that end goal in mind. Always having fun with practice and resultant implementation. Thanks for posting on bizsugar.com"
Easy to remember - 7 S's. Thanks for that. Find myself advising clients a similar way - focusing on what they are great at, and minimizing what they are not great at; looking at the cup half full and seeking continual fulfillment. Thanks for the tips Frederique! Thanks for posting on BizSugar.com"
Caron - great advice comes in 3's!. Thanks. The business plan is critical, as is your recommendation to continually update it in year 1, as well as in each of the subsequent years. As the business grows and the entrepreneur now small business owner gathers staff, learning to manage the people along with delivering the product and services will come into play. I've found some owners are better than others at the managing part - so seeking help from experts makes sense as you suggest. Thanks for your post on bizsugar.com."
This a great interview with Mike. Great concept and he is adept at explaining and implementing. Clearly one of his central values is providing a personal linkage between his customers and suppliers, in a field that will certainly grow and expand. Thanks. "
Jeremy - you make it all sound so simple! I like the way you lay out the steps succinctly. Well done. As a management coach I've toyed with the video concept, got a YouTube account and put up 3 videos, although they only PowerPoint presentations with a voice over they have been helpful. Your advice is sound, however, keep at it, SEO them, and listen to your customers, adapt and change as needed. Thanks for posting on bizsugar.com "
Motivating employees, for me, is a positive act. These 5 key factors appear to focus on the assumption that employees are not otherwise motivated to perform. I prefer to work with clients to create a family-like community where employees are motivated primarily out a sense of responsibility to one another and the company (Cornell 2005) so that better workforce alignment may develop. As a first step, ask yourself if you understand and can measure your employees values, motivations, and talents. There's more to this than meets the eye. I have worked too long with clients who focus on the negatives - and performance suffers. When employees are valued and engaged, it makes a tremendous difference - increased performance and profitability. Thanks for posting on bizsugar.com"
Interesting read Jay. Been sitting and standing lo' these many years. I find when talking on the phone standing is best for the voice projection, intonation, and expression. Had not thought on the need to stand while on the computer. I might be one of those MacGyver types, only because I would not take the time to shop for other solutions (also because I have an old desk). Perhaps my age. I recently saw a sales office where all the account executives were using the exercise ball, and comments are that they are quite comfortable. Will be interesting to see if there are long term studies on standing."
Great advice Eamonn. To your question: Richard Branson and the Virgin brand come to mind - adventurous,daring to risk, extravagance, exciting to watch and observe. Another is Ivan Misner and the BNI International Brand - amongst the 25 largest franchises in the world - business networking and referrals,the father of modern networking."