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    December 12, 2012

    Reflect on 2012 to Create a Stronger 2013

    What does your company do to start the year off energized & engaged?

    By Gina Fedeli, President GCF Consulting, Inc. With the end of the year approaching, it’s an ideal time to review 2012’s accomplishments and to plan for 2013. It’s a chance to celebrate achievements and to reinforce the behavior that made them possible.  It’s also an opportunity to evaluate the year’s mistakes so that they can be avoided in the future.   In addition to developing high-level business goals for 2013, assess the company’s mission and...Continue reading

    By Gina FedeliPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on December 12, 2012

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    December 6, 2012

    Improving Your Odds for a Successful CRM and IT Strategy

    Learn to create the required balance between strategic planning, processes & people.

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC The overall mission of business today, as it was yesterday, and undoubtedly will be tomorrow, is to maximize customer service. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is the foundation of business success, but giving the customer what he or she wants, when & how he or she wants it, without compromise, remains a daunting task. Technology offers integrated solutions to CRM, however with the expanded use of...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on December 6, 2012

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    November 19, 2012

    Time To Meet Your New Employees?

    Get to know Individuals, not just the team.

    By Emilie Shoop, Creator and Leader of Shoop Training & Consulting Now that you have stepped into your management role, you will want to meet the team.  Most new managers have a kickoff, a pow-wow, or some sort of celebration to start the momentum of the new era under their leadership.  This is a great start, especially if there either have been, or will be, a lot of other changes.  If someone retired and you took over, a lot of fanfare might not really be called...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on November 19, 2012

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    November 14, 2012

    When Can Adaptability Slip Into Compromise? Pitfalls of International Management

    Learn how to balance your approach to cultural norms without losing sight of your objectives.

    By Debbie Nicol, Managing Director, 'business en motion' On some recent business trips, I managed to find a moment to visit the natural wonders of local beaches.  In Ghana, the width and breadth of the beach and ocean was a patchwork of blue and black plastic bags whilst on mainland Thailand, the first 200m offshore proudly displayed brown-green ocean water, silently persuading those blue ocean lovers to remain on terra firma. These observations reinforced a previous insight, or was it an...Continue reading

    By Debbie NicolPosted in International Management on November 14, 2012

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    October 24, 2012

    Taking The Mystery Out Of Acquisitions

    Understanding Due Diligence: the impact it has on decision-making, and on employees.

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC When word surfaces that your company is a potential target for acquisition, or that you are targeting another company for acquisition, rumors typically start to fly. For many employees the unknown leads to fear, concern, and the inevitable question of what will happen both to the company and more importantly to “Me”.  Fear stems from employees believing that acquisitions are synonymous with a...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on October 24, 2012

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    October 1, 2012

    Six Things Marketing Should Be Doing to Ensure a Positive ROI

    Are your marketing dollars being wasted?

    There is often a stigma around how marketing dollars are spent.  Business leaders don’t always fully understand marketing programs or how all the elements tie together.  Other department heads get frustrated when, in their opinion, investment ‘Needs’ are turned down, but Marketing still gets funding for ‘Wants’.  Finally, Marketing Professionals rarely feel they have enough funding for the results everyone expects their programs to achieve. So what can be done...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Marketing & Innovation on October 1, 2012

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    September 24, 2012

    Successful Project Managers - The ‘Ninjas’ of Influence

    What behaviors define successful project managers and the people who sponsor them?

    By Ron Montgomery, Management Consultant & Owner, OnPoint, LLC It’s a common complaint among project managers; “I have the responsibility, but I don’t have the authority.”  It’s true that project managers rarely have formal authority, and the lack of such authority makes it difficult to meet project objectives and ensure that issues are resolved in a timely manner. However, successful project managers still manage to get the job done without formal authority. ...Continue reading

    By Ron MontgomeryPosted in Project & Process Management on September 24, 2012

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    September 13, 2012

    Communication Essentials For Executives and General Managers

    Are you an Effective Communicator (Leader)?

    Leading others is a great responsibility because your entire organization is waiting to hear what you have to say so they can act in accordance with your direction.  Success or failure is based on two basic criteria: The viability of your strategy, and your ability to communicate effectively.  Effective Communication means your message must resonate, must be understood, must be continuous, and must fully disseminate through all levels of the organization in order for everyone to take part and...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on September 13, 2012

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    September 5, 2012

    Workplace Bureaucracy – Learn to Break Through the Red Tape!

    What does your company value most, your employees or your processes?

    Workplace Bureaucracy can leave your company stagnant & demotivated.  As a leader, a manager and an individual contributor, you should be looking to create a balance between creativity and consistency.  Each one of us has the responsibility to improve our work environment.   Procedures, systems, controls, processes….we all complain about them or hear complaining from others, but they serve a purpose.  Structure is good; it keeps our business consistent, helps us track our...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Operations on September 5, 2012

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    July 22, 2012

    A Guide to Business Development: Balancing Skill, Boldness & Luck

    What is Business Development and how can you do it well?

    It is the most ambiguous of business disciplines…something many want to do, but few are able to define or do well.  This is due to the nature of business development being something beyond the scope of a company’s every day business activity, as well as the inconsistent placement of the activity in different organizations.  Sometimes it is part of sales, sometimes marketing, an outside consultant can lead the effort or a department of it’s own is often created.  We define...Continue reading

    By Dan WoodsPosted in Sales & Business Development on July 22, 2012

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