5 Ways To Ruin A Good Sales Force

We’ve all read countless cautionary tales about once-mights companies that lost their way.  The horror stories usually blame products that haven’t kept up, dumb acquisitions, weak marketing strategies, byzantine decision-making procedures, or overloaded debt structures. There’s another major reason companies hit the skids, and I have yet to see…

Your Ultimate (Web) Makeover

Google yourself on the web. Put your name in quotation marks. If you have a common name, you may have to add a few other cues, such as company name, city of residence, or alma mater. If the only hit that pops up is a Facebook photo of you…

Trust The Experts…To Be Wrong

There are two types of experts… and it’s very important to distinguish between them: There is the expert who can make something happen, and there is the expert who can tell you what he or she thinks is going to happen. Get all the advice you can afford from…

Tie-Downs Are Critical To Sales

If you knew two little words that could improve your sales, you’d use them, wouldn’t you? When you see your customer has some reservations, it makes sense to get the issues out in the open, doesn’t it? And after the ink is dry on the deal, you should make…

The Confidence Game

For about six weeks every year, beginning in late December and continuing through early February, football fans get the ultimate fix: the college bowl games, The NFL play-offs and, finally, the Super Bowl. It’s also an annual refresher course in winning and losing that separates the champs from the…

When Choice Outflanks Prime

Diplomacy is all about making the right choices.  When I persuaded my wife, Carol Ann, to say “I do” ages ago, we entered serious negotiations to nail down the ground rules for our marriage.  Then we hit on it.  In our family, I would make all the major decisions,…

Take Your Work Seriously, Don’t Take Yourself Seriously

“Dilbert,” which is carried in 1,100 newspapers, has helped us laugh at the crazy dynamics of the workplace. Now if we could only start laughing at ourselves. The late and much beloved chief executive of Coca-Cola, Roberto Goizueta, had the ability. He could distance himself from a situation, and…

Cradle-To-Grave Cuba: Poised for Rebirth?

The 1986 measures taken against South Africa surely hastened the end of apartheid.  In most other cases, embargos are a blunder.  Take Cuba. We started imposing sanctions against Cuba a half century ago.  Where have they gotten us? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put a number to the…

Inching Ahead Your Goal Line

Great goals make you stretch, not snap. You must stay focused on your goals above all else. Truly dedicated individuals won’t let anything interfere with attaining their goals. that’s why so few people become champions. It’s not easy. The late Red Auerback, famed Boston Celtics coach, was one of…

Read Any Good Business Books Lately?

People who read business books earn more money – a lot more! – even in tough economic times.  According to a number of studies, business people who read at least seven business books a year earn over 2.3 times more than those who read only one per year. Why? One…