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IQ vs EQ

How to hire smart people who understand more than just the job In the business world, we are always looking for ways…
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Creating Competitiveness

By Jim Bandrowski Small to medium-sized manufacturing companies in the USA have been making a comeback. They are doing this despite low…
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Why CEOs Fail

Since 1994 I’ve worked with many CEO clients, both privately and in groups. In more than 3,000 individual conferences and more than…
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8 Practices of Top Project Managers

The difference between decent project management and excellent project management can be measured in delays, cost overruns, lost customers, employee misery and business jeopardy.…
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How to Hold Better Meetings

How do you keep your most talented employees, staff, board members, or association members focused and motivated in meetings, let alone motivating…
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Its All About Time

A busy desk is the sign of a busy mind, right? Wrong. Despite a long-standing cultural bias for constant activity, a clean…
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Success A Precursor to Failure

Introduction Companies achieve market dominance by introducing innovative products or adopting a unique way of doing business that their customers perceive as adding…
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Ten Steps to Better Meetings

Are your meetings wearing everybody out? Of the time you invest in holding meetings, how much actually translates into profitable results? The…
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Coachability

By Garold L. Markle I am frequently asked to describe what differentiates a successful employee development program from a less successful one.  …
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Coaching Family Members

By Garold L. Markle To coach or not to coach? That is the question faced by many family-owned business leaders when there…
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Just Focus on Execution?

By Rick McPartlin Execution without a business plan is a hobby. Without a science-based revenue strategy, it’s a wish, and without aligned…
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Casting People

by Lee Thayer   Your organization grows. Or at least it is “supposed” to.   If it does, you are faced directly…
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Moving Toward a Mobile Workforce

By Chris Seppala Editor’s Note: Chris Seppala, Chief Technology Officer for LinkSource Technologies, chimes in with answers to three burning questions regarding…
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Digital Matchmaking

By Bob Tesar My firm, Tesar-Reynes, is a Chicago-based executive search firm specializing in the world of Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). We…
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Blog Your Direct Reports

By Hugh Stewart Business owners sometimes struggle to communicate effectively with their direct reports. If you are fully engaged when communicating with…
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Communicating Your Brand

Branding is essentially a two-part process that consists of: Identifying the value your product or service delivers and distinguishing it from what…
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Building a Brand Identity

What Is Branding? Most people consider branding as the sole domain of huge consumer companies like Nike, Coke or Johnson & Johnson.…
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How Does Your Web Site Make Me Feel?

It’s commonly understood that people buy emotionally, not intellectually. Even when customers think they’re making a rational decision, powerful subconscious factors come into…
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Selling with the Five Senses

Sell the Experience, Not the Product During recessions or down economies, consumers become more value-conscious shoppers. New to the most recent downturn…
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Why People Buy

“Most sales people have no idea why their customers buy. They assume that customers buy for their reasons, when in fact the…
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How to Start a Business

By Paul Morin Even though I often deal these days with entrepreneurs and senior-level managers who are much further along in their…
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Hit and Myth in the Sales Biz

Introduction If the real world followed the script of a warm-and-fuzzy movie, good products would sell themselves. Sadly, fantasies don’t close deals.…
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The Heart of the Matter

Introduction When customers are playing hardball and the competition is breathing down our necks, more often than not, the winner’s edge comes…
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The Me Degeneration

Introduction How many of you have sent this sort of note to a customer: “I really enjoyed meeting you. I think I…
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When Silence Is Eloquent

Introduction Recently, one of my clients said the nicest thing: “Gee, you sure are a good listener. I can’t believe you’re in…
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Trimming Out the Deadwood

By Garold L. Markle Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO and Fortune magazine’s “Manager of the Century”, pioneered many benchmark-worthy world class…
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The Weakness Trap

By Garold L. Markle What is the best thing to do with a weakness?  According to the Gallup Poll data, the most…
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The Four Uncertainties

By David Belden As I talk with my clients, who represent a highly diverse cross-section of businesses, from virtual consultants to blue-collar,…
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Denying the Paradigm

By David Belden I once heard a Vistage speaker admonish members for believing that there is anything special or unusual about this…
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The Core Values Sham

By Jane Adamson Millions of dollars and an unimaginable number of employee hours have been wasted on the hypocrisy of “core value…
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Quiet Leadership

Managers are programmed to solve problems. That’s what they are paid to do. That’s what they are good at. When an employee…
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Beware a Bust

It’s an ordinary day. As president of a small San Francisco company offering business telemarketing services, you’ve projected a reasonably healthy bottom…
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Take Control by Letting Go

Look at your appointment calendar. See any “white space” there? If you’re like most busy CEOs and business professionals, you are booked…
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Selling the Business

When to Sell In the mid-’90s, Vistage speaker Peter Collins surveyed more than 400 business owners (all Vistage members) about their exit plan. Some…
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From ‘Yes’ to Money

By Tom Searcy Chevy Chase was famous for saying that working with Christie Brinkley in National Lampoon’s Vacation was like holding an…
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Basic Pricing Strategies

 The Five Pillars of Pricing Strategy According to pricing expert Eric Mitchell , profit is a function of three factors — price, margin and…
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Underdog Marketing

Little Dog, Big Bark So you’re a small player in a market loaded with over-sized competitors. A David versus Goliath. The ’61…
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Compelling Change

Since the creation of business, there has been a disconnect between the ideal company and its actual reality. However, this hasn’t stopped…
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The Performance-Based Job Profile

Introduction The absolute bedrock of every effective hiring system, say our staffing experts, is a performance-based job profile, an objective set of criteria that…
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Appreciating Employees

As companies compete to attract and retain top employees, they are realizing salary is only one piece of the puzzle. When salary…
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Productivity for Profit

By Kraig Kramers How can you improve productivity during this ongoing period of economic instability and political uncertainty? There are a number…
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Demystifying SBA Financing

By Kurt Chilcott Mention SBA (Small Business Administration) loans to small business owners and here’s what typically jumps out of their mouths:…
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Righting Your Resume

Invited to speak on the topic of attracting and retaining top talent, I stood in front of 15 successful key executives and…
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Leading with Optimism

According to research from both the Gallup Organization and the Hay Group, roughly 50 to 70 percent of how employees perceive their…
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Ride Results!

By Jeff Blackman One year, my family and I spent our winter break in Los Angeles. We did all the traditional tourist…
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Leadership and Risk

By Jeremiah Wilson Are you afraid of taking risks? You shouldn’t be. Here’s why: What most people consider a “risk” isn’t risky…
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Decision Making 101

Knowledge workers today make many hundreds of choices about their work, life and where to focus their energy each and every day.…
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Crossing No Man’s Land

Introduction Fewer than two percent of all companies in the United States ever grow to more than $25 million in annual sales. That…
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Hoist a Cold One to Results!

By Jeff Blackman In the early 1900s, Claude Hopkins was one of the world’s greatest advertising copywriters. His words and ideas transformed…
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Employee Goal Setting

Clearly defined goals and plans serve as the central nervous system for all personal and professional performance. –Gary R. Blair, author, consultant and…
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Rules of the Road

By Tom Searcy It often seems that people don’t understand basic professional protocols and courtesies in doing their jobs. About 25 years…
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Coaching to Increase Sales

By Vistage Editor Poor sales performers crop up in nearly all organizations, and all too often they’re tolerated and permitted to continue…
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