Entrepreneurship

July 19, 2017 | Insights

Entrepreneurship and the Risk of Confirmation Bias

How wishful thinking can be dangerous to your business

It seems that starting a business has never been easier. Social media and crowd funding are just a couple of the developments that have eased the way for entrepreneurs. With online tools, an entrepreneur can now set up shop and …

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  • June 6, 2017 | Interviews

    David J.P. Fisher on Hyper-Connected Selling & Sales Skills of the Future

    According to Fisher, sales has changed, and we need to keep up 

    The internet has fundamentally changed the role of today’s salesperson, and this is a reality that can’t be ignored. In a world where consumers can purchase anything from diapers to high-end jewelry with a simple click of the mouse, the contemporary salesperson must …

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  • March 22, 2017 | Knowledge

    Three Simple Steps Before You Negotiate

    Assess the situation to see if negotiating makes sense

    We negotiate all the time. Any time you want something that another person has, or that person wants something that you have, you’re in a potential negotiation. Should you negotiate? That depends. You’ll want to size up the situation and …

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  • March 2, 2017 | Knowledge

    Four Questions Every Salesperson Should Ask About Their Customer’s Business

    Build value with your customers by understanding their business concerns

    What keeps your customer up at night? What is he or she most worried about? One of the best ways to build value with your customers is through a deep understanding of their business concerns. Too often, salespeople lead with …

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  • December 6, 2016 | Resources

    How Effective is that Ad?

    It’s a challenge to measure ad effectiveness of online ads.  In this podcast, researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University talk about how hard it is to really measure whether a digital ad is effective, and discuss …

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  • November 12, 2016 | Insights

    The Upside of the Downside

    Opportunities in Managing Risk

    You will find risk everywhere you look, if you look for it. Every time we get into a car, as a driver or passenger, there is the risk of an accident. Every time we burn a candle, there is a …

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  • August 7, 2016 | Resources

    Entrepreneurship, Step by Step

    Here’s how to make sure your business has it’s best possible start. Disciplined Entrepreneurship, by Bill Aulet, is a handbook for new companies.

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  • April 14, 2016 | Knowledge

    Plan to Manage Risk

    Why risk management must be part of your project plan

    As we said in Part 1, the first phase of managing a project is Project Initiation. Early in the project, you define the project’s product or end point in sufficient detail that you can both satisfy the customer’s view of …

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  • February 14, 2016 | Knowledge

    Use Projects to Launch High Quality Global Products (part 2)

    Focus on cost efficiency

    Now that your project is well scoped (in part 1), and you can define success, it’s time to consider cost efficiency and the timing for major expenses. It’s important to remember that shaping quality at the beginning of a project …

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  • January 24, 2016 | Knowledge

    Use Projects to Launch High Quality Global Products

    Use Project Management to Deliver Quality

    You’ve started a new project. Your objective is to successfully create and internationally launch a new high-quality product for your company. But, you’re stuck, because you are not sure you know how to ensure success across countries or how to …

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  • September 18, 2012 | Knowledge

    Tips for Relationship Selling

    Building trust will transform your client relationships

    Relationship selling is dead, or so contends author Matthew Dixon in his book The Challenger Sale. I think Dixon’s report of the death of relationship selling is an exaggeration. Let’s say relationship selling is evolving. Dixon advocates “challenge selling” over …

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