Archive for May 2012

Business No Fun? Blame Yourself.

You’ve heard me say it before…if business was easy we’d all be rich.  But just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.  And if you’re not having fun, then you might want to look in the mirror and ask yourself what you can do about it. Because if you aren’t having fun…

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Four Easy Ways to Annoy the Crap out of Your Employees

Last week we gave employees pointers on how to annoy the crap out of a boss.  Fair is fair.  This week we’ll look at tried and true strategies for managers to make sure that the people who work for them wish they didn’t. Tell them what to do Employees work for you for a reason—because…

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Reduce Workplace Stress

Nobody likes stress.  And unless you’re just mean (and I know that some of you just are) you really don’t want to create stress in the workplace.  There’s an easy way to reduce stress in the workplace. Be clear with your expectations. People get stressed when they don’t know what to expect.  When that happens…

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Deals? They ain’t over ’till they’re over…

Any Texas Ranger’s fan can tell you how far away you still are when you are an entire out away from winning the World Series.  It’s the same in business.  Stay focused.  No matter how close you are to the end of a deal, don’t let up.  You’re vulnerable, whether you know it or not.…

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Fire these people. Now. They deserve it.

Ever stand in the long ordering line at the deli and wonder why in the hell some people don’t even look at the menu until they get to the cashier?  Once they get there and actually realize “dude, I wonder what I want to eat”, there’s no hurry.  They take their time, leisurely leafing through…

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Don’t you just wish your customers hated you?

You know, it really isn’t that hard to make your customers hate you.  Businesses all over have figured it out.  Maybe you’ve even got a few vendors or suppliers that you hate. And you’ve probably thought to yourself “you know, I sure do hate this vendor.  I wish I never had to interact with them…

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How To: Four Fast Fixes to Drive Profits for Your Business

Not making all the money you want?  We didn’t think so.  Never forget that profits are not the same as revenue.  Before falling in love with your increasing top line, be sure you don’t lose sight of those things that make the difference in your bottom line. Working with business owners and executives, I’ve seen the…

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