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Category >> Managing Your Staff
Nov 23
2016

Do Your Rules Have Teeth?

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Any government rule or law without consistent enforcement and penalty is merely a suggestion. When I lived in Detroit, drivers on a certain section of freeway consistently went 10-15 miles per hour over the speed limit and at times considerably more. When traffic allowed you could cruise between 65 and 70 in a 55 mph zone without much concern of being stopped. Clearly the speed limit was more of a suggestion.

Nov 21
2016

Following a New Model

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Sometime ago I worked with a business owned by “Ann” and “Peter.” The key presenting issue was the effectiveness of their sales staff. Most of the selling was done by calling cold or very cool contacts. One of the results of our work together was creating a script format for cold calling. The script was designed by understanding and using information from the most successful salespeople. My idea was to take the information from the most successful sales people and teach the other salespeople to follow the same model. By using this model, less successful sales people increased their results.  I suggested that if a person wanted to deviate from it in the future, they should design a trial with 100 to 300 calls to see if it resulted in numbers that were better, worse or about the same.  Only validated feedback should alter the call scripts.

Oct 19
2016

Beware of Advice from “Yes” People

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Most of us prefer to get advice from people we agree with for a number of reasons.  First, we like affirmation; secondly, we don’t like to justify our position. Clarifying and defending our position takes additional work.

Sep 19
2016

That Wasn’t My Question!

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Most of us may become frustrated when a news commentator asks a political figure or the surrogates a question and receives a well-crafted response. Typically such an answer fails to reply to the question. While we can’t do much in these situations, we can improve our business communication.

Aug 19
2016

Every Staff Role Matters

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I have spent considerable time over the years investing in the staff I have managed.  My goal was always to help them become more productive.  Jesus said, "All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.” (John 16:1, NIV) Our Lord invested time in the disciples so they would not fall away for the mission of growing the church.  In business our goal is to ensure that our staff does not fall away from executing the mission and vision of our business.