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​Deliver the small business special sauce and you’ll have nothing to fear from Amazon



​Deliver the small business special sauce and you’ll have nothing to fear from Amazon

From: bizjournals.com Image Credits: GETTY IMAGES (STEVECOLEIMAGES) Eeep—Eeep—Eeep —Eee “Uh! Yes, Echo. I’m awake.” Walter’s answer stopped the noise and prompted this message from inside his pillow: “Good morning, Walter. It’s 6:30 a.m. in Amazone 3, Monday, March 8, 2087. Current temperature is a crisp 11 degrees Ama-Cius. Have a nice day.” Walter Wallace had received the […]

How to show leadership in any meeting



How to show leadership in any meeting

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (PEOPLEIMAGES) How much of your work time every week is spent in meetings? Depending on your role in your organization, the answer is likely between 35 and 50 percent. Undoubtedly, many of these meetings are about subjects that are outside your direct area of expertise. While you may be tempted to […]

How to battle societal disconnects



How to battle societal disconnects

From: bizjournals.com Image rights: GETTY IMAGES (PEOPLEIMAGES) The most important “personal leadership” issues that are out of control are today’s societal behaviors. For example: The cell phones have arrived In the late 1980s, I was on a business trip out of state. As I returned my rental car and boarded the shuttle to my airline terminal, I […]

Leverage data to invest in the right customers



Leverage data to invest in the right customers

From bizjournals.com Image rights: GETTY IMAGES (ANDRESR) Time, people and materials are all important resources for the sustained growth of a company. This encompasses who sales representatives or account managers spend their time with and how they’re spending that time as well as where they’re spending it. It also includes who, how, and how often marketing targets […]

How to build an effective talent development program



How to build an effective talent development program

From: bizjournals.com With the global business environment shifting daily, it’s critical for organizations to be prepared for change. Companies need to make sure their teams have the right skills to ensure the organization can thrive in this increasingly complex ecosystem. In my last article, I discussed how to identify the must-have skills and competencies you need […]

Why African Entrepreneurship Is Booming



Why African Entrepreneurship Is Booming

From: hbr.org by: Ndubuisi Ekekwe Last month, I visited my village of Ovim in Southeastern Nigeria. I met a painter who also manufactures the paint he uses for his work. According to him, his business nearly collapsed early in the year when he could not access the foreign exchange market to import the raw materials required […]

Talking Logistics: Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2017



Talking Logistics: Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2017

From: datamyne.com What is the #1 technology topic Descartes CEO Ed Ryan is asked about? Drones. Which is why a drone took flight above the audience at his keynoter at the Descartes Evolution 2017 Global User & Partner Conference in March. Coolness factor aside, as Ryan pointed out, there are plenty more innovations impacting logistics here […]

Taking Care of Small Business: Working Together for a Better SBA



Taking Care of Small Business: Working Together for a Better SBA

From: http://smallbusiness.house.gov/ The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Taking Care of Small Business: Working Together for a Better SBA.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The Honorable Linda McMahon was sworn in on February […]

5 tips for more-effective business communication



5 tips for more-effective business communication

From: bizjournals.com Image rights: GETTY IMAGES (DIGITAL VISION.) Did you catch the Sci-Fi flick, Arrival, with Amy Adams? (If not, I promise not to spoil the ending.) The movie, based on a short story, dramatically illustrates the importance of communication. In fact, just getting one word wrong can lead to dire consequences when you’re communicating with aliens. […]