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Is anyone paying attention?  The challenge of measuring progress

Is anyone paying attention? The challenge of measuring progress

Valcort Research Report  Over the last 15 years, we have conducted dozens of diagnostic surveys to measure organizational strength on the 35 VALCORT business practices.  The Corporate Alignment and Market Readiness Assessment (CAMeRA) takes a snap shot of how well companies are mastering these practices, as well as the alignment of executive and functional teams. The results of every CAMeRA diagnostic are as different as the companies that participate.  But one thing is the same, almost without ...

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What’s your trust quotient?

What’s your trust quotient?

Trust is important to all of us.  We make judgments related to granting or seeking trust every day. This is as true in business as it is in our personal lives.  Whether a corporate leader, investor, employee, channel partner or a customer, we intuitively determine the questions we should ask in the process of determining whether or not to grant trust, or to begin a trust-based transaction or relationship. In Valcort's new Organizational Trust Assessment, we ask a set of 28 questions in  four ar...

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Is spontaneity underrated? The changing face of impulse buying

Is spontaneity underrated? The changing face of impulse buying

Adding a pack of gum or a magazine to your shopping cart has helped retailers make a crucial few extra dollars for decades. A recent survey by CreditCards.com found that 68 percent of U.S. consumers said their primary location for making impulse buys was “in person in a store.” Thirty to 50 percent of all in-store purchases are impulse buys. But that number is slipping. Digital methods are used for far fewer impulse buys. Only 21 percent said they bought impulsively on a desktop/laptop, and just...

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13 Ways to Build Better Business Relationships

13 Ways to Build Better Business Relationships

All successful businesses–regardless of what they do or sell–have one thing in common: their people know how to build and maintain relationships. The truth is that business leaders too often get caught up in the details of the kinds of products or services they are selling to notice how critical it is to build relationships not just with your customers, but also with vendors, employees, and even competitors. You need to have good long-term customers and vendor relationships that will carry you t...

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The Top 15 Iconic Marketing Campaigns in History

The Top 15 Iconic Marketing Campaigns in History

The Top 15 Iconic Marketing Campaigns in History Every day, companies and causes of all types and sizes try to get your attention and to persuade you to buy their products, embrace a category, shift your impression of their company, support their cause, or vote for their candidate. Over the years, there have been some marketing and advertising campaigns that have done that job more convincingly and memorably than anyone else. Many have withstood the test of time. Of course, while advertising ca...

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15 Successes Who Started in Failure 

15 Successes Who Started in Failure 

Failure can be (and often is) the first step to success. Skeptical?  Here are 15 examples of how extremely successful people got off to terribly bad starts. Bill Gates Bill Gates is now one of the world’s wealthiest individuals, but he didn’t earn his fortune in a straight line to success. Gates entered the entrepreneurial scene with a company called Traf-O-Data, which aimed to process and analyze the data from traffic tapes.He tried to sell the idea alongside his business partner, Paul Alle...

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The 15 Friendliest Companies in America

The 15 Friendliest Companies in America

We’ve asked around to find the companies with the best customer service, focus, and relationships. There are many companies that do it well, and just as many that don’t get it.  Here’s our list of the best. Amazon.com Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, has the highest customer service satisfaction in the country. It used to be an online bookstore, but later diversified to include, well, everything. Apple, Inc. This American multinational corporation focuses on the marketing and d...

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25 reasons Spring is a great time of the year.

25 reasons Spring is a great time of the year.

Business renaissance. If you’re in a seasonal business that benefits from warmth, like landscaping or outdoor dining, it’s time to roll! Temperatures are moderate. Spring marks the end of frigid winter and the transitional period to scorching summer. The earth's axis is angled between its closest and furthest position from the sun, when temperatures are the most extreme. You can finally ditch the winter layers. There are more daylight hours. Following the Spring equinox, when the earth’s ho...

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Does vision ever take a day off?  The importance of share values and vision

Does vision ever take a day off? The importance of share values and vision

Does vision within an organization need to be tempered, does the role of vision ever stop or slow? Does forever need to reach into the future and push the envelope out of the current state? I believe continued, ever-expanding vision is critical if an organization is to create sustainable growth. To understand the need for pervasive vision, we must start with shared values. Let me tell you why. Values are those core motivators that reside deep in one’s heart and soul.  They show up sometimes as ...

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What are your New Year’s resolutions?

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? It’s a long tradition that doesn't’ seem to be losing steam.  Here are the top-10 New Year's resolutions from a recent survey of 2,000 people conducted for Inc. magazine: Diet or eat healthier (71%) Exercise more (65%) Lose weight (54%) Save more and spend less--my personal favorite! (32%) Learn a new skill or hobby (26%) Quit smoking (21%) Read more (17%) Find another job (16%) Drink less alcohol (15%) Spend more time with family and friends (13%) More fr...

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