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The world’s best leaders, delivery drones and other interesting business stories of the week

The world’s best leaders, delivery drones and other interesting business stories of the week

Who are the world’s best leaders?  The greatest leaders are the ones who run organizations that truly care for their employees’ and customers’ health, happiness, and wellbeing.  -- Fortune Amazon Hammers FAA For Lack Of 'Impetus' Over Drone Policy.  Amazon.com is not pleased with the pace by which the Federal Aviation Administration is addressing the commercial use of drones and it let the public know in a congressional hearing on Tuesday. -- Forbes Your phone on steroids.  With 5G mobile, wirel...

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Get the message?

Get the message?

Valcort 35 Keys to Business Growth: #18 Create clear and specific messages targeted to each stakeholder (vendor, employee, shareholder, representative, customer, end user) to help them talk about our company and promote our products and services. Several years ago I accompanied a client, a well-known leader of one of the nation’s largest organizations, to a national television interview on one of the highest-rated news programs of the day. His organization was high profile and was involved in al...

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Apple’s values, March Madness and this week’s other interesting business stories

Apple’s values, March Madness and this week’s other interesting business stories

Apple’s Future.  Tim Cook says everything at Apple can change except values--Fast Company         GM Ditching Russia.  Political turmoil in Russia, combined with a weak economy and lower-than-expected sales, convinced General Motors that it isn’t worth sinking more money into the once-promising market.—Forbes     March Madness at Work:  How to channel your employees’ NCAA enthusiasm to build team and infuse passion within the organization.  –Chief Executive   &...

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5 ways to segment customers

5 ways to segment customers

Customer segmentation is a successful marketing tool when implemented correctly. Selecting segments and placing your customers must be done with precision. Here are 5 ways to tackle this vital task: 1. Demographics.  Divide your customers into demographic groups. Consumers primarily purchase product based on needs and wants that are related to where they live, how old they are, their gender and their level of education.  Too many brands wait until the point of transaction to turn anonymous site ...

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Are you a victim of organizational drift?

Are you a victim of organizational drift?

Valcort 35 Keys to Business Growth. #17: Have a formal process in place that makes sure that your products and services, your sales approach, and your internal operations all line up with the needs of specific, well-defined customer groups. Slipping on the fins and covering my face with the snorkel and mask, I jumped overboard. The world beneath Baja Mexico’s Sea of Cortez was magical. Surrounded by thousands of silvery fish I was transported 15 feet deep into the center of a fish cloud. I retur...

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Zuckerberg’s hiring secrets and this week’s other top business stories

Zuckerberg’s hiring secrets and this week’s other top business stories

Mark Zuckerberg Shares His Secret to Recruiting the Best Employees – Inc. Magazine Facebook founder and CEO reveals the simple but counterintuitive rule of thumb he uses to keep the right candidates from slipping through his filter. Larger iPad Reportedly Coming in 2nd Quarter – Wall Street Journal Apple Suppliers have been told to produce larger-screen iPad.  Production of the bigger tablet was originally planned for first quarter.  Word is USB ports are being considered.  The 1% Makes 19% Of ...

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Great Ways to Discover Employee Strengths

Great Ways to Discover Employee Strengths

What are the most important characteristics of your next star employee?  I’d suggest there are three:  trustworthiness, essential competency, and perhaps the most important characteristic, passion (for life, for people, for your work, for every breath). With these characteristics in mind, check out the following tools to discover and analyze these strengths in employees, potential employee, and perhaps yourself! Trustworthiness It probably won’t take you long to determine if a current employee ...

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7 Steps to Employee Greatness

7 Steps to Employee Greatness

Think about the best job you’ve ever had. Perhaps it’s the one you have now, or it may be many years ago. What was it about your employee experience that made it great? Now, think back to the worst experience you’ve had as an employee (sorry, if this is a painful memory!) The contrast of these bi-polar work situations — and how these experiences inform your role as a manager of employees — provides the grist for a conversation of guiding employees to greatness. We have explored many times on the...

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Fundamental truths of success and other top business stories of the week

Fundamental truths of success and other top business stories of the week

1. 10 Fundamental Truths about Success We Forget Too Easily -- Forbes It’s surprising how easy it is to lose sight of the important things in life. Busy schedules and weekly routines have a tendency to put the brain on autopilot. Some of life’s essential truths need repeating.  Here you go. 2. Twenty Fastest Growing Economies This Year -- Businessweek Emerging markets in Asia and Africa still reign supreme:, and they're at the top of global growth projections over the next two years. 3. Four Rea...

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The 15 most important things you need to know about your customers.

The 15 most important things you need to know about your customers.

What are the most important things you should know about your customers? You should know what they are most frustrated about. And what they’re trying to achieve. You should know where they hang out online. What else? Create your own list, but first read our list of 15 things you should and can know about your customers. It will get you started. What is the biggest frustration about their life right now? What is it they are trying to achieve? What do they think it will take to achieve their goal...

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