- Being Alive. Any day that your heart is beating and you can feel the temperature around you.
- Family.The people who will most likely be there through all your ups and downs.
- Friends. Having someone who can vent or share with you, and hopefully that same person provides you the same.
- Free Will.You have so many choices, yet there are people that live in places with limited or no choice.
- Work.A place that have its challenges and even provide financial rewards.
- Challenge. Nothing is fun without an obstacle to overcome; maybe at work or in your daily workout routine.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Begin and end each day with gratitude.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Weakness 7. Failing the show-rooming test
Customers, even in small towns, are standing in local stores and using their smartphone to compare prices with online retailers. If the product is cheaper at the online store, they order it immediately, and the local business just lost a sale.
It’s extremely hard to compete on price alone. Especially when the local business pays for the store, provides jobs for the retail clerks, gives customers the education and information, and everything else that goes into being the show room. And then the online retailer doesn’t collect sales tax, giving them an additional price advantage (and hurting your municipal government.)
Solution: Connect with customers.
Don’t try to stop customers from getting online in your store. In fact, offer them wifi. Make it easy.
Customers need reasons to choose to buy from you, and they need to connect with you.
1. Offer them something special not available from online retailers.
This could be a bonus with their purchase, personalization, gift wrap, or a discount.
Carry more exclusive items, especially local items. If no one else has it, customers can’t buy it from some online store.
Give better service. Be the trusted adviser that online stores can only try to emulate with software.
2. Be part of your community and worth supporting.
That online mega-store isn’t sponsoring the local Girl Scout troop, are they? So talk about it, not just with in-person customers, but in your ads, with displays and signs in your store, and on your social networks.
3. Invite the comparison, but make it fair.
Invite customers to check your prices against the online shops, but make sure they add the items to the cart and check out taxes and shipping. That’s just one tip from an article on “proactive showrooming” from the Retail Owners Institute.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Are the troops pushing back on your solutions to problems? Learn four ways to overcome their resistance.
John Maxwell, a prolific author who's written more than 60 books, says whatever you do, you can't buckle under unpopularity: "Sooner or later you encounter fierce resistance. Leadership feels a lot like peddling uphill, swimming upstream, or running into a stiff headwind. The challenge is to overcome the resistance instead of being overwhelmed by it," Maxwell writes on his blog.
Read below for Maxwell's suggestions on how to overcome stubborn employees unwilling to change.
Know that change creates friction.
Humans are creatures of habit, and changes in the day-to-day may upset their routines. So don't take opposition personal--it's bigger than you and your idea. "Leaders launch forward motion, but people stubbornly resist change because they dislike uncertainty. Most people would rather have familiar problems than unfamiliar solutions," Maxwell writes. "For this reason, you can anticipate having a tough time bringing about substantial transformations in your organization."
Don't forget the 20-50-30 principle.
"As a rule of thumb, 20 percent of your people will support your efforts to initiate change, 50 percent will be undecided, and the remaining 30 percent will resist you," he writes. He suggests not wasting your time trying to convert non-believers--it'll only backfire and make them resist you even more. Instead, court the 50 percent who are undecided and use the 20 percent to help convince them that your effort to drive change is positive.
Make a clear target.
Maxwell says that everyone needs an end goal to get through challenging, tough times. An employee needs to know his or her hard work will result in something beneficial. "As a leader, it's your duty to remind people of the benefits that lie just around the bend," he writes. "Without a sense of purpose, people quickly tire and lose heart."
Promise problems from the start.
Once you announce your campaign of change, be honest about the hardships ahead. If your staff doesn't anticipate problems, they're going to complain and you'll lose support. "Remind people of the rewards of change, but don't gloss over the difficulties," he says. "The nature of change is that things get worse before they get better."
Inc Magazine Article Link
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Here are three things that I typically see entrepreneurs willing to do:Save Some Funds for Later- I often ask: Do you want to build your business? if yes, then where you going to get the money?
Pay Those Bills On Time!-Being late can cost you more money. Why through money away to fees when they could be used to grow your business.
Learn QuickBooks Quickly-Do it right the first time. It takes many hours for bookkeepers to undo what you did incorrectly. And there are the others who never use Quickbooks, ugh-how will you analyze your numbers or file your taxes?
The article that focuses on 14 financial topics you should know before starting your business can be found at Inc. Magazine website.