Business tips: Inspirational methods leaders use to rally the troops

March 8, 2010 | Comments Off on Business tips: Inspirational methods leaders use to rally the troops

During these difficult economic times, keeping your employees motivated is one of the keys to maintaining a successful business. If a consumer walks in to your store and sees a bunch of people moping around she may get the impression things are so bad this business may be closing soon. She will most likely not want to buy anything as a result. In a recently concluded four-year study of over 200,000 responses describing 20,000 leaders,...

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Checking in: A new perspective on the process

March 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Checking in: A new perspective on the process

by Steven Feldman It’s time for me to come clean. I’ve been doing this for more than 15 years, and I’ve visited my share of retailers. On each and every occasion, the purpose has been to write some sort of article. But I never walked into a retail floor covering store as an actual consumer. Until last week. It’s a bit ironic. We’re constantly writing about products, displays, showrooms, salesperson protocol, Web sites, etc.— all...

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Al's column

March 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Al's column

GETTING BETTER?: No one is declaring the recession over nor is anyone celebrating our return to prosperity, but there might be cause to raise an eyebrow. The U.S. Census Bureau reported retail sales totaled $355.8 billion in January, an increase of .5% from December, “indicating that the industry is slowly emerging from the economic troubles of last year.” An optimistic outlook that the Bureau supports with facts and figures it amassed. It said January sales...

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It depends on how high you jump

March 2, 2010 | Comments Off on It depends on how high you jump

by Al Wahnon Height is important to a basketball player, but more important is how high you jump. Many of today’s professionals are over 7 feet tall and their proximity to the basket takes much of the skill out of the equation. The closer you are to the floor, the more difficult the slam-dunks, layups and clutch passing. But there is more to the game than height. A case in point is Muggsy Bogues, who...

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