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In the contemporary business world, learning how to work together might just be the single-most important skill in maintaining a competitive advantage. Being able to approach the daily goals along with the long-term vision with a unified front is not just good sense, but a proven way of getting things done. It also makes for a much more active workforce, where the team can function as a self-contained system, where people inspire each other to do their best, and to give their all. The secrets of success here are not based on any kind of hidden quantity, like some elusive philosopher’s stone for effective business practices, but are actually based on simple and practical techniques .
There are many organizations that run into difficulties, without knowing exactly where things started to go off track. With a little work and plain old-fashioned elbow grease, it’s always possible to find the way back to that yellow brick road that can lead toward the original vision that started things rolling in the beginning. Effective teamwork is something that’s not necessarily easy, but it is based on certain principles that teams tend to fall into rather naturally, when they are introduced in the right way, and at the right time. This is exactly how teams can grow, too, and when there are training courses to reinforce the learning, then something spectacular can happen.
Teamwork begins with a common experience to help the team remember why they are there in the first place. Courses and seminars can be an entirely effective tool in unifying a group, so that working toward a common goal becomes obvious, and rather liberating. Human beings seem to be geared toward a work ethic that means working together. It is fulfilling, emotionally and financially, to pursue single tasks together with a singular vision. It can be a tricky balance, where individuals need to be recognized for their individual contributions, while simultaneously being recognized for their ability to pursue visions together. It’s quite possible, however, and the rewards seem to be never-ending.
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New companies that are building their first website have a lot of things to consider. Usually they are in the process of creating the business itself, which takes most of their energy, time, and resources. The website may get overlooked in the long lists of “to do” when establishing a new company. This is a mistake, especially for those companies that plan to use the web as a major marketing tool or as the main marketplace for their products. It is vital that these companies plan to invest significant resources in development, design, and Site Testing .
While there are many guides and books out there to help people design and build a website, these focus on the coding, navigation, and graphical elements. Most overlook the importance of site testing to the end product. A good website development plan is going to include time for testing and for making adjustments to the site based on that testing.
In its most basic form, site testing involves going through every individual page to make sure that the page loads properly, graphics and links aren’t broken, and any functions, such as shopping carts and forms, work properly. Most web developers consider this to be the extent of the testing needed. However, any company that hopes to succeed on the web needs to conduct user testing too. This puts the website in the hands of potential users to gauge their impressions and see how easy — or difficult — the site is to use by an everyday visitor. This is the data that will reveal whether a site is usable and valuable to potential customers or is only a bunch of pretty graphics and cool widgets that only a developer could love.
Posted December 25th, 2010. 1 comment
Experienced restaurateurs know that there’s more to a successful dining establishment than a good chef and good food. Having an excellent staff and an inviting atmosphere are also essential. When planning a new restaurant, no detail is too small for these food entrepreneurs and they make sure that someone is taking care of everything, down to the selection of the menu covers .
To the average diner, a menu cover is invisible. It is taken to be a part of the menu itself, not seen as a separate entity. In reality, the menu is just a printed or written piece of paper or other writing material. There are some eateries that simply hand out a printed menu or even refer guests to a menu hanging from the ceiling or wall. However, most restaurants have some sort of cover, whether it’s a plastic, protective sheet or a finely-crafted leather holder.
It’s the difference between the types of covers available that can make or break the dining experience. A gourmet restaurant with cheap plastic covers creates a disconnect — breaking the mood so carefully created by food, decor, and even waitstaff uniforms. A good menu cover will support and protect the menu itself while adding seamlessly to the over all ambiance of the restaurant.
Posted December 8th, 2010. Add a comment
Everyone rags on the door to door salesperson, and for the most part they have every reason to do so, but the great door to door sales people can sometimes be even better than the best salesperson trapped in their office or call center. A great door to door salesperson has the opportunity each time the door opens up not just to show customer service , and salesmanship, but to show value. He shows that the customer is valued, and he shows the value the product has to the customer. A great door to door salesperson will not only get one sale from a specific house, but can make multiple sales at the same house time after time. New and innovative products are hard to come by, and a great door to door salesperson can show how even a boring product that has been shown time after time can be new and innovative.
One of the keys here is not to go in there and present a boring sales spiel that will make the customer want to slam the door on his face. Instead there should be some sort of information about the product that the customer did not know, as well as a solution that the product provides. This doesn’t have to be to some problem that the customer is currently facing, it could just be a roadblock to some dream that the customer has. A Southwestern Company salesperson might present themselves first as a door to door salesperson and take that moment to look into the house a little. The sounds of kids, or toys scattered on the floor are a good indicator that the person has kids. A great salesperson can then ask how old the kids are, what the parent is doing to get the kids into college, things like that. Get the customer talking about their life and that will show their dreams, if they don’t care about the kids going to college then giving a spiel about how these books will help them get into college will be wasted. Instead the family may need a new bible, or something else like that. Knowing these things is what makes it possible for great salespeople to get treated well by their parent companies. Southwestern Company is known for sending their greatest salespeople to resorts when they aren’t in school.
Online reputation management is a necessary part of doing business these days, and while you can do it yourself, there is a reason why it takes whole companies to run effective online reputation management campaigns. Although it may seem counterintuitive, the truth is that you really need to start an online reputation management campaign before someone has attacked your reputation online. Unlike the world outside of the internet, bad information about your company will not just pass over. If it sets itself up as an authority , it will become more and more likely that people will link to it. As people do that it will just continue to get stronger. If you have had a good ongoing reputation management campaign going before the attack shows up, you may never even see the attack as it will immediately be buried under the good things you have been promoting for some time at that point. The good news here isn’t that you will never see the attack, but more importantly that your customers and potential customers will never see the attack.
This applies to purely brick and mortar companies as well as any company that already has a website. Just because no one knows your name online, or because you haven’t set yourself up to have an online presence doesn’t mean that someone can’t attack you, or that when they do it won’t affect you. Here it is a when, because with almost all companies, even if you have the best customer service in the world, which I can assure you, you probably don’t, there are still some people who you simply can not please. Unfortunately as internet literacy raises, this means that you have a higher chance that one of those customers you just could not please no matter what, will not only be able to attack you online, but know how to get it into the top ten search results. If you have started a reputation management campaign before this, you will be able to hold off the attack and keep your sites with information you control in the top of the search results because they will have greater authority. This is why all companies need to start an online reputation management campaign as soon as they are running.
Posted April 25th, 2010. 1 comment
We want to share a simple short list of the top software features our customers love about the Everest customer service software solution. The four favorite features of Everest are:
1. Automatic Email Reminders
Users automatically receive email messages to trigger a helpful reminder based on the due dates for a pending concern or action item.
There are 3 tiers of reminders available: Read more…
Posted October 29th, 2009. Add a comment