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Sales Thought: As you forward, set a Goal to become a Greater Asset to Your Company and Customers!

Daily Sales Thoughts

While this may sound silly. I can tell you that it is not.  It is all about being able to Focus on the right things at the right time.

If you are asked what you do for a Living, how do you Answer:

“I am in Sales.”

That is the typical Answer.  I will suggest some other words, and it does not matter what you Sell:

“I Solve Business Problems in the (Insert Industry Here).”

OR

“Learn what people need in the  (Insert Industry Here) and address those issues.”

I am suggesting that you recommit yourself to focusing on the Issues your Product can solve FROM the Customer’s Perspective.

We have very smart Buyers out there. It is up to you to be a Great Asset to Your Company AND Customers by coming at it from the Customer Perspective.  Only by doing this will you be able to Elevate yourself…

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The Scientific Power of Meditation

Leaders: Don’t Let a Little Motivation “Dip” Become a Big Performance Management “Fail”

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Portrait of a wistful health club member sitting on floor with exercAfter analyzing four years of check-in data, Gold’s Gym found that February 18th is the date with the steepest drop-off in gym attendance. By looking at the self-reported health club check-in data of Facebook users, a recent Wall Street Journal article found that gym check-ins rise 50% in January but then decline in February as motivation diminishes.

It’s a common pattern anytime people take on new tasks that require time, persistence, and effort.  Initial enthusiasm turns into disillusionment as beginners realize the task is more difficult than they anticipated, progress is slower, and the time required to accomplish the goal looks like it will be greater. Leaders and coaches need to be aware of this natural dip in motivation and take steps to make sure that this little dip doesn’t turn into a big fail with people quitting the task before accomplishing the goal.

In the health club industry, the…

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Delaying Feedback? No News Is Not Always Good News

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Avoid Word On Keyboard Key, Notebook ComputerAre you so skittish about damaging a relationship or de-motivating a team member that you don’t give developmental feedback? Who can blame you, really? Everyone wants to be liked, and we all know you get more flies with honey than with vinegar.

However, you aren’t doing anyone any favors if you don’t give feedback. The employee suffers, and in the end so does the whole organization.

I recently spoke with a leader in a company who wanted me to coach a director-level person who had been with the organization for nine years.

As he explained, “Her first manager was a wimp and no one has ever given her any feedback. All of her bad habits just got more ingrained. When she finally came to work for me, I gave her some sorely needed feedback and her response was ‘No one has ever told me that before. It must be you.’

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What Are Your Leadership Priorities? 5 Areas to Target

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Arm-chair of chief and group of multicolored office chairs at aDuring a recent 360 feedback interview, the client I was working with said something that caught my attention. I’ve been thinking of it since then, and it’s having an impact on what I am identifying as my priorities and targeted behaviors for this year.

My client said there are five things you can never be too good at and always need to develop. I think he’s right:

1. Your profession. It’s important to keep learning and going deeper into your profession. Even if you’re an expert, keep learning!

2. Leadership. No matter where you are in an organization or in life, you are leading someone. Maybe you’re leading yourself and your family or maybe you’re a leader in a Fortune 50 company. Look for areas for development.

3. Collaborating. Partnering with people is a skill and a gift. Some people collaborate well and others don’t. Collaborating means…

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Oh What a Year! Top 10 Blog Posts from 2014

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At the end of December, it’s become a new tradition on the BPR blog to pause, reflect upon and highlight some of the best moments from the year gone by. As we say “Goodmorning!” on this last Monday of 2014, it’s only appropriate to again feature a top ten list of the best blog posts we published in 2014.

What exactly determined what blog posts made the cut? A combination of things really, that – let’s be honest – just boiled down to my personal preference. But there is some method to this madness. I wanted to include the blog posts that you, the readers, deemed most popular based upon web hits. I also included some blog posts that captured an important memory or milestone from the year. In many instances, these overlapped, making the selection quite obvious!

If you’re a frequent reader, join me on this trip down memory…

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I’m an “I”—Understanding the Inner Workings of an Introvert

The Comm Entrepreneur

One week ago, I would have considered myself an outgoing, social extrovert…but that was before I saw the results of my Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. According to this highly regarded test, I’m quite an introvert. Should this really come as a surprise to me? I mean, I did choose a career in which I work by myself 90% of the time. I hate talking on the phone, often answering voice mails with emails. And I only check-in with my own family about once a week. Yet, there are so many ways to identify someone as an introvert that are far more common and far less socially awkward than what the generalizations would have you believe. We’re not all hermits, we aren’t necessarily shy and we can still be the life of the party. So what really does define an introvert? I can only speak for myself and am by…

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How Do an Introvert and Extrovert Live Together in Peace?

The Comm Entrepreneur

Opposites_attract When I first met my husband, I immediately loved how effortless it was to be with him. I was content in his company because I could be myself and say whatever was on my mind. Some days we would pack a week’s worth of activities into a few hours and other days we would do absolutely nothing special – and every day together was (and still is) so much fun. To people who know us, they might say we are a good match for one another. We have similar interests, career aspirations and humor. Yet, what many people would never guess is that we are actually opposites when it comes to our personality type. I am an introvert and he is an extrovert. While there are other differences as well, this has been the most noticeable throughout our life journey together. A common misconception is that introverts are shy and…

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12 Changes We Can Make to Have Everyday Simplicity

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One of the main reasons we suffer so much is complexity. Our constant effort to make everything complex, although it’s quite simple, is what makes us want to give up, to just escape and leave everything behind.

Simplicity is what we need more of.

The funny thing is that things are so simple in their natural form. But we insist on making them hard, then we can’t handle them and it’s just too much for us.

What we need to do is simplify.

And if we make that a daily habit, we’ll have a happier and more peaceful life, full of joy and mindfulness.

Here are some simple changes to make in order to live more simply and thus stop suffering and living with effort:

1. Choose the truth.
Speak directly. Truth is so much simpler than lying to yourself, living in an illusion, not being honest with…

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Two flowers……

Sage of Kanchi

Thanks to Shri Rathnam for this article.

I had the fortune of meeting Brahmasri Late Parasuramachar few years back…..Read this post – outstanding family background of nithya agnihotri and one of the bests interviews….

Sri Padmanabhachar, a Madhva was traveling from Kolkata to Chennai with break journey at Vijayawada. It was 1969-70. Traveling with his pregnant wife & his son Sri Parusuramachar. They got down at Vijayawada after long & heavy journey from Kolkata. Thought of going to the Kamakoti Mutt there for preparing their swayambagam. Before that they got into the Krishnaveni river. After the bath when they came out, they were curious to see when crossing the river bridge in the  train that…

Yup! That is what he saw!! Sort of curious – Yes! It is Periyava who was taking snanam in Krishna river here in Vijayawada… What a surprise! They’ve got a break journey and have to leave by 3pm…

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