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The Red Sea disruption forcing ships to go around Africa creates a new Supply Chain reality. It can lead to late deliveries of inventory resulting in disruptions affecting business globally. One of the noticeable issues is the Reuters report, “Tesla, Volvo Car in Europe Pause Output of Certain Car’s models.” Besides the production disruptions, late…

  The 2023 Sales Dilemma Susan Powers, Peak Sales/Sandler   Salespeople have never had a greater advantage and opportunity than they do today. They can secure even greater advantages and opportunities with each passing day. That’s because artificial intelligence, machine learning, and technology continue to make advancements that help salespeople develop closer and stronger relationships…

B2B businesses, particularly professional services, are some of the most skeptical and risk-averse companies when it comes to embracing marketing. I should know because I service this client base. However, once I explain how marketing can elevate awareness and increase ROI, most B2B companies will adopt today’s proven digital marketing tactics. In today’s blog, we…

Does your B2B Sales Team need help generating leads? There are many different types of B2B Sales teams. Direct Sales, Field Sales, Territory Sales, Indirect Sales, Channel Sales, Solution Sales, National Accounts, Global Accounts, etc. Most sales organizations create segments based on a few distinguishing client characteristics that delineate customer types so that sales teams…

Uncertainty…Has inflation peaked? Are we in a recession? Will the federal reserve increase rates?  Will supply chain challenges be resolved?  We have written often about the challenges business leaders face and the impact of uncertainty on strategy management.  Two of our most recent articles on the subject were Strategic Thinking in Turbulent Times, May 2022…

Date: July 22, 2022 Check In Time: 11:50 p.m. Start Time: 12 p.m. End Time: 1 p.m. Questions: Chat Zoom Link: Doug Cole Contrary to many predictions, there is growing demand for highly skilled sales jobs in the modern economy. Whether you’re a salesperson or a knowledge worker, knowing how to influence corporate buyers has become a critical skill. But most…

Here we go again…supply chain challenges continue to cause shortages driving costs up; tightening labor markets are pushing wages higher; global energy prices are at new highs due to geopolitical disputes; and these external factors threaten to push the economy toward a recession. We are in another challenging business cycle that demands changes to how…

How a successful women-owned company gets its teams into positive gear every day. On multiple occasions, I have experienced something noteworthy, something different and real, a true and authentic sense of purpose about this owner and her partner. Their method of forming relationships has created business strength that withstands economic, social, and business shifts with amazing…

In this video, I discuss the impact of developing a strategy for the sales team with the Fractional VP of Sales. “Independence” shouldn’t mean doing your own thing for your self-satisfaction. Get started on your sales action plan today by taking my quick 10 question assessment link here: https://salesxceleration.com/sales-agility-assessment/?locationid=23454508 #salesstrategy #focus #StopRandomActsofSales #rankprospects #rankcustomers www.cleardirectionsd.com

In this video, I summarize why a Fractional VP Of Sales is often the best choice for a business in transition. Businesses from $3M-$75m often encounter a “Gap” they have to address before they can leap to the “next level”. This will require professionalizing the sales team by removing or elevating the current leadership from…

Date: April 1, 2022 Start Time: 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time End Time: 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time Platform: Zoom Click here for free ticket:  Amos Schwartzfarb Levers shows you step by step how to identify and move the levers that unlock growth and create predictability across every aspect of your business. Built on decades of experience across hundreds…

Second article in a series . . . If you work as a business advisor, you know that engagements can be unpredictable. Whether helping the owner take advantage of a changing marketplace, or optimizing the business to prepare it for sale, these initiatives typically involve significant planning, coordination, and effort from both advisors and their…

If you work as a business advisor, you know that engagements can be unpredictable.  Whether helping the owner take advantage of a changing marketplace, or optimizing the business to prepare it for sale, these initiatives typically involve significant planning, coordination, and effort from both advisors and their clients.  Despite the best of intentions, these large-scale…

Date: February 4, 2022 Start Time: 12 p.m. EST End Time: 1 p.m. EST Platform: Zoomcast Questions: Chat Click Here Free Ticket: Jonathan Brill (If you can’t make it sign up anyway to watch later and feel free to share with friends) A renowned business futurist shows leaders how their companies can adapt, survive, and thrive in times of radical…

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Last March, a federal judge ruled The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) was discriminating on the basis of race by only offering grants to minority-owned businesses. This ruling is one in a string of recent court decisions that have declared race-based preference systems illegal. As the crusade to gut affirmative action continues, challenges to employers’…

“Conflicts look bad. I always prepare touchy agenda points with my 2 senior leaders before leadership team meetings. This way senior leadership presents a united front,” recently mentioned the CEO of a 200-people company. Most leadership teams have too few open, healthy conflicts. This makes them less effective, reduces decision quality, and ultimately slows down business…

I wrote earlier about the value a closed loop employee suggestion program can provide. These do provide significant benefits, but there is no need to limit continuous improvement suggestions to those inside the company. Customer and supplier surveys can provide great insights into such opportunities while also enabling the company to collaborate better with key…

During my first visit to one factory, I quickly noticed on a wall in the lobby a collection of cards with employee suggestions – normally a good sign of a facility’s commitment to continuous improvement and employee engagement. A closer look revealed the opposite – improvement ideas that were months and even quarters old without…

Wealth managers and financial industry observers have pointed out that we are in the midst of a great wealth transfer driven by Baby Boomers. As Boomers (the generation born between 1946 and 1964) have aged, the savings and investments they worked hard to accumulate are now passing via inheritance to younger generations. Yet, what happens…

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