ECM Executive Commentary

  1. Who Needs To Rebrand When You Can “Bounce” To Future Success?
    10/21/2014

    How often do we think of implementing a radical structural fix when an attitude and leadership adjustment could be the remedy? Such a radical reaction may be to rebrand and/or relaunch when, in fact, our problems can be overcome with a systematic approach to improved team performance.

  2. Channel Sales Vendor/Partner Relationships: What Vendors Want (Part 5)
    10/21/2014

    It’s not love at first sight. It is all about the relationship between the vendor and the partner if a channel sales partnership is to be successful.  A better understanding of what a vendor expects from a partner helps the solution provider make well informed and prudent business decisions that have a positive and profitable impact on their organization.

  3. Four Keys To Managing Customer Relationships
    10/17/2014

    By 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator. You could be offering the best product or service on the market, but if you don’t treat your customers properly before, during, and after a sale, you will never be able to build a mutually-beneficial partnership that keeps them coming back. Undoubtedly, loyal customers are your most valuable business asset.

  4. 5 Characteristics Of A Great IT Employee — And None Of Them Are Technical Skills
    10/16/2014

    My underlying principle about recruitment is that specific skills and training are important, but they shouldn’t be your primary concern during the hiring process. Job skills are necessary, of course, but you should look beyond skills and consider the behavioral characteristics that spell success in your company. My belief has always been that I can teach you to do your job better, but I can’t change who you are. Behavioral skills are much harder to teach and to change. People skills, management, leadership, creativity, ability to deal with adversity: these are of more value in the long term than any specific “job” skill. In the end, those are what we need.

  5. The Best Way To Grow Your Business
    10/7/2014

    The best way to grow your business is to grow your leaders. All of you choose every day what you will spend your time on in your business. Tactical issues, sales, service tickets, and projects all come to mind. These types of activities are the basic blocking and tackling that have to be done well for a business to succeed. Functional growth, however, takes more than just executing tasks. It takes leadership beyond just you.   

  6. The Needle Is In The Haystack … Find It!
    10/7/2014

    I think the headline of this article accurately reflects the hope of most prospecting efforts. Regardless of what you and your team sell, if you’re engaged in prospecting as it has been taught for decades, then you are directing your team to find the proverbial needle in a haystack.

  7. Ask Coach: How Do I Empower My Team To Solve Problems? (Part 4)
    10/2/2014

    How do I empower my team to make decisions on their own, look at the whole picture of the problem, and bring it to resolution?

  8. Ask Coach: How Do I Empower My Team To Solve Problems? (Part 2)
    9/22/2014

    How do I empower my team to make decisions on their own, look at the whole picture of the problem, and bring it to resolution?

  9. Channel Sales Vendor/Partner Relationships: What Vendors Want (Part 4)
    9/16/2014

    It’s not love at first sight. It is all about the relationship between the vendor and the partner if a channel sales partnership is to be successful. A better understanding of what a vendor expects from a partner helps the solution provider make well informed and prudent business decisions that have a positive and profitable impact on their organization.

  10. The PDF Paradigm: Should You Use PDF On The Web?
    9/15/2014

    It’s been 21 years since Adobe debuted the Adobe Acrobat suite and introduced the PDF (portable document format) file format. Adobe also launched a free PDF reader in order to make PDF ubiquitous. You only had to purchase the software if you wanted to actually create PDF documents.

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