Today’s Lesson: Leaders don’t let issues fester and grow and spread – they address them as they happen. At most, mediocre managers talk about performance at the beginning of the month (when targets are set) and then at the end of the month (when targets are missed). TODAY’S LESSON: Successful leaders address performance issues […]
Today’s Lesson: Leading with real process requires real commitment. Real process improvement is like working out. We all want the outcome, but few are willingto put in the effort for very long. TODAY’S LESSON: If changing your company’s culture from seat-of-the-pants management to leading with repeatable processes was easy, then everyone would do it. […]
Today’s Lesson: Find the time or find something new to do with your life. If your people don’t have enough time to provide your current customers with a great experience, don’t worry; pretty soon you’ll have fewer customers. TODAY’S LESSON: Any loser can find excuses; winners find ways to make it happen.
Today’s Lesson: To a coworker or a subordinate, the little things often matter most. While most managers can survive just fine without ever hearing “please” and “thank you,” subordinates often cannot. If you’re not accustomed to regularly using “please,” “thank you,” and “you’re welcome,” I suggest overusing these 3 for just a week. You […]
Today’s Lesson: Go ask those on the front lines. There’s a reason large retailers with multiple locations continue to struggle with customer service. Hint: You cannot solve this with another meeting in the corporate office. TODAY’S LESSON: Those closest to the customer have all the answers; and they’re just waiting for someone to care enough […]
Today’s Lesson: If your team hates your company, they’ll hate your customers. Years ago, I wholesaled products to a miserable company that was universally hated by customers and vendors alike. I didn’t understand why until I watched a miserable regional VP berate a miserable store manager in front of his miserable subordinates. As soon as the miserable VP […]
Today’s Lesson: Talk is cheap. Perhaps you should actually accomplish a thing or two before you clock out today. Do people in your company get hung up on words instead of deeds and actions? TODAY’S LESSON: Instead of telling everyone how you’re going to succeed, it’s better to actually succeed and then explain to those that care how you […]
Today’s Lesson: Focusing only on results ensures your team will shortcut your processes If you live in a process-driven culture, you don’t need to focus so much attention on the end product or even the bottom line. TODAY’S LESSON: Manage the activities and the results will come.
Today’s Lesson: Just stop being a rat bastard… Why are you spending thousands to “fix” your online reputation when you’re unwilling to change for free offline? TODAY’S LESSON: You cannot be a Saint online if you’re a rat bastard offline. Consumers aren’t that dumb.
Today’s Lesson: Stop Tolerating Mediocrity “Inspect What You Expect” is a true, but wholly worthless adage. Why? Because bad leaders are the ones who most need to heed this advice; yet bad leaders NEVER INSPECT ANYTHING! (No matter how many motivational posters you have hanging around to remind them.) TODAY’S LESSON: Your team will […]
Today’s Lesson: If you’re not innovating, you’re obsolescing All successful, enduring companies have one thing in common: Innovation. (Simply put, they strive for Continuous Improvement.) TODAY’S LESSON: If your teams are too busy to improve, it’s time to find new leaders for those teams.
Today’s Lesson: Look in the mirror People don’t quit jobs; people quit jerks. TODAY’S LESSON: If turnover is a problem for you, you only need a mirror to find the cause.
Today’s Lesson: Be All-In or All-Out I deal with two types of managers when a company hires me to help shape their culture: Those who say they are all-in and those who are all-in. TODAY’S LESSON: Leaders must be “all-in” or “all-out” on a change in culture; there is no middle ground that you […]
Today’s Lesson: The worst time to take advantage of someone Maya Angelou once said “People will forget what you said,people will forget what youdid, but people will neverforget how you madethem feel.” TODAY’S LESSON: The worst time to takeadvantage of someone is when you can.
Today’s Lesson: Identifying Problems is Easy Isn’t it interesting how the negative people in your life tend to spend most of their time trying to get you to join in their misery? TODAY’S LESSON: It’s not hard to find people who can identify problems. To be truly valued in your organization, become the […]
Today’s Lesson: Why You Have a BDC Why are your sales managers the biggest critics of your Sales BDC? TODAY’S LESSON: If your sales managers did their job, you wouldn’t need a Sales BDC. (Quick Caveat: Save your comments; this lesson applies strictly to automotive retail in the US.)
Simple Strategy #3: Stricter Rules Drive Higher Sales TRANSCRIPT: Simple strategy #3 for closing more internet deals today is that stricter rules drive higher sales. Simple strategy, right? Well, here’s the problem: In an attempt to reduce skating and give your team the proper credit for their contact efforts (or their use of the CRM) […]
Simple Strategy #2: Manage Internet Teams & BDCs Like Call Centers TRANSCRIPT: Simple Strategy Number 2 for closing more internet deals today? It’s simple. Manage your internet teams and BDC’s like they’re call centers. Because they ARE call centers. See, here’s the problem: Your old-school management style just doesn’t cut it when the prospect […]
Simple Strategy #1: Pay for the Performance You Want TRANSCRIPT: This is Steve Stauning with another “Steve Stauning, Short and Sweet Video Training Lesson”. Today’s lesson is – Stop Over-thinking Your Internet Sales. Now this is going to be an ongoing series. We will be adding new videos to this series so check back […]