Once the coding process begins even seemingly minor changes become very expensive. Choose one to three important aspects of the business to track and conceptualize a plan on how to improve them. You produce or you get replaced with someone who will.
Branding is not a familiar concept to agents from the East or from the West. Another way to consider branding is the agent’s personal style or reputation. One other reason to consider branding is that the agent is indeed the primary representative of the company. Your personal brand is the image that comes into the customer’s mind when they think about you. Let’s spend a few moments considering why people or organizations would brand themselves.
It’s not necessarily one incident that created so much tension inside the office. Stress accumulates over time and if people hold onto too much of it, the “pressure” created will eventually affect your organization. As a leader you need to be aware if this is making your team less productive, more likely to lose focus on your big picture goals, and force you to referee lots of arguments.
The franchiser brings their skills and experience they have developed over the years and generally bring this to you at a much cheaper price than you can acquire on your own. Before you invest too much time looking at a franchise, make sure it’s available in the area where you live. If the territory is sold, look for another opportunity.
One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is only worrying about keeping the accountants from taking a 40 story nose dive because you blew the budget on hosting. To be honest we aren’t talking about a huge increase in price by using a service that’s a little more reputable. And if your accountants are really that fragile they were probably going to take the plunge for some reason, so don’t be so hard on yourself!
How would we survive without our technology? Imagine how slow everything would be and how much “donkey work” we’d still be doing. Just think of the time we’d waste if we had to write complex reports without the word processor!
If the country wants a National HealthCare system then the money is there for it. I say the country because I believe that any budget increase of over 2% a year needs to be voted on in a general election. That’s right let’s limit those “smart” folks in Washington D.C. to no more than a 2% increase every year. Hey, it’s our surplus not theirs. Let it stack up until “we” are ready to spend it. Politicians would no longer get a blank check. They, like us in the real world, would be on a budget and be held accountable.
If a member of the audience nails you with a question you can’t answer, don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know. I’ll have to look that up and get back to you.” Thrashing around for an answer–any answer–will be obvious to the audience and instantly kill your credibility.