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Asset-Based Thinking

At first I thought Asset-Based Thinking had something to do with finance and inventory… but the title, “Change The Way You See Everything: Through Asset-Based Thinking” piqued my interest. This business/self-help book by Kathryn Cramer and Hank Wasiak offers a transformational philosophy, “which can instill success-oriented habits in even the most die-hard cynic.” The book starts by introducing Asset-Based Thinking …

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7 Steps To Build Your Annual Plan Like A Pro

It is the time of year again when we start thinking about next year… The plans, programs, and activities that will allow us to meet and exceed our 2016 goals. We at Idea Sandbox like to approach nearly any type of planning as if it were a road trip. Like a road trip, you need to figure out: Where you …

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Helicopter View, Customer Service Technique

One of the challenges for staff in a store or restaurant, in delivering great customer experiences, is to anticipate customer needs. Delivering this high level of service involves being so tuned-in to customers, you can answer questions before they even ask. Whether it’s noticing someone scratching their heads… looking quizzically at your merchandise, or a patron at your restaurant with …

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What Is A Problem?

A simple way to define the word ‘problem’ is: a situation that needs attention. Wikipedia authors describe one as “…any situation that invites resolution.” That’s a nice way to put it – ‘invites resolution.’ A lot of folks are afraid of the word “problem.” To simply use the word – in relation to you or your business – is considered …

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Mind Your OWN Business

You should be in business for yourself. We all should. I don’t mean quit your job and form a new company. I mean right now – at the job you are in – you should be in business for yourself. You see, we manage ourselves differently when we’re self-employed versus working for a company. When you ‘work for a company’ …

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Disney Brainstorming Method: Dreamer, Realist, and Spoiler

It is said, that film producer and innovator, Walt Disney used to think-up and refine ideas by breaking the process into three distinct chunks. The dreamer, the realist, and the spoiler (or critic). The Dreamer This stage was for fantasizing. Creating the most fantastic and absurd ideas as possible. No filter. Just wonderful, raw ideas. This stage was about “why …

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Circle Of Time Planner

Time management optimization… I’m always looking for different and effective ways to enhance time management. I’ve learned, better managing what you have to do frees you up for what you want to do. I’ve bumped into a novel approach to day management that you may want to try out. You’re familiar with daily planner pages that use a grid/table to …

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Build Sales Faster With The Networking Follow-Up Guide

Do you regularly attend networking events? Do you have a system for processing the names and business cards you gather to quickly follow-up with new contacts? New to my market, I’ve made it a goal to get out of the office once a week to meet and mingle. When attending networking events with the goal of driving sales, your strategy …

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