The Paradox of Choice

Giving greater choice does not mean more will be chosen!  Most people believe that having a choice is good. The belief here is that choice gives us freedom, so if we have more choices we have more freedom, the better it is for our lives. But some research has found that this is not necessarily… Read More

Hiring for Attitude

How attitude is a good predictor of prospective employee success, and how you can identify those with the right attitude for your business. The top challenge for CEOs according to a survey from the Conference Board (January 2013) is Human Capital – the ability to develop and acquire the right people, with the right skills… Read More

The Three “A’s” for Dealing with Conflict

Attacking.Abdicating.Accountability.  When dealing with conflict there are only three ways in which you, or your reports, can respond. These are attacking, abdicating and being accountable. Attacking – this is the first part of the “fight or flight” syndrome which we experience when we come across an uncomfortable situation. For example, we are in a meeting… Read More

Profit From Constraints

When having less provides you with more By: Andrew Cooke, Blue Sky GPS Operating in a tight and volatile marketplace is challenging, but it is also full of opportunity.  Companies often look at the constraints on how they have to operate and how they can accommodate this situation.  This is a reactive approach, which limits… Read More

What Do You Think?

by Andrew Cooke, Blue Sky GPS In an interview with the New York Times, Bill Marriott, chairman of the Marriott Hotel Group, shared this useful piece of advice.  He explained that as a young officer in the US Navy he was responsible for the stewards who served in the officers’ wardroom.  New to his role, and being… Read More

Using the Value-Price Seesaw to Make More Money

“Price is what you pay, value is what you get!” – Warren Buffett Are your prices too low? Are you not getting paid enough? Do your customers do not appreciate what you do for them? If so, then I have a suggestion to make – and you probably won’t like it. If your prices are… Read More

Why Reducing Customer Churn is Important

How reducing customer churn can improve profit… Customer churn occurs when customers or subscribers stop doing business with a company or service It is normally described as the percentage of your total customers who have left you. So, reducing your customer churn can help your improve your profit by addressing two elements: Costs – the… Read More

Using the Value-Price Seesaw to Make More Money

Price is what you pay, the value is what you get! – Warren Buffett Are your prices too low? Are you not getting paid enough? Do your customers do not appreciate what you do for them? Why is this? Whose fault is it? I can tell you the answer – and you probably won’t like… Read More

Land Mines vs. Gold Mines

How to ask customers for feedback to build better relationships and drive sales Too often businesses adopt pessimistic mindsets when using customer surveys, with the surveys being focused on problems and what has gone wrong – your “land mines”. This is so the business can identify what has gone wrong, focus on what can be… Read More

The 7 Ps – Seven Questions for Growing Your Business

How you can improve employee commitment and engagement demonstrate respect. When you are looking to grow your business there are three steps involved: firstly, determining what your business will look at a given point in the future; secondly, what the business currently looks like; and finally, how you are going to bridge the gap between… Read More