9 Traits of Companies That Beat the Odds

9 Traits of Companies That Beat the Odds What distinguishes perennially great companies from the pack? Companies usually start out with nobel intent: An idea, a product, or a culture that its founders hope will be different–the one that stands out among the many. They hope to be the kind of company that others seek…

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Reasons Businesses Fail

Reasons Businesses Fail These are major areas where companies fail:   They don’t have a clearly unique product. There is an overdependence upon one product or service They company is diversifying beyond their core expertise. There are poor controls, obsolete equipment and under-qualified staff Staff are not properly trained or equipped to handle rapid influxes…

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Virtualization Technology Advice

Virtualization Technology Two experts from Symantec recently joined us and over 100 members of the small business community on Twitter, on the topic of virtualizing your technology.  Virtualization technology can help you reduce IT hardware costs, maintenance costs and even utility costs – not to mention create efficiencies in your internal processes. Many SMB owners and managers…

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IT Business Strategy

Getting a tan these days is now easier more than ever. No more spreading staining brown lotion all over your body and hands, just spray the tan from a can on yourself. Genius! The simple idea of a  Tan in a Can  is what propelled ModelCo and CEO Shelley Barrett into the frontier of the…

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3 Companies’ Unique Business Strategy

3 Companies’ Unique Business Strategy For the last four years, almost imperceptibly and without a great deal of fanfare, the food and beverage industry, and her comely stepsister, the restaurant and bar business, have seen their stocks rise steadily and almost without interruption. Indeed, since the bear market bottom back in March 2009, food and…

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Maintenance – Business Strategy Conference

Maintenance - Business Strategy Conference Maintenance – Business Strategy Conference Pepsico, Britvic, Alcon, Experian and Scottish & Southern Energy are all confirmed to speak at the first ever Business Strategy Conference; the major new feature at MAINTEC 2013, at the NEC on 5-7 March 2013. Held in a special theatre on the show floor, the complimentary…

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Social Engineering

Key Elements of Business Strategy Implementation

Key Elements of Business Strategy Implementation by Brian Hill Implementation means turning ideas into actions.A company’s strategies are designed to increase revenues, enable it to compete more effectively and make the business more profitable. Sound, well-thought-out strategies help a company reach its objectives only if managers implement them just as thoughtfully and with precision. Turn…

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Accelerating Customer Adoption

Groundbreaking solutions often never reach scale. While much has already been written about this challenge in the developed world, there are also some important lessons to be learned from the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP). Whether your goal is to tap this enormous, underserved market for a revolutionary new product, or to impact as many…

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The One Thing BlackBerry Must Do to Reboot

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins displays one of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones during an unveiling of new products at Pier 36 in Manhattan. There’s a new smartphone with clever new features, a new company name, a new marketing strategy and even a hot new spokesmodel. But none of that will determine if the moribund BlackBerry…

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Predicting the Future

Predicting the Future Predicting the Future Key points in article “Should Managers Bother Listening to Predictions?” There is a healthy skepticism when it comes to the reliability of forecasts as a foundation for planning. Many maintain that planning without prediction is impossible. Managers base plans on forecasts. It forces them to be disciplined A plan…

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