Zlatan Gum

May 23rd, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

See for yourself what Zlatan can do with a gum.

From Youtube.com

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Real Leadership

May 23rd, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

weLEAD is a non-profit organization dedicated to advance the understanding and education of organizational and personal leadership. They are committed to the ideal that great leaders are forged by knowledge, opportunity, experience and self-sacrifice.

weLEAD also has a lot of interesting articles on their site. One is Real Leadership by Dean Williams. He writes,

There are essentially two kinds of leadership: real leadership and counterfeit leadership. Real leadership mobilizes people to face reality and progress. Counterfeit leadership puts a false set of tasks in front of people, distracting them from facing reality……..We need a new notion of what it means to be a real leader-one that does not emphasize the dynamic of leader-follower, but the dynamic of leadership-group-reality.

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Apply for a jobb!!

May 19th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

From Funny Pictures

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Countering Nervousness

May 19th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Scott Young has a post on Enthusiasm. Enthusiasm and passion are two skills in combatting many problems. Here is what Scott says about nervousness,

What do most people do to try to get rid of nervousness. They try to calm themselves down. Maybe take a few deep breaths or a drink of water. Unfortunately, this is probably one of the worst ways to counter it. Trying to calm yourself down only strengthens the nervousness until you are completely paralyzed.

Using enthusiasm takes the opposite approach. Acting incredibly enthusiastic will start by masking any nervousness in your body language and speaking. Once you’ve started to create that enthusiasm within yourself, fear and nervousness will be blocked out of your mind. The next time you are in a situation where you think you might be nervous, try to counter with enthusiasm.

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Podcast about Goal Setting

May 18th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

The SalesRoundup Podcast is designed to deliver useful information to IT sales professionals and their management teams in a fast, simple and easy to use format. It provides sales people a means to learn new sales skills or brush up on old ones at their convenience, even while driving, in short 40 minute segments each week.

In their latest episode, Goal Setting Sales Podcast , they talk about Goal setting as a subject that most everyone is somewhat familiar with, but often overlook. Warren Greshes is also invited to give his view.

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Is the customer always right?

May 18th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

That questions is answered in

The answer might surprise you. It’s the unwritten rule 3 on Stew Leonard’s famous granite rock:

If the customer is wrong, they’re not your customer any more.

In other words, if it’s not worth making the customer right, fire her.

Once again focus is the keyword.

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About Complexity

May 10th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Walter Baets has read an article in the quality german business magazine “Brand eins” about complexity.

For those, Walter says, of you that would still doubt about the tremendous impact of complexity on management, they give 8 ways to avoid complexit

  1. Do not do business
  2. Reduce your activities to zero
  3. Don’t leave the house
  4. Don’t call
  5. Don’t talk to anybody
  6. Stay in bed
  7. Close your eyes
  8. Stop breathing

The article is in German but Walter Baets provides a short summary.

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Don´t show this

May 4th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

From Funny Jokes.

Business idea about umbrella

May 4th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Springwise and its global network of 8,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds from San Francisco to Singapore. The new business ideas are presented in their site.

I regular go there and get inspiration from some new ideas. Here is one about umbrellas.

Umbrolly, is a British umbrella vending company since two years. The company places umbrella vending units in public spaces, selling advertising space alongside brollies.

Opportunities? Umbrolly is actively seeking international distributors and franchisees, and has pointed out that smaller units mean lower start-up costs. Time to partner with them!

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Yahoos new portal – purchase advise

May 2nd, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Yahoo has launched a new Web site helping consumers to purchase and use technology products.

The portal is called Yahoo Tech and will provide information in 18 categories including DVD, cellphones, laptops and digital music players.

The products are presented in a Top 5 list. The portal is nice and a complement to the testsite I wrote about in an earlier post.

[tags]product tests, purchase decision, reviews [/tags]

Don´t forget marketing!

May 2nd, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Many small business owners struggle with the feast or famine cycle. During a feast, sales are strong. During this period, you find yourself working too many hours and running to keep up. You may find you allow yourself to get too busy, sacrificing your personal life, relationships, and and fitness.

This is said by Wendy Maynard in her post, Break the Feast or Famine Cycle in Your Business.

Wendy´s blog is about marketing. She write tips, ideas, strategies, and musings. Her advice in this is,

The best way to break the cycle is to develop a weekly marketing schedule. Part of each and every week should be spent contacting current and past customers, networking prospecting activities, and developing your marketing tools. And yes, this even includes when you are extremely busy.

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