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Did You Find Everything You Wanted?

Within a four-mile radius of our house, there are 17 grocery stores. Of those, I frequent three. Not because I want to, and not because I like shopping, but because none of them carry everything I want. The three I go to most are Sprouts, Tom Thumb, and Trader Joe's. All of them have the plusses and minuses, each has their idiosyncrasies, but there’s one thing all have in common: when I check out, the checker always asks, “did you find everything you wanted?” or some variation of that question. When......

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We have all heard the expression, “don’t try, just do.” So, “try” many times has a negative connotation.  Especially when knowing that doing, and not just trying, will have a positive outcome. For example: “I’m going to try to eat healthier” or “I’m going to try and exercise more.” In both cases, doing it will have great health benefits, so “don’t try, just do.” I would suggest that when it comes to taking risks, “try” can have a more positive connotation because the outcome may result in success or failure, and......

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Your Candidate Lost, Now What?

I’m writing this at 7:35 am on November the 3rd. Which means I have no idea if your candidate won or lost. What I do know is that some people are very happy right now, and some are very upset. And, I imagine that social media is being set afire with very strongly worded opinions about the results. This short message is meant for the leaders of the world; the entrepreneurs that set the tone; the managers, CSRs, techs, sales pro, and administration members that are to lead-by-example. Hopefully, this will......

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Employee Burnout and How to Avoid it

In the past week, in conversations with contractors, two have mentioned that the 'feel' of their office has changed. When asked to clarify, the explanation was remarkably similar.  The mood or energy seems off like a dark cloud had settled over their business.   They both realized that the situation wasn't caused by their job, it was an accumulation of everything that has been going on in the past few months.  To combat the onset of employee burnout, both owners invested in counseling for their employees. Not equipment training. Not sales coaching.......

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The Average Ticket Culture

When someone truly believes in the products and services they provide to their clients, and they know how to effectively communicate what they believe with passion and enthusiasm to another, this becomes the positive cause and effect of the sales process. My team and I have a saying that illustrates this communication process in sales, which leads to my average ticket discussion:  “Sales is the transfer of your belief to someone else, and the reward is money.” So if you and your team believe in the products and services that you......

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Am I Priced Right for COVID-19?

Ever find yourself wondering, “Am I priced right?” As my attorneys like to say about everything that I ask them, “Well, that depends,” as I roll my eyes and say, “Will somebody give me a straight answer please?” The CEO of Ferrari was once asked how many of a certain type of model he was going to produce. His response? “Exactly one less than the market will want.” Now, isn’t that interesting? We all know Ferrari is a high-end luxury racing beauty, and yet they price based on what their market will bear. And......

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Core Competency

In a recent HVAC Service Roundtable Digest, a young struggling contractor, just a couple years into being in business, was asking for some sage advice on running his business. Good questions regarding finances, pay, hiring and firing practices, etc., that we all deal with every day. I applaud this young man for two reasons. First, for reaching out to the HVAC community for advice and mentoring from others. Secondly, readily admitting that his skill set is limited when it comes to running a profitable business. In his post, he mentions, “I'm......

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Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!

In 2008, I lived in Southern California working for a tech company; we were a ‘start-up’ who had just gone public, and our product served photos and videos on the web before the Facebook and social media craze had fully begun. Looking back, I often wonder, “How in the world did we make it? How did we survive the 2008 crash?” But in hindsight, since we had only just started in 2005, we still had the start-up mentality in our blood; we still had the agile make-it-happen-or-die tenacity. It was during......

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Top Five Things to Prepare For Before Implementing Service Management Software

By Lynn Wise Spring is in the air! Or should I say…Service Management software is in the air? We have received a lot of inquiries from clients and potential clients about changing or implementing Service Management software in their business. Some of this is due to clients changing server-based software to cloud-based software or the need for additional functions such as purchase orders, marketing reporting, or better details for the customer records. Regardless of the reason, you need to be prepared for this change in your business. After many engagements to help......

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