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A Contrarian View of Best Business Practices

27 January 2016 by Michael Harrison

As a business owner or manager, you're up on best business practices – the protocols in place to engage prospects, convert them to customers or clients, and maintain them as part of a stable client base. We all understand the business arc and contribute to the continued, sustained growth of our companies, right? Of course, it comes as part of business ownership, or a successful career in business management.... Read More...

What Would Steve Jobs Do?

14 January 2016 by Michael Harrison

Every century or so an individual comes along and changes the world in profound ways. Geniuses. Sir Isaac Newtown brought order to scientific study and changed how we viewed the world around us. We became curious. Albert Einstein changed the rules by which we'd lived, and expanded our thinking with his search for a Unified Theory.... Read More...

Why You Didn't Win That Contract:

07 December 2015 by Michael Harrison

You lost a contract, and it was a big one, too. Sure, it won't sink the ship but it won't help your business grow, and it certainly doesn't add value to your company's good name. You didn't win the contract because a competitor was deemed better for the job.... Read More...

Meetings Matter: Stop the Time Suckers

14 August 2015 by Michael Harrison

Within 10 minutes, I can tell whether a business meeting is going to be productive or a waste of time. I sit through a lot of meetings each year and I know good from bad, effective from time waster, productive from DOA. I'm a "meeting" expert. I've been to enough of them to qualify for that expert status.... Read More...

Google Launches a Game-Changer

03 May 2015 by Michael Harrison

On April 21, 2015, Google changed its latest search algorithm, only this time, it wasn't a change to improve content or simplify website navigation. The Internet is abuzz over Mobilegeddon – Google's latest algorithm – and if you aren't up to speed your down in page rank – big time!... Read More...

Tomorrow's Trends Today

06 April 2015 by Michael Harrison

As a business consultant I've had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds on the planet – experts at everything from assessing insurable risk to selling widgets on the Internet. I speak at business conferences, industry and association conventions, big groups, small groups, and sometimes, I speak with one person – the owner, the decision maker, the person who can best implement suggestions.... Read More...

Choosing The Right Consultant

23 March 2015 by Michael Harrison

At some stage in the growth cycle of a business, it's a good idea to hire a consultant who will see things in a different light. You can hire an experienced consultant and invest in that expert's advice, or you can cut corners and get a freshly graduated business student running a consultancy out of his bedroom.... Read More...

Content Marketing: 10 Tips To Get You Famous Fast

28 March 2016 by Michael Harrison

Wikipedia defines content marketing as, "any marketing that involves the creation and sharing of media and publishing content in order to acquire and retain customers." So, how do you go about it? You can hire a content marketing company (expensive), or you can market yourself and your business. Online marketing has changed over the past 15 years.... Read More...

Are You Ready For The Ball To Drop?

01 December 2011 by Michael Harrison

Were just a few short weeks away from glorious fireworks displays, champagne toasts and the start of a new year. And its going to be a good one. Probably your best, if youre prepared.The last few weeks of the year are the ideal time to look back over the previous business year to assess what worked, and to look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with the New Year.AnalyseYou have a years worth of data so prepare a short statement of achievements, lessons learned and how you can... Read More...

Lesson from Murdoch #1 – Practice Business Transparency

23 July 2011 by Michael Harrison

The recent and continuing tide of negativity that has surrounded News Corp after its phone hacking scandal is once again testimony that it never pays to build a castle on quicksand.The mighty News Corp came crashing down faster than lightning speed after the scandal was made public. It resulted in shameful closure of the once popular newspaper News of the World and ruined the credibility of news publications across the UK, perhaps further still.Journos are at best a mildly trusted bunch of profe... Read More...

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