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Ten things all great coaches do
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   
ImageCoaching in sports and coaching in business have many similarities. Below, I've listed what study and experience have shown to be the top ten things great coaches do well. They also do them consistently. For each of these, take a moment and honestly rate your business coaching performance on a scale of one to ten, with ten being excellent. Then, total your score out of 100 and see how you stack up.
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The disruption is coming
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   
ImageThe more I think about it, the more convinced I become that technology comes in two basic varieties: technologies that can help you do what you do better; and, technologies that could fundamentally disrupt or replace what you do and how you do it today.
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Get yourself to market
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Written by Michael J. Knell   
ImageThis coming Thursday morning, the Canadian Furniture Show will open at Toronto's International Centre. Everyone in the industry I speak with says it's of vital importance our industry have its own national event - a place where we all come together not just for the purpose of buying and selling but to learn from each other and build on our sense of community as well.
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Important lessons from the 4 Barbers
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   
Do you have a clear sense of how big and how good you want to be in your business and your life? What does success look like for you? What's your vision and do you have a plan to get there?
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Are you ready for Consumer Day?
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Written by Michael J. Knell   
ImageThe return of Consumer Day at the upcoming Canadian Furniture Show has tremendous potential for every member of the industry, particularly those who are exhibiting. What I'm afraid of, having seen it before, is people are going to sit back and let the show organisers do all the work. That's the last thing they should do.
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Developing a ‘wise investor' mentality
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   
ImageWhen I ask business people what they do, they typically respond with what I call ‘industry thinking'. They'll say something like: "I'm a Ford car and truck dealer in downtown Ottawa" or "I'm a grain farmer in southern Alberta" or "I'm a building materials retailer in a suburb of Atlanta." These are not the best ways to describe oneself.
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