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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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Out of cash, out of options
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   
ImageIf your business is seasonal or cyclical, both or if there might be another recession someday (and there will be), prudent cash management is critical. Simply put, during the good times we need to build a ‘cash cushion' to get us through the bad times.
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Are you using the media to help make you famous?
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   
ImageI know I keep reminding you about this, but it's so important. Advertising in the media is very expensive and is not always that effective. Getting your local media to talk about you, and fans to blog about you for free is a much better deal. Here are two excellent examples of business people like yourselves using the media and bloggers to get ‘famous'.
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Eight lessons from the Super Bowl
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   
ImageWhile watching the Super Bowl on television a few weeks ago, it occurred to me there are at least eight important business and management lessons to be learned from football. Here they are:
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