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The six most effective ways to be your own game changer
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Written by Joe Carroll   

Image"There are no good or bad industries to be in today. There are good and bad companies within all industries." This statement was made by John Case, former president of The La-Z-Boy Chair Company at the recent Furniture/Today Leadership Conference.

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The Christmas tree man
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   

ImageI often caution clients about the danger of judging customers by how they're dressed, or by who they appear to be. Back in my days as an "almost famous" retailer of ladies' fashions and gifts, I learned this powerful and moving lesson from a fellow I call ‘The Christmas Tree Man'.

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How to boost your brand
Alixe McRae
Written by Alixe MacRae   

ImageA brand has a minimum of three lives. Each is important to the retailer who wants to build the all-mighty differentiation - which remains the key to success, even when this ongoing period of uncertainty in the marketplace is over. Consumers, it must be remembered, want to do business with those they trust; with those who build on their personal prestige; who offer good value and who enhance their comfort.

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There bright spots in these difficult times
Other Contributors
Written by Joe Carroll   

ImageA furniture manufacturer asked me to speak to his sales representatives at their sales meeting during the recent High Point Market.  "Don't tell us how tough things are," he asked, "Talk about what's good in the industry." This was an interesting challenge. The more I thought about it the more I realized how many good things are happening right now in our industry.

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Process ain't sexy, but you're in trouble without it
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   

ImageCreativity and innovation are hot topics right now. They're all the rage, and I applaud that. But, in the end, it's boring, unsexy ‘process' that actually gets things done. Even ‘creativity' is most often a process. Sometimes it's just dumb luck but mostly not.

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Harassment: how to ensure your company is clean
Alixe McRae
Written by Alixe MacRae   

ImageHarassment has been in the news a lot lately. A venerable university, Pennsylvania State University (commonly called Penn State), our own Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. presidential candidate Herman Cain and the Roman Catholic Church are among what seems to be an endless list of individuals, companies and institutions that have been accused of either conducting or condoning such boorish, disgusting behaviour in recent years.

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