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Be your customer's caring coach
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   

ImageMany of us, regardless of what business we're in, need to do a better job of understanding our customers. Generally speaking, they're confused, stressed and running out of time and they need our help in solving their lifestyle or business puzzles. They need us to be their ‘caring coach'.

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Will anyone want to buy your business?
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   

ImageI've worked with a number of business owners who believed they were building a saleable business. Sadly, what they've now discovered is, after all those years, they were simply buying themselves a job. They've created something nobody wants to buy.

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More game changers
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Written by Joe Carroll   

ImageI don't usually write a ‘Part 2' column but friends throughout the industry - and on both sides of the border - have convinced me there are many other events that have taken place over the past few decades which should also be considered ‘Game Changers'. This is not intended to be a historical essay. I am only going to mention those companies or events that I have witnessed personally in my 40 years in this industry. My comments are purely personal and anecdotal.

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Where are you most creative?
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   

ImageStudies show our ability to think creatively is affected by where we are and what we're doing. This is important to know because if you can figure out where you're most creative, you can spend more time there and you'll become a more creative person.

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Be part of the solution
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Written by Michael J. Knell   
ImageThere is a simple way for every business owner in the furniture, mattress, appliance and flooring industries to help bring economic sanity back to Canada. Create at least one new job this year. And then create another one next year - and then yet another, the year after that. It is vitally important we do this for no other reason than to show our customers we are not part of the problem, but part of the solution.
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Game changers
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Written by Joe Carroll   

ImageMomentous events have changed the course of history. When asked to list the most significant in recent years, most of us would immediately think of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001; the recent tsunami in Japan; the ‘Great Recession' that began in late 2008 and doesn't seem quite over; or, the global influence of the Internet. These examples are ‘game changers'. Once they occurred neither business nor life in general was ever quite the same.

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