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Donald CooperDonald Cooper has been both a world-class manufacturer and an award-winning retailer.  Now, as a business speaker and coach he helps business owners and managers throughout the world to rethink, refocus and re-energize their business to create compelling customer value, clarity of purpose and long-term profitability. For more information, or to subscribe to Donald's thought-provoking free business e-newsletter.

 



Ten things all great coaches do
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
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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Important lessons from the 4 Barbers
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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Developing a ‘wise investor' mentality
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
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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