Four Keys to Productively Work From Home

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Despite reports over the past few years about the benefits of working from home, the current effort to maintain productivity by working from home during the pandemic could backfire and generate a productivity slump that threatens economic growth for years to come, says Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom.

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The Ideal Qualified Prospect

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High-performance salespeople don’t waste their time chasing after low-probability deals that are unprofitable, unqualified, are not in the buying window, don’t have a budget, or can’t buy. High-performance salespeople know they will close more deals and make more money when they know how to identify and pursue the Ideal Qualified Prospect.

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What Color is Your Parachute

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The term “golden parachute” describes an agreement between a company and an employee, whereas the employee will receive certain significant benefits if the company terminates the employee. These benefits include severance pay, cash bonuses, stock options, or other benefits. Companies created golden parachutes to attract and retain skillful business leaders.  But golden parachutes have come to represent excessive compensation regardless of the executive’s performance, even if they are forced out for poor performance, even a scandalous event. If COVID-19 has displaced you, what color is your parachute?

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Did You Make the Problem Worse

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our economy, unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The stay-in-place orders have hit the retail sector hard, causing advertisers to cut back or cancel their advertising altogether. As you watch your advertising sales dwindle, and you search for an answer, ask yourself, “Did I make the problem worse?”

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Don’t Be Afraid to Call

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The response to the COVID-19 virus has turned everything as we know it, upsidedown. Communities are on “stay-at-home” orders. Some businesses have closed their doors—a record number of people filed for unemployment. If you still have a job, you’re dealing with how to be productive from home. And to top it all off, your boss wants you to get on the phone and call your customers!

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Time to Rethink Sales “Training”

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In recent weeks, I’ve found myself homebound like many other business professionals, more by choice than by circumstance because I’m trying to run my business from home and not travel all over the country like I used to do. With the Internet and modern software tools, I can work with multiple clients, thousands of miles apart in a single day.

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Prospecting During a Pandemic

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You have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Some of your clients have already called and canceled. Perhaps your community is under some government orders or voluntary instructions that restrict your movements. What are you going to do to protect your business?

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You’ve Been Fired! Four Things to Do Now!

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So you’ve just been notified that your position is being eliminated. The company is going in a different direction. The company is undertaking a reduction in force. No matter what they call it, you’re out of a job. Here are four things to do right now.

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