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Failure is an Option, Quitting is Not

Dreams are often the seeds in which goals are grown from, but it takes acting on a dream to achieve a goal.  Sometimes big goals can be as overwhelming as a football field to a five year old.  Like that scared five year old, we can let a daunting task get in the way of our success because of a fear of failure. When engaging in…

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Added by Stephanie Young on August 24, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sales Peformance Lesson: High Jump

Following in the footsteps of three generations of outstanding educators, I took on the career of a high school teacher in my early twenties.  Being the new kid on the block, I was given two classes out of five that were "at risk" students.  High school students don't usually relish in the idea of math class and most "at risk" kids seem to see math as a total…

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Added by Stephanie Young on August 23, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Huge News Fall Out and the Boy Who Cried Wolf

Before class started on one peaceful Saturday morning, my yoga instructor made this big announcement with much fanfare that there was some huge event coming to our studio.  There were no additional details as to what the event was, when it might occur, etc.  Just a stay tuned teaser.  I was so excited that I could barely focus during class wondering what this event was, when it was going…

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Added by Stephanie Young on August 17, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Empowerment beyond "Just Because" or "Because I Told You So"

When I was a child, I was the question asking machine.  Now that I am an adult, I am the question asking machine.  Not because I want to be annoying.  I really want to understand why.  Knowing the why helps me deliver on the expectations.  Knowing the why gives me the follow through to see an opportunity to completion. 

 

Understanding why gives me access to…

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Added by Stephanie Young on August 16, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Advancement is Management Minus the Power Struggle

Best piece of advice I have been given as a manager:  Always be teaching others how to be you.  Inspire them to be gunning for your desk and to become you.  Humbly step aside when they replace you.  Without them to replace you, the opportunities of your advancement decline.

 

Right after that tidbit of wisdom was imparted on me, I was asked to spear head a rather large…

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Added by Stephanie Young on August 11, 2011 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Closing the Gap

During a department head meeting in which processes where being discussed, it became evident there was an information gap for our clients.  Our recruiting team was reporting a break down in information regarding who we are, what we do and what we have to offer.  The team shared how they answer certain questions over and over again.  They reported the funny misconceptions that they often…

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Added by Stephanie Young on August 9, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Transforming a Weakness into a Dynamic Super Talent

My youngest sister was born premature and as a result had pulmonary problems as a child.  Because she suffered from chronic asthma, there was little expectation for her to be a strong and healthy child.  One of the therapies she was subjected to in an effort to strengthen her lungs, was swimming underwater.  I am sure this started out as a terrifying experience for a young child who had…

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Added by Stephanie Young on August 4, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Sales Performance Training: Managing Superstars

Everyone has worked with Negative Nellie and Cantankerous Craig and seen how they can poison the waters of progress with their hater-aide.  Their less than inspiring attitude spread like a cancer through what was once an optimistic and forward moving team.  To managers and fellow peers, it is easy to identify the Nellies and Craigs and see the impact they have on team…

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Added by Stephanie Young on August 2, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Team Building as the Coaching Manager

The sport that so many predicted I would excel at due to my size was actually the sport where I floundered.  When it came to the hardwood, the only skill I had was shooting free throws.  My coaches could have just given up on me and focused their attention on the superstars on the team, but instead they invested time and energy into the one thing I could do well.  In place of teaching me…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 28, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Creative Approach to Become Liked on Facebook

The Manus Group is not exactly a highly recognized brand like Toyota or Chevrolet.  You might be in the same boat or your might just want to stand out from the other name brand dealer down the street.  Social Media Marketing is about standing out and being popular.  Yes, it takes us all back to those high school days where some…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 27, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Fixing by Feeling Your Way

In a previous blog, I told a story about my father being deaf and how this becomes a superpower for him in business.  (To read more on this back story, please visit “Seeing What People Say”)  I had no idea what a gift my father had given me during my childhood until I became a…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 26, 2011 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Seeing What People Say

The subject of body language keeps popping up in my life of late.  As a result, I have spent some time dwelling on the connection between body language and the work place.  Personally and professionally, we often hear the words, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  This statement has more to do with quick judgments made on physical appearances than body language.  Reading someone’s body…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 21, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Who, What, When, Where and How of Social Media Marketing Planning

Social Networking has transformed from a way that college kids could keep in touch to a main stream tool for capitalism.  Social Media is one of the newest tools available to the global economy as more and more businesses are adopting Social Media Marketing Plans.  With an audience of over 500 million users, Social Media has become the platform for engaging with clients and prospects on a…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 20, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Meltdown Management

As a sales manager, I hosted a daily sales meeting like every good sales manager should.  Like all good salespeople do, the sales team would come to the meeting with their list of “should-haves” and “could-haves” if only “blah-blah” was true.  This would often take the wind right out of my…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 19, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sales Staff Recruiters: Don't Spoil the Apple Barrel

“What is the number one challenge most dealers have with improving profits?”  1) Employee Turnover, 2) Capital, 3) Inventory, 4) Process, and 5) Recruiting Talent.  Of those polled, 30% answered “Recruiting Talent”.

It is not rocket surgery (it is easier to build a rocket than trouble shoot and repair one) as to how talent affects the dealership’s bottom line.  What puzzles me is…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 14, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Fixing Template Emails to Get Results

I remember as a child my mother sitting us kids down after a holiday or birthday to write handwritten thank you notes for any gifts we had been given.  It was a chore that as a child I found little value and a whole lot of grief in participating.  As an adult, I have learned that it is the little things in life that make an experience memorable.

 

We all have mailboxes full…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 12, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Management and Sales Performance Training: Embracing Boredom

It does not happen often, but sometimes I find myself bored.  This week I find myself working remotely with my toes in the sandy.  Without the distractions of the office, I am actually finding myself completing my normal task list with time to be bored.  So how does someone who is usually as busy as a bee handle boredom?  I have learned to embrace this simple and rare luxury as a gift to…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 11, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Transitioning the Social Networking Relationship into Making the Sale

The first step to Social Networking suicide is to use this media as a place to make the sale.  Social Networking is a relationship building network and not the shopping network.  A network when used as a verb is defined as: to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position.  With this in mind, a Social Network is…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 7, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Social Networking as a Business Development Tool

Marketers are experimenting with using the Social Networking sites for proactive marketing through building targeted niche networks and business development communities.  As a result, Social Networking has become as much a part of…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 6, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Making a Difference: Sales Performance Training Lesson

If the world was devoid of you, what would it be like and contrast that with if you were the whole world?  Which do you think would be the better place?

The above question was something that passed through my busy brain one night as I prepared for duty the next day at the office.  It seemed like an interesting way to keep my mind busy and off any…

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Added by Stephanie Young on July 6, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

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