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February, 2016

Business Assessment: Donít Forget the Corner Office!

I have performed a number of business assessments where the owner or senior leader requests an outside viewpoint on how things are working within the company. While there is definitely a lot to examine, analyze, and report recommendations for improvement, the area that is normally off limits is the role and influence of the corner office (owner/senior leader) in the running of the business. Check List
The occupant of the corner office is very open to discovering issues in key departments or operations that, if corrected or modified, can improve profitability, efficiency, and quality but they are less open to . . . . read more.
Mike Brice
Phone: (206)226-1617

Feature Article

10 Ways to Edge Out a Threatening Competitor

by Anna Johanson, Contributor,

Are you challenged by a competitor in your marketplace? Here is a list of actions that can stimulate your thinking on how you can improve your competitive position or reduce your dependency on that market by opening other markets to your products or services.

  1. Find a new target audience.
  2. Release a new product or service.
  3. Improve your competing product or service.
  4. Adjust your pricing.
  5. Create a loyalty or rewards program.
  6. Step up the customer service -- and flaunt it.
  7. Experiment with a new marketing campaign.
  8. Step up your organic and social visibility.
  9. Call upon your experience.
  10. Work together.
Have any of these actions raised questions to what you are currently doing?

Click here to read more about each action and how they can, through effective execution, improve your competitive position.

Note: Ask yourself the following questions.
  • Do you have a strong competitive position?
  • Do you have a plan to address weaknesses or to take advantage of strengths in your competitive position?
  • Do you have a method to determine if your actions to improve your competitive position are effective?

If you are looking for guidance on how to improve your competitive position contact Mike to learn about the Executive and Business Coaching services available from Brice Consulting for you and your organization.

Leadership Resources

Motivation: If you are a leader, you have wondered how to motivate your employees. Employee motivation is a difficult problem that many managers and leaders struggle with. Most leaders and small business managers struggle with how to motivate employees and know that employee engagement will be inconsistent and most small business management techniques will fail.
Must Know Tips for How to Motivate Employees - Small Business Management Techniques (1:33 min)

Motivation: 10 easy ways to motivate employees and create a positive work environment.
10 Ways To Motivate Employees (3:16 min)

Leadership: How can an organization remain successful despite leadership change?
4 Keys To Winning It All From A Three-Time NFL Champion

Personal Development: Our days are filled with a constant stream of decisions. Most are mundane, but some are so important that they can haunt you for the rest of your life.
5 Choices You'll Regret Forever

Inspiration: Highly engaged companies have been shown to yield better business results.
The New Crusades: Employee Engagement

Customer Experience: As we enter into next year we’re all focused on achieving more. But how are we going to do that?
How To Inspire Your Team In 2016

Negative Thinkers: Ever feel tired of that handful of co-workers or friends who have a knack for always bringing down your mood - or the mood of any room they walk into? We all do.
3 Powerful Ways to Deal With Really Negative People Right Now

Meetings: Companies often hold meetings with the intention of increasing efficiency and productivity, but they often have the opposite effect.
5 Reasons Why Your Company Needs to Have Fewer Meetings

Leadership: In a world dominated by negativity finding the positive isn't easy, but researchers show it’s well worth the effort! The challenge is finding ways to proactively seek out the positive in our lives every single day and make spotting the positive a habit! What better time than the start of the new year!
Leading with Optimism: Three Simple Techniques

Leadership: Entrepreneurs are used to going it alone, but being your own boss doesn't mean you don't need a hand every now and then. Asking for help from your own team is crucial to your success as a leader.
How Asking for Help Can Be the Difference Between Success and Shutting Down

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