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Guide to Turning Around a Troubled Business
3/9/2007
Summary:

There are three key processes involved in reviving a company on a downward path, including determining the root cause of the difficulties, rethinking strategy, and realigning the overall business process to meet new strategic directives. This guide provides specific advice and links to resources to analyze business processes and financial health, to assess the market, and how to identify the people necessary to make the change happen.

Go To Source (www.work.com)
Guide to Planning an Exit Strategy
3/13/2007
Summary:

Business planning experts suggest that entrepreneurs plan for their exit from the company during the initial phases of the process. It is important to consider personal and financial goals, as well as how the value of the business will be determined at the point of transition. This article includes links to tools and templates to make a well-informed decision.

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The Marketing Plan: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
5/24/2007
Summary:

Need a marketing plan, but want it to be practical enough to get implemented? Here's a simple template billed as the "world's shortest marketing plan." It may be just what you are looking for.

Go To Source (kellyodell.blogspot.com)
Why Smart Companies Do Dumb Things
5/24/2007
Summary:

Consensus, conviction, expertise, and an inspirational vision. "Smart" entrepreneurs may rely on the like, but they don't guarantee success. Guy Kawasaki shares ten ways of avoiding mistakes that happen in spite of the best intentions.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
The Vision Thing: Without It You'll Never Be a World-Class Organization
5/30/2007
Summary:

Success takes more than a compelling vision. As the leader of your company, you need to be able to implement your vision--train, prepare, and equip your team to live according to it.

Go To Source (www.leadertoleader.org)
Maintaining an Agile Company
6/4/2007
Summary:

By using the steps in this tool, you will be able to better identify opportunities for change, determine if you are ready for change, recognize what your customers want and create the proper environment for change in your company.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)
Developing A Business Plan
6/4/2007
Summary:

This tool will take you through the step-by-step process of developing a business plan that includes all the basic elements needed.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)
TEC© Best Practices: Negotiating Business Deals
6/8/2007
Summary:

A good overview of how to think about negotiating in a win-win framework, this article explodes four myths about the process and offers "six steps to a better deal." Practical advice, such as how to improve your negotiating skills and those of your people, is also included.

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
TEC© Best Practices: Customer Retention
6/8/2007
Summary:

This "best practices" article explains, from the entrepreneur's point of view, the finer points of retaining customers, a practice that costs one-fifth as much as acquiring new ones. The article provides specific, practical suggestions for retaining external customers and ensuring positive relationships with internal customers (your employees.)

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
TEC© Best Practices: CEO Skills
6/8/2007
Summary:

This article explains how CEOs can be more efficient in their personal organization of time, providing specific approaches to specific challenges. It also outlines the broader responsibilities CEOs have of effecting change and coaching employees through the change process. TEC is now known as Vistage.

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)

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