When was the last time you took the pulse of your customers? If you don’t recall, now would be a good time to take a look at your relationship with your customers. Over half of consumers have simply taken their business elsewhere after receiving less than satisfactory customer service according to a report from Microsoft. That’s a lot of unhappy customers.So, what should Customer Service look like? It’s not rocket science - it’s all about being available to provide assistance and guidance for the people that help you pay the bills. It comes down to how much you are invested...

Even before the pandemic, remote working was on the rise with an estimated 55% of people telecommuting full-time. However, these days everyone who can work from home is working from home; if not full-time, then at least part-time. What’s more, a recent survey by Gartner found that 74% of CFOs plan on permanently shifting at least 5% of previously on-site employees to remote positions post-COVID 19, and several companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Square, Box and Slack have already told employees that, if they wish, they never have to return to the corporate office. However, while many workers are celebrating...

We live in a complex and unpredictable world. Lately, our world has been even more stressful and out of control than ever - or so it seems. In tumultuous times, I center myself with some simple guidelines that I apply to my personal as well as business life. I am sharing these rules in the hope that you may apply them to your everyday life and benefit from them. Rule 1: Laugh and the World Laughs With You Try this - make an effort every day to make someone smile. It doesn’t need to be someone you know, although your friends and...

It is no surprise that small and medium-sized businesses across the globe have suffered due to the global coronavirus pandemic. What is becoming evident, based on research, is that the companies that are surviving and prospering are making a concerted push toward upgrading their digital technologies to survive. According to a new 2020 Small Business Digital Maturity study from IDC, 70 percent of small businesses are speeding up their push to switch to digital in the face of hurdles coming from the COVID-19 crisis. As it turns out, those companies that have already adopted digital strategies are much better equipped to...

These days, you can talk to most people about catastrophes, disasters, calamities, and other terrible things, but mention the word “prayer” and the conversation often comes to a screeching halt. Some people call this political correctness. I call it misguided.The way I was raised and where I come from, prayer does not mean trying to force other people to believe certain things. It also does not mean judging and condemning people who believe differently, or who do not believe at all. Instead, prayer is about cultivating an intimate and essential relationship with God. A wonderful pastor advised me many years...

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