Shakespeare wrote about time; others think about time, and many complain about how time is racing them by. However, few people do anything to make the best use of time when negotiating. Time management is important because the outcome of any negotiation is dependent upon how well you have used your time before you deliver your message during the deal.Read More
In the last blog, we looked at the Impossible Problem Innovation Model® and started to deconstruct the concept of an impossible problem.
Let’s continue that focus because too quickly, people bypass the concept of clarity around a problem or opportunity. If you want to innovate and solve an impossible problem or leverage a fantastic opportunity you need to put in the work upfront to make that happen.Read More
Everything written about managing major accounts strategically has one theme: it’s not a marketing or sales campaign, it’s a leadership initiative driven by the C-Suite.
The overarching key to long-term success is how well the organisation changes to manage strategic accounts differently.Read More
Twenty years ago, one of the favourite words used by business gurus and keynote speakers at conferences was – a paradigm shift. Today you would think it is a button on a Tesla motor car. Now, a new hot word has appeared – archetype!
People ask at conferences or meetings are there negotiation archetypes? The answer is yes.Read More
Most of us can remember where we were when events, both good and bad, have happened in the world. Or remember being in the audience for a great or inspirational speech. Some remember a show or musical that fed the soul or just made you laugh to the point of tears. I still remember how elated I was seeing the Lion King for the first time in London. Or more recently being dragged by my cousin to see the Book of Mormon, irreverent, but very funny.Read More
Global industries and local communities struggle with the pace of change. Typically, the pace of change is reducing resources like time, money and people. Reducing resources creates difficult problems that appear to be impossible to solve, what we call impossible problems. In local and global marketplaces, impossible problems occur for organisations and for individuals. For all these impossible problems, we need brave individuals to take action to solve the problems and then implement the solutions.Read More
Whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, Yoda shared some great insights in the Star War movies that will stand the test of time. When it comes to focus his quote is a gem, with persuasion it has 100% applicability to your success – do, or do not.Read More
What does it mean to have courage when you need to deal with tough competitive market conditions and digital disruption affecting your market share?Read More
In these challenging times, if you are looking for ideas to improve your business, then best companies focus on their greatest asset — their most strategically important accounts.Read More
I recently had the pleasure of being on a panel discussion in Australia on the impact of human intelligence (Hi) and artificial intelligence (Ai) and creating a competitive edge by combining both. The main question is always “where do we start”? Start with your strategic goals. Ai and Hi are most successful when you use them to solve a problem or leverage an opportunity. A key message was - technology is an enabler, but success depends on leader’s ability to use technology and people together.Read More
Often when I speak about the power of growth through a company’s major accounts, managers ask what is the secret or short cut to success? My answer disappoints, there is no short cut.Read More
“Where do we start?” The strategic direction of organisations are most effective when solving problems or leveraging opportunities.
Over the last few years, around the world, I’ve been fortunate to have researched and delivered some negotiation workshops on how and why organisations need to develop teams of negotiators and not just individual stars.Read More
Some companies and industries are slowing down for their summer holidays and end of year celebrations. However, in other industries like the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, January is busy with training and planning for 2019. Last week, a manager asked, “How do teams prepare for negotiations with major accounts?”Read More
We’ve worked with global companies embedding account management frameworks and these companies continue to be successful. What drives that success?Read More
Over the past 25 years, as I have worked with individuals, teams and companies on how to be persuasive in front of groups to buy your message, I am always asked the quickest way to be successful.
My comment is always the same, have a solid process behind your message and practice, practice, and then more practice.Read More
You live in changing times, and your decisions with your strategic accounts need to be faster, smarter and relevant to key decision makers.Read More
As humans, how do we change our minds? How do we change our behaviour to negotiate for a new product or a new service? Like it or not we need to change because of artificial intelligence (Ai).
In 2015 the world of Ai changed forever because for some tasks the accuracy of Ai now exceeded the accuracy of humans. After this change, many leaders and industries realised that there was now an urgency to change.Read More
Competition in the B2B world has never been fiercer. With more companies fighting over every contract, the sales teams are now laser-focused on the next sale and holding on to each customer, whatever it takes. How organisations measure their employees, and what behaviours they reward add to the laser-focus on short-term gains.Read More
I love seeing successful professionals at work: watching a great tennis player return an unwinnable shot, or a swimmer come from behind to win the greatest race of her life.
It’s the same as when in a tough negotiation someone asks a great question that unlocks value, breaks a deadlock or achieves a great outcome.Read More
What things rob you of time on a daily basis?
Whether you are talking about a live negotiation or a major community project, there are times when you need to take decisive action. Use time, yours and others, more efficiently and effectively.Read More