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Posts by Thought Leaders and Business Leaders who are not our regular bloggers but have valuable insights and personal stories to share with our readers.

Connie Certusi 

Executive Vice President, Sage North America

One common goal many small businesses and entrepreneurs share is that of growth – the desire to grow, grow, grow. One way to expand your business is by introducing a new idea. Launching a new idea can raise public awareness of your company, which may result in new customers and higher profits.

Kerrie MacPherson                      

Ernst & Young LLP

For every entrepreneur, it’s a dream come true, but also a potential nightmare: the elevator pitch. No other situation is fraught with so much risk, yet filled with so much opportunity. Face to face with a potential customer, partner or investor, you have mere seconds to bring to life how you do what you do better than anyone else on the planet. No pressure, right?

Robert D. Smith

Nearly 40 years ago, I learned the one business lesson that became the foundation of every success I’ve ever enjoyed.

I was out of college for the summer and working as a door-to-door educational material salesman for the Southwestern Company. Believe me when I tell you that there is no better introduction to the feeling of rejection than having a door slammed in your face over…and over…and over again.

Jim Leighton

Organizations and individuals that create lasting change share one common trait and it’s grit. Grit is having a resilient attitude in the face of failure or despair. It means enduring years of obscurity and hard work without reaping the immediate payoff.

Grit brings to mind pictures of the old American frontier, of pioneers and their resolve. It also evokes images of mountaineers and extreme sports junkies rising to the top of their game, some even dying to get there. It’s the stuff of injuries, setbacks, and hard knocks.

David Hassell

No doubt you’ve fine-tuned the art of communicating to your employees. But what about turning the tables the other way? Since employees are closest to your business, they are the most likely source of new and innovative ideas. Do you really know how to tap into that valuable resource and what to do with that data once you have it? Read on, to find out.

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