A robust system in which data is collected and analyzed has always been critical for businesses across all industries, and the importance of efficient and effective data analysis has only continued to take on an increasingly critical role with recent technological advances. Data analytics can be utilized to guide a wide range of business decisions and to ensure peak operational performance on a consistent basis, yet many companies are not taking full advantage of the many advanced systems that are currently available.
A simple shift to a software proposal template
represents an ideal example in which a company can simultaneously improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its approach while also collecting valuable data analytics. This applies to sales proposals outside of software development as well, particularly since there are many proposal templates available. The key is to utilize a template in conjunction with a comprehensive platform that also provides the valuable data analytics every business should be constantly seeking.
It’s clear that a lean operational approach is a key factor to ensuring a company’s long-term viability, with many in the business world developing an endless array of strategies to increase efficiency throughout every aspect of operations. This includes green building practices aimed at enhancing energy efficiency as well as sales proposal strategies designed to streamline communication while also collecting essential data. Without a commitment to these lean and efficient business practices, a company places itself at risk of damaging its long-term viability
I’ve always been fond of the phrase “a rising tide lifts all ships,” and, in my view at least, the message is clear that a deliberate focus on collaboration is simply good for businesses in any industry. According to longtime PR professional Nancy Behrman of Behrman Communications, one of the most effective strategies available to those in management or other leadership positions is to continually encourage and foster collaboration whenever possible.
Of course, there are instances in which it is appropriate to make any number of exceptions, but the overwhelming majority of creative professionals are very likely to agree that some level of collaboration is always of significant benefit in terms of the end result that is possible. This does not mean that a PR professional should spend the entirety of their day running every idea by a colleague for additional insight, but there are certain types of creative responsibilities in which putting together a team of thoughtful professionals to work together will almost always yield a greater outcome than putting the task in the hands of a single individual.
Some professionals advocate an approach in which team members can work on a task or project on an individual basis before bringing the concept or idea they have developed to others for the purpose of collaboration. In my opinion — an opinion I believe would be shared by the experienced and knowledgeable professionals at Behrman Communications — tailoring the collaborative strategies used by a business according to the individual skills of team members is just as important as utilizing collaborative strategies in the first place.
I have always been intrigued by the prospect of property investment, but my interest in pursuing this sort of investment strategy never seemed to be appropriately timed. When the real estate market took a downturn and there seemed to be a wealth of properties available for well below market value, I still had the bulk of my funds tied up in other investments. When I cashed in on those investments and began looking to re-invest my earnings elsewhere, the real estate market had rebounded to such a degree that it didn’t make much sense to invest in a property while it was at the peak of its value.
Seeking to deepen my understanding of the best practices for successful property investment, I came across an Ironfish review that discussed a company that specialized in assisting investors like me build a diverse portfolio of investment properties. With the help of a mentor and a step-by-step investment system, I was able to quickly develop a portfolio of properties that I felt would yield a nice and sizable return on my initial investment. Once I had my portfolio in place, I was able to repeatedly call on my local property strategist for further assistance and guidance regarding how to best achieve my personal investment goals.
Perhaps the most beneficial outcome of working with Ironfish was the fact that I learned such a great deal about how to properly leverage my investments to generate the greatest possible return. The education was incredibly valuable and I am absolutely certain that I will be able to apply the principles shared by Ironfish to continue to enjoy the success I’ve already achieved through property investment.
I had another recent run in with my dear friend, Halden Zimmermann while going into downtown. Have you ever had a moment when you see someone you haven’t seen in awhile and you’re suddenly locked into an engaging conversation that seems to fast forward through time? That’s exactly what kind of connection Zimmermann and I have, no matter if we see each other every day or if it has been months or years since we have had our last run in with each other. There is always a conversation that never stop growing.
We all know someone who loves to gossip and these people along with the conversations with these people leave us feeling unfulfilled, sketchy of that person and other people and empty. It’s not that way with success minded people like Halden Zimmermann. Successful people talk about idea and future events, unsuccessful people talk about other people and that’s something I learned from my business mentors years ago. Mr. Zimmermann has a way about him that makes you think because he raises your expectations, expands on your ideas and dreams, improves on your thought process and he asks questions.
You know what the problem is with being an adult? We don’t ask good questions. We would rather accept something as true rather than ask the most powerful question that is asked by a 4 year old everyday: “Why?” Halden Zimmerman has always encouraged me to ask questions, rather than accepting something I didn’t understand and believing I would be percieved as foolish or unintelligent because I asked a question. Zimmerman’s motto has always been, “The only stupid question is the one you withhold from asking.”
When I retired from business in 1994, I thought I had left all my mentors behind, but Zimmermann has proved to be not only a good friend and loyal ex business partner, but also a trustworthy mentor not only in business, but in life as well. Everyone needs a Halden Zimmermann. If you have one, hold tightly to them and don’t let them go.
I’d like to take the moment to give the spotlight to a special friend of mine whom I’ve known for about 10 years give or take. Halden Zimmermann is what many would call a businessman with a business plan and his success rate shows it too. As the saying goes, those who fail to plan are those to plan to fail. Halden is a planner, so most certainly not a failure in any way.
Halden has always been the voice of reason and common sense for as long as I’ve known him. He has a thriving business right in the middle of one of America’s most impressive cities full of history, Chicago. It’s been no surprise that he’s been as successful has he has by maintaining the blogs he runs and scheduling his meeting with people. He told me he gets a lot of success out of simply keeping up with his Twitter because it acts as a valuable tool for keeping in touch, as well as utilizing other social media.
Isn’t it amazing how many tools we have to make the most of our business? Simple social platforms used to broadcast to the entire world work wonders if you’re in a communications business such as news and media. I know that using a few of them have helped me drive volume up in my business and some of them are absolute must haves in order to keep up with the other big dogs in the business world.
It is hard to know when inspiration will strike, and the source of that inspiration can often be quite surprising. So when I came across a seemingly minor news item in a Minnesota paper, I was somewhat astonished by how the content of that article led to overwhelming feelings of inspiration. The article was about an award-winning chiropractic doctor, and after reading the article a few times over and considering its meaning, I realized the far-reaching implications of this man’s spirit of community and his willingness to go above and beyond solely for the benefit of others.
The story was about Dr. Richard Ottomeyer, a chiropractic doctor who had recently been named the Medicare Physician Champion Community of Practice Provider, an honor that is presented by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Ottomeyer had earned the award because he had worked diligently to ensure that the medical community was educated regarding massive changes to something called the ICD-9, which outlines the potential diagnosis codes for the health diagnosis system. The changes Dr. Ottomeyer discussed with these medical professionals had to do with the expansion of those codes from 17,000 in the ICD-9 to over 64,000 in the new ICD-10.
Without Dr. Ottomeyer’s efforts, patients could have faced massive delays due to issues with adjusting the medical claims process. The doctor’s massive undertaking spanned the entire nation, all for the simple goal of avoiding the potential for a reduced level of care available to patients. While reading this article, I tried to parse out any personal benefit for Dr. Ottomeyer and was unable to find anything significant enough to warrant his nationwide efforts. It is clear to me this was done out of a desire to do what is best for others, and I found myself inspired to closely follow the doctor’s example.
From this point forward, I will remain committed to always trying to do what is in the best interest of others with no regard for my personal benefit. I have always thought of myself as someone who is keenly interested in helping others, but the scale of the doctor’s efforts has made me realize that there is far more that I can do for others if I am willing to put forth more time and effort. Thanks to that small news item in the Minnesota newspaper, I have been inspired to make a concerted effort to be much more altruistic in my actions.
I am usually pretty good about conducting thorough research on a new pursuit before diving headlong into it, but when I set out to train for a marathon I did so without looking into how to properly train. This was a mistake, as I wasted many miles on workouts that were not at all beneficial for the distance I was preparing to run. Since I had run cross-country way back in high school, I figured the workouts I had done in preparation for the 5,000-meter races would be more than sufficient if I only slightly modified the distances and effort. I was wrong.
I knew that volume was one of the most important considerations in a marathon training program, and I was able to quickly move up to 60 and 70 miles per week after about six months of dedicated training. While I was increasing the volume, I was also doing speed sessions on the track that were completely unnecessary and probably had a negative effect on my efforts on race day.
I completed my first marathon without much trouble, but I did not run the time that I thought I was capable of. This is when I started to look a bit more deeply into marathon training and realized that I could train for this distance much more efficiently by ditching the speed sessions in exchange for anaerobic threshold (AT) runs. Training this way I was able to bring my volume up to 80 to 90 miles per week and felt good enough to include a number of 18- and 20-mile long runs before race day. This simple change allowed me to PR by a wide margin over my previous time in the marathon, and I even ran the half-marathon splits faster than I had ever run the distance before.
Up until recently, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the practice of gardening. My mother kept a garden in the backyard of my childhood home, and I used to thoroughly enjoy working in the dirt on weekends and caring for the array of fruits, vegetables and flowers we kept. In the time since then I have maintained little herb gardens strictly for cooking purposes, but for some reason I recently felt moved to prepare a few beds with the intent of taking up gardening again.
I spent an entire weekend getting the beds ready for planting, making sure I had the soil just right and that I had a clear idea just how much shade and just how much sun each bed would get on any given day. I headed to the nursery the following weekend and was completely shocked by how far my dollar went there.
I picked out some colorful flowering plants for instant gratification and picked up some seeds for the sake of testing my patience. When I returned home, I immediately began arranging the most ideal location for each plant and then spent the rest of my day planting everything I had brought home from the nursery. At the end of the day I was exhausted, but it was that happy kind of exhaustion that reminds you that you worked hard at doing something you truly enjoy.
Since that first day of planting I have tended to my little planting beds on a daily basis, checking for bugs, keeping the soil moist and even talking to each plant just a bit in case plants respond to encouragement. I cannot believe how much I have enjoyed gardening, and it has really been quite therapeutic. It is hardly work, and with a bit of luck I will soon be literally enjoying the fruits of my labor.
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How exhausting! What an extreme exertion this has been.