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"…insights for scaleups"
HEADLINES: (Huffington Post piece?)
|The more technologically advanced our society becomes, the more we need to go back to the basic fundamentals of human communication.|
|Angela Ahrendts, Apple|
New Best Practices at the Apple Store — Angela Ahrendts, the former CEO of Burberry, has been running Apple's stores since May 2014 (and compensated almost $74 million). With over 60% of Apple's employees working in these stores, she has chosen to focus on the people side vs. the product side. This Fortune article details why Tim Cook chose her (some excellent insights into hiring top execs and the mistakes to avoid); how she has spent her first year; and some of the routines (you might initiate) she's added to the stores. Notes Fortune:
Ahrendts also brought the physical stores and online retail together under one team so there was a common customer experience. This article is worth the 3 minutes to pick up more tips on how a new executive makes an impact to an already successful store and brand.
Are Your Online Customers Walking Away? — Speaking of customer service, your website is like a store. If there are no sales people to help your online customers, they will walk away to a competitor. LiveAdmins, which Gazelles uses, helps businesses proactively greet online customers and engage them in conversation, providing multilingual chat services round the clock, ensuring needs of all visitors are taken care of. Like Ahrendts suggests in the quote above, it's the human connection that matters and this service has helped companies across all industries significantly increase sales and enhance the visitor experience for over a decade.
Near Miss on 9/11 Launches Company (Gazelles case study) — Robert Herzog was supposed to be in the Twin Towers where 297 of his colleagues perished that day. From this experience he launched ZogSports which has recently expanded to 7 locations with 30 full time and 300 part time employees. My blog in yesterday's Huffington Post shares Rob's 9/11 experience and details how he let go of control and unleashed the growth of his firm – and the disciplines he put in place to allow this to happen. Please take 2 minutes to scan the article for specifics on how he improved his daily huddles, tightened up accountability, and put core values front and center in driving decisions. Thanks to their Gazelles coach Mark Green for bringing Rob's story to my attention.
An Entrepreneurs' Manifesto — this is the title of my dear friend Steve Mariotti's recently released book. Founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), his non-profit has helped over 600,000 young people in low-income communities throughout 10 countries. His beautifully written and highly informative book (every entrepreneur should have a feel for the data in this book) pulls together all the disparate research that shows how entrepreneurs are the economic and innovation engines of society – a must read for anyone trying to garner support for entrepreneurship in their communities. Notes Mariotti:
Two copies are being sent to GPro and book club members so you can share one with your mayor or university leader. Steve will also be in Dallas at the Growth Summit to sign books and share a few words from the stage. He's one of the true heroes of our time.
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