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Interesting article about the challenge of turning creativity into innovation:

Do you like to make New Year’s resolutions? Americans make an average three to five goals for the new year. The problem: Most resolutions are cast aside by the end of February.

What would happen if you picked just one resolution — one important business goal — and stuck to it for an entire year? Research shows that instead of coming up with multiple goals for 2016, pledging to make one significant change is more likely to result in success. And make it specific. Instead of a New Year’s resolution to ‘attend more networking events,’ quantify the number of networking events you’ll attend each month and what you plan to accomplish at each. Instead of ‘growing your business,’ quantify how much you plan to grow your sales or profits.

Research also shows that sharing your resolution with a trusted co-worker, colleague or business group can make a big difference. Let others know about your goal early in the year. Ready to make a New Year’s resolution? Here are some great ideas to get started.

“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser

Did you know? Your personal brand can help you achieve long-term success as a business owner.

What is a personal brand? As they say in the advertising world, a personal brand is your self-packaging. Here are some important ways you can help develop your own unique and effective personal brand:

  1. Be consistent. People tend to trust you more when you demonstrate consistent behavior over time.
  2. Be professional.  Aim to be positive and helpful, no matter the occasion or situation.
  3. Be considerate of others. Those who assist another to overcome an embarrassing moment will make a friend for life. Likewise, helping others succeed in their career or business can forge a strong bond.
  4. Dress to suit the occasion. The first step in professional branding is a professional and distinct look.
  5. Cultivate a graceful attitude. Build up others. Speak well of your competitors. And express gratitude. An upbeat attitude can go a long way toward creating a successful personal brand.

17 Grapes CRM Puzzle

17 Grapes CRM PuzzleAt 17 Grapes, we are here to help growing businesses succeed. Many companies, when they first start out, have a tight handle on the customer experience. But as a company grows and customer interactions become more complicated,