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It's important that, from time to time, we stop to focus on the principles behind the goals we're aiming for in business and delivering the best customer experience. No matter what you're selling, you have to believe in what you do 110% and your business needs effective management, tools and support. Success comes from doing things over and over again, learning perpetually, listening intently and doing those things always.

Too often in 'our' industry there is a reluctance to look forward since the 'past' worked so well (sounds like a cop out to me!). In an attempt to bring us back to reality, here are some ways to think about the fundamentals in a way that hopefully works for you...

P
ractice
Responsible
Overall
Customer
Engagement through
Sales and
Service

Being
Responsible
Advocates of
Name and
Dedication

Keep
N
earby:
O
pportunity
W
illingness
L
istening
E
ducation
D
edication
G
uidance and
E
xperience

Total
Employment of
Comprehensive tools
Handling
Needs:
Ongoing
Loyalty
Outreach and customer
Generation for
You

It's a must for suppliers, not just retailers:

Validate
Every
Need and
Direction
Of your
Retailers

This one is a little blatant (and selfish) but you'll surely get the point:

Considered
Other
Non-performing,
Senseless ways and
Ultimately
Learned
That I
Absolutely
Need
To hire one

All humor aside, it is critical to aim for success, build environments for success and be part of success. Remember that you don't find success (and it doesn't find you), you create it. One of the most niche products I've come across in the past 20 years is Camelback's hydration pack. They carved out quite a following. Their slogan? "Hydrate of Die". True: if you don't hydrate, you will die! And if you don't find a way to learn, do things differently (not just for the sake of it) and plot your course for success, you will die. Failure is part of success. Resistance, running, avoiding and simply burying your head in the sand, however, are futile.

Lead, be great, plan and succeed!

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