Coaching

Kamyar Shah provides coaching on Business Development, Competitive Analysis, Feasibility Study, Business Simulation, Business Process Audit, Streamlining and Implementation, Marketing, Social Media, Public Relations and more.
Treat Them As You Would Like To Be Treated

Treat Them As You Would Like To Be Treated

Treat Them As You Would Like To Be Treated The best rule of thumb is to treat your client the way you would like to be treated. The size of the company is not relevant — a one-man shop or a national brand — without happy customers, no business can sustain itself in...

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Don’t Panic

Don’t Panic

The single most important action should be understanding the reason behind the nosedive. Though it sounds elementary, it is surprising how many stakeholders jump to action without knowing what the proper action needs to be. Don't panic – use qualitative and...

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Define Your Wants And Needs

Define Your Wants And Needs

Defining your wants and needs is by far the most significant step that should supersede any other. Without a clear outline of the "what, when, and how," every other action taken is either meaningless or destined to fail. This should be followed by leading by example —...

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Remember What You Can Control

Remember What You Can Control

The only true difference is the perception of the recipient. One can choose to utilize it or choose to take it personally. We have no control over how someone communicates or their motives. However, we can choose what we get out of the communication. - Kamyar...

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Adapting

Adapting

The concept of an "agile leader" is an unfortunate subcategorization that is both vague and conceptually already covered in servant leadership. Agility, in terms of adaptability in decision making as well as process management, has and will be one of the cornerstones...

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Treat Your State Of Mind As a Symptom

Treat Your State Of Mind As a Symptom

A negative or positive state of mind is a symptom, not the cause, and should be treated as such. The underlying cause is a matter of world view. Do you choose to see failures as learning opportunities as opposed to a negative incident? That view will determine how you...

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Refine Skills And Practices

Refine Skills And Practices

Stress in a productivity context is a moot point because it is a symptom of other issues, including time and task management skills, prioritization, and perception. Stress in this setting is almost always addressable via refinement of skills and practices that are...

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Admit You Don’t Know, But Resolve To Find Out

Admit You Don’t Know, But Resolve To Find Out

Say it with me: "I don't know. I will get back to you on this." This particular phrase is the best friend of any true leader. It is an absurd assumption that someone knows it all. This is also a good way to gauge a new team or team member: If, in a meeting, anyone has...

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Overselling Yourself

Overselling Yourself

One of the rather repeated mistakes in self-promotion is "overselling." Self-promotion is one of those propositions that fall in the "under-promise and over-deliver" category. Additionally, it is substantially more desirable for the results to be evaluated and praised...

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Take A Long-Term View

Take A Long-Term View

Talent development is a matter of taking the long-term view with the matching resources and patience. Be it in education or the real-world, cultivating human capital in a dynamic and comprehensive way requires appropriate time and resources. Too often companies either...

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Be Genuine

Be Genuine

If the intent is to have a long-term "fix," there is really only one sure way: be genuine. There is a mutual self-interest on both sides of the relationship. Your co-worker is likely to be just as interested in a relationship that will help their career as you are....

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Ask If It’s Viable Right Now

Ask If It’s Viable Right Now

It is not really hard to create additional revenue in most businesses. The real question is if it is feasible or does it interfere with any other aspect of the existing business model? Is the timing correct? Will it cannibalize existing revenue streams? Once those and...

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Not Being Honest About Concept And Needs

Not Being Honest About Concept And Needs

Crowdfunding is no different than any other business relationship: folks trusting you and investing money in you and your business. Hence it is important to be authentic—be honest about your concept and needs, be honest about intentions and, most importantly, maintain...

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Always Comparing To Others

Always Comparing To Others

Though product and services comparison may work, it is a short-sighted approach. Comparison in a crowded market may, in some cases, even be harmful by providing additional exposure for competitors. A more sustainable approach, however, is a combination of providing...

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When should I stop?

When should I stop?

In my experience, one of the least asked questions is, when do we reach the dreaded "diminishing returns?" Many entrepreneurs and senior executives incorrectly assume that all things have to consistently improve, which in turn results in some repetitive...

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Encourage Cross-Collaboration

Encourage Cross-Collaboration

As someone that has worked 16-plus years ly, the single most important cultural tool is cross-collaboration. Remote teams that integrate cross-collaboration among team members tend to create deeper and more personal relationships. It ultimately tends to translate into...

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You’re Putting Out Daily Fires

You’re Putting Out Daily Fires

Rapid growth entails change, which tends to create friction. That sort of friction tends to manifest in a wide range of symptoms such as quality control issues, customer dissatisfaction as well as internal conflicts. Those symptoms are just that—symptoms. The...

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What They Do With The Information You Provide Them

What They Do With The Information You Provide Them

Much like any other service provider, recruiters depend a great deal on information to provide the best possible result. Hence, it is important to be proactive and provide them with a complete background as well as a "narrative" of what you are trying to accomplish....

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