Many businesses view their sales pipeline from a sales management and revenue forecasting perspective. They are so focused on meeting their sales targets that they fail to review and analyse their sales pipeline to understand the real performance of the sales and marketing function in their business.
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Shaping Business has the privilege of working with a variety of well-established firms, many of whom are renowned for innovation and outstanding service capabilities. Yet a problem we consistently encounter is that clients struggle to produce a compelling value proposition for their business.
Newspaper headlines have declared the British decision to exit the European Union ‘The ‘Brexit crisis’. Already, there has been a noticeable crystallisation of the risks that were alluded to during the referendum campaign: exchange rate volatility, weakening investment, and increased business uncertainty. The future for businesses both large and small, already trading internationally, has significantly altered as a result of ‘Brexit’. The greatest risk for businesses following the decision is that the current uncertainty becomes an excuse for procrastination. It is vital for businesses to take the initiative and proactively plan for the challenges that lie ahead in order to prosper in a changeable economic situation.
I am fortunate to have been part of the largest TEDx event in the UK i.e. TEDx Salford. On the 10th November 2013 I was part of the team that organised a full day conference; attended by around 1800 people seeking inspiration and motivation by hearing from the leading individuals in their respective fields. TED is a global foundation with the motto ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. TEDx was introduced by TED in 2009, granting individuals or groups a licence to host local, self-organized TED-like events around the world.
The idea of organising a TEDx event in Salford came to Mishal Saeed. The first event was held in January 2012 and attended by around 160 people. In just 9 months the second event was organised which was the largest independent TEDx event in the UK with approximately 1600+ attendees. A record we have successfully built on with our latest event.
So what has driven that initial event idea to become so successful? Having been part of the team I believe it is the passion and motivation behind it. A passion that has come from understanding ‘why do we want to do this?’ This understanding of WHY has inspired the belief of the team and driven us all with passion and motivation to volunteer ourselves and organise a TED-like event for our local community.
I was intrigued to read about Kevin Roberts’ speech at the recent IoD Annual Convention. As CEO of one of the worlds largest marketing groups, Saatchi & Saatchi, it was somewhat self-defeating to hear him declare that ‘marketing is dead‘. However, he had, at that stage already told the audience that “strategy is dead”, “the big idea is dead” and “management is dead”. Amusingly, as a CEO, he also went on to say “the further up in a company you go the stupider you become and the further away from new things”. By this stage I was starting to wonder if he was looking in the mirror. So apart from successfully being controversial and grabbing a few headlines, is this type of thought leadership valuable?