The Professional Chef – A Great Resource

An essential book for every chef from the Culinary Institute of America. I refer to this book quite often for recipes. I also like to have it as a reference when watching my favorite shows on the Food Network like Chopped and they have some obscure food as an ingredient. Great instructional component to this book as well for those that may be new to the profession. Enjoy!

Top Coaching Habits of Great Sales Managers

This is very good information here from my favorite folks at Selling Power. 11 great questions get answered in this two-part article. Enjoy!!

Managing a sales team is a lot like coaching a sports team. In both cases, you’ve got to balance varying levels of skill among the team, put routine practices in place to help them achieve peak performance, and ultimately lead them to a winning season or quarter. Selling Power recently hosted a Webinar on the topic of sales management and sales coaching (“Accelerated Sales Success through Effective Coaching“) featuring Selling Power CEO Gerhard Gschwandtner and Sales Readiness Group president David Jacoby. In this two-part Q&A, Jacoby provides answers to the top questions that were asked during the Webinar. (To listen to the full recording of the live Webinar, click here.)

This is Part 1 – http://www.sellingpower.com/content/article.php?a=9570

This is Part 2 – http://www.sellingpower.com/content/article.php?a=9572&nr=1

Sales Worst Practices

10 Sure-Fire Ways to Fail at Sales – Sometimes a humorous perspective that highlights the wrong things to do can give you insight into doing the right things. I hope you enjoy our list of the top 10 sure-fire ways to fail at selling today. From the Brooks Group.

Sometimes it is great to see what not to do as opposed to what you should be doing. Enjoy and try to do the right things to make your sales career more successful.

Check out the article here.

It’s Turning Into A Virtual World

I have been working with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and of course this blog and amazingly enough here comes another application to shake up the business world.

Online virtual worlds such as Second Life have a bad reputation in the business world, writes Rita J. King, but in the right hands they’re more than just huge time sinks; they can be powerful engines of innovation. Companies like IBM, Northrop Grumman and Manpower are already using Second Life to hold virtual meetings and share complex data, effectively combining teleconferencing with powerful presentation software into a single free program. When meeting and sharing ideas is easy, efficient and free, employees are more likely to collaborate, writes King, making it just a matter of time before every company has a Second Life office.

Read the article at Strategy + Business.