One of the biggest hallmarks of a successful business is in the ability to generate new sales leads out of potential customers. Without the continuous growth of these leads, a business cannot expand or grow as there will be a lack of new customers buying their products and services. In business, a lead will create opportunities for new connections, and allow a business to keep tabs on their market competition. Although the majority of businesses view sales leads as “untapped” reserves of new customers, they can also be connections that a business already has and just needs to foster. Based on my entrepreneurial journey I have learned nurturing leads And here is summary on why businesses should use lead nurturing, what it consists of, what the benefits are of using it, and some tips on how to use it.
This month I came across interesting Opt-in Trick adopted by Netflix. If you don’t tick the checkbox Netflix will keep sending newsletter. Which usually means by default Netflix will keep sending you it. So far I have seen people taking permission for sending offers ( not for not sending letters). I am not sure this is due to GDPR but this seems effective.
My Automobile Startup Karconnect was invited for B2B Presentation and meeting with one of the largest OEM.
Your character defines your future. I am strong believer of Random Act of Kindness & Keep searching for smaller opportunities.
Here are few of Random Acts of Kindness which anyone can do at any time.
|Pay Toll of your fellow driver|
|Collect Courier for Neighbor|
|Give Chocolate to colleague without any reason.|
|Give a Birthday Call to your facebook friend|
|Call on Natural calamities|
|Have a Tea with Watchman|
|Buy a bus ticket for school or college boy|
|Give Away Window Seat to new flyers|
|Show a direction to stranger|
|Give a Way to person who is in hurry|
|Help Old age people at Bank|
|Thank Traffic Police|
|Send Thank You Note to your boss.|
|Bring Water for your lunch mates|
|Give Blanket to Homeless People
Do you have your own list ?
After my recent business trip for our company Lets Nurture & Karconenct, I & my wife had a plan to spend some time together. Due to rainy season we had to do it at home. We decided to get high by cooking. My wife is a wonderful cook for Gujju Cuisine.
The Muffin Experience..
Muffin is not that difficult thing to cook so we decided to play with it. Here we both had a great experience with each-other ( we had this encounter in past but at that time we did not put second thought on it).
Always good to be at receiving end sometime..
Whenever I am in kitchen it is kind of a yoga for me.. It gives me some detachment with the routine, gives me some mental exercise. But for my wife it is whole different thing & we know this.
I started preparing things for muffin , she started suggesting, I started doing as per my own.. She started arguing.. I kept following my way & she started yelling. Even though I am familiar with my Kitchen , I was struggling to get some tools. And it helped me to realize things look easy from far & even if you know it can take time sometime.
Then I revolted “ Have I ever asked you how you should be cooking everyday?” And She reverted “No” & added but in many of the stuff which I dont know you and you tell me to do you act similarly. It was a pause moment for me :).
Know your end customer’s requirement
Then she started telling me to go out I did not know why she was insisting me to go out of kitchen initially. But when I did not she told me to add 1 tb spoon oil . I said “no” And She said then it will not be soft. I said you have to understand we have to stay low fat & I am absolutely fine with bad taste or bad experience. Here She learned a lesson ( And I too) that whatever we are cooking it is has to be in best of your end customer’s point of view.
Its not always like what you think
Next week I decided to help her in morning with Tea. Making Tea is a simple task but it also needs 100% concentration.I realized by forgetting closing lid , spoiling kitchen floor due to not focusing properly. In couple of days I realized it is really great activity to recharge brain in the morning but it is definitely not that easy to adopt new things. Willingness to change is a must for the improvement.
Following weekend we learned how to make Tacos & it was amazing 🙂
We learned another lesson of communication.. 🙂
Are you in the “Game of Business”?
– Business Tactics to Learn From Game of Thrones
You might have already come by numerous posts, fan theories and spoilers on Game of Thrones. For the series’s fans out of there, it is obvious for your social account feeds to be flooded with posts, memes, articles on the show. Unlike other series where the most honorable and noble leading figure tends to win, GoT has a much more realistic approach to determining the victor in a scenario.
The reasons why this show has become so popular is because of various strategic approach by each character. Below I have tried to break down the strategies and how they can be applied in modern business.
Pay your debts.
“A Lannister always pays his debts.”
The phrase that pops up, referring to the richest kingdom’s credo is “a Lannister always pays his debts”. There will be times, when you will need help.The most obvious ones are financial, but it can also be something as small as introduction to an important person. Be it a favour from a partner or a loan from a bank, it’s important that you pay back your debts as soon as possible
Kill with kindness
“The occasional kindness will spare you all sorts of trouble down the road.”
Certainly, The scenes in HBO series are violent and highly graphical. In between there are times of sacrifice and kindness. Showing kindness to business partner or customer/employee might seem unnecessary, but it will pay long-term dividends. “The occasional kindness will spare you all sorts of trouble down the road”-Cersei Lannister to his son-Joffrey
Let your competitors destroy themselves.
“Your enemies hate each other as much as they hate you.”
Letting your “combatants” fight each other through marketing campaigns gives you a chance to build up your own storehouse, and attract more customers. As Tyrion Lannister-The dwarf-prince says,”your enemies hate each other as much as they hate you.
Unity builds power.
“Choose people that are passionate and focused on a singular goal–your goal,”
A united team is always more powerful than a group of individuals working independently. The King of Seven Kingdoms – Robert Baratheon, once explained how power of an army can work. He held up one finger, and then held up five fingers; asing the queen which number is greater. She guessed it wrong – Power comes in one unified approach
Don’t be afraid of failure
“Every flight begins with a fall.”
Everybody gets knocked down but it’s how each of us react to that failure or blow that determines the outcome, Like Three-eyed raven and Arya. Fall down. Get back up. This is the only way to make it in the business world.
Know who to Trust
“You don’t need to make formal alliances with people you trust.”
Knowing who to trust is critical, especially when a company first launches. Eddard Stark chooses to trust Littlefinger and gets his head chopped off for his efforts. If he had trusted Renly instead, things would have turned out differently.
Sound a little dramatic? Sure–but a good lesson for anyone trying to build a company.
It’s about the Journey
“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some, are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.”
Petyr Baelish – One of the most cunning characters of GOT, keeps most of his wishes to himself. However, with this rare advice, we see real motivation of his character. When there is chaos, he is always looking for how he can advance himself.
So if you’re a Game of Thrones fan I hope you enjoyed this blog and I hope you’re enjoying the latest series as I certainly am! I have a question for you now……
Which character in Game of Thrones would make the best sales person in your opinion? Add it into the comments box below and let’s see who would be King or Queen in the Game of Business!
Movies are not only meant to be a source of entertainment. Few movies leave an impact over the course of your life. Over the years I have watched a lot of Transformers movies and they have taught some valuable leadership skills from doing so. While it sounds a little strange Optimus really was the first leader I studied under.
Here are 5 leadership lessons I have learned from Optimus Prime.
1. Be Humble
Optimus have been honoured as ‘Prime’ but he did not start that way. His original name was Orion Pax. Orion has been described as a; librarian, warehouse worker, data clerk, and dock worker. His previous job has changed the story of a well spoken, humble and wise person rising to power never has. Very few of us are born into leadership, keeping humility parallel. Remembering where you come from will help to keep us grounded no matter how high we rise.
“Optimus Prime is constantly trying to make sure his followers are OK, and that human beings aren’t harmed in the fights between robots,” Spain notes.
This taught me – compassion and integrity are vital traits of a leader.
2. Admit It
Optimus Prime knows that he can not directly handle every key project in his group and as such, he knows he must delegate some things to his team members. He gives the authority and the power to accomplish a given task and trust them to know what they need to do and how it must be done. The micromanagement is highly avoided here for betterment of the team members. He doesn’t baby sit them.
One of the makes Optimus Prime stand out from his peers, is his commitment to his values. Optimus uses his values to guide his decision making. Moreover, he stands by that decision. As a leader, people need to know what your ethics are and the manner with which you plan to follow them.
4. Collaboration is the key
There talent of the Autobot team is abundant and Optimus Prime has the ability to see each team member’s strength and talent. He has the knack to collaborate with the strength and talent of each team member. From the weapon expertise of Ironhide or the healing skills of Ratchet, Optimus Prime uses those benefit the team. Optimus Prime employs each of those skills to get the most productivity as efficiently as possible.
The Lesson Here: You have to know how to identify each team member’s talent and learn how to capitalize on those. You should bring out the best in each member, and find a way to use the strength each member has to offer.
Optimus has many formal and informal advisors. Some were soldiers like Ironhide and Ultra Magnus, some were scientists like Perceptor and Ratchet, and some were human like Spike and Sparkplug. Whenever decisions had to be made Optimus collected the viewpoints of a diverse group of trusted advisors. I know I make better decisions when I check with a number of people who see the issue at hand differently.
Many movies has inspired me to become a better leader and Transformers, the last knight is no exception. This movie has taught me a prime lesson ‘To let your leadership qualities shine, you must be able to identify and capitalize on the talents that each team member possesses.’
People speaking different languages have different minds. When you put a bunch of these malleable minds together in a company, you are actually creating the potential for some truly original thinking.
“The productivity of the company lies in the diversity of its team”
There is a business thrive round the world on the basis of the diversity of ideas that are created by a multi-cultural workforce. Multicultural awareness is one of the most essential soft skill for any company. It definitely goes beyond office culture to the economic benefits. According to a recent survey by the Economist, two-thirds of 572 international company executives say that their team’s multicultural nature have contributed in increasing their organization’s innovation.
The Benefits of Multilingualism and Cultural Diversity
The language that any team speaks would be as significant as their cultural offerings. It has been scientifically noted that the structure of a language that we speaks influences the way we see the world around us. Meaning, people from different language/cultural backgrounds think, behave, and communicate in different and unique ways.
Observations of multi-language work teams show that mixed-language groups have a propensity to find innovative solutions for practical problems arising in any business. This is because they use a range of communication strategies in flexible and dynamic ways. When speakers from different language backgrounds work together using a common language, they draw on subconscious concepts that lie below the surface of the language they happen to be conversing in. Using different languages in collaboration may lead to new connections being made, especially when dealing with complex tasks.
Multilingual and multicultural employees in a team is like having different cognitive tools in your took kit. This could be one the most influential reasons for any company to invest in a diverse talent/lingual/cultural pool. So, along with a range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds of the people, the more number of languages in a team helps in improving the company’s culture and the productivity. This in turn helps the team to come out with the greater potential propensity to think up original solutions that can be drawn from all of their cultures. The company’s intellectual capital thereby will grow at the faster pace than ever before.
How LetsNurture fosters diversity?
A recent study has reported the total number of 1.5 billion english speaking people. It covers around 5.52% of the world population. 4.46% of the total world population speaks Hindi, and 5.85% of the world population are spanish speakers. French speaking people covers 1.12% of the world population.
LetsNurture has always adapted everything that could help in the growth of company. The diverse team is one such example. Our divergent team includes Andersson, Omid, Tyler and Bryce. LetsNurture team has the lingual and cultural knowledge of English, Hindi, Spanish (Latin) or French, that covers most of the nations round the world.
So, along with the technical knowledge in the majorly evolving fields like IoT, AR, VR, Mobile application and website development; LetsNurture is wise enough to invest in multi-lingual and culturally diverse team. We will be happy to be your best partner for Offshore Development. Do email us at email@example.com for further queries.
“The greater the diversity in your set, the more you can accomplish.”
Here is a list of my all all time favorite entrepreneurial movies:
1.Pirates of Silicon Valley
This 1999 movie, starring Noah Wyle and Anthony Michael Hall, arrays the accomplishments of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle)
“Success is a menace. It fools smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall)
Watch the Trailer of the movie here.
The Big Short will affirm your deepest cynicism about Wall Street while simultaneously restoring your faith in Hollywood. – NYTimes
The Big Short revolves around bubbling of home loans. A Wall Street guru Michael Burry (Christian Bale) bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. A banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists get attracted by Mark. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.
“I have a feeling in a few years people are going to be doing what they always do when the economy tanks. They will be blaming immigrants and poor people.” – Mark Baum (Steve Carell)
Watch the movie trailer here.
A story behind your favorite McDonald’s. Founder, is a 7.2/10 IMDB rated, 2016 movie starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch. It is the success story of how Ray Kroc (Keaton) saw the potential of the McDonald brothers.
This powerful speech by Kroc on Persistence is the highlight of the movie.
“Now, I know what you’re thinkin’. How the hell does a 52 year old, over-the-hill milkshake machine salesman… build a fast food empire with 16,000 restaurants, in 50 states, in 5 foreign countries… with an annual revenue of in the neighborhood of $700,000,000.00… One word… PERSISTENCE. Nothing in this world can take the place of good old persistence. Talent won’t. Nothing’s more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius won’t. Unrecognized genius is practically a clich. Education won’t. Why the world is full of educated fools. Persistence and determination alone are all powerful.”
Watch the trailer here.
4. Jerry MaGuire
This 1996 movie, starring Tom Cruise, is a movie revolving around the business decisions of Jerry MaGuire. He quits his job and establishes his own agency only to understand the difficulties of entrepreneurship.
We live in a cynical world. A cynical world. And we work in a business of tough competitors. – Jerry MaGuire (Tom Cruise)
Watch the trailer here.
5. Tucker: The Man and his dream
A story of the Tucker Torpedo – this movie is about Tucker, a car lover, who frenzies futuristic car of masses. Despite the failure, he pushes hard to achieve his dream.
When I was a boy, I used to, uh… I used to read all about Edison, and the Wright brothers… Mr. Ford, they were, they were my heroes… ‘rags to riches’ that’s not just the name of a book; that’s, what this country was all about!… We invented the free enterprise system, where anybody, no matter who he was, where he came from, what class he belonged to… If he came up with a better idea, about ANYTHING, there’s no limit to how far he could go… I grew up a generation too late I guess because now the way the system works… The loner; the dreamer; the CRACKPOT, who, comes up with some CRAZY IDEA that everybody LAUGHS at, that LATER, turns out to REVOLUTIONIZE THE WORLD… HE’S SQUASHED, FROM ABOVE, BEFORE HE EVEN GETS HIS HEAD OUT OF THE WATER, BECAUSE THE BUREAUCRATS, THEY’D RATHER KILL A NEW IDEA THAN LET IT ROCK THE BOAT!… IF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WERE ALIVE TODAY, HE’D BE THROWN IN JAIL FOR SAILING A KITE WITHOUT A LICENSE! – Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges)
Watch the trailer here.
6. Thank you for smoking
Nick Naylor, a lobbyist for the cigarette business, struggles to explain the nature of his work to his 12-year-old son while trying to be a role model to him. Aaron Eckhart, popularly known for his role in the Batman series as Two-face, displays a unique side of his acting in this movie.
That’s the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you’re never wrong. – Nick Naylor
Watch the trailer here.
7. Devil Wears Prada
A young woman (Anne Hathaway) who’s graduated in journalism comes to New York and becomes an assistant to one of the city’s biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical, Miranda Priestly.
Do you know why I hired you? I always hire the same girl- stylish, slender, of course… worships the magazine. But so often, they turn out to be- I don’t know- disappointing and, um… stupid. So you, with that impressive résumé and the big speech about your so-called work ethic- I, um- I thought you would be different. I said to myself, go ahead. Take a chance. Hire the smart, fat girl. I had hope. My God. I live on it. Anyway, you ended up disappointing me more than, um- more than any of the other silly girls. – Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep)
Watch the trailer here.
8. Merchant of Venice
Adapted from the play written by shakespeare, this movie is about Bassanio who struggles to get money to marry Portia.
When I told you my state was nothing, I should then have told you that I was worse than nothing; for, indeed, I have engag’d myself to a dear friend, engag’d my friend to his mere enemy, to feed my means. – Bassanio
Watch the trailer here.
9. Something Ventured
A 2011 movie about a venture capitalists played a crucial role in the founding and growth of such companies as Intel, Apple and Atari.
Watch the trailer here.
10. Forrest Gump
A classic movie starring Tom Hank as Forrest Gump, a person with low I.Q who joins the army and after deporting, he starts a successful shrimp business, crossing all the hurdles.
I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floatin’ around accidental-like on a breeze. But I, I think maybe it’s both. – Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)
Watch the trailer here.
11. Pursuit of Happiness
A 2006 biographical drama on the life of an entrepreneur, Chris Gardner, tells an epic tale of how to cope with failure to reach success. A Will Smith starrer movie that every entrepreneurial heart must watch.
“The future was uncertain, absolutely, and there were many hurdles, twists, and turns to come, but as long as I kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other, the voices of fear and shame, the messages from those who wanted me to believe that I wasn’t good enough, would be stilled.” – Chris Gardner (Will Smith)
12. Glengarry Glen Ross
A sales oriented movie of 1992 tells a tale of selling your lies. This mystery genre film revolves around the lives of co-workers constantly struggling to get leads to survive the recession.
When you die, you’re gonna regret the things that you don’t do. – Ricky Roma ( Al Pacino)
13. Office Space
Peter Gibson, no longer happy with his job plots to implant a virus in his Company’s system. This 1999 movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Ron Livingston is a must watch for a 9-5 job-ers.
It’s not just about me and my dream of doing nothing. It’s about all of us. I don’t know what happened to me at that hypnotherapist and, I don’t know, maybe it was just shock and it’s wearing off now, but when I saw that fat man keel over and die – Michael, we don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements. – Peter Gibson (Ron Livingston)
Watch the trailer here.
14. Love & Other Drugs
A dilemma of a young man, Jamie Randall played by Jake Gyllenhaal, to pursue his drug selling skyrocketing career or the one he ever loved is beautifully portrayed in this romantic comedy.
I used to worry a lot about who I’d be when I grew up. You know, like how much money I’d make or, umm, like some day I’d become some big deal. Sometimes, the thing you want most doesn’t happen. And sometimes, the thing you never expect does. Like giving up my job in Chicago and everything and deciding to stay and apply to med school. I don’t know. You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you. And then you meet one person and your life is changed… forever. – Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal)
Watch the trailer here.
The success of Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, isn’t a not-known fact anymore. He is talked the most for his generosity, positivity and leadership. He is no longer termed as ‘privileged and naïve’. I have a great respect for this guy and have studied a lot of qualities from him. One of those qualities that inspires me is his persuasion towards a redefining leadership.
There are four leadership values of him that drives me to be a better person.
Diversity is opportunity and strength
Diversity is the engine of invention. It generates creativity that enriches the world. – Justin Trudeau.
He brought a fresh approach to the political landscape with his charismatic style and an approach to leadership that is respectful and collaborative. Many politicians talk about diversity while Trudeau made his first decision to embrace diversity and took an action on this.
His cabinet is the best example of his views on diversity as a strength. He viewed it as a potential strategy to strengthen the potentials. His cabinet has half men, half women, gay person, a blind person, and few members who are non-canadian by birth. He states that “I like to be surrounded by brilliant people”. This statement of his proves that intelligence isn’t measured by race, gender or sexual orientation.
I believe diversity within your team opens a door of opportunities for you. Not just with a business perspective but also in terms of self development, it truly helps a lot. Diversity helps in understanding different perspectives of singular thing and is beneficial for an individual growth.
Emotional Intelligence is an asset
Definitely Trudeau is a man of good proposition of IQ, but that’s not the only quotient that made him a good leader. What matters to the people is his emotional intelligence or EQ. Justin consistently conferred a message of hope. Inspiring hope is a critical message for leaders and leadership, not simply because it is easy, but it evolves where there are changes in the environment and the difficulties experienced.
Justin has an exceedingly high EQ, which is driving much of his success. With his acts of kindness, he keeps on proving that people need to know that their leader cares for them and only then, a true meaning of leadership is achieved.
A leader isn’t someone who needs followers. A leader is a person who inculcates leadership in his audience. And this can only be possible if the person is able to understand the others. This demands a high level of EQ as it isn’t as easy as it seems. This develops a problem solving skills in an individual which leads to a better reign of productivity.
Focus towards positivity
Trudeau’s campaigning and governing is marked by an incredibly positive tone. He not only welcomed refugees but also went to the airport to welcome Canada’s first Syrian refugees. Where others saw potential problems and concerns, Justin led through a lens of seeing what is possible.
As a leader, he understood the need to foster and cultivate the ability to focus. Where the others talked about problems, Justin thrived towards solving them. He pursued those problems as opportunity for the betterment.
A keen focus towards positivity ensures that you are well aware of the problems and they no longer seem to bother you. It guides you to be prepared of the upcoming hurdles long before they even arrive. Focusing towards positivity ensures you the constructive strategies to stay ahead and face the obstacles.
Humility is the key to lead
Humbleness and politics, I know this sounds contradictory. But Justin has made this combination go well to work with. Justin stated in an interview with CNN that he would let the world adapt his approach in Canada.
Justin listens to his people. He understands that listening is absolutely critical to leadership. It is an essential skill for him as a leader to create the trust with his team and citizens. He listens to his people in order to guide them in a right way with a clear vision.
If we do a good job in trusting and listening to the people and being humble to them, we would not require to ask them to follow us. They will be obliged to do so. By being humble and by listening to your team, you ensure them with your trust and support. This is a key element towards team building.
Learning always leads to growth
Being a leader doesn’t mean you have all the knowledge of the world. It means you share all the knowledge you have with the people and lead them towards positivity and growth. I thrive to become better day by day and all it takes is a little effort.