Top of Mind Thursday July 30, 2020: Play Ball

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The boys of summer are back! Well, at least for now.

Leverage2Market LogoMajor League Baseball started a truncated 60-game season this past week. There are new rules–like the designated hitter applies in both leagues and extra inning games start with a runner on second base.

More importantly, there are COVID restrictions. No fans are allowed in the park. Players have to wear masks when not on the field and maintain social distance. Broadcasters call the game from afar.

Yet, in spite of this, the game is being played. Cardboard cutouts of fans line the seats behind home plate. Crowd noise from baseball video games is piped in to simulate fan reactions. Players restrain themselves with socially distanced post-game celebrations.

Most of the time. A major COVID outbreak amongst the Miami Marlins has led to cancellation of not only their games, but those of the Philadelphia Phillies, who were the last team the Marlins played, and the two teams the Marlins and Phillies were supposed to play next.

While the NBA has sequestered players in a “bubble” in Orlando, FL, baseball games are being played at stadiums across the country. This provides much more opportunity for league personnel to expose themselves and others to the virus–possibly shutting down the whole operation.

The world has been anxiously awaiting the return of live sporting events. We’re all cheering on those teams who are able to play, but it’s important not to forget this summer the ball is in COVID’s court, not ours.

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Top of Mind Thursday July 23, 2020: School Daze

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The end of summer usually signals it’s time to think about sending kids back to school.

Leverage2Market LogoNormally, most kids protest a bit at giving up the freedom they’ve had over summer break–they’d like to stay home and avoid the classroom a little longer.

But this year, home has been the classroom since March or April. Online classes have changed the lives of teachers, students, and parents–many of whom likely never thought they’d ever “home school” their kids.

Yes, kids needs to go back to school. But the call to return to a physical classroom comes as COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing.

Yes, kids are much less likely to get severely ill or die from this disease. But they have been proven to spread the disease to others are much as adults do. And classroom education puts adults–like teachers, administrators, aides, and others–at risk, too.

Yes, working parents need to be able to get back to work. But they need to do so without fear of coming home and contracting the disease from their school age kids.

It does no one any good to send kids back to a physical classroom until these issues are resolved. But rather than look at this like an all or nothing situation, why not search for creative compromises?

Can a Zoom science class be supplemented by an outdoor experience with physical distancing and masks? Can teachers and tutors be made available to provide additional learning opportunities and take some of the strain off of parents? Can box lunches be distributed to kids who used to rely on school lunches for a good nutritious meal?

None of the solutions are perfect. But in today’s world, we need to stop thinking about how things used to be and start focusing on what we can do now.

When it comes to school, it’s time to get out of our daze and do the right thing for all involved.

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Playing on the Same Team: Why Marketing is Key to a Healthy Sales Ecosystem

Karen Jackson
President
Jackson Solutions LLC
www.jacksonsolutions.com

Karen Jackson is the founder of Jackson Solutions LLC, a sales growth advisory firm whose mission is to help small and lower middle-market B2B business owners drive top line revenue profitably. Drawing on her breadth of experience as a CEO, entrepreneur, and sales executive, Karen helps CEO’s reinvigorate their organizations by uncovering their obstacles to growth, and developing immediate, practical, actionable strategies for accelerating revenue.

In this podcast, Karen talks about some of the reasons companies have trouble integrating sales and marketing—and how that hurts profitability. She introduces us to the idea of a sales ecosystem and explains why it’s so important for organizations to understand all the touchpoints between sales and other functions.


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Top of Mind Thursday July 16, 2020: An Open and Shut Case

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In an attempt to move back towards some degree of normalcy, many parts of the United States have moved to open more businesses.

Leverage2Market LogoIn recent days, everything from parks and beaches to hair salons and DisneyWorld has been allowed to open–albeit with restrictions on hygiene and number of people served. As a result, many people rushed in to do the things they’d been missing.

The problem was something else rushed in as well: coronavirus.

Even in areas that seemed to have the pandemic under control, opening up new areas of business has resulted in spikes in infections. Florida, Texas, California and 30 other states are seeing such rises in cases and hospitalizations that ICU and medical supply availability are again threatened.

We’ve now done the experiment. We shut off potential areas of transmission, the number of cases drops. We open those areas again, the number of cases rises dramatically.

I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t wish this would go away and “normal” life could resume. But all the wishing in the world, doesn’t change the reality of how contagious and dangerous this virus is.

Now that we know this, we need to stop trying to find ways to “get around” restrictions and focus on how we can live our best lives while keeping ourselves and those around us safe.

We know it’s possible. Countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand have done it. Even Spain and Italy have moved past their crises.

What we have to do now is simple. It’s an open and shut case.

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