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Sales Opportunity: Independent Sales Representative | Generous Commission

JOB SUMMARY: The Sales Executive requires at least an Associate’s degree (bachelor’s degree preferred) and/or 1 to 3 years’ experience in business to business or business services sales. Success is achieved through contacting businesses, human resource departments, high profile individuals, business leaders and executives for the purpose of building and establishing coaching and/or consulting relationships. Representative should have proficient skills in the use of all Microsoft office products; have accurate data entry skill; the ability to multitask under pressure and to interact and communicate effectively and clearly with clients and company staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS.

Sales Executive will develop new accounts and manage new relationships. Duties will include: researching and qualifying of new business prospects, making presentations. Sales Executive will engage in networking opportunities and continually develop new client prospects.

  • Connect with key business leaders and influencers to develop into clients.
  • Communicate the passion of Maximum Change, Inc.
  • Negotiate deals/ arrangements on behalf of Maximum Change, Inc. within properly established guidelines.
  • Write proposals on behalf of Maximum Change, Inc. within the properly established guidelines.
  • Manage multiple tasks and information coming from several sources/ being able to multitask is a plus

This is a contract position and generous compensation paid via 1099. This job description in no way signifies employment with Maximum Change, Inc. or any of its affiliate organizations.

Philip Foster to instruct course in Bogota Columbia

Philip Foster, Regent University GLE doctoral student, will be teaching in Bogota, Colombia on May 17-20. He will instruct a module on “Leading and Managing a Small Business” which is a module of an entrepreneurship development program Regent is conducting. The program in Colombia is a service learning abroad program sponsored and supervised by the Office of Global Affairs and the goal of this program is to create opportunities for Regent students to serve abroad to enhance their global competencies and serve people and organizations around the world and serve as mini international internships for our students.

Excerpts of announcement from Regent University.

Sergio G. Matviuk, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Global Affairs, Regent University

For more information on Regent University: http://www.regent.edu

Capitalism is not the problem

Before you think I am getting on some kind of rant, I promise you this is not meant to be such. As a business consultant and small business owner, I wanted to offer an observation that is most disturbing to me. I hope in some way it is disturbing to you and wakes you up to the realities around you.

Recently there has been a lot of discussion in the US media about business and the evils of capitalism. This does not surprise me since we can trace back much of this dismay even before the market crash of 1929.

What is disturbing to me is that business owners… yes, you read that correctly, small business owners are speaking out against capitalism. Excuse me?  Have they lost their collective minds? Before you drop me an email – I am not saying ALL small business owners are against capitalism. What I am saying is that the logic behind this position is – well – illogical.

It is generally accepted by entrepreneurs that capitalism is an economic system comprised of private ownership of organizations for the purpose of creating goods and services for profit or income AND it is also considered the accumulation of capital (wealth). Capitalism includes the competitive market, voluntary exchange of goods, services, and capital. Capitalism is made possible through the use of wage labor. Overall, capitalism is generally viewed as encouraging economic growth in a given market.

Now, I don’t want to go rouge economist on you here – I just wanted to point out that the problem is not with the concept of capitalism. It is a problem with government intervention. Capitalism is a system of raising, conserving and spending a set monetary value in a specified market. When we have intervention on this market by some outside force, we skew the results and thereby causing artificial changes to the market. Business are less willing to take risks, raise capital, expend capital or even hire labor when faced with uncertainty.

Politicians would like us to believe that this is caused by those evil capitalist! A free market system has both rewards and punishment in the role of risk. A market left alone will correct itself one way or another. Either, you make wise decisions and you stay in business or you make foolish decisions and lose everything. That is what risk is all about – that is the heart of capitalism. Free markets also connote that there will be big players and small players. Most all businesses started small and built themselves to the size they are today. That is certainly a reward of the risk taken so long ago.

Before you extol the evils of the free market system and capitalism – you must realize that you cannot have one without the other. Regardless of whether a company is privately held or publicly traded, you cannot have a free market system without capitalism. You cannot have significant reward without some risk and to be honest – there is no motivation to do anything if there isn’t an intrinsically valued reward at the end.

If you are a business owner and you are against capitalism – you are against the free market system – which means you are against risk.  That only leaves one question for me – why would anyone go into business if they hate the system by which they desire to be rewarded? It is illogical to me.

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Philip A Foster, MA is Founder/CEO of Maximum Change Inc. Elevating leaders and their organizations to the next level since 2005. Master Certified Coach, Philip A Foster, MA and his associates facilitate effective positive change by helping organizations, leaders and individuals in high demand — design and implement strategies that maximize focus and deliver results. Specializing in Organization and Strategic Leadership.

Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Web | Skype: philip.a.foster | 615-216-5667

Connecting with Culture | What leaders need to know.

As cross-cultural matters become calibrated to a deeper understanding of how important communication and conflict resolution are to a global leader. Each step along the path I unpack my own worldviews and assumptions of how things area rather than how they should be (Sire, 1997, p 16). Our understanding of geography, language, customs, values, traditions, laws, ethics, and national psychology are all considerations to whether someone is a global leader (Foster, 2012). It then becomes imperative that global leaders understand the impact their approach to relationships has on differing cultures (Prichard, 2012). Culture is composed of individual interpretations of the world and the activities and artifacts that reflect these interpretations (Mintzberg, Ahlstrand and Lampel, 2005, p 265). When we embrace these interpretations rather than extinguish them, we connect deeply to the intrinsic needs of those within the culture we wish to operate (Foster, 2012). In my estimate, the secret to becoming a global leader is rooted in our ability to not only understand the complexities of the culture but also the art of connecting with those who reside within the culture as well.

References:

Sire, James W. (1997). The Universe Next Door. Third Edition. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press

 

 

Foster, Philip (2012). Retrieved from his posting: Blackboard Dialogues for Doctorate in Strategic Leadership, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.

 

 

Prichard, Skip CEO of Ingram Content Group. Personal Interaction on February 2, 2012, LaVergne, TN.

 

Mintzberg, H., Ahlstrand, B., Lampel, J. (1998). Strategy Safari. New York, NY: First Free Press.

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Philip A Foster, MA is Founder/CEO of Maximum Change Inc. Elevating leaders and their organizations to the next level since 2005. Master Certified Coach, Philip A Foster, MA and his associates facilitate effective positive change by helping organizations, leaders and individuals in high demand — design and implement strategies that maximize focus and deliver results. Specializing in Organization and Strategic Leadership.

Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Web | Skype: philip.a.foster | 615-216-5667

PRESS RELEASE: Maximum Change TV Network Announced

Press Release

Maximum Change TV Network Announced

Maximum Change, Inc., a leadership coaching and consulting firm announces development of new Internet Television Network to Launch in July 2012.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9, 2012
Murfreesboro, Tennessee – Maximum Change, Inc. a Leadership Coaching and Consulting firm announced the development of a new Internet Television Network – Maximum Change TV.

Maximum Change TV is designed to offer intelligent, inspiring, motivational, and educational programming focused on helping individuals, families, leaders, professionals, organizations and nations achieve Maximum Change.

Internet Television is an emerging service that delivers video content over the internet to TV sets and other devices such as game consoles, Blu-ray players, PCs, smartphones and tablet computers. By 2016 it is estimated that there will be over 580 million of these devices and by 2020 an estimated 1 billion devices will be deployed with over 75% of the world’s population receiving their information and entertainment via internet television.

The Maximum Change TV network will be available July 2012 through devices such as ROKU and via maximumchangetv.com. Roku devices provide streaming HD streaming video instantly from the internet to your TV. Roku presently boasts over 450 channels and over 4 million devices and growing.

Maximum Change TV is currently seeking content providers for show topics such as: parenting, cooking, indie music, church sermons, outdoor activities, training, documentaries, education and much more. Contact Maximum Change for rate information or to submit content proposals.

Maximum Change is a full service coaching and consulting firm dedicated to elevating individuals and leaders to the next level since 2005. Maximum Change offers leadership development, critical and strategic thinking, team building, training, communication, short and long term projects, talent management, planning and much more. Maximum Change serves clients around the globe offering services that create Maximum Change and growth in the organizations they serve.

Organizations seeking a consult or more information on the Maximum Change TV, may contact Maximum Change, Inc. via the company website at http://www.maximumchange.com, email: info@maximumchange.com or call 615-216-5667.
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