PPAI Publications recently asked leaders in the promotional products community to share advice on making sound decisions quickly.
Eric Alessi, President & CEO of Essent, a technology solutions provider that has served the promotional products industry since 2000, shared his take in PPAI’s "Yes, No or Maybe” series:
"My secret to making sound business decisions is having no secrets. At Essent, we have a strong management team and use collaboration and consensus to reach appropriate and successful decisions for the issue at hand. Decision-making is a process. First-guess instead of second-guess. I frame the issue as a series of questions.
"As a leader, a big part of my job is to empower and mentor others through the decision- making process—so as individuals, a team and an organization we learn to make and continue to make the best decisions possible. Sometimes the best decision is to ask a question.”
Other promotional products community leaders sharing their secrets to sound decision making were Conrad Franey, National Sales Manager, Gateway CDI; Jill Albers, Executive Director of Global Sales, Shumsky; Devin Piscitelli, CEO, Akron; Rich Carollo, Vice President, Marketing, Lion Circle; and Beth Walker, Partner, Paper Clip Promotions.
PPAI shared eight tips of its own:
Read the full story for details on PPAI’s tips, plus the advice from Franey, Albers, Piscitelli, Carollo and Walker.
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