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April
10, 2021

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How to Avoid Business Failure

June
27, 2019

6 min read

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The following excerpt is from Scott Duffy’s book Breakthrough. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound or click here to buy it directly from us and SAVE 60% on this book when you use code LEAD2021 through 4/10/21.Jack Welch, the legendary former CEO of General Electric, once offered a sound piece of advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. After he spoke at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the largest global network of its kind, somebody asked Welch what his number-one piece of advice to an entrepreneur would be.Jack’s response? “Panic faster.”Entrepreneurs are, by their very nature, positive, confident, and sure of their business. These are great qualities to have when promoting your venture, but when things don’t happen as planned and the business begins to go sideways, those same traits can work against you.Entrepreneurs can get so busy reading their own press that they don’t see what’s really happening around them and may not react to danger signs soon enough.Out of fear of the unknown, entrepreneurs sometimes freeze or pretend things aren’t happening. They put off the inevitable, not wanting to make hard decisions like letting people go or cutting expenditures. Their emotions interfere, and the result is inaction.Then, before they know it, they’re out of business and have lost everything.So, here’s some advice on how to avoid that worst-case scenario. These are some basics that can make the difference between success or failure. If you know how to deal with adversity, it won’t stand in the way of your next big breakthrough.Panic Faster Like Jack Welch said, you can’t stand around hoping for conditions to improve. When things start to go wrong in your business, drop everything and identify where your problems lie. Spend 20 percent of your time on the problem and 80 percent on the solution.Control the DialogueIt’s important, especially in small, early-stage environments, to control the message. By the time you start panicking, odds are, the rest of your team is doing the same. Remember, in their day-to-day responsibilities, your staff may be closer than you are to market conditions, sales trends, and financial matters, and may know what’s going on before you do and be more willing to believe it than you are.When problems occur, you need to get out in front of your people. Your team will be wondering three things: What’s going on? How does this affect me? Will I lose my job? You can answer those questions, but it’s just as important that you redirect their focus in a constructive direction. You need to challenge them to learn something from this experience to help turn things around, and take advantage of this situation to capture more market share.Get Everyone’s Input You have a smart team in place. Leverage that talent to help diagnose problems. Often employees have already identified the problem and come up with a solution before you’re even aware of it, but they’re just not encouraged or motivated to speak up. Team problem solving should be part of your culture. Get everyone involved, and encourage them to take ownership.Leverage Your Network Whether it’s formal or informal, you should have a board of directors, a group of mentors, a team of experienced advisors, and perhaps investors. You’ve consulted with them and asked their advice over the years because they’re good at what they do. They know young companies run into challenges. Don’t think you’re losing face by asking for advice in a difficult time. Don’t be embarrassed or afraid to admit failings. They’ve been there before, and are here to help.Experienced entrepreneurs are typically eager to lend a hand to a fellow business owner who sincerely asks for it. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is the people who are the most successful are usually the most accessible. They’re also part of a community of other successful people who’ll help each other out when necessary.Get in Front of Your Customers At times, you’ll be far more effective getting out of the office and into the market. Get on a plane and go see your customers. Learn about their business and the changes they’re facing. Perhaps they have a new need you can meet that’s a pivot from your existing product or service. Even just making your presence felt will assure your customers that you’re committed to their wants and needs.Be Transparent If your business is having problems (and even if it isn’t), it’s important to be transparent with your customers. You want to control the dialogue about any problems with your business, rather than let someone else, like a competitor, define those difficulties for you. By being upfront, you’ll create trust. You may even find your customer can help you design a solution.Cut Fast and Cut DeepIf you’re really in trouble, either with your financials or by not having the right people on board in a crisis, it may come down to trimming your team. Laying people off is one of the hardest jobs an entrepreneur has. You may not only feel you’ve failed in managing your business, but also that you’ve failed in providing for your employees. But you can’t let that paralyze you. You have a deeper responsibility to your partners, investors, family, and the rest of your employees. Sometimes you need to cut off the limb to save the patient.When you see that layoffs are inevitable, don’t delay. Furthermore, never make these cuts incremental. Small cuts will kill your business because everyone will waste their time looking over their shoulders wondering if the ax will fall on them next, instead of focusing on their work. When you have to cut, do it fast and deep. Later you can reorganize, rebuild, and start hiring again under better circumstances.Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon It’s easy to get bogged down in the trenches, to be so distracted by the bullets flying overhead that you forget to survey the battlefield and take in the big picture. Doing so will help you find the right path to take you out of this tough period.Did you enjoy your book preview? Click here to grab a copy today—now 60% off when you use code LEAD2021 through 4/10/21.

3 Stocks Near 52-Week Lows Ready to Buy

April
10, 2021

5 min read

This story originally appeared on MarketBeat

When a stock is trading close to its low of the last 12 months, it can be interpreted in one of two ways. Either it deserves to be there and has more downside, or it is oversold and has the fundamentals to stage a turnaround.
Taking the glass half full approach, we look at three mature, large cap companies that are trading near their 52-week lows. There have been times throughout their trading history that buying the dips turned out to be a good moves—and in each case the current setup doesn’t appear to be any different.
Why is Merck Stock Down?
Merck & Company (NYSE:MRK) is trading just 5% shy of its 52-week low of $71.72. The stock had rallied $20 off its March 2020 bottom to around $85 in early January only to fall back into the low $70’s. How did it get there?
Let’s just say Merck has a lot on its plate these days. The pharmaceutical giant is in the midst of reorganization which includes the ushering in of new CEO Robert Davis in June after the retirement of Ken Frazier who has been at the helm for the last 10 years.
Merck is also set to wrap up the spinoff of the Organon women’s health and biosimilars business later this quarter. The absence of this faster growth segment could certainly weigh on overall company growth and is a source of market concern.
Both events hold the potential to pull resources away from operations and could have an impact on near-term performance. Moreover, whenever a company brings in a new CEO and reshuffles its org chart, it adds an element of uncertainty as to whether the moves will bear fruit. Some investors lose patience and would rather rotate into other stocks than wait around for the story to play out.
The leadership shake-up and Organon spin-off have been distractions to the market as well. But as these issues fade, Merck should emerge as a more focused business with solid long-term growth prospects stemming from its  strong oncology portfolio. This includes its immune-oncology blockbuster Keytruda which consulting firm GlobalData has predicted will be the world’s best-selling drug by 2023.
Merck’s diabetes franchise along with its vaccine and animal health businesses should also be supportive of long-term growth. Investors that are able to see the forest from the trees have healthy upside buying Merck here. 
Is it a Good Time to Buy Verizon Stock?
Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is trading about 9% above it’s 52-week low at $57. This week the stock has been under pressure after T-Mobile launched its new 5G home internet service in 49 U.S. states. The high-speed service will go for $60 a month and pit the company head-to-head against Verizon and other competitors. Rest assured, as it typically does, Verizon will probably soon throw a counterpunch that gets investors back in its corner.
This was followed by news that Verizon is recalling 2.5 million hotspot devices because of a potential fire hazard related to their lithium-ion batteries. The timing of the recall was unfortunate given how much homebound consumers are counting on mobile hotspots these days.
So, it has not been Verizon’s best week, but the good news is this too shall pass. And ultimately this price level will be looked back on as a good opportunity to have gotten in on a leading telecom behemoth whose massive, growing subscriber base will continue to generate strong revenues.
Later this month Verizon will report first-quarter results. Analysts are expecting EPS of $1.28 which would be a record performance. This should help restore the market’s faith in the company and remind it of the growth opportunity ahead in 5G infrastructure. In the meantime, investors have an opportunity to scoop up some cheap, defensive Verizon shares and enjoy the 4.4% dividend.
Is the Clorox Pullback a Buy Opportunity?
The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX) is also less than 10% away from its 52-week low of $176.73. In hindsight, the stock was overdue for a pullback after going on a 9-month winning streak and reaching a record high of almost $240 in August 2020.
A worldwide cavalry of germophobic consumers have driven some incredible results at Clorox during the pandemic. At some point the demand for bleach, disinfectants, and laundry detergents was bound to subside and it appears the retreat from peak sales is well underway.
However, that’s not to say that Clorox won’t go on to deliver steady growth in the post-pandemic world as it has for decades. Consumers will continue to purchase Clorox’s popular cleaning and non-cleaning brands like Liquid Plumber drain un-clogger, Fresh Step kitty litter, Glad trash bags, Kingsford charcoal, Brita water filters—and yes, the seemingly out of place Hidden Valley ranch dressing.
Speaking of dips, the 20%-plus pullback from the peak appears to be a great time to buy the dip in Clorox stock. Sure, sales growth will probably continue to slow, but as far as defensive stocks go, Clorox’s diversified portfolio of leading consumer brands will make investors ‘Glad’ they own it during volatile market times.

3 Growth Stocks Displaying Market Leadership

Several standout stocks have already resumed an uptrend and are displaying incredible relative strength in the growth space, which means that savvy investors should take notice. Let’s take a look at 3 growth stocks that are displaying market leadership at this time.

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April
10, 2021

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What makes a true market leader? From a fundamental perspective, companies with extraordinary earnings and sales growth that are consistently taking market share from the competition certainly fit the bill, as do businesses that are leaders in their respective industries. Another way to look at market leadership is to identify stocks in strong uptrends that might signify institutional buying from mutual funds, banks, and other sophisticated investors. 
Given the big pullback in growth stocks that occurred earlier this year, it’s been quite interesting to see which companies are bouncing back the quickest. Several standout stocks have already resumed an uptrend and are displaying incredible relative strength in the growth space, which means that savvy investors should take notice. Let’s take a look at 3 growth stocks that are displaying market leadership at this time. Shift4 Payments Inc (NYSE:FOUR) This stock has rallied over 17% in April and hit new all-time highs last week, which is worth noting since many of the most popular growth stocks are still well off of their highs. Shift4 Payments is a leading provider of integrated payment processing and technology solutions. It’s a popular name in the payments space because it offers technology that connects both e-commerce and brick-and-mortar merchants with tons of different back-end payment processors. This company’s technology is used to power over 350 software providers in a variety of industries. The stock is also a solid reopening play since many of its clients are in sectors that got hit hard by the pandemic, including restaurants and hotels. Shift4 Payments has seen a recent surge in transaction volume including its recently reported March end-to-end payment volume of $3.3 billion, up 40% from February and 82% year-over-year. It’s a unique growth stock that stands out given its recent market strength, which is a big reason why investors should have it on their shopping lists going forward. Snapchat (NYSE:SNAP) Another growth stock that has bounced back very quickly from the recent bout of market weakness is Snapchat. This is a company that has created a unique social media platform to help people communicate with short videos and images. Each one of the short videos or images captured in the application is known as a Snap, and Snapchat is constantly encouraging its users to create and contribute more content with its unique camera filters. When you think about how advertising has moved online, it’s easy to recognize the potential of a company with a big social media platform that continues to grow at a rapid pace. Snapchat has developed a loyal following, including 265 million Daily Active Users and over 5 billion snaps created every day on average. Last quarter, the company posted 20% year-over-year growth in daily active users and saw its revenue increase 62% year-over-year to $911 million. Consider the upside potential here if Snapchat finds new ways to monetize its platform or gets acquired in the coming months. The stock is up over 16% in April and is worth a look during pullbacks or periods of consolidation. Square (NYSE:SQ) It’s hard to deny that Square has been one of the market leaders in growth over the past year, which is why it’s a stock that should be one of the first options on your shopping list. Square has rallied 14% in April and is an intriguing option in the fintech space for several reasons. As a company that provides payment and point-of-sale services to merchants, Square is well-positioned to benefit from the widespread shift towards electronic payments. The company’s Cash App is also an interesting component of its business, as it offers a person-to-person payment network that helps consumers handle their financial transactions with ease. The company reported Q4 net revenue of $3.16 billion, up 141% year-over-year, and also recently announced that after one year of COVID-19 the share of cashless businesses has more than doubled. That is exactly the type of statistic that shareholders love to hear. It’s also interesting to note that Square offers investors exposure to cryptocurrency, given that the company purchased $170 million in bitcoin back in February of this year. The bottom line here is that Square is a hyper-growth company with a lot working in its favor, which is why it’s a stock that continues to be a market leader.