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Lead The Way!

By Bethany Foyt

“Leadership is the person you are and the influence and impact you have on other people.”  Jamie HunterLeadership eBook Image

Yes, leadership is a broad term but one that’s so critical to the success of businesses, professionals, and…the world!

If you’re feeling your own leadership skills need a boost, we have you covered with The Partner Channel Magazine Leadership eBook. Download your copy to apply tried and true ways of great leaders to make a difference in who you are and the influence you have on others.

Lead the way!

 

Three Reasons to Download The Partner Channel Magazine Leadership eBook

By Bethany Foyt

The Partner Channel Magazine Leadership eBook holds five articles focused onLeadership eBook Image the most important leadership characteristics GREAT leaders possess! Here are three reasons why you’ll want to download your copy…today:

  1. Inspirational quotes from leaders of the past introduce each article
  2. Our eBook sponsor, Concur, shares valuable tips on providing the right leadership tools
  3. A special bonus characteristic sheds light on how being a constant learner can make you a better leader

eBooks for the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Masses

By Bethany Foyt

We’ve had such a great response with our first Marketing eBook that we’re getting ready to launch a Leadership eBook right before Envision.

Before this next one comes your way, make sure to download your copy of The Partner Channel Magazine Marketing eBook today!

Why Change?

By Chris Elmore

This article by Chris Elmore was published in The Partner Channel Magazine Winter 2016 Issue. Check out more articles about embracing change by downloading your online copy here.

I have a unique perspective on change. On one hand, I counsel salespeople to help their clients make a big change in the way they do business. On the other, I help accounting and finance people change a process they have known their entire business life. Given those facts, my professional life is dedicated to helping people change. Personally, I don’t like change and find it very difficult. Until recently, whenever change came up in my personal or professional life, my initial reaction was simply, “NO!”

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Building and Leveraging College Connections to Secure New Talent

By Tracey Kantrud (Laqua)

As a Microsoft Dynamics Partner, you are likely all too familiar with the challenges of finding new talent to sustain and expand your business. The candidates are few and far between, and attracting experienced hires to your organization can be an

Academy 2expensive proposition. More and more of the top-performing Microsoft Dynamics Partners are focusing on bringing in net-new, junior resources by making recruiting new college graduates a priority. Getting the best talent – and getting those candidates early – is key to expanding not only your business, but also the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem.

“We know from our work with Partners large and small that focusing on college recruiting pays off,” says Katie Hasbargen, worldwide program lead for the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance.

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A Cautionary Tale

By Peter Joeckel

The original title of this article was going to be, “How I wasted over a year of my business life trying to educate a start-up technology company on how to enter the Microsoft Dynamics channel, and in the process become fabulously wealthy but instead wasted my time and now have nothing to show for my efforts…not even a t-shirt”.

Evidently the problem with that title was that it would be too difficult to create the accompanying illustration for the magazine.

Editor’s note (not really, it’s my own, but that sounds more important): The names of the dumb and mortified have been changed to protect the guilty. Oh wait…never mind…my name is right there as the author!

Twitter generation article synopsis: Just because you build a better mousetrap the world will not beat a path to your door, not if you do everything else wrong.

A little background music, please.

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The Power of Connecting with Like-Minded Professionals

By Bethany Foyt

When I joined The Partner Channel in 2013, I knew my values aligned perfectly with the company’s mission from the start. I’ve always had a passion for community and am proud that The Partner Channel strives to offer that up in every resource we provide.Community Quote

This is especially the case with our new offering, The Genius Series. The six students we have participating in this year’s class have already amazed me beyond all my expectations. Even though we’re not at the same event or in the same room, connecting virtually is giving us all a new-found sense of community in the often crazed and impersonal world we live in daily.

Lindy Belley from Integrity Data shared this after last month’s class: I seriously get a boost of energy after we have our meetings. I finally had the desire to put creative planning and thought into the webinar follow up campaign I’ve been mentally working on for months. Felt like I accomplished something useful and forward-thinking.”

Kaitlyn McKendry from Vicinity Manufacturing said it all after our first class: “The small-group setting of the sessions and sense of community that The Partner Channel is fostering among participants is invaluable. For me personally, the program is offering outside guidance and encouraging lasting connections as I work to move forward and build a career.”

The power behind this determined group of professionals is so exciting to witness and I look forward to six more wonderful months with them to tackle topics like marketing budgets, content marketing, event management, marketing tracking, and more.

Interested in participating in upcoming classes? Shoot me a note at Bethany@thepartnerchannel.com and I’ll add you to my list!

 

You’re In My Sandbox! Why Collaboration Sometimes Doesn’t Work

By Pam McGee

The Beatles were successful because they collaborated at the right time, with the right music, and the right talent. Space travel is a huge collaborative success story. The United States, Russia, the European Union, and China are not only sharing the same vision, but they are also collaborating on resources and equipment. Integrative software where ISVs, retailers, and Microsoft collaborate on an end-to-end solution to the customer is often a success story. Beware, collaboration doesn’t always work, and it certainly doesn’t always result in positive ROI, satisfied employees, loyal customers, and timely results.

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Introducing The Genius Series Students

By Bethany Foyt

We’re very excited and pleased to welcome our very first class of geniuses into The Genius Series: Marketers Excel Into Geniuses. Get to know our students below by reading a few fun facts and make sure to congratulate them on social media or in person!

Aynsley Keller, Marketing Director at SK GLOBAL SOFTWARE Favorite Place to Travel Best Food I’ve Ever Tasted What genius I would sit down for coffee with
 AK_Headshot_2014 In this season of life I look forward to more regional travel and getting to know neighboring towns and hidden gems that are closer to home. A local chef used to make this bubbling mozzarella/tomato appetizer that will be a lasting memory. Where did you go chef?! The famous and fictional Proverbs 31 woman. I’d sure like to pick her brain!
Cindy Braum, Senior Consultant at BKD Technologies Favorite Place to Travel Best Food I’ve Ever Tasted What genius I would sit down for coffee with
 Cindy Braum Colorado because it’s beautiful.   I love the mountains and the low humidity and cooler weather.  Always a good hair day! Any and all seafood.  Anything Italian with red sauce is a close 2nd. Maya Angelou. Her quotes and books are so enlightening and motivational.  I think she was an extraordinary person and I could sit and talk with her for hours about everything!
Kaitlyn McKendry, Marketing Coordinator at Vicinity Manufacturing Favorite Place to Travel Best Food I’ve Ever Tasted What genius I would sit down for coffee with
 Kaitlyn CROP I’m a beach vacationer, the best beach I have ever been to is St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Favorite place to travel would ultimately be any new city—something new to learn, explore and appreciate. Not sure it is the best—but a one of my regular favorites is a local dish called “Angry Muscles” in white wine butter sauce with chopped fresh jalapeno’s and thick cut bacon. Basically anything with Spice and Bacon works for my pallet. Pope Francis, Amy Schumer, Hilary Clinton
Kim Haythornthwaite, General Manager at Nolan Business Solutions Favorite Place to Travel Best Food I’ve Ever Tasted What genius I would sit down for coffee with
 Kim H Vancouver Island. Nature and Ocean South of France (of course!) Margaret Atwood
Lindy Belley, Marketing Coordinator at Integrity Data Favorite Place to Travel Best Food I’ve Ever Tasted What genius I would sit down for coffee with
 Lindy Belley There are so many places I’ve loved to visit over the years, but my favorite locations usually have memories attached to them that I’ll never be able to experience again. For that reason, I would have to choose Manistee, MI. By the five food groups: mashed potatoes, strawberries, Cheerios, steak (not lean, I know), and ice cream Joe McNally, Photographer
Nicole Helm, Marketing Coordinator at Rockton Software Favorite Place to Travel Best Food I’ve Ever Tasted What genius I would sit down for coffee with
 nicole Nashville, I love the people, music, and food! Chocolate covered strawberries Joanna Gaines, of off the show Fixer Upper, I love her design element, and I love to understand how they started their business!

 

Get Energized. Get Proactive!

By Linda Yates

The Microsoft fiscal year-end is the perfect time to check, plan, and prepare for the coming year. Similar to how January brings goal setting and resolutions, a new beginning – in this case, a new Microsoft fiscal year – is always a great way to jump-start your motivation in every aspect of your life and business.

You don’t have to wait for the end of the calendar year to plan. If you write down your goals, the propensity of them getting conquered goes up more than 50 percent. Take 30 minutes to think and meditate. What do you want to achieve and do in every aspect of your life? Write it down. When I do this, I am amazed at the goals I am able to achieve.

Being proactive energizes, and being reactive sucks energy away!

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