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Hitting the road

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One of the best parts of this job is getting a chance to visit dealers and others in the industry to see their operations and get an up-close look at their businesses. This week I'll be in Maine and Massachusetts, visiting several of our Top 100 dealers and others. The best way to keep up on what we're seeing is ...

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Get your voice heard at GOP, Democratic conventions

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This summer will give the boating industry another opportunity to have its voice heard by elected officials of both parties, with the quadrennial political conventions coming up next month. In case you missed the news when we reported it on Tuesday, NMMA and others in the industry will be hosting a "Day on the Water" at both political conventions and ...

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You’re probably wrong about your coaching skills

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A lot of business leaders like to think of themselves as coaches versus managers. You're a skilled tactician leading a team to victory! But the reality, according to a new Harvard Business Review study, is that most people are not accurately gauging their own coaching skills. Study authors Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman used data from 360 reviews to examine ...

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Share your opinions in our annual dealer survey, win big

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OK, well maybe not big. I mean, we're not giving away a boat or anything, but if you answer our annual dealer survey, you could have a chance to win an Amazon gift card, waterproof Bluetooth speaker or other prizes. At least 10 respondents will win and if we get a bigger than expected response, we'll probably boost that a ...

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Three weeks left to apply for Top 100

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If you're one of the best boat dealers in North America, you deserve to be honored for your success. Top 100 dealers will be recognized in the January issue of Boating Industry, on BoatingIndustry.com and at a gala on December 8, the final evening of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando. Why apply for the Top 100? Beyond ...

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Slow improvement for middle class

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Those in the industry like to describe boating as a middle class activity and the struggles of that group have hindered a full recovery for the boating industry. (I would make the argument that while boating remains a middle class activity, boat buying has increasingly become an upper class activity -- but that's a subject for another blog.) With that ...

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Still work to do on boating safety

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The 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics report, released last week by the U.S. Coast Guard, showed some positive momentum for boating safety but also some setbacks. Most notably, deaths increased from 610 in 2014 to 626 in 2015, a 2.6 percent increase and the total number of accidents increased from 4,064 to 4,158, a 2.3 percent increase. Overall, injuries decreased from 2,678 ...

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Study: Pleasing Millennials not about game rooms and free pizza

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If you read many articles about management -- especially managing Millennials -- you've probably stumbled upon the common tip that you need to ply them with free pizza, Red Bull and table tennis to keep them happy at work. That seems to be a misconception, though, according to a new study from Gallup reported in the Washington Post: What that rising ...

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You may want to stop threatening your buyers

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I think most of us can agree that threatening your customers to stop them from giving you a poor review is a bad idea. But in case you're not so sure, a new bill in the U.S. House, the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016, should give you pause. The bill, introduced by Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., and ...

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Introducing the Top 100 Leadership Alliance

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Now in it's 12th year, the Boating Industry Top 100 program recognizes the best boat dealers in North America for their customer service, marketing, overall business acumen and the way they further the boating industry. While it is certainly the great dealers in this industry that make it go, the Top 100 wouldn't be possible without the generous support of ...

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