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Wednesday March 2, 2016
Business is a human event. Its not just buildings and office equipment or company vehicles. Its a human experience. What happens in this human experience we call business? Answer: A lot of fear thats what helped humanity to survive. Its a natural instinct at the most basic level. People have fear inside of themselves. Were essentially born with the element of fear inside ourselves; otherwise, the human race wouldnt be here. If we didnt know how to protect ourselves, know how to get away from wild animals, to develop tools to craft and build, we wouldnt survive. There are different types of fear. Theres fear that shuts you down. Theres fear that ties you up in knots and you dont know what to do next. But theres also fear that says: Ive done this before. I need to really be... Read More
Monday February 1, 2016
Whats a typical business day like for you? Do most days start out incredible with the goal of getting a lot done? Or do most days start out with a lot of confusion and changing agendas? Thats whats interesting about business. Business can be like the weather. It can change at any particular moment. One moment it can be a day filled with blue skies and sunshine. Other days fair to partly cloudy. Still others, overcast and gloomy. You can have the best business day ever. Yet the next moment, receive news that feels like youre in the middle of a business crisis. When it happens, ask yourself: Are you really in a business crisis? It may not be a business crisis so why escalate your reactions to such high anxiety and stressful levels? Things happen every business day. You... Read More
Friday December 18, 2015
Have you ever thought about where the great philosophers, the great entrepreneurs, the great gurus of whatever they are famous for and the great titans of business get their ideas? Would you like to be in the same position of being intuitive, focused and having the vision necessary for phenomenal business success? Ask yourself: What inspires your business thinking? Recently, I was watching an excellent documentary on PBS entitled: Close To You: Remembering the Carpenters . The show was about the musical legacy of Karen and Richard Carpenter in the late 60s, 70s and early 80s. Today much of their music is considered pop music classics. Karens voice was truly unique among the great vocal performers of the era. When you listen to Karen vocals its timeless and awe-inspiring;... Read More
Tuesday November 24, 2015
Do your customers consider you to be an expert? It doesnt matter what your job title is. Are you an expert at what you do? People want to be surround themselves with people who are experts, who are going to help them get to where they want to be, to help them in some way or another whether its personal or business related. It doesnt matter if you are a CEO, business owner, a salesperson, an administrative assistant or youre a plumber. Experts are needed and necessary at every work level. What is an expert? An expert is someone who: Has confidence Understands what it takes to get the job done; and done right Has the necessary knowledge the customer is looking for and will feel comfortable with Fills in the blanks Thinks of things no one else does Is a... Read More
Thursday October 29, 2015
To be a successful business leader is somewhat of a balancing act. You need to be right up front leading the way and showing others how its done. At the same time, not letting your ego get the best of you. There are business people who think they are leaders due to their company title and position. No matter where they go, they believe they are the smartest person in the room and choose never to listen to what others have to say. In business, you can never think you are the smartest person in the room. If and when you do, you instantly lose the opportunity to connect with other people. You lose the opportunity to hear what they say. You lose the opportunity for success. For example, the person with the least amount of responsibility in the company may be the person who will... Read More
Monday September 28, 2015
There are so many things in daily life that can be compared with business. So many observations can be made. All we have to do is look around us. For example, yoga. Yoga is an exercise that helps you practice physical and mental disciplines to improve flexibility, breathing, reduce stress and maintain, overall, good health. It has been practiced for centuries around the world. There is a correlation between yoga and business. Heres why: Flexibility: Yoga helps your body to become more flexible. You need to have flexibility in business to achieve success. Perhaps youve developed a great business plan for the day or for a specific project, everything appears to be going well with your plan and then suddenly its not working as well as anticipated. You need to be willing... Read More
Monday August 31, 2015
Being in business is more than just a job. Its a way of life. Its a way of thinking. To be successful in business requires commitment. Depending on what type of business youre in, business can always be on your mind. Even though you may enjoy doing other things, business is your focus. Its just what you do. Whatever your role in business may be, in many ways, its your gift to the world because it helps others to be more successful and happier in their own lives. Do you remember the Rubiks Cube? The Rubiks Cube was introduced in 1974. As per Wikipedia, it is a 3-D combination puzzle. Over 350 million have been sold throughout the years awarding the Rubiks Cube the distinction of being the most sold puzzle ever and possibly the most sold toy ever. The cube itself... Read More
Wednesday July 29, 2015
In business there is a word we often hear when talking about success: motivation. It seems as though everywhere you turn the word, motivation, is referenced. Almost to the point of the word and its meaning being overused. Business people talk about motivating others to get things done or how to keep them motivated to keep doing the right things, to hire someone who is motivated or asking questions about someones motivation as to why or why not they did or didnt do something. Then there is YOU. Are you motivated? Self-motivation is just as important as motivating others. The definition of motivation according to the dictionary is: - the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way; - the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. ... Read More
Monday June 29, 2015
No matter the business subject, there are always multiple ways to view it. As the saying goes: There are always two sides to the coin or two sides to the story. Theres the classic Joni Mitchell song, Both Sides Now, which explores looking at clouds and life from both sides. The key to success is to know and understand business. To be a success in business requires looking at business from both sides in fact, from all sides. No illusions. To do that you need to live each business day fully in the now, in the present, not in the past. But lets look at it from both sides. The Past Know what was in the past. Be aware of it. Understand what the mistakes were. If we dont understand our business mistakes then we are going to repeat the same mistakes over... Read More
Monday June 1, 2015
Have you ever thought about this question? As a business person, how does the world see you? Now that youve answered that question, heres a few more questions for you: Do you like what you do? Are you happy about the type of business or industry youre in? When you wake up each morning do you say to yourself: I cant wait to go to work today! ? Do you like dealing with and interacting with people? An even bigger question to ask yourself: Do you know if people like you? Lets take it a step further: Do people respect you at work and in general, in business? I was thinking about this just the other day when I was calling into a company. As you may know, I talk with business people throughout the United States all day long. Its not... Read More