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Wednesday April 26, 2017
We live in the age of non-stop communication. For example, the 24 hour news cycle, mobile phones and tablets, smart watches, email or text, and the 24 hour social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Regardless of what your schedule may be, you can send a message or a photo and express yourself at any length, at any time to anyone. These various types of communication can enhance your ability for success. But what is really being said with all this opportunity to communicate so freely? Have you ever noticed how, in general, people can have a tendency to repeat themselves over and over and over again? The message is not concise. The message is not direct. Sometimes, the message isnt delivered at all. Often simply ignored. Thats why brevity can go a long way towards... Read More
Friday March 24, 2017
Visualize this scene: Youre in a restaurant. You have been wanting to eat at this restaurant for a long time. Its on all the best of restaurant review lists. Its trendy. Its a see and be seen kind of place. The food is fresh, creative and delicious. The atmosphere is perfect to dine in. Then there are the desserts. Chocolate desserts are a specialty of the restaurant. You came for the food but you really want the dessert. You are at the restaurant with a friend or a business associate. The meal is finished. It was quite enjoyable. Now youre waiting for dessert. The waiter comes to the table, smiles and says: Would you like dessert? Before you can say anything, the other person at the table says: No, thank you. Im full from the delicious meal. Just coffee for me please. Then the waiter... Read More
Monday February 27, 2017
Business is a mixture of so many things happening in your business day all at the same time. As a successful business person you have to wade through many, many things simultaneously. Some would refer to it as multi-tasking, but its much more than that. Theres What you want to have happen in your business day What will happen What can happen What you and your co-workers can do. Thats why the role of common sense is essential to business success every day. When you write your daily, weekly, monthly or yearly business plan, it is usually written with what should happen. Yet you need to pause and consider carefully both the short term and the long term business viewpoint. Asking yourself: Whats realistic? If the business plan isnt realistic. If you cant produce... Read More
Monday August 15, 2016
You go to the office or to work and consider yourself to be a business person. Whatever your current occupation is gives you an additional company title. What tends to be forgotten about is that you are a human being. You have a life outside of the office and work. Yet you choose to live a majority of your productive hours each week working. When working, your goal is to do a good job even more than just a good job. Always, to be successful at what you do. Yet because you are human, youre also to some degree or another a creature of habit. All of us are. For example, you get up in the morning at a certain time every work day and do the same things to prepare to go off to work. You arrive at work and behave in similar ways each business day. In the process of these daily... Read More
Tuesday May 24, 2016
Many times business people find themselves in the midst of a high pressure business situation. There are business problems. Business decisions need to be made. When you find yourself in such a business situation, ask yourself: What should I do in this high pressure business circumstance? How should I behave? How should I respond? What should I say? The key is to act calmly. To think through the situation presented to you. Do you have a plan to solve the business situation? If yes, get into action. If not, make a plan and execute the plan. Whatever you do in a high pressure business situation, dont panic. That will only make matters worse than they already are. When you panic, everyone around you is then going to panic. It then becomes more difficult... Read More
Wednesday April 20, 2016
There is something that all very successful business people have in common: They failed at something. They failed at a business, they may have failed at several businesses. They may have failed with a marketing plan or make a mistake in the production of a product. The business landscape is littered with failures. The difference is these business people may be failing but they are not failures. Theres a big difference. These are business people who are willing to try something. Theyre willing to take calculated risks. Theyre willing to absolutely understand exactly who they are as business people and what they need to do for more success. Theyre willing to step out and try something that will add to their business. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt work. When... 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
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
Tuesday January 13, 2015
Its 2015!Now what? Ask yourself this question: What do you want out of this year? Yes, from a personal viewpoint. But more importantly, from a business perspective. No matter what you may list as your answers I am certain you want 1) your company to be profitable so you can make more money, 2) to be successful at what you do, 3) to stand out from everyone else in order to achieve the other two. Have you ever noticed how most people, including business people, often just follow the herd? They do what other people do. If its the latest mobile phone, they have to have it. If its the latest fashion, they have to have it. If a movie is receiving a lot of buzz, they have to see it. People want to follow what everyone else is doing. Yet to attain your business goals means standing out... Read More
Monday August 25, 2014
Work Backwards For Business Success by Howard Lewinter Youve probably heard the phrase play it forward or pay it forward. In fact, there was a popular movie a number of years ago entitled, Pay It Forward, that perhaps youve seen. The concept is that when something good or nice happens to you, you then do similar and do something good or nice for someone else. Then that individual does something nice for another individual and the concept goes, hopefully, on and on with the goal of making this world a better place to live and work in. The concept is certainly a wonderful, timeless idea that we definitely need in our world today, both locally and globally. Its not just about doing one good thing for one person. Its about doing good and being nice to everyone you meet in your day,... Read More