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Posts Tagged ‘values’

Change Something Today

Last January I talked about new year’s habits as an option to new year’s resolutions: New year’s resolutions are list items we can start to forget by about mid-February. New year’s goals are targets we can miss and return to for the first six months of the year. New year’s habits, however, are a structured…

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Don’t Be Perfect: Be Valuable

Analysis Paralysis is a real and insidious. The problem grows because we tend to speak in terms of necessity: I need more information; I need more preparation; it has to be perfect. My suggestion to you today is that you focus not on being perfect, but rather on being valuable. What is Perfect? That is…

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Your Number One Priority in Business

On a recent flight, I finally paid attention to the welcome message telling me that my (and my fellow passengers’) safety was the airlines number one priority. Wait a second, I thought. Then how will you get me to destination? We all know that in many forms of transport, the safest option is usually to…

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How to Build Strong Business Values

Values are all about self-reflection. The good news is: you have complete control over your corporate values. There are few things in business over which you can claim to have full control. But values is one of them and that makes it essential to your strategy. The bad news is: we often get lost in…

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Conference Recap – It’s All About the Customer

And if there is only one take-away from this post – and the conference – let it be this: that it is, indeed, all about the customer. Even those things that are, seemingly, not about the customer, like internal operations, employee training, investor communication, etc. A business needs a viable market opportunity to be successful,…

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Plan for Change

“Predictions are hard, especially about the future”. Regular readers of the blog will know about the importance of adaptability in business. There will always be things, beyond your control, affecting how you do business. The only constant is change As you adapt to new circumstances you simply tell your employees and clients that you have…

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Practical Mission Statement Examples

Thank you to Russel Earnest of Shirt Sleeves Solutions for pointing me towards the Inc.com article Walking the Talk: How to Turn a Mission Statement into Sales. Russell and I had been discussing the uses of mission statements, and he kindly saved and shared the print article with me. I have written in the past about…

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Hire Wisely

In the last few blog posts I discussed the importance of defining a Market Opportunity and controlling Cashflow in order to build a successful business. My original post mentioned a third reason why new businesses fail: hiring the wrong people. You write up a job spec, send it to the appropriate networks, get some CVs…

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Guest Speaking – Live Your Dreams Event

I am delighted to have been invited as a guest speaker to the Alliston Group’s Live Your Dream event in September. Ires Alliston and I met several years back when we were in the same coaching course addressing self-branding for entrepreneurs. She immediately proved to be an enthusiastic and valuable member to the group, I…

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