Change Management

Are You Making Things Happen?

If you are a business owner are you content to just sit back and wait to see what happens next with your company? As a rule, probably not, right? But, maybe you actually do this more than you realize. Here’s what I mean. Read the rest of this entry »

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Clear Vision Produces Clear Communication

Imagine trying to explain something to someone when you don’t see it clearly yourself. Difficult as that would be we do it regularly in business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Willing to Take a Time Out

Although we sometimes act like we can continue endlessly, everyone needs a break at some point. If we recognize that and embrace it there are some benefits.

Rest to Recover

When we are willing to take a time out we are able to get the rest needed to recover from making a concerted effort to achieve our goals. Some people think a dedicated worker is one who regularly puts in 50, 60, 70 or 80 hours per week. Baloney! That is not dedicated, but rather it is foolish. There are crunch times when we do have to go long hours Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Try Something Different

How often have you or someone you know tried something repeatedly only to see it fail each time? For most of us it is more than we care to admit. It’s amazing how often people act foolishly and fulfill the saying attributed to Albert Einstein, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” So, here is the question. If we know what we’ve been doing is not working and we know that it is insanity to keep doing the same thing, why do we? Read the rest of this entry »

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The Time to Act is Now

Perhaps you’ve been contemplating making some changes to your business but find it difficult to make a move. This is a common fear.

There’s No Time like the Present

One of the most effective antidotes to fear is action. Generally what we fear will occur is greatly exaggerated. On a personal level, how many people Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Willing to Try Something New

The business world is littered with the corpses of companies who were unwilling to change with the times. It really doesn’t matter whether it is products and services, methods of reaching customers, or some other aspect, the business landscape is constantly changing.

If it’s Not Broken

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it is a common saying used to justify remaining with the status quo. Sometimes I think it is just Read the rest of this entry »

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Fix Rather Than Bemoan What Went Wrong

When something goes wrong how often do hear say someone say, “Why does this always happen to me?” You know these people. They frequently tend to see every failure as traumatic and act like it’s the end of the world. You may even do the same thing yourself at times. Yet this reaction is more than just an attitude.

To Get on Track Think Correctly

Unfortunately, when someone thinks this way they can get stuck in this mindset when what is needed is Read the rest of this entry »

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Ask What Would Make the Impossible Possible

I encourage you to use the question, “What would make the impossible possible?” as a way to move your or others ideas forward when you encounter someone who is resistant. How often you heard someone respond to a solution or idea with, “That’s impossible! It won’t work!”

Why?

When someone says something is impossible, first calmly ask “Why do you say that?” in an attempt understand why they believe the way they do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stay Focused and Move to the Goal

Most of us have had the experience of struggling to do something only to hear someone say, “Focus. You can do this.” This is common in sports and school, yet the idea applies just as aptly in the business arena.

What Does It Mean to Focus?

Basically focus is the main point of attention. In optics one definition is a clear and sharply defined image. Combining these two ideas we have a picture of what it means to stay focused in business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three Advantages of a Narrow Business Focus

How often do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with all you have to do? In business it may involve juggling multiple business interests. Nearly all of us have experienced the frustration that comes with this. There are some distinct advantages to reducing the number of things you are focusing on. Read the rest of this entry »

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