Organization

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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How to Block Business Distractions

How often do you start your business day with the best of intentions only to find yourself doing anything but what you planned? If you’re like most people it’s more often than you care to admit.

Put it in Front of You

In an earlier article Triage for Business Issues I mentioned a technique that I first read about several years ago. It is one of the best ways I know to block business distractions. The technique is Read the rest of this entry »

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Sound Business Growth

If you want to grow a business don’t you want to do it in a sound method that actually improves the business? Say “Yes!” Trust me, you do.

What Are You Growing?

Typically the focus of business growth seems to focus on one of the following and perhaps more than one of them: Read the rest of this entry »

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Loner Employees

Most companies with several employees have at one who goes quietly about their business. Why does this bother some people? Being a loner employee does not mean they don’t care about other workers or are unfriendly.

We’re All Different

There are some people, no matter where they work, who seem to mix easily with others. They draw a certain amount of strength from this interaction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Remote CFO

The term Virtual CFO is now heard fairly regularly. Is that an accurate description? Allow me explain.

What is Virtual?

Virtual is the appearance of being something though not actually what it appears to be. To understand this better, think of the term virtual reality. We hear that used in Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting Started

Everything we do has a starting point. Unfortunately many never get past this point. Why is that? Read the rest of this entry »

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A Contrast in Customer Service

Think about some of the contrast in customer service you’ve experienced. You’ve probably had extremes from great to lousy. In the postings Customer Service-It Really Matters, Managing Customer Relationships, Is This Good for Customers?, and Listen to the Customer I touched on this, but here I want to present a picture of both good and bad experiences to help drive home the point that how you treat your customers really matters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Expert Advice

None of us knows everything we need to be successful. So whose help do we need and where do we find it? The idea of a self-made man or woman is not reality. Yes, there are those who like to go it alone, but in the long run they will either fail or fall short of their potential unless they get expert advice somewhere along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

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When Planning is a Roadblock

We’ve all had the experience of planning something in detail, only to see it all go wrong. Don’t let this stop you in your tracks. This idea of things not going as planned is well expressed in the saying, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, which is an adaption of a line from the Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse. The sentiment of course is that we simply cannot know how things will turn out, not matter how carefully we may plan. That of course is no reason not to plan. But, when I said don’t let this stop you in your tracks I was referring to a different aspect of progress. Read the rest of this entry »

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Data Security

When it comes to data security you’ve probably heard the adage that every computer hard drive will eventually fail. Now, you may say, “Wait a minute. I’ve owned several computers and never had a hard drive fail.” That, however, misses the point, which is Read the rest of this entry »

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