Business Planning

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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Three Ways to Overcome Business Chaos

Face it. Life in general involves a lot of chaos. The same is true in business as well as our personal lives. Key to managing chaos is recognizing the causes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why You Should Keep a Flexible Business Plan

What happens when your business veers off course and your business plan seems worthless?

The Unexpected

Imagine you’re on a vacation that involves a long drive. You’ve planned your route carefully to allow you to see the things you want and to make the drive as quick and efficient as possible. Then, unannounced and out of nowhere it seems, detours arise that throw a wrench in your well-made plans. For some this becomes a cause for getting upset, others are frustrated but deal with it as best they can, and still others see it as an opportunity. Making and using business plans can be a similar experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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Making the Best of Bad Financial Results

Is there are way for making the best of bad financial results? I think there is. In fact, sometimes bad results can be the catalyst for major improvement.

When Bad is Good

First let me say I’m not really suggesting that bad results are good. No, the good I’m referring to has to do with 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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Unnecessary Spending

If we look closely we can see personal spending that was unnecessary. In business it can be more difficult to identify unnecessary spending. Ever wonder why? Read the rest of this entry »

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Leave the Past Alone

Have you ever known someone who cannot get out of the past? Whether it is their failures or their successes, that’s where they live their life. In another posting, When Planning is a Roadblock, I talked about how people so often cannot move forward either because they cannot plan completely for the future or they cannot escape their past failures. Here I want to focus on getting beyond past failures in order to move forward. Essentially they have to learn to leave the past alone. 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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Creativity is Not All the Same

Creativity causes most people to think of an artist, designer, composer, or similar types of people. Yet, it is more than that. In the posting Creativity | Vital to Your Business we considered some of the practical reasons creativity matters to a business being successful. Yet creativity is not all the same, so let’s look at creativity a different way. Read the rest of this entry »

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