Posts Tagged ‘business values’

Absolutes and Business Wisdom

Both absolutes and business wisdom are relevant to operating a business. Just what does that mean?

Business absolutes are things like the balance sheet must balance. Wisdom involves things that you don’t have to do but that require the ability to discern what is best. An example of wisdom is whether to use Read the rest of this entry »

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What Will You Change in the New Year?

If you are like me you don’t go for the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. From what I’ve read about them not many people are successful with this process. The classic example is people who join a gym at the beginning of the year and within a month or two are no longer attending. But, resolutions are not the same as asking what will you change in the new year and there are real differences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Attack Your Competitors’ Strengths

Are you trying to compete against your competitors’ strengths? Well, if you are and have the resources to do that then maybe you’ll be successful. But there is no guarantee.

Why Not?

If a competitor already has developed strengths that you do not possess, first consider if they are ones you Read the rest of this entry »

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Business Depends on Truth

We live in an age where information spreads quickly. Unfortunately, much of it is not true. Yet, business depends on truth. To what am I referring?

This Lie Won’t Really Hurt Anyone

It is common in the business world, as in private life, for people to lie to accomplish some purpose. It could be as simple as making claims about a product being offered that at a minimum stretch credibility and at the worst are complete fabrications. Yet, a business may attempt to justify this by Read the rest of this entry »

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Think for Results

You have probably heard the question, “What were you thinking?”, and it usually is a result of you or someone else having done something that seemed foolish. This is a common question parents ask their children, but it is relevant in the work world as well.

Actions Start with Thoughts

Before any action is taken we have thought in some manner, even if subconsciously. For example, if you want to Read the rest of this entry »

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Business Thankfulness

As we approach another Thanksgiving, I want to pause from typical business thought and think about how we can demonstrate business thankfulness. A few years ago I wrote in Thankful or Worried? about the attitude we take. In essence I was touching on whether we were thankful or worried as to where we were in life. Now I want to confine that to business

What’s Good and Right?

Take a close look at your business. At first you may be distracted by the things that Read the rest of this entry »

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Company Crooks

This posting was prompted by an article I read about what to do when a company owner was committing fraudulent activities to evade income taxes. Whether the fraud is committed by an owner or someone else, let’s cut to the chase and call them what they are: company crooks. While I will not rehash the tax issue, I do want to touch on the issue of fraud from another vantage point; that of the employee or contractor/consultant who has knowledge of a fraudulent activity.

It Could Be Anybody

If you are in a position with a company where you have any kind of fiduciary responsibility this is for you. That not only means CFOs and Controllers, but Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Repeat the Past

In business or any endeavor the past should remain just that; the past. You’ve likely heard the quote by Sara Shepherd, “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it” or one of many variations from numerous other individuals. Let’s think about the implications. Read the rest of this entry »

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Making a Positive Impact

Have you ever thought about the people who have impacted you positively and how you impact others? Have you ever noticed that some people have a knack for making a positive impact on others?

A Look Back

Take a moment to look back over your life and see if you can identify those people who have had the greatest impact on your life. It could be Read the rest of this entry »

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Integrity | A Business Essential

I’m amazed at the number of companies I hear about who have caused customers, employees, and suppliers immense financial pain because of a lack of integrity. Think about the housing bubble and the financial fiasco creating with the collapse of the sub-prime housing market and the bundled loans. What about the Madoff Ponzi scheme? How many people were hurt there?

Trustworthy and Dependability

In the posting Talk to Your Vendors we looked briefly at Read the rest of this entry »

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