Posts Tagged ‘problem solving’

80/20 Rule for Forks in the Road

In business, just as in our personal life, we often come to the proverbial “fork in the road”. Maybe the 80/20 rule for forks in the road can help with decisions. Sometimes it is as simple as choosing one of two things, but more often it involves selecting from a multitude of options. In other words, life’s not always straight forward, including when it comes to business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are You Measuring the Right Things?

In business there seems to be an unlimited number of things to measure. But the question is, are you measuring the right things? Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Willing to Start Again

How often do we just throw up our hands and surrender, feeling defeated. Does this mean we’re done trying? Maybe all that is needed is a brief break. We must be willing to use past failure to build on to eventually succeed. To do that, we must be willing to start again. Just like Read the rest of this entry »

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Block Out Negative People

Don’t let negative people discourage you. Listen politely but know when to stop and turn a deaf ear to them. Some people either don’t believe you can do something or sometimes don’t even want you to succeed. 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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The Daily Grind

By doing essentially the same thing each day for an extended time, most of us are prone to seeing it as the daily grind. Are there ways to escape that mindset?

A Reality Check

Let’s face it. Most jobs, even if you own the company, have certain things that need to be done daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. The yearly ones are not the ones we get bored with as a general rule. But monthly, weekly, and especially daily routines can become rote and boring. Putting aside 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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Putting Out Fires

How often does your business day become completely derailed by some perceived crisis? If you are like most, this probably happens more often that you care to admit. We looked briefly at this in Is it Urgent? by considering how to determine if something was urgent or important. Now let’s take a second look from a different perspective in order to Read the rest of this entry »

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Stay the Course

Throughout life we hear people say for us to stay the course. For small business that is extremely important. So, continuing the thoughts of an earlier post Don’t Let Failure Stop You let’s look at being persevering.

An Example

The phrase stay the course is commonly used in war time meaning to finish what was started in spite of any hindrances and difficulties. It is really a mindset that Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Reasons to Delegate

There is a debate that has existed for probably as long as business has existed; whether to delegate or not. I personally believe there are a number of reasons to delegate, with a caveat. With that said let’s look at some reasons to delegate.

You Can’t Be Everywhere

Unless you are omnipresent like God (which none of us are), then you cannot be everywhere. That by default means you cannot make Read the rest of this entry »

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