Posts Tagged ‘standards’

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Commonality

There is without a doubt great benefit to having standards by which we operate and behave in both our business and personal lives. Without this nobody knows what to expect out of us. This should be pretty consistent. But there is an unannounced danger as well.

Blindly Following

The picture below reminds me of the story called the Pied Piper of Hamelin. As you will recall in the story the pied piper is hired to use his magic pipe to lead the rats out of the town. When the people refuse to pay him, he uses the same magic pipe to lure their children out of town. While this is just a story, it does illustrate a danger to commonality.

blindly-following

Just like the children in the story, in business and personal life we often automatically, as they say, Read the rest of this entry »

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Are You Selling Snake Oil?

You may have heard that a person’s decision to buy something is at the core an emotional decision. I know none of us want to admit to that. We all think we are different from everybody else. But we’re not. Think about it. Have you ever bought anything and later looked back and realized that the so-called “rational reasoning” you though you used when you made your decision to buy was actually somewhat irrational? Now consider purchases you have made that still seem like good ones. If it has been a while since the purchase, you even then may be able to see that you really didn’t make your decision in a completely rational manner. In fact, there is a good possibility that shortly after committing to the purchase you began to rationalize it in your mind. That probability is even greater if someone questions the wisdom of your purchase decision.

It’s Only Human

Give yourself a break. Everyone does this to some extent. Yes, we may go through the process of trying to weigh the pros and cons of a purchase decision, but eventually it is emotion that tips the scales one way or the other. But, knowing this, do we as business people have an obligation that we may not have considered.

Is it Snake Oil?

When we are trying to get others to buy our products or services, do we have an obligation Read the rest of this entry »

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Check Your Assumptions

Assume your business is just humming along. There are no major problems, yet you sense that things could be better. You’ve noticed that things are not working exactly as planned – oh, again nothing major, but just little breakdowns. On top of that, there is beginning to be a loss of camaraderie and disagreements that never seem Read the rest of this entry »

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Income Taxes, Bureaucracy, Policies and Procedures

Having just finished my personal tax return, I am reminded why Income Tax Preparation and Planning are services I have never had an interest in providing. There are two reasons why:

  1. My belief is that this service is specialized and should be handled by someone who makes it their specialty
  2. I also believe the U. S. Tax Code is absurdly bloated and complicated, causes countless wasted hours to comply with, and in the end is non-productive

Increasing Complexity

Like the U.S. Tax Code, over the years companies have a tendency to add layers of bureaucracy and increasingly complex procedures. If you own a company or have worked somewhere for an extended period, stop for a moment and look back to what the company was like when you first started. Chances are things were a lot simpler and perhaps more efficient. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Reasons Standards Matter

Lately I’ve been thinking about standards and how they are so often overlooked by many companies and individuals.  Standards matter because they help shape who we are.

I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.” – Will Rogers

Will Rogers saw standards as a way to demonstrate our true character.  This is a fundamental reason for standards, in that they serve as a beacon to guide us morally.  This, I believe, is the most important reason for standards.

Looking beyond Will Rogers’ thoughts, there are other Read the rest of this entry »

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