Posts Tagged ‘wisdom’

Triage for Business Issues

We’ve all been there. It seems like the issues we are facing are overwhelming. We just cannot decide what to do next. How do others handle this?

The Concept of Triage

You’re probably somewhat familiar with the concept of triage in the medical field. In the event of a major disaster medical personnel must divide casualties into groups. Basically those groups determine who gets treatment and in what order. In a sense it seems unfair, but without it many might die who had an excellent chance of recovery.

How this Relates to Business

In business the issues and decisions facing us daily can overwhelm us if we lack Read the rest of this entry »

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Trust Your Intuition

Ever just sensed something is true or needs to be done but lack immediate evidence. We frequently are tempted to try and block this out and make a decision or take action based on what we know for sure. That is often a mistake. Intuition has a purpose.

Intuition Comes from Somewhere

Although we may not be able to immediately put our finger on it, an intuitive thought has some cause even though at first it may seem to have come out of nowhere. Being a highly intuitive person, this is a common experience for me. But when I stop and think carefully, I often am able to remember Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Decision?-Sleep On It

Ever struggled to make a decision and never actually made it? Ever made a decision and you just seemed uncomfortable with it? We all have, and here is a suggestion for dealing with this.

Consider the Scope

First, consider the scope of the decision. Most decisions tend to fall into basic categories. One, there are routine day-to-day ones that really require little thought. We generally make these quickly and move on. Two, there are decisions that Read the rest of this entry »

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Help Your Business with Laughter

What Does Laughter have to do with Business?

You may be like so many in the business world who is so serious that you cannot imagine much laughter at work. Let me encourage you to think about this a little. Believe it or not, you can laugh hard and often and still be highly effective and efficient at work.

Some Clarification

Let me say up front that I’m not suggesting you turn your business into a comedy club. While it may sometimes be appropriate to tell a joke, that also is not what I have in mind. What I am most concerned with is the ability to see humor in just about any situation. Laughter is disarming, it gets us relaxed, and helps us not to take ourselves more seriously than necessary. I have found Read the rest of this entry »

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What is the Purpose of Your Purposes?

At first thought the question “What is the purpose of your purposes?” may sound like doublespeak. But it really isn’t. In an earlier blog post, Why You Need a Purpose or Mission Statement purpose was initially addressed. Along with that blog were two other blogs, Why You Need a Vision Statement and Why You Need a Values Statement to help round out the thought process. Here I want to delve a little deeper into purpose.

How Do You Learn?

Okay, say you have a purpose statement, and for the sake of our discussion, let’s say that statement reads, Read the rest of this entry »

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When 40 Hours is Enough

I recently read and article by Jessica Stillman in Inc. magazine entitled, Why Working More Than 40 Hours a Week is Useless. A link to the article was posted to Linked In. Let me just say up front that I agree with her general consensus on the 40 workweek which is based on multiple studies from the 1930s forward. I would like to add a few additional things to consider. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is the Customer Always Right?

More than likely you have heard the expression, “The customer is always right.” Many people just take that saying at face value.

Just What Does That Mean?

Really now, is the customer always right? I think we all know nobody is always right. So if we know that, then why do we use this expression? We’ve all dealt with a customer who was upset (maybe even irate) that we knew was taking an unreasonable position. So what should we do? 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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