Posts Tagged ‘business relationships’

Be Willing to Take a Time Out

Although we sometimes act like we can continue endlessly, everyone needs a break at some point. If we recognize that and embrace it there are some benefits.

Rest to Recover

When we are willing to take a time out we are able to get the rest needed to recover from making a concerted effort to achieve our goals. Some people think a dedicated worker is one who regularly puts in 50, 60, 70 or 80 hours per week. Baloney! That is not dedicated, but rather it is foolish. There are crunch times when we do have to go long hours Read the rest of this entry »

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Fix Rather Than Bemoan What Went Wrong

When something goes wrong how often do hear say someone say, “Why does this always happen to me?” You know these people. They frequently tend to see every failure as traumatic and act like it’s the end of the world. You may even do the same thing yourself at times. Yet this reaction is more than just an attitude.

To Get on Track Think Correctly

Unfortunately, when someone thinks this way they can get stuck in this mindset when what is needed is Read the rest of this entry »

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Ask What Would Make the Impossible Possible

I encourage you to use the question, “What would make the impossible possible?” as a way to move your or others ideas forward when you encounter someone who is resistant. How often you heard someone respond to a solution or idea with, “That’s impossible! It won’t work!”

Why?

When someone says something is impossible, first calmly ask “Why do you say that?” in an attempt understand why they believe the way they do. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Mistake Should Not Derail You

No matter how well any of us do our job, mistakes will occur. How do you respond when this occurs?

Freeze

I recall a number of years ago a person I worked with made a mistake that apparently wiped out inventory counts from the computer. Her first response was Read the rest of this entry »

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Advantage of an Aggressive Business Approach

When is it appropriate to be aggressive in business? The answer is not as straight-forward as it may seem.

What is Aggressive?

Definitions of aggressive are varied, ranging from unprovoked offense to boldly assertive or pushy to competitive to making an all-out effort to win. For purposes of this article I will eliminate those 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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The Power of Yes

While this blog is primarily about business finance and accounting, sometimes is helps to momentarily take another path.

Remembering an Aggravation

A number of years ago when I was in the market for a car I had a rather unpleasant experience with a dealer. The sales person was polite and could obviously see I was interested in their cars. Unfortunately when my interest reached a certain level Read the rest of this entry »

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Loner Employees

Most companies with several employees have at one who goes quietly about their business. Why does this bother some people? Being a loner employee does not mean they don’t care about other workers or are unfriendly.

We’re All Different

There are some people, no matter where they work, who seem to mix easily with others. They draw a certain amount of strength from this interaction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee Input

Hopefully you’ve never worked in a company where all decisions came from or had to be signed off on by one person. What’s wrong with that?

Their All Stupid

All kidding aside, I did have a client once who acted like every employee was stupid. In fact, I even heard this individual makes statements to that effect when he was upset with a decision Read the rest of this entry »

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