Posts Tagged ‘confidence’

Who Says You Can’t Do That?

The world has way too many people with negative attitudes who second-guess everything you try. But, who says you can’t do that? If you are an idea person you probably find people who second-guess every idea to be a drag. But, new ideas are essential to Read the rest of this entry »

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Outside the Box Thinker

You’ve undoubtedly heard a statement like, “She’s a real outside the box thinker”, right? The truth is everyone is in a box when it comes to their thinking. The question becomes one of how did that box get created and Read the rest of this entry »

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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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How Do You Define Failure?

The question of how do you define failure is an important one. The way you think of failure strongly impacts the results you get. Consider this quote of Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” In other words, Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Willing to Experiment

In my last posting Be Willing to Entertain What Seems Impossible I discussed the importance of learning to turn off negative, defeatist thinking and take on some challenges that at first may seem completely impossible.

Like it or not you and your surroundings are going to change. The question is, “Do you have any control over the change?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Think Outside the Box | What Box?

When you here the phrase, “think outside the box” what comes to mind?

You Want What?

I’ve heard people say they want to hire someone who can think outside the box or that they themselves are outside the box thinkers. But that raises the question, “What is this box we’re talking about?”

The Artificial Box

Perhaps you’ve heard the quote credited to George Bernard Shaw, “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” In other words, those who Read the rest of this entry »

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Knowledge or Wisdom?

Is There Value in Knowledge?

Obviously this question is a little bit tongue in cheek. Of course knowledge has value, if for no other reason than it broadens our thinking. But, that is of somewhat limited value. Let me explain. You should be encouraged to Read the rest of this entry »

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The High Price of Integrity

Earlier I wrote an article, Integrity-–-Success Demands It, in which I discussed the importance of maintaining high integrity in business.

There Is a Price

In my earlier writing I mentioned a couple of instances where I was faced with having to refuse to do something I knew to be dishonest or had to report the dishonesty of another employee. While it was actually easy for me to maintain the position I took, the consequences were another story. In both cases Read the rest of this entry »

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Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership Reviewed

“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” – Austin Phelps

If you have ever listened to Dave Ramsey on the radio or read any of his books, you will understand that the quote above fits nicely with his way of thinking.  For example, in his book EntreLeadership one of the points he makes is that a business does not necessarily need to by new equipment (call equipment the old coat), yet he also emphasizes investing in the education and training of employees (the new book).

In early 2011 I read his book, Financial Peace Revisited. It was insightful and in general I would have to say Read the rest of this entry »

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Forget the Blame Game

It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you place the blame.” – Oscar Wilde

I use the quote above to draw your attention to how we often act. All of us hate to get blamed when something goes wrong, and, as a result, we are tempted to resort to blaming others. We’ve all done it at some point. When you have others working for you, this can be the difference between success and failure. Yes, people make mistakes; sometimes rather foolish ones. Rather than seizing this as an opportunity to chastise and demean those you direct, look at this another way.

A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting.” – Russell H. Ewing

Here we see in stark contrast the difference between a leader and a boss who in this instance is Read the rest of this entry »

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