Posts Tagged ‘decision’

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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Reaching Business Agreement

To successfully achieve business goals generally requires having people on the same page. Yet, reaching business agreement can be very elusive. Why is that? I touched little on this in the related postings Employee Ideas and Employee Ideas Revisited.

My Way or the Highway

Have you ever worked somewhere that was run by someone who always thought their way of doing things was the only acceptable way? First, consider that we all have the tendency to think Read the rest of this entry »

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Think for Results

You have probably heard the question, “What were you thinking?”, and it usually is a result of you or someone else having done something that seemed foolish. This is a common question parents ask their children, but it is relevant in the work world as well.

Actions Start with Thoughts

Before any action is taken we have thought in some manner, even if subconsciously. For example, if you want to Read the rest of this entry »

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Excess Information

Information is vital to any business, but just how much can you process and make useful? In the past few years a couple of phrases have been tossed about concerning the information people are receiving. One is TMI, which stands for Too Much Information. The other is Information Overload. Interestingly, the issue of excess information exists at the same time that people also struggle to get Read the rest of this entry »

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Indecision is a Bad Decision

How often have you found yourself waiting on a decision or leaving others waiting on your decision? Take too long to make a decision and that becomes the decision, and quite often that means this indecision is a bad decision. Rather than making the best decision based on the facts at hand, there may be a tendency to hold off until certain of the decision. By then it may be too late. As Geoffrey Chaucer said, “Time and tide wait for no man.”

There Is Competition

How many companies have debated making changes to their product offerings, only to be left behind when the competition acted first? Not only does Read the rest of this entry »

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Testing Your Business Idea

For years I’ve loved working with start-ups and early stage businesses. There are numerous reasons, including the uncertainty and the need to be able make quick changes as the business begins to unfold. You might wonder why I would like uncertainty. Well, I like it because it keeps challenging me to grow and learn. If you are starting a business or even trying to grow a relatively new one, you will find it more enjoyable and improve your likelihood of success if you learn to like or even love uncertainty and change and the challenges both present. Whether a start-up or simply a relatively new business, you will need ways for testing your business idea.

The Disadvantage That Once Existed

It was not that long ago that you had to invest a lot of time and money simply to see if Read the rest of this entry »

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One Issue at a Time

A good debate is enjoyable, particularly if there is a sincere intent to identify common areas of agreement. One thing you don’t want present is the The Know It All. Yet, there is another thing that can make this difficult to practice; failure to discuss one issue at a time.

Are We All on the Same Page?

Next time you are in a business discussion and there seems to be a great deal of difficulty forming a consensus, take a moment to examine the dialogue. Let’s say you are trying to convince Read the rest of this entry »

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Turning Business Challenges into Strengths

One of my favorite quotes is, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill. In other words, why would you want to stay where you are? After all, once you’ve survived the struggle, you often find yourself better off than before. “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Business challenges do not have to be viewed as something bad. Of course, that does not mean you have to like them either. But they can be a good thing.

Learn from Your Mistakes

Undoubtedly many challenges are the result of Read the rest of this entry »

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Misconceptions about Small Business

There are a lot of misconceptions about small business. Here are a few of the key ones.

It’s Not as Hard as Big Business

You may have had the experience of asking someone what they do for a living and gotten the response, “I have my own company.” Perhaps your reaction, often unspoken, is, “Wow, it must be nice to not have to wonder where your next paycheck is coming from.” That’s a common Read the rest of this entry »

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Majority Rules, or Do They?

Is it always good for the majority to rule in business or is there something more to consider?

Business Decisions

It is not unusual for a business to make decisions based on the majority opinion of the managers. You may have had the experience of being in a meeting where a decision needs to be made. After hearing various opinions it is common that Read the rest of this entry »

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