Posts Tagged ‘expectations’

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 »


Remote CFO

The term Virtual CFO is now heard fairly regularly. Is that an accurate description? Allow me explain.

What is Virtual?

Virtual is the appearance of being something though not actually what it appears to be. To understand this better, think of the term virtual reality. We hear that used in Read the rest of this entry »


Advantages of Independent Contractors

Perhaps your company already uses some independent contractors. If not, it is something to consider. In my last article Full Time or Part Time? I discussed the benefits you may experience by using part-time employees or contractors. Here I want to focus specifically on the advantages of independent contractors.

They’re Not Your Rank and File

At first it may seem to be a disadvantage to have people working for you that are not your own employees. That occurs because you may have a sense of loss of control. There is a grain of truth to that, but think a little further. Read the rest of this entry »


Integrity | A Business Essential

I’m amazed at the number of companies I hear about who have caused customers, employees, and suppliers immense financial pain because of a lack of integrity. Think about the housing bubble and the financial fiasco creating with the collapse of the sub-prime housing market and the bundled loans. What about the Madoff Ponzi scheme? How many people were hurt there?

Trustworthy and Dependability

In the posting Talk to Your Vendors we looked briefly at Read the rest of this entry »


Price Is Not Everything

It can make a lot of sense to be a value shopper. In spite of that, there are times when it may not be the best idea. Here are a few thoughts on why you might not want price to be your sole deciding factor on a purchase. Read the rest of this entry »


Is This Good for Customers?

How often do you find yourself asking about a company, “Why in the world did they do this?” Here is an example of what I mean. I recently was dealing with an auto problem related to the electrical system. Because of the unusual engineering of the car, a special and fairly expensive test Read the rest of this entry »



In a recent posting Be Different I looked at the need to be willing to take a different path from others. The point was that we cannot just blindly do what everyone else does. That was not intended to say that we always act differently, but only as a warning that we all need to be careful about what habits we adopt.

But Then There is Consistent

Despite the need to be willing to be different, that does not imply that we can constantly be doing things a different way. For the most part, customers want to know Read the rest of this entry »


Real Commitment

How often do you write down your intentions? There are some good reasons why you should.

A Statement of Intent

When we only speak of something we plan to do, the strength of our intent is unclear and there is very little to hold us to it. When we put it in writing we increase the level of commitment we have made, and increased commitment improves the likelihood we will actually follow through.

The Power of Others

If we tell others what we are going to do, we greatly improve our likelihood of actually doing what we said we would. Even more effective is Read the rest of this entry »


It’s a New Year

New Year’s resolutions. We’ve all made them at some time in our life. Likewise, we’ve all failed at keeping them. Why is that?

A Misguided Commitment

I really think where we first err is that we try to do it with willpower alone. Now don’t misunderstand me. Will power has it place, but alone it rarely works. It generally ends up like the picture below.

 New Years Resolutions

I actually saw the picture above on and thought it summarized our dilemma quite well.

Just a Thought

I think if we are to improve at anything we first Read the rest of this entry »


The Age Issue

What’s In a Number?

If you have followed the job market at all you are probably familiar with the issue of age discrimination. It is real, but perhaps overblown. Or, is it? So, what is in a number? Is there some magical number for someone’s age at which they are no longer useful in the work world? Let’s look a little closer.

When Age May Matter

Suppose your company needs someone who is able to Read the rest of this entry »


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