Posts Tagged ‘growth’

When Planning is a Roadblock

We’ve all had the experience of planning something in detail, only to see it all go wrong. Don’t let this stop you in your tracks. This idea of things not going as planned is well expressed in the saying, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, which is an adaption of a line from the Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse. The sentiment of course is that we simply cannot know how things will turn out, not matter how carefully we may plan. That of course is no reason not to plan. But, when I said don’t let this stop you in your tracks I was referring to a different aspect of progress. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Rest

How often in business do we think about a time to rest? Probably not often, yet that does not mean it isn’t important.

Why a Blog Post on Rest?

Over the past few weeks we have looked at a series of topics in the postings Time to Think, Time to Plan, Time to Act and Time to Reflect. If you look at the titles of these, and even more so if you have read them, you will notice that Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Reflect

When you have been involved in implementing a project do you take time to reflect and evaluate how well things are going?

Some Summary

In three postings preceding this called Time to Think, Time to Plan and Time to Act we looked at the logical process of implementing a project, business plan, etc. Now let’s assume you have done the first two of these and are into the taking action portion.

Feedback

After the initial actions of implementing something Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Act

My recent postings, Time to Think and Time to Plan were focused on preliminary steps before jumping into action. After taking time to think and time to plan, it is time to act. All the thinking and planning in the world is useless without action.

Nothing happens until something moves.” – Albert Einstein Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Plan

In my last posting, Time to Think I emphasized the importance of spending time thinking before jumping into action. Now, let’s look at an intermediate step between thinking and acting; a time to plan.

Some Background

Many people spend enormous amounts of time developing a business plan that looks great on paper but Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Think

 

Before you begin a major undertaking in your business do you take time to think in depth? It is critical if you are to avoid unexpected results.

It Begins with Thoughts

Before we do anything we first think. Even those routine things we do daily involve some thought beforehand. But, in this posting we are concerned with actions that are not routine, at least not yet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stay the Course

Throughout life we hear people say for us to stay the course. For small business that is extremely important. So, continuing the thoughts of an earlier post Don’t Let Failure Stop You let’s look at being persevering.

An Example

The phrase stay the course is commonly used in war time meaning to finish what was started in spite of any hindrances and difficulties. It is really a mindset that Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Let Failure Stop You

We all experience failures. In business, just as in our personal life, what we do with the failures matters more than the actual failures.

Failure Is a Certainly

No matter how well we plan and execute, there are times when we will simply fail. Accept it and get on with the show. In other words, Read the rest of this entry »

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When Something Doesn’t Work

The reality of business is that change is not only inevitable, it is necessary. But, with that comes a risk. This is about how we respond to failure, as in do we give up, learn and make changes, or go another direction?

Not All Change is Positive

Whether caused by others, like competitors and customers, sometimes a change comes to a business that on the surface appears Read the rest of this entry »

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Dangers of Keeping Employees Uninformed

Do the employees in your company know the things they need to know? Not the things required for performing their job, mind you, but the things that help them understand where the company is headed and how their roles fit into the overall plan. One of the dangers of keeping employees uninformed is that they will Read the rest of this entry »

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