Posts Tagged ‘problem solving’

What Can You Change?

Some things you cannot change no matter how much you want. For example, as of the first of 2014 incandescent light bulbs are for all practical purposes finished in the U.S. Sure, some people have a few they already bought and the stores are allowed to sell what they have in stock, but then that it. For all practical purposes, this is one of those things you cannot change.

Change What Needs Changing

Too often we get caught up in fretting about something we wish Read the rest of this entry »

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Let’s Try Something Different

It’s been very cold throughout most of the U.S. recently. Undoubtedly people are resorting to a variety of methods to stay warm. Most of these are the tried and true; turning up the heat, putting a fire in the fireplace, using a space heater, wearing more layers of clothes, etc. The point is, very few people consider other alternatives, mainly because these methods have worked well in the past. But suppose Read the rest of this entry »

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Get Unstuck

It happens to all of us at some point. We seem to be frozen, unable to move forward. Here are some thoughts on overcoming that.

Mindset

In her terrific book, Mindset, Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D presents a detailed discussion of the impact of mindsets. One of the things I look for when deciding 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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You’re Not Alone

You’re not alone in anything you attempt. Okay, that is a little misleading as you can choose to go it alone, but even then are you really alone?

Trying to Go It Alone

There are those people who seem to want to be the Lone Ranger and do it all themselves. It’s as if they cannot trust others to do it right. Or, perhaps they want all the credit and cannot stand the thought of sharing it with others. But, the reality is nobody knows or can do everything. To go it alone is to Read the rest of this entry »

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We All Need Partners

There is something about the individual who goes it alone that we tend to admire. Yet, the reality is doing it all yourself and being successful is the exception rather than the rule. Generally, out of necessity and desire, we develop strategic partnerships that help us and our partners. By that I don’t necessarily mean partners in our company. We can view our relationships with our vendors (See Managing a Vendor for more on this) and our customers (See Managing Customer Relationships for more) as strategic partnerships where each is meeting some need or desire of the other. The bottom line is Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Reasons to Get Help with QuickBooks

I remember the first time I heard someone say, “I don’t need an accountant. I have an accounting system to do that.” Yeah, right. Today, that statement is often heard as, “I don’t need an accountant. I have QuickBooks.” Here are 5 reasons why that just might be a mistaken assumption and you should consider help with QuickBooks.

Knowledge

The knowledge I am referring to is not just about QuickBooks, though it certainly helps if someone has familiarity with it. I’m also talking about a strong understanding of good accounting practices. For example, I had a client Read the rest of this entry »

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Will It Work Again?

How many times have you heard someone say (or said it yourself), it worked before and it will work again? Maybe it will, but then again, maybe it won’t. Understand I’m not talking about absolutes. Yes, some things really don’t change, but an awful lot does.

Experience – A Great Teacher, Sometimes

We all have experiences that we draw on to make decisions on the best way to approach solving a problem. Our memory serves a useful purpose in this regard in that we don’t have to Read the rest of this entry »

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