Posts Tagged ‘vision statement’

Financial Vision

Most of us eventually realize when we need a new prescription for eyeglasses. But, how often are we aware that our financial vision is out of focus?

Know Where You’re Going

You’ve probably heard the saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” This is a paraphrasing of a section from Alice in Wonderland that is often attributed to Lewis Carroll. Regardless of who gets credit, the sentiment is most assuredly true. In the financial realm that means Read the rest of this entry »


Serial Entrepreneur

Have you ever stopped to consider what really makes someone a serial entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is typically thought of as someone who develops an idea and takes it to market. It is easy to forget that is not the end of the road. To be successful they also must set and communicate their vision for the company and most likely be heavily involved in the day-to-day in the early phases and perhaps longer. That would lead us to believe a serial entrepreneur is someone Read the rest of this entry »


Diligent Financial Planning defines diligent as “constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything“. As a working definition that is fine, but when it comes to execution there is more to it.

Negative Diligence

Throughout life we encounter people who almost seem as if they are determined to fail. However, have you ever met someone who really wanted to fail? Probably not. Yet, despite a desire to succeed Read the rest of this entry »


Have You Reached Your Goal?

Have you reached your goal yet? Okay, this is a trick question, set me elaborate.


In a prior blog posting (What Are Your Goals?), I discussed the use of the acronym SMART when setting goals. As I mentioned in that post there of some variations of this acronym, but it is Read the rest of this entry »


What Are Your Goals?

Goals are one of those things most of us know we should use but often fail to do so. Basically they are what we use to realize our vision (see Why You Need a Vision Statement) and fulfill our mission (See Why You Need a Purpose or Mission Statement). Here are some thoughts on how to make goals meaningful and more likely to be achieved.


Failure to set goals for business leaves you directionless. Goals give you Read the rest of this entry »


What is the Purpose of Your Purposes?

At first thought the question “What is the purpose of your purposes?” may sound like doublespeak. But it really isn’t. In an earlier blog post, Why You Need a Purpose or Mission Statement purpose was initially addressed. Along with that blog were two other blogs, Why You Need a Vision Statement and Why You Need a Values Statement to help round out the thought process. Here I want to delve a little deeper into purpose.

How Do You Learn?

Okay, say you have a purpose statement, and for the sake of our discussion, let’s say that statement reads, Read the rest of this entry »


4 Wants and Needs of Employees

Are you a business owner or manager who sometimes wishes you had no employees? This is a common feeling when confronted with employees who seem like they cause more problems than they solve, consistently underperform, or just seem to be going through the motions without really becoming engaged in their roles.

Is It Really the Employee?

If you are experience any of the above issues, stop for a moment to consider Read the rest of this entry »


Is it Vision or Process?

Occasionally many of us have the experience of encountering a difficulty in business that seems to make us completely question what we are attempting to accomplish.  We begin to wonder if our business idea even makes sense and start questioning whether we can actually reach our destination.

What Is the Real Issue?

Years ago there was a commercial for Memorex Cassette tapes where a recording was played and Ella Fitzgerald was shown singing.  Then someone asked. “Is it live or is it Memorex?”  Obviously, the idea was to promote the fidelity of recordings made on Memorex tapes.

Sometimes I think we have a similar experience when we Read the rest of this entry »


Failing – An Essential Part of Success

You probably thinking, “This sounds like you are suggesting failure should be deliberate!  Why would anyone in their right mind ever want to fail?”

Actually, I’m not suggesting anyone should fail deliberately, nor do I think anyone should want to fail.  What I am saying is that to progress at anything, we must change and that change inherently requires a willingness Read the rest of this entry »


3 Reasons Standards Matter

Lately I’ve been thinking about standards and how they are so often overlooked by many companies and individuals.  Standards matter because they help shape who we are.

I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.” – Will Rogers

Will Rogers saw standards as a way to demonstrate our true character.  This is a fundamental reason for standards, in that they serve as a beacon to guide us morally.  This, I believe, is the most important reason for standards.

Looking beyond Will Rogers’ thoughts, there are other Read the rest of this entry »


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