09 Nov

CONFLICT IS GOOD

Let’s be honest; most human beings dislike conflict.  They avoid it because it makes them feel uncomfortable AND they believe it is either an affront to their authority or a sign of disharmony.

 

To paraphrase Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas in the movie Wall Street), “Conflict is Good.”

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05 Oct

Success Comes From Actions and Not Things.

I remember his frustration.  He showed me the equipment he bought that promised to make his work easier.  He showed me the software he bought that promised to make his salespeople more efficient.  He was angry too.  I had been referred to him because he needed help.  He was angry, frustrated, and taking it out on me because everything he had purchased to help his business didn’t.  His words still resonate with me, “I bought this $%*+, and nothing happened.”  I knew part of the answer as to why.  He bought something that he thought would make his business successful; he forgets that Success Comes From Actions and Not Things.

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03 Aug

Procrastination – How To Stop Doing It

Procrastination.  It is defined in the dictionary as “the action of delaying or postponing something.”. It is a time-waster, money waster, bad idea.  Many of us experience some level of procrastination on a regular if not consistent basis.  In some instances, we are very good at procrastinating meaning that procrastination is harming us or our business.

So what can you do to help overcome procrastination?

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27 Jul

FOCUS

Focus is our ability to concentrate on something.  To devote our efforts and energy to that something.  In business, we tend to focus on many things.  This multi-focus approach, sometimes labeled multi-tasking, usually results in a lot of things not being done well.  This doesn’t mean we should only do one thing at a time.  What we must do is manage our focus, ensure that what we focus on truly matters and that it adds value.  We have to ensure that the goals we set are important, that they support our strategy and that what we do achieves desired results.  How do we manage our focus?

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13 Jul

I Need Someone To Hold Me Accountable

One of the most common reasons people reach out to me for my Coaching and Advising services is accountability.  “Don, I need someone to hold me accountable,” is the question.  My response varies, but the bottom line is this, I can help you improve accountability, but the actual ability to holding yourself accountable is internal.  In other words, ultimately, you must hold yourself accountable.  If over the long term, you need someone to do that for you, then there are other issues at play, and the lack of accountability is but a symptom.

So how can someone build the skills for holding themselves accountable?  Read on my friends, the answer is simple:

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