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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22 Jun

Executing Your Business Strategy

Strategizing and being strategic is a catch-all phrase for a lot of people.  We want to be strategic; so we develop a business strategy.  More often than not our business strategy is poorly defined or not even a strategy; it is simply a goal.  Your “strategy” doesn’t tell you what you are going to do; it just tells you what you are going to accomplish or what the results of your efforts will be.  Using the term “Strategic Plan” confuses the issue.  What businesses need is a defined process that will accomplish specific goals.   That process must also be executed to add value.  Executing your business strategy is as important as having a strategy.

Why is strategy and strategy execution so hard?

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12 Jan

Have You Given Your Business a Checkup?

Good health is important.  It is important to our bodies, and it is important to our business.  When you care about the health of your business, you are demonstrating an interest in more than just the money that flows through it.  You are showing that you fully understand the different parts of your business that contribute to its success – its good health.  Just like we visit our Doctors once a year for a checkup, we take our cars to a mechanic for a tune-up, or we visit the Dentist for a cleaning, we should also conduct a checkup on our business at least once a year.  Some suggest conducting a checkup twice a tear.  Whichever you choose, you may be wondering – What exactly is a Business Checkup?

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