What Present Has to do With Business

(Spoiler Alert: There is NO Magic Box)

In maintaining a healthy and adaptable business, one helpful tip is to examine situations through different lenses. For example, let’s take the meaning of a single word. Here’s what happens when we look at our business through three definitions of the word “present”:

A present?! A gift for the business. I like that. In fact, the business needs that right now. The solution to everything that is wrong has arrived!

Be present?! A business? Sheesh, what does this have to do with me? The business exists and gives me a paycheck.

Present?! Everything is a priority now. Things are moving so fast, yet sales don’t reflect it. I’ve been waiting for something to happen with all this activity.

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How do you get comfortable making choices?

The more we choose the easier the action becomes. There are three main components to making choices:

  1. Know there is a choice to be made.
  2. Understand what’s in our control (or not).
  3. Consider the options.

Let’s take moment to clarify: there are decisions we make for ourselves, our families, and for our work. The aforementioned topics explored here apply to all types of choices; however, we’re going to focus on work-related ones in this article.

How do you get comfortable making choices?

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4 Steps for Business Problem Solving to Get Results

What are we supposed to do here?” is a question that I use to gauge what the team is thinking as we tackle problems together.

The steps to problem solving are universal, and we can apply all to situations throughout life – including business. Let’s imagine that the last problem we worked on is one that holds everyone’s focus, yet to which there will seemingly never – ever – be an end. One infuriating obstacle follows another. There is a lot of backtracking, and redoing different work. For such situations, the steps to problem solving represent a good beginning for shaking things up. We might just be able to fix more by knowing four simple actions to start building up those problem-solving muscles.

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How To Successfully Employ Customer Touchpoints

 

A previous blog commented on the importance of listening skills in choosing a consultant. Not surprisingly, listening is also important to successful business as a whole. As a business owner or executive, how and how well you listen has a direct impact on how the execution of those decisions and plans will actually benefit your company’s particular definition of the “bottom line.”

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How To Choose THE Consultant For Your Business

 

So, an opportunity presents itself with regard to your business – expected or not. Either way, your business plan might not account for it. Or perhaps you’ve got a nagging feeling that something isn’t quite right with what’s happening and you don’t (easily) know how to figure it out.

That’s when it’s time to seek guidance on the best path (i.e. to proceed immediately or later, or not at all).

A consultant could help. Hmmm … or maybe a coach. But which one? Well, the answer depends on if you want to be guided through a process or be given a solution or skills when it comes to making a change.

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