When you want to make bad decisions, follow these tips ✅

It is true that we learn more from failure than we do from success. When you’re looking to add to your failures and learn some great lessons, you want to make bad decisions, decisions that lead to more problems.  Wondering where to start? Here are some tips.  Panic Assume the worst will happen.  Let go…

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The 5 best ways to alienate your clients

Learn from your mistakes, examine your failures, and begin with your blunders.  We all know the importance of doing things incorrectly, as a way to learn to do them correctly. Thomas Edison is credited with saying: “I didn’t fail. I just found 2,000 ways not to make a lightbulb”.  Let’s embrace the value of finding…

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The single best business tool you can ever use

Adapt tools to your needs, not your needs to the tools.  When you turn to the tools, start with the best one. The one tool that will solve problems and get you started on every project. The tool from which any other tool can be built.  A list.  Why lists are the single best business…

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Buying software is not a business goal

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When you want to build a table, you know it’s not enough to buy a hammer.  When you want to make pizza, you know it’s not enough to buy a pizza stone.  You know that buying the tools is not the same as creating the thing.  And yet so often, when people want to build…

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Why does a small business need a business plan?

…  It’s just that… It seems like a lot of work. Especially for a small business.  To spend all this time writing out a detailed plan for the next five years when you can’t even predict the next 5 months, let alone stop working for 2 weeks to complete a plan that will live at…

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Stop punishing your best employees (😕yes you are)

Much like children or grandchildren: of course, you don’t have a favorite employee.  You support them all equally and appreciate each one for their individual skills and talents.  Now that we have established that, let’s look at how you are punishing your favorite employees.  Who is your best employee There is somebody who is always…

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How to hire all the worst people

Only hire people you’d want to go out and have a drink with.  Only hire people you wouldn’t spend time with when you’re not at work.  Always hire the smartest guy in the room.  Never hire the guy who has all the answers.  Hire people just like you.  Hire people nothing like you.  All of…

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Three things you don’t do, but keep talking about

There are good ways to talk about your business, and there are bad ways to talk about your business.  The good ways make people understand what you do and want to work with you.  The bad ways leave people confused, uninformed, or bored.  The following are three bad ways to talk about your business: while…

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Hire the right person the first time

Hiring is difficult.  It’s complicated, and confusing, and will take a long time.  Here’s one way to simplify your hiring: start with essential skills.  What are essential skills?  Essential skills are the skills you need for the job but don’t have time to teach.  You can teach somebody how to use a hammer to hang…

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Why your business doesn’t “run itself”

Because it is not alive.  Your business isn’t even a real thing. It’s just an idea.  Once people act on that idea and start doing the work, it moves from idea to business. It becomes a “thing”. A business needs people There are many articles written about how to create a business that runs itself. …

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