Timely Insights

  • Make better decisions now . . .

Writing in ProfitGuide, Mike Desjardins has some great ideas for small business practitioners. He says that the ability to make clear definite decisions in a timely fashion can be the difference between leading and lagging the competition. But too often key decision-makers suffer from paralysis in making choices about the business. He offers several proven tactics to speed up and improve the quality of decisions made throughout your organization.

  • Questions Every leader Must Ask . . .

"Show me a company or organization in difficulties and I will almost invariably show you a set of leaders who are asking absolutely the wrong questions,” says professor Robert Steven Kaplan. An excerpt from his new book, What To Ask The Person In The Mirror is well worth the few minutes it will take to digest its important message.

Every leader / manager who takes themselves and their organization seriously should invest the time to consider these ideas – they could define the pivotal difference between success and failure.

  • The Perils of Bad Strategy . . .

Bad strategy abounds, says UCLA management professor Richard Rumelt; those who are able to recognize it are far better at creating good strategy. This makes good sense and his well written article offers some fascinating insights, particularly to those among us who love history and military history in particular.

There’s enough wisdom and intelligence here to stimulate even the most seasoned strategists so allow me to recommend it for your next ‘time-out’ for self improvement.

Quotable Quotes . . .

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle." -- Steve Jobs

"The only way to get positive feelings about your self is to take positive actions. Man does not live as he thinks, he thinks as he lives." -- Vaughan Quinn

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."     -- Leonardo da Vinci

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."

-- Booker T. Washington