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Staying Focused

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One of the questions I hear most often is “How can I stay focused?”

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Process Prioritization

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Yesterday a small business owner confided in me that she was positive that not having processes in place were holding her back, and yet she couldn’t seem to prioritize working on them. Have you ever felt this way?

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Prioritize Doing over Planning

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This week as I was responding to emails I found myself typing the following words to explain why I was not attending a strategy meeting:

“Sometimes I need to prioritize doing over planning.”

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Focus on the Good

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For me, one of the hardest parts of gardening is the reality that not all plants will grow. If I plant 20 seeds, there is a good chance that only 18 or 19 will sprout. And even more likely that only 15 or 16 plants will survive transplanting and grow to maturity.

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Committed

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Should you be committed? Oh wait, perhaps I need to rephrase this question. Do you have the commitment necessary to grow your small business into the business you see in your dreams?

I want to be clear: everyone’s vision of the future of their business is different. Although, there are certain themes I hear repeatedly:

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Why do You Measure what You Measure?

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In 2011 I had the opportunity to hear Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, speak at the World Business Forum in NYC. Personally I love Starbucks. I am addicted to Chai Latte’s, especially the lightly sweet version. And Starbucks is one of my favorite places to read, write and relax…and to meet with people. When I’m traveling, I always look to see if there is a Starbucks in the area.

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Us vs. Them is a Losing Game

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A common method used to rally the troops is to identify a common enemy that all can agree to hate and unite to defeat. This common purpose makes all other differences small in comparison.

Over the years, this militaristic approach has been adopted by many companies and corporations. The united enemy is usually the competition. For instance, the company my father worked for was number four in market share. One year the vision and all strategies centered around the goal of becoming number two.

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