Beware the Success Industry!

The “success” industry is huge. One example is love.  There are people out there telling and selling us on how to: find it revive it maintain it Another example?  Weight.  There are people telling and selling us how to: gain it lose it maintain it redistribute it, e.g., from fat to muscle Further examples abound,…

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Can you multitask? Should you multitask?

Conventional wisdom is that women are better at multi-tasking than men. To be honest I don’t know. My own take on things is that we’ve only one brain, whether we’re male or female, so it’s impossible to do more than one thing at a time with conscious intent. So we can chat while driving. But…

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Why you shouldn’t (have to) turn off your email notifications

Imagine: you’re working on something on your computer that requires your full attention. And some sort of sound and/or picture alerts you to the fact that you’ve just received an email. Firstly, the sound and/or picture impinges on your brain. Secondly, you might actually look at the icon to quickly see who the email is…

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Ever feel like a wave is about to engulf you?

You’re busy every day. You try to keep up the mix of sales & marketing, taking care of customers, planning, admin, learning, etc. You’re juggling. Most days you make a reasonable stab at it. But, now and again, there’s a day or a sequence of days when the juggling act is teetering on the brink…

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How to Stop A Day Drifting By…

I sat down to work one recent Tuesday morning. And I didn’t know what to do. The reason? I’d failed the previous day to identify what needed to be done first on Tuesday. I’d failed to observe my ritual. It’s a little ritual I have at the end of the working day. Write down (on…

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Vigilance and email management

So I got a new solid state drive/disk (SSD) installed and a new windows install and hey presto – performance improved.  Yeah there was a cost – but in reality it’s an investment as it immediately began to save time – and that’s a resource which we simply cannot create – all we do is…

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Marriage, head-hunters and taking responsibility

Staff turnover.  A royal pain in the ass right? There’s the possibility of the departing employee taking clients and/or intellectual property.  There’s the loss of their productivity.  The time and cost of getting a replacement.  The time and cost of training up that replacement.  Etc.  And remember – it’s not just the cost of getting…

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Evaluating the risks to your business

Have you ever heard of Harry Bosch? I know him very well. But he doesn’t exist. Harry Bosch is a figment of the imagination of Michael Connelly – my favourite crime writer.  Harry has been the main man in 21 novels by Connelly. On holidays I read one – “The Burning Room“.  And there was…

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Whose agenda are you following?

I know this is marketing 101 but bear with me. Do you know your ideal client? Have you a demographic and psychographic definition of that ideal client so that your (limited) marketing efforts can be better targeted? I’d confidently predict that you agree it would be a good idea to better define that target for…

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Attraction and repulsion – in affairs of the heart AND in business

Did you ever hear of the sweaty t-shirts attraction test? They took a bunch of heterosexual men and women and had them all wear t-shirts for some prolonged period of time without showering. Then they had each of them do a sniff test on the other gender’s t-shirts and rank the t-shirts in order of…

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