The Best Laid Plans…

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“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs

Happy New Year!  Ah, the first week of January.  Most offices are a buzz with tales of holiday fun and chatter about the upcoming year.  It’s no wonder.  January was named for the Roman god Janus – the god of beginnings and endings.

By next week, most of us will be fully into 2016 and last year will rapidly fade into the depths of our memories.  Yet, January is the perfect time to time to reflect on the past.  After all, the past is where we can learn from our successes and mistakes. Continue reading

New Year, New Goals

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Ah, the first week of January – the week the world returns to work.  As you settle into your office still slightly aglow from the holidays, you’ll most likely hear the question:  “What are your goals for 2014?”

If you’ve read my blog (which of course you have, right?!?), you’ll know I’m a fan of goals and planning.  However, this question during this week drives me nuts!  (Bet you weren’t expecting that!) Continue reading

Is ‘Plan’ a Four Letter Word in Your Business?

Easy Tips for Planning.

You are asked to chop down a tree.  You have six hours to complete the task.  What do you do first?

If you said, ‘I’d pick up the axe and start chopping.’ You aren’t alone.  Many people look at the task at hand and jump right in.  And, they’ll get the job done.  Chances are – they will also expend more energy and take longer than actually needed.

If you said, sharpen the axe.  You’re in good company.  Abraham Lincoln said:  “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

In light of President’s Day, it’s a great time to embrace the wisdom of Honest Abe’s quote. Continue reading

Creating Partnership Success

The Critical Element for Building Successful Partnerships.

In my line of work, I see the best and worst of business.  I celebrate my clients’ successes, which is my absolute favorite thing.  (No surprise there.)  I am also beside my clients in some of their darkest moments – helping them pick up the pieces of ideas, plans or partnerships gone bad. Continue reading