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April 26, 2017

The Sum of Its Parts

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

If your truck had a problem with the fuel supply, it isn’t moving, right?  If it had a spark problem, or a piston problem, you’re stuck.  How about a driveshaft problem, or a flat tire?  Can you imagine sitting there stranded on the side of the road, with a $70,000 truck, loaded with good parts and assemblies, that won’t go because of one broken part?

Your business is the sum of its interconnected parts.  If one part is not working well, it affects the rest of the business, and the final outcome.  You’ve got to have all the main functional parts working well – no exceptions.

Marketing, Sales, Production, Accounting, etc. – Which part is broken (or most deficient) now?

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April 25, 2017

Success is a lousy teacher…

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces otherwise smart people into thinking they cannot fail.” – Bill Gates

Sometimes we see businesspeople grow fairly quickly for whatever reason, and they think they have the magic touch.  They may.  Or they fail to see the flaw in their next plan where the table isn’t set for them quite as well.

If you have been successful, what are all the reasons? (Besides the obvious one – “You’re great.”)

 

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April 24, 2017

Where do you find the time?

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

If you say “I don’t have time for that,” what you are really saying is “That’s not important to me – not as important as other things I make time for.”

Finding time for a thing is really about prioritization; you deciding what is more important to you than other things.  You make time for the things that are really important to you – right?

 

 

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April 21, 2017

Stories Add Value

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

An experiment was done. They went to thrift stores and bought a bunch of insignificant trinkets for an average of $1.25 each. They hired a bunch of writers to invent a story “that attributed significance” to each object.  They listed each object for sale on Ebay with the invented stories, using the price they had paid for each object as the starting price.  By the end of the experiment, they had sold $128.74 worth of trinkets for $3,612.51!

Your work does NOT “SPEAK FOR ITSELF.”

People’s assessment of a thing is deeply affected by what you tell them about it.

Tell your story.

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April 20, 2017

Tell your story!

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

People want to know.  Where did you come from?  How did this happen?  How was it made?  Why?  

You have more of a story in your company than you or your people are telling. Maybe you don’t think it’s that interesting, but people want to identify with, learn, associate and understand.  

If two companies have the same story, and one tells it and the other doesn’t, who has the advantage?

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April 19, 2017

Listen

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

“When people realize they’re being listened to, they tell you things.”- Richard Ford

It’s good for a leader – listen.

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April 18, 2017

Learn to take a punch

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

I have done a lot of cool things and I have come up with a lot of innovations.  I’m trying, over and over.  But the very nature of doing so is to put yourself out there – subject to failure, ridicule and embarrassment.

Some will wait for you to stumble and say “See, he’s not right!”  When you make a mistake, or don’t get it right the first (or second) time, you have to learn to take it. That’s the nature of being someone who is creative, trying, and makes things happen.

Take the punches – and keep going.

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April 17, 2017

Begin Again

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

As we operate our business over the years, we patch and plug and add-on.  We modify and tweak and paint over old methods and ideas and processes.  Sometimes we create a purring masterpiece; but often we wind up with a patchwork that’s not so elegant.

It’s like cleaning up – again.  We stuff closets and move old things around. But if we moved to a new location, the new place is really NEW!  A blank canvas – how refreshing!  (I’m not talking about moving necessarily, it’s just a metaphor.)

Do you need to begin again on big parts of your business?  Forget about how you’ve always done it and rethink and recreate?

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April 14, 2017

"Books are made out of books"

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

When they write the book about your business, will it be a great one?

A leader has to be a learner.  

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April 13, 2017

Your mileage may vary

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Ideas implemented in one business or industry may produce greater or lesser results than the one they were borrowed from.  

Pay attention. Try things. Be observant of your own business. Rise above it and see what is really happening.

To implement the right ideas in the right combination, you have to see things as they are.  

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