Think Daily for Businesspeople Messages

September 28, 2016

Learn by losing

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Business is a competition. There are winners and losers. When we get started we are not very good at it, and we lose. The important thing is we learn quickly from our losses before we are out of business, so we can win one day.

What have you learned from your latest losses?

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September 27, 2016

Discernment

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

A leader needs to step back, and zoom out a little or a lot, and ask, “What is MOST important now?”

You can’t spend your time and take action on the most important things if you don’t identify what they are.

Each morning ask, “What is most important now for my organization to accomplish our big goals?”

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September 26, 2016

When little things get in the way

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Do you let little things get in the way of big opportunities?

You do.  You spend time on things that matter little and will have a negligible impact on tomorrow while letting much more important things go undone.

What is one example in your day from yesterday?

There is hardly anything more important for your business than for you to see this and change your focus to the most important things.

What about today?

 

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September 23, 2016

The Price of Entry

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

These days, satisfying customers who have so many choices is the price of entry.  If you don’t satisfy them, you’re toast. Being able to satisfy them is not a competitive advantage.

You’ll need to Wow the customer to be memorable and earn their admiration.

What Wow are you delivering?

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September 22, 2016

"Experience Breeds Stupidity"

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

I guess it’s Kathy Richardson week here at Think Daily for Businesspeople. This is the fourth one in a row inspired by a pithy Kathy comment – all blasted out in real conversation in 25 seconds.

What she meant is that some leaders have been doing stuff for so long that they get locked in a rut, thinking they know it all. Experience is a great way to learn. In fact, being book smart counts for little. You have to try things for yourself to really learn.  

But I’ll add this formula: Wisdom = Knowledge + Experience + Reflection.

Without the reflection part, (asking honestly “Is what I am doing working?”,  “How can I do better?” etc.) we can find ourselves on a treadmill going nowhere.

So go ahead – Reflect!

 

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September 21, 2016

The "Sugar High" of new things

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

I was chatting with Kathy Richardson, our recruiter here in our office, and she busted out with four phrases in a row that represented key ideas we have talked about.  I told her to slow down as I grabbed a pen.

The “Sugar High” of new things means that some of us, yes leaders, are chasing the next shiny object, thinking it will be their answer, or at least be fun for a while.  New things may be interesting, but they can’t make up for lack of follow through on what it takes to make the old things (that were once new things), produce their fruit.  

Amateurs crave distraction, while pros are keeping their committments, “but in chair” following through. 

 

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September 20, 2016

"Nibble your way lost"

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Which cut dulled the saw? Well, no one that was noticable. But it got dull nonetheless.

If we don’t sharpen ourselves, we lose a little each day, until we have lost our edge too.

Top performers always improve themselves, even when they are doing well.

How about you?

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September 19, 2016

You can't learn from yourself

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

You can only learn from yourself by making mistakes and trying again.  And while we do use this strategy, it is way too slow (and costly) to get ahead.  We must learn from other people.

Even and especially leaders – the ones at the top of their organizations, must learn from others.  

Seminars, trainings, books, magazine articles, internet searches – keep learning.

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September 16, 2016

Learn how to do it better

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

If you are too busy doin’ it, and don’t have time for reflection and learning, you can’t get better at it.  

Don’t you need to get better?

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September 15, 2016

Believe in someone

Larry Janesky: Think Daily

Some people are living far below their potential because they don’t believe in themselves.  All they need is someone to come along and tell them they believe in them.

You can be that person today….

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