Saturday, January 3, 2009

Continuous Course Correction

During the Apollo program space missions and the effort to reach the moon the astronauts had to calculate the drift and manually execute course corrections every ten minutes during the entire flight. To reach any worthy goal you have to ensure you maintain the course over the longer term. What course corrections might you need to make in order to keep your focus?

Friday, January 2, 2009

Look Out For The Group

Although I don't have an agricultural background I understand that animals kept outdoor in the winter tend to stay close together when it gets colder or stormy. They use each others warmth and protection as a group. Have you noticed how geese fly in formation for increased wind speed? It is important to maintain good, trustworthy networks. Take care of your colleagues, customers and affiliates. Keeping together provides good protection in tougher times.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Learn, Earn, Return

Some people say there are three stages to life. First you learn, you invest your time, study and go to school. After that, it is time to earn, go to work to create value, learn to sell, make money and so on. And finally you return, i.e. give back to society through donations and voluntary work etc. I was thinking that this cycle not only applies to life but every endeavor you are involved with. First you learn, then you do, then you help and teach others to do it too.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Today And Your Future

Your present is a result of your past history and today you are currently shaping your future with your attitudes and actions. The only time you have at your disposal is the now. Today you have access to all the resources you need to create the changes you want. Every time you procrastinate you continue to push your future further out. Make a decision to work on your future today and every day!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Permanent Decisions

Don't make any permanent decisions when you are overcome with temporary emotion. Make it a principle to not respond while you are upset, angry or depressed. Ask for time to think it over and calm yourself down. For major decisions ask for 48 hours, if possible. When responding in writing while in affect, wait to send the mail for at least 12 hours, to give you time to sleep on it and review it, to see that you still agree with the words, before you send it.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Complementary Teams

In our private lives, most of the time we are attracted to opposite temperaments. This make our relationships exciting and dynamic. It is relatively common though, we get upset at each other for the same features later on. Isn't that interesting? Let's not only accept our differences but see the benefits of them. In our professional life, on the other hand, we often make the mistake to hire like minded people. Instead, let's hire complementary skills and temperaments to our team.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Don't Fear Failure

When kids learn to ride a bike, inevitably they will fall off and get hurt. That's part of the learning process. To learn bicycling properly they have to overcome the pain of failure and jump up on the bike and try again. The same learning process applies to you and me. Fail more often and you learn quicker. Quit being afraid of failure. Once you get used to failing your confidence will go up as you realize it is all part of your learning curve.
About the Author

Urban Gavelin a native Swede with more than twenty five years of business experience. He has held positions as director of sales- marketing- and business development on Nordic, European and World Wide levels. Urban has lived and worked in Stockholm, London and New York, now works primarily with leadership development and sales training and is a credentialed coach. He has studied Executive Management at Lausanne Business School and Stockholm School of Economics.

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