Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Wishing Staircase

Everything we want in life and business starts with a wish to achieve it. At that point there is a wishing staircase to walk up through. The first step is wish, the second is desire, then hope and next the belief that this is possible. Less than one out of ten walk up the stairs this far, but there is one more step to go, namely to plan of action. Only 2% of the population go all the way. Are you one of them?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Criteria For Decision Making

When you are trying to make a decision it is helpful to establish criteria for your decision making. Ask yourself three questions; What am I trying to achieve? What am I trying to avoid? and What am I trying to preserve? Having the end result in mind will help you hone in on the best alternative. Make the criteria measurable. What must happen? How do you determine a successful outcome?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Common Denominator Of Success

The common denominator of success, the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful, lies in the fact that successful people form the habit of doing things that failures don't like to do. So what are the things that failures don't like to do? They are the exact same things that successful people, including you and I, don't like to do. The common denominator of success then lies in the disciplining of habit and motivation to carry it out every day.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Quantity Of Questions, Quality Of Answers

There is a direct proportion between the quantity of the questions we ask and the quality of the answers we come up with. The more good, relevant questions you ask of yourself and others the better solutions you will come up with. Don't always go with the first obvious answer. See how you can use the second answer you receive as part of your solution.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Crisis; A Dangerous Opportunity

The word for "crisis" in the Chinese language is made up of two Chinese letters; the first character meaning "opportunity" and the second meaning "danger". This brings us to a composite understanding of the word "crisis" to be equal to a "dangerous opportunity". Viewed this way we can acknowledge a crisis as a learning opportunity for our continued growth and development. Don't be afraid of dangerous opportunities. Embrace them!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Examine Your Assumptions

When you run into problems you can not easily solve, take a look at your assumptions. There may be something wrong in the underlying context. Someone once said; "Errant assumptions lies at the root of every problem." I am not sure if this is one hundred percent true but think it can often be the case. Examine your assumptions about your market, the size of the opportunity, the competence of the people involved etc. Take a closer look at your assumptions.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Champion Of Ideas

Every idea needs a champion. You may have the best ideas in the world but without someone who can inspire others and bring them into reality, nothing will happen. History shows us that it is the ideas with the best champions that survive not necessarily the best ideas. For every initiative in your organization you need to find a champion to carry it through.
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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