Saturday, August 29, 2009

Relationships And Business

I remember having a meeting in the office of one of my larger customers in New York one time. During our discussion we came to talk about relationships and how they affect business. The CEO was a man of Jewish decent and I will never forget his sentiment; "I don't believe in hate. Hate is not good for business." The moral point aside, from a practical point of view, obviously good relationships are better for business.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Make It Happen!

You become known for dependability and speed when you follow orders through immediately and don't procrastinate. When you get things done quickly two things will happen; you will achieve results and you will get promoted. A bias for action is key. Don't wait for things to happen. Make them happen! Don't talk about them or think about them. Just do them! Get things done quickly.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Focus On The Future

There is little value in reminiscence over what has been. Let's look ahead and focus on our future. We can learn from our past experiences but shouldn't allow our past to keep us stuck and hold us back from our future possibilities. If you’re constantly talking about what was, you’re robbing yourself of what will be. Your past is not equal to your future. See your past as your teacher and use your past to inform your future.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Competence, Contacts And Capital

To build anything of value in any sense of the word, the most important assets you can apply are competence, contacts and capital, and in that order. With technical skill (being good at what you do) you tend build up your reputation and network of contacts (people who think about you in favorable light) will grow over time. Then capital is easier to attract. Work first on your competence and contacts then capital will follow.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

How Serious Are You?

Most people misunderstand and fail to define the word serious correctly. They view it as stoic, non-smiling, stiff, non-humorous, and boring. That is not the case! Seriousness is the intention, the intensity, and the focus that you put into your work ethic and your personal ethics. Serious is a way of life, a way of business, a way of selling, and a way of serving. How serious are you?

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Victory Called Success

The victory we call success goes to the best prepared, self believing, right associated, self taught, responsible person, who sees opportunity and is willing to take a risk to seize it - sometimes a big risk. Are you that person?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Compare Performance To Potential

It is said that Tiger Woods continues his tough practicing schedule even though he is already the best in the world at his craft. He is comparing his performance to his potential and knows he has not arrived yet. We are all on a constant journey of growth. We learn, we get better, we learn some more and get better yet. When comparing performance to potential we can still get better. Everyone started out as a beginner and rarely reach his or her maximum potential. There is always room to learn more.
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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