Saturday, March 26, 2011

Think On Paper

I had a creative and productive boss many years ago. He taught me the art of "thinking on paper". Always, regardless of subject, he would take a clean sheet of paper and start to write and draw as we discussed the topic. I've used this technique ever since. Next time you are facing an issue take out a paper and start to write down you thoughts in a list or using a mind-mapping technique.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spend Less Than You Earn

The first rule of money management says; spend less than you earn and save the difference. If you have not already, create a budget for yourself and for your business and stick to it. Be sure to put aside part of your income every month. This is the beginning of accumulation of wealth. The sooner you start the sooner you will have your first million.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

No Such Thing As Failure, Only Feedback

There are no failures, only opportunities to learn and improve by the feedback generated by our mistakes. Thomas Edison, the inventor with more than 1,000 patents to his name, did over four thousand experiments with the light bulb before he could make it work. He said: "Now I know another way in which it can't be done." Remember, there is no such thing as failure, only feedback!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Prepare, Be There, Do Your Best

Since so much in life is outside your control, I mean external events and other people with their whims and wishes, all you can really do to move ahead is to prepare, be there and do your best! If you want to advance your career, win the loved one of your heart, raise happy children or assist in bringing about world peace, it is that simple: prepare yourself well, show up and do your best.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Feared Things First

Do your "FTF" - Feared things first! Make the dentist appointment, call that angry customer or deal with the ugly mess you have been putting off for a long time. Once you cleared the feared thing out of your mind you will have more energy to focus on the important stuff, like relationships and results.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Promptly And Profitably

Become a person known for dependability and speed. Do things swiftly when assigned a task. Develop a reputation for getting things done quickly and with quality. You generate value through action. The faster you act the more value you create. When you do things promptly, both you and the world will profit.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Not Always At My Desk

Do people have an expectation that you are sitting at your desk patiently waiting to respond immediately to every e-mail they send? Why not add a sentence to your signature in Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes. It could say something like: “I am not always at my desk and only check my email 2-3 times per day. If your matter requires my urgent attention, please contact me or send me a SMS.”
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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