Sound advice on what NOT to do in business — some good New Year resolutions for 2009

I was reading the UK Business Forum ‘Round-up of 2008’ email today (part of the very useful www.businesszone.co.uk), and this article was the one that caught my eye.

Now I love a to-do list as much as the next person (OK so I probably love them more), but I really loved the idea of ‘What to include on your not to do list’. The article was written by Robert Craven, who is MD of The Directors Centre.

Here’s what I nodded my head at…

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Growing in business

We’re all growing all the time – in our business, in our reach, in our skills, in ourselves. But how much of this are you consciously making happen. Where’s the stretch?

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Teach don’t Preach

If your Thing is something ‘new’ or a new angle on some-thing,then you may need to teach your audience about it. This is NOT the same as preaching to them about it.

So set out your classroom and educate your pupils so they see for themselves your Thing is an answer.

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Well, that didn’t work…

You’d think I have this Thing all figured out, right? Well, most of the time I do and then sometimes some-thing comes along and I get a big smack round the chops to remind me I MUST do it my way!

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Wonderful things happen when you believe in your Thing

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No, I don’t have a magic wand that I am going to wave all Fairy Godmother like in your direction and shower you with sparkly dust to make wonderful things happen. Because I don’t need to.

There is a big difference, however, between knowing what your Thing is, doing it, and BELIEVE-ing in it.

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Less is More (but do it often)

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Less is very often more when it comes to Marketing and sharing your Thing. ‘Spreading yourself too thin’ is a very likely outcome when you try and be in too many places at once, Marketing-wise. And you know this, I am sure, yet still… sometimes… shiny shiny new marketing objects come along and look oh so distracting!

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