The business of problem-solving

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Every business solves a problem–they solve it with a product or service that does something to fix or improve a situation, a result, an outcome, a feeling, something. This is how value is created–you have a problem that needs resolving, you go and find a product or service that can do this, you’re happy to pay as you can’t do it yourself, or do it as well/quickly/cheaply/cleverly, etc.

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When simple is simply perfect

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I’m not even going to pretend for one moment that I have this totally sussed. I am definitely a simple work in progress. BUT what I do know is that every time I make something simpler in my business it works better.

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It won’t always work

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Making mistakes doesn’t mean you aren’t doing your Thing, or that you don’t have a great business. It just means you tried something and it didn’t work. That is all.

Now it might be that you chose the wrong time, the wrong offer, the wrong price, the wrong message, the wrong media, the wrong delivery method, the wrong title, …who knows? It might just have been the wrong day!

It doesn’t mean what you are doing is wrong. It just means something in the variable of what you did wasn’t right (and when I say right I mean right for your market—your ideal clients).

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The worst thing you can do

Your job is always to do your best, not your worst. And the worst thing you can do is create muddle and indecision. Limbo is not a great place to be. So don’t take anyone there.

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You decide

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When it comes down to it, there is really only one person who stands between you and your Thing and that’s you.

Of course, you can get help to find your Thing—help to shape it, help to package it, and brand it, and sell it. But only YOU can decide to do it—actually go out there are do the Thing.

It’s about jumping in with both feet to do your Thing and knowing that that’s what you’re here to do. There is no “Ohh, I’ll dip a toe in”—that’s never going to convince anyone… if you’re not 100% certain, then why would anyone buy from you?

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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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