Blending and Boundaries

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I used to be pretty proud of my multitasking talents. I was one of those “Yeah, I’m a girl and I can do EVERYTHING at once and won’t be told I can’t, either” types. Now, while I still can do a lot of things, I’ve learnt that I am MUCH better at them when they are done one at a time. Apart from singing loudly and driving (I can still multitask that no problem–much to the embarrassment of my small people) I get ‘jobs’ done one at a time.

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Taking the chances

I’d like to be able to tell you that everything that happens in business is all very organised and proper and happens as part of a process. And it does—most of the time. But sometimes you have to take chances and see opportunities for what they really are. And sometimes they won’t make perfect sense but you just know they are what you have to do.

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It doesn’t have to be shiny and new

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Having a signature dish or programme gets you noticed and remembered. If you are changing your recipe all the time then how do we know what your brilliant Thing is? Being in your spotlight means being consistent and having a clear signature that we can see. If you are chopping and changing all the time it’s confusing for us and it’s diluting your brilliance.

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You wouldn’t serve a bowl of chips

It’s the ‘best dress in the shop window’ scenario, it’s the ‘fire the big guns first’ option. Don’t offer tasters of anything less than what you do that’s brilliant when you’re faced with hungry potential customers. Serve them a little bit of your steak not a bowl of chips.

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The long way round

Sometimes we know we’re ‘almost there’, but instead of taking the step to the left, we take about 47 right turns to end up there instead. And that’s OK.

Sometimes you’ll meet people who found their Thing, worked out their business model and got their positioning or niche right in one go. And then there will be other people (I was one of them) who took quite a few steps to get there. And shorter isn’t always better if you paid attention along the way.

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Expect the Unexpected

Of course, being British I have this expectation built in when it comes to the weather (expecting the unexpected!), but it’s a good way of thinking when it comes to business too.

Much as it’s important to have a plan—and it’s always a good idea to have a goal—sometimes something will just ‘show up’ that is unexpected.

This can be good unexpected or bad unexpected…

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