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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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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Are you doing it YOUR way?

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Are you running your business for you?

What I mean by that is are you doing it YOUR way or are you doing it the same way as other people who do what you ‘do’ are… or even the way you think it SHOULD be done.

Doing it your way is what will make you different and make you stand out. And it will also make your business easy for you as you’ll never have to ‘work out’ how to do what you do differently, you just will…

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Rehearsing and the real thing

I’m not a good rehearser. I can ‘run through’ things, but to do an ‘as perfect’ performance without an audience I find really tough. That’s not to say I don’t prepare–and I don’t recommend you don’t either–but be OK that the ‘first time’ might be the first time.

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2 steps forward and 1 step back

Are you dancing?

Taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back in a cha-cha style? If dancing’s your Thing then that’s allowed :) but if your Thing is anything else, it’s not!

1 step followed by another step is what it takes to keep moving into your spotlight.

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Get wise with your whys – for stories that sell

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Stories sell.

And if you don’t like ‘selling’ try stories instead.

Obviously I am very strong proponent of the adage that people buy from people but it’s true for my business and all the business owners I work with.

Now much as you can ‘create’ a brand around who you are, what really sells you are your stories.

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