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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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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Keep checking the end of your own nose…

Now, I know that you already know that your Thing is on the end of your nose. So yes, it’s as plain as day to everyone else, but often you look straight past it… and yet it’s the very thing that you do brilliantly and don’t always notice. And don’t think that you don’t have to keep checking the end of your nose either…

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It’s BIGGER than you think!

Yes, I know that you are supposed to get ‘small’ and specific with what you do—you can’t be everything to everyone, after all. BUT sometimes you can think too small.

Now, when I say small what I really mean is ‘blinkered’—if you’re good at something and that’s what you ‘do’, it’s sometimes difficult to see everything that’s ‘around’ what you do—but that’s what your Thing is: everything!

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Julie Johnson, Reel-Leader.com

Lucy really does know her stuff, but more importantly she works in such a way that you feel understood, challenged in a good way, and fully supported.

The confirmation of how I can market in a way that feels right, is easier and more authentically me, have had a profound effect.

I have no hesitation in recommending her work and would like to say a public Thank You to Lucy from me – it’s great to have you in my corner and in my network!

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Is it really that important? (or are you just ‘being busy’)

I’m still working on this one–as I love to ‘work’–BUT the key, of course, to getting anything great done with your Thing is to do the ‘right work’.

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