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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Listening

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When you’re busy doing your Thing it’s important to listen… listen to you, listen to your clients, listen to the market, listen to your body.

When you are listening you’ll do your Thing in the best way you can.

You know you are the best person to learn from…

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Stick to your knitting

I love this phrase—it’s a great way to say ‘Stay true to your Thing’. If you want to get famous for your Thing, keep doing it—consistently. If you change your Thing every 5 minutes it’s going to be hard for us to keep tabs on exactly what it is!

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Put a lid on it

Have a deadline for a decision, or a maximum number of people you can work with, or products you have available.

Having a limit (time, number, etc.) helps with decision making.

And that’s your responsibility as someone with a brilliant ‘Thing’ for sale—to help with decision making.

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You don’t need ALL the answers RIGHT NOW

When you’re an ambitious growing business it’s natural to want everything to happen RIGHT NOW, but sometimes it’s better to have only the answers you need NEXT to make sure you’re not missing a step.

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Structure sells

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When you have a fabulous Thing–especially when it’s simply something you see and get that other people don’t see or get–it’s important to build structure around it when selling it.

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