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[13 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Tuesday Financial Focus
I am told that in any organisation, you can divide the people into three groups:

33% of the people know what the goal is, but not their role.
33% of the people know what their role is, but not the goal.
33% of the people know nothing!

How many meetings have I attended where that mantra holds true? And imagine if your favourite football team worked in that way? Oh, they …

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[2 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

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More Profit in Less Time – The Wednesday Tip
My “To Do” list is computerised. It has lots of jobnos (job numbers) and it stretches out a year into the future. There is too much on it to take in. Is yours like that?
So I have a few rules – fold it in half – your brain can only work on so much, and it cannot comprehend everything.

When compiling the …

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[3 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

Friday Feedback
Does the enormity of a big task sometimes seem overwhelming? It happens to all of us from time to time, and the difficulty is that sometimes we don’t even know where to start.
Those are the occasions when a shot in the dark might be your best stratgey. By that I mean, just get started. Do something, anything, just do something which is going to take you from where you are now, to where you want to be. Think about it this way . . .
Let’s say that I wanted …

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[17 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

More Profit in Less Time – The Wednesday Tip
Do you have too many meetings and too many unproductive meetings? One of the things I do to make meetings more fulfilling is to follow the OGASM process.

OGASM is a mnemonic which helps me to remember the 4 steps in the process. The 4 steps are GASM and the O is there to encapsulate it all.
G – Good
A – Any
S – Something
M – Most
Nearly all of my meetings start with the question “when we get to the end of this meeting, how …

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[5 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Friday Feedback

I was chatting with friends last night and one of them reminded me that we should never be swayed from our goals. Well respected authors Stephen Covey and Jim Collins both assert that great feats are achieved by people who dogmatically stick to their guns. When you’ve had a hard week, done a lot of work, and perhaps have not had quite as much recognition as you thought you might have deserved, reflect!
In the greater scheme of things, are you still heading in the right direction? You’ve probably had …