Back to The Basics

Sometimes business gets in the way of doing work. Sometimes we get so caught up in the minutiae that we lose focus on the magnificent.  When this happens, it’s time to get back to the basics.

bizninja1. Goals

  • What do you want to accomplish?

2. Objectives

  • What are the major milestones that will assist you in reaching your goals?

3. Strategies

  • Decide the plan of action to achieve your objectives

4. Tactics

  • Identify the tools you will use to implement your strategies.

5. Metrics

  • Measure your results

6. Improvement

  • Make adjustments as needed and fail fast.


No Food Allowed

This picture was taken just over a year ago in the hospital lobby where my youngest son had just been born.  I was sent to the cafeteria vending machines to find something palatable for the tired mother of my adorable baby boy.  My sister drop me off a Jamba Juice so I had to put things down in order to figure out how to carry it all.

No Food Allowed

I understand that a hospital is a place where crumbs may not be wanted but the rest of the rest of the lobby was a ‘food ok’ zone.  This table, with its free magazines and hospital fliers was apparently worthy of this custom made tent placard.

Break The Rules

There are times when obeying the rules is a good idea.  Not smoking at the gas pump is a great rule to obey as is not climbing into the lion exhibit at the zoo but sometimes it’s important to break the rules a bit.  Our school systems teach kids that the only way to get a good grade is by memorization and not sharing.  The real world is a lot more open and comparing notes during a test in life is usually a great way to get to a better solution.

What Now?

Don’t go breaking any laws and say that ‘that guy on the internet’ told you to.  Instead pay attention to situations where you feel your inhibitions stop you from taking a step towards a worthwhile goal and break the rule you previously made for yourself that said you don’t take risks.  Scared of speaking in public?  Join Toastmasters.  Never tried Sushi?  Call me and I’ll take you to my favorite place for the Tyler Roll.  Been waiting to apply for that big promotion?  Take the leap.  Break the rules.  It’s your turn.

PS. Happy Birthday to my amazing son!