Some business and life advice

Time to get a teensy bit philosophical again…here are some thoughts around business and life and how we can grow in both. Blablabla.

Focus

Life doesn’t give you oceans of time. Become something today. It takes one minute to change your mind. One minute. Your new life can start now – all you need is a little spark called determination.

Meetings

Every meeting should have a purpose. Decision/learning. It should be evaluated(!) afterwards. Was it wasting everybody’s time?

Can you be nice and still successful in business/life?

I sure hope so. I’m a nice guy. I still want to think I’m pretty successful and want to be even more so. Bulldozing shouldn’t be a good way to success. It should be punished.

Be a Giraffe

Hold your head high, observe yourself, the competition, the world and sniff out new opportunities. Eat leaves. (That might be a stretch).

Action

Stop being negative, stop talking about what’s bad – DO something about it.
Why I chose the keyword ACTION? It’s because life and business and work is all about doing and reacting, and there’s already too much talking – which means there’s plenty of bullshitting. Especially in sales, business, and meetings.

Honesty

Be honest. Be clear. Both when you communicate to employees, colleagues, customers and partners. Don’t promise something there isn’t. Never disappoint – Impress! Under promise and Over deliver.

You are responsible

You might complain. You might say your boss is an asshole/moron/piece of shit. But in the vast majority of the cases, YOU can change things around. YOU can ask the questions. YOU can drive the change. YOU can take charge. It will likely work and if it doesn’t – at least you tried. If you don’t try – don’t complain. You are in charge of your destiny.

You are the product/brand

You might be employed, but you are employed for YOUR skills. See yourself as a service partner, a consultant selling your skills. Aim to be the best and you’ll always have rewarding work. You are an asset. Talent is everything.

And that’s why HR is working also with asset management.

Interns

Every company wants people to work for free, that’s obvious. But many companies treat their interns like idiots and make them pour the coffee and compile boring and unnecessary reports instead of doing actual work. If you accept interns on the right basis, if you interview them and treat them like employees and actually spend some REAL time on them – they can do a lot more for your business than bring you coffee. They can be the motor of innovation and new thinking. And if you take time to coach them and give them real assignments they can prove to great talent for hiring after the internship or later.

Excellence

Make your customers smile. This is how good your product or idea should be. Smile.

Always improve, always progress. Look at yourself as objectively as possible. Don’t beat yourself down too hard, but don’t be too nice either.

The client always wants more. The competition is growing, the offering gets better and better and the service provider needs to listen to customers and step up.

You are the product

Time to get a teensy bit philosophical again…here are some thoughts around business and life and how we can grow in both. Blablabla.

Focus

Life doesn’t give you oceans of time. Become something today. It takes one minute to change your mind. One minute. Your new life can start now – all you need is a little spark called determination.

Meetings

Every meeting should have a purpose. Decision/learning. It should be evaluated(!) afterwards. Was it wasting everybody’s time?

Can you be nice and still successful in business/life?

I sure hope so. I’m a nice guy. I still want to think I’m pretty successful and want to be even more so. Bulldozing shouldn’t be a good way to success. It should be punished.

Be a Giraffe

Hold your head high, observe yourself, the competition, the world and sniff out new opportunities. Eat leaves. (That might be a stretch).

Action

Stop being negative, stop talking about what’s bad – DO something about it.
Why I chose the keyword ACTION? It’s because life and business and work is all about doing and reacting, and there’s already too much talking – which means there’s plenty of bullshitting. Especially in sales, business, and meetings.

Honesty

Be honest. Be clear. Both when you communicate to employees, colleagues, customers and partners. Don’t promise something there isn’t. Never disappoint – Impress! Under promise and Over deliver.

You are responsible

You might complain. You might say your boss is an asshole/moron/piece of shit. But in the vast majority of the cases, YOU can change things around. YOU can ask the questions. YOU can drive the change. YOU can take charge. It will likely work and if it doesn’t – at least you tried. If you don’t try – don’t complain. You are in charge of your destiny.

You are the product/brand

You might be employed, but you are employed for YOUR skills. See yourself as a service partner, a consultant selling your skills. Aim to be the best and you’ll always have rewarding work. You are an asset. Talent is everything.

And that’s why HR is working also with asset management.

Interns

Every company wants people to work for free, that’s obvious. But many companies treat their interns like idiots and make them pour the coffee and compile boring and unnecessary reports instead of doing actual work. If you accept interns on the right basis, if you interview them and treat them like employees and actually spend some REAL time on them – they can do a lot more for your business than bring you coffee. They can be the motor of innovation and new thinking. And if you take time to coach them and give them real assignments they can prove to great talent for hiring after the internship or later.

Excellence

Make your customers smile. This is how good your product or idea should be. Smile.

Always improve, always progress. Look at yourself as objectively as possible. Don’t beat yourself down too hard, but don’t be too nice either.

The client always wants more. The competition is growing, the offering gets better and better and the service provider needs to listen to customers and step up.

Writing and Reading

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Writing and reading. Yin and Yang. Talking and listening. Taking in and giving out.

Sometimes we forgot that this circle of communication is important to stay a circle and not an 180 degree monologue. The importance of course being to listen, to read, to take in what others give you.

If you love to write, you should also love to read. How else would you grow, find inspiration, and learn from others?

I can be quite a talker I must admit. My brain is on constant tap, ready to spew out something. I’ve been said to suffer from everything between brain-diarrhea to narcissism.

But I’ve tried to work on that. I’ve really tried to become a better listener and less of a talker (the last one is a bit of a struggle though). I’m not sure I’m there yet and I think my dear Lenah would agree that sometimes my brain goes either on overdrive (a bit hyper and with a lot of bad jokes) or underdrive where there’s something going on behind the scenes (I’m usually not aware of what’s happening myself) and I’m slow like a snail stapled to a sticky seat.

Working on yourself, on your weaknesses, on improving the person you are, is I think a defining trait and skill in a personality and will help you become better in whatever your undertake.

The reason I chose the headline Writing and Reading is because I think that if you want to be a good writer, you need to read a LOT, you need to listen a LOT (dialogue writing skills), and you need to write a LOT, because only practice makes perfect and you need to rewrite, rewrite, rewrite and edit, edit, edit to get a product you’re happy with.

This goes for ourselves as well.

The Simple Things

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I want to take a moment and be a bit philosophical. Please bear with me…

In school you’re usually asked to write about the things you like. Whether it’s playing with your friends, riding your bike, or buying new toys, it’s good to ask yourself the question, as a kid and more importantly as an adult – what makes you feel good? What do you like to do? What brings you enjoyment?

You might end up with a long list of things or you might just get a handful. The important thing is to single out those that are easily achievable and “simple”.

Many people think you need to be rich to experience the good times regularly, but you don’t. You only need to learn how to appreciate the right moments and the simple things.

So what’s a simple thing? That is entirely up to you. It can be a morning coffee with the newspaper (I feel good just picturing that), a Springtime walk through a park, a glass of wine with your loved one, a pint of beer with friends, a refreshing jog, a bike ride, a tennis match, a Sunday drive, a nice talk with a friend, a good book, pretty much anything.

These are all things that could make me feel like a million bucks and basically cost me nothing. The key is to pause at the right moment and just feel, to remind yourself that this moment is good, this moment is a blessing, that you’re actually one lucky bastard to feel that good.

It’s all about appreciation and understanding; to appreciating the good times and understanding why they are good and why there’s no-one to stop you having them.

It’s the beauty in the simple things in life. Because then every life can be wonderful, inspirational, and fulfilling – no matter the outside circumstances (there are of course other things that factor in as well, but I think you know what I mean).

Remember that you don’t need a Maserati, a 60-inch LED TV, the latest espresso machine, the 27-inch iMac, that Gucci dress, the Louboutin shoes, the Prada handbag. You may want these things, but you don’t need them.

I want them too. I want all of that and more and I work hard as hell to get there. But I try my best to sometimes stop for a minute and just look at a leaf as its slowly sailing to the ground and think that I’m experiencing life in one of its most glorious moments.

I know it’s an extreme and corny example, but it paints the picture.

Do you appreciate the simple things in life? Why not ask yourself that question, because it might change everything.

Because even a very complicated life can sometimes be very simple and beautiful.