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“Insights” junkies’ nation

Nov 13 2012
By: Doron York
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Recently I had an epiphany during one of my coaching sessions with one of my clients. I have discovered that we, as human beings are what I call “Insight” junkies. There is a distinct difference between an In-Sight and a Break-Through.

I have noticed that people often say during a self-discovery process: “I had a breakthrough”, which I now see that they meant I had an “Insight” and that is not clearly distinguished for most.

Let me offer my limited wisdom:

I define an “In-Sight”–as a result of self-examination that is located in temporality, like random thoughts that impact nothing. Like a revelation or an Ahhaaa..moment. You can say that insight happens by default out of a self-discovery process and does not require much effort, at least in most cases. It is unconscious activity. It happens in an indirect way, an unexpected turn or my favorite: a day dream.

Vs.

A “Break-Through” – happens when an “In-Sight” is translated into actions and outcomes which ultimately causes an alteration of one’s way of operating in life in distinct, visible, noticeable and measurable ways. It is a conscious and intentional effort that requires work, i.e. actions and activities that are directed in a specific direction, a guided process inside a particular time frame.

Saying it another way, translating your “In-Sight” into action(s) creates the possibility of a “Break-Through”. Being in a State of “Break-Through” is a result or an outcome of the sum of the work that is being done in translating an “In-Sight” into reality.

An “In-sight” is no more than a memory we have. Although there is nothing wrong with having insights, it is the first state of any self-discovery process and its usefulness will be realized only if, and when, it is being used to produce a “Break-Through”.

So what do you do from here?

  • Stop dreaming and start acting.
  • Open your Insight Inventory™ and decide which of them you would like to turn into a “Break-Through”.
  • Define how it looks when it is done and complete.
  • Create the action items.
  • Put them in your Time Bank.
  • Get to work.

It is that simple. As long as you are clear that they are not the same, you will have the freedom to direct your life resources towards the future you need, desire or want to fulfill and to do it powerfully.

What breakthroughs are you up to?

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Run for your life!

Sep 13 2012
By: Doron York
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You may have heard the saying “Starting and running a successful business is a marathon not a sprint”. Well, I believe that’s true.  Additionally, it doesn’t matter how you start the run, it matters how you finish it. In my many years as a coach I have too often seen startup companies burst out of the starting gate at a sprint pace and before you know it they are running out of air (Resources that is).

Watching the recent Olympics I paid particularly close attention to the long distance runners, from the 1500m to the marathon runners.  My observations confirmed my assertion that it involves a particular strategy much more than just pure athleticism.

In business the same rules apply. It requires more than passion, great ideas and hard work to make a business a winner.  It requires entrepreneurs to manage his/her resources in a way that will carry them to finish line with some air left in their lungs.

Here are some power tips on how to run your marathon – starting and running your business that is:

  1. Strategize and focus on the finish line not the starting line – calculate the distance you need to cover and organize your resources to align with it.
  2. Run at your pace not the runners around you – have your own goals and make sure your actions are consistent with them. Focus on your breathing not your strides – managing your resources is more important than managing your actions. If you run out of resources, so goes your business.
  3. Plan your breakaway in advance – know your numbers and when to break away from the pack. As the saying goes patience is a virtue.
  4. Run your last lap as if it the last thing you will do in your life – It is not so much finishing first and winning gold, as much as it is putting yourself on the winning podium.

If you do not consider yourself a long distance runner, hire a coach.  It’s what winners often do.  It will increase your chance of winning and crossing the finish line by tenfold.

Are you up to the run of your life?

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So Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Jan 13 2012
By: Doron York
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This morning as I was driving to my office, I saw a chicken crossing the road. My immediate thoughts were that he was on a mad dash to escape Coronel Sanders or he was just trying to get to the proverbial other side of the road. I just shook my head at first and found the humor in situation.

If you have gotten the time to know me, you know that I have a very difficult time just taking things at face value. I analyze and over analyze things. Yeah I know what you’re thinking, where do you come up with some of this stuff and sometimes I am really not too sure myself. But hey it’s just me and that odd perception I have on life.

As I was driving, I started to think about that old joke or riddle (whichever your definition is, is fine) and started to think about it in a slightly more complex way. Why was that chicken really crossing the road? Was it because he was just wandering aimlessly with no direction and the road was merely a path he decided on at the spur of the moment to take? Did he perform some kind of logical thinking process to decide that he needed to obtain a different viewpoint?

Maybe there was something on the other side of the road which captured his attention and he needed to cross over to the other side to investigate. Or maybe still there was something on the other side of the street that he wanted and he decided that he need to make that trek to obtain the desired goal.

And another thing, why did it have to be a chicken? Why not an Anteater or Rhinoceros or a Llama for that matter? I can think of some pretty funny jokes about why an Anteater crossed the road.

No, I’m not crazy. I am going somewhere with this. There is a method to the madness I call the bizarre logic of The Bruce.

If you haven’t figured out yet where I am going, try and think for a moment of yourself, as bizarre as this may seem, as the object contemplating that journey. Are you doing it confidently and with a sense of self-assurance or are you that “chicken”.

Many would describe that chicken as a healthier alternative to meat, however a secondary definition, now readily available and accepted by such dictionaries as Merriam Webster is “as a coward in any of various contests in which the participants risk personal safety in order to see which one will give up first”. I will take it one step further and go out on a limb and proclaim it to be simply someone who is full of trepidation and unsure or unable to take the next step.

Okay, so now maybe I have you thinking, am I a chicken, or am I am ok, bold and unstoppable. Am I a little of both, or am I so incredibly complex that I am a bad Chinese placemat?

Now if you have managed to decipher who you really are, and I’m betting that many of you are not who you think you are, what is it that is on the other side of the road? Is it a matter of curiosity or is it a fundamental matter? Is it is something logical or is it speculative. The truth is, it is simply nothing more than change.

Sitting and staying on the same side of the road breeds complacency. As human beings, we love complacency. It’s warm and fuzzy and we have grown comfortable with it. If we are not forced to alter any portion of our being, we probably won’t.

I do believe however that if you want to be successful both in business and in your personal life; you need to be willing to face challenges.  We define ourselves by the number of risks that we are willing or not willing to take. Success beyond your wildest expectations and living life to the fullest extent means putting yourself out there and charging across the road.

What is on the other side of the road? I really don’t know. I believe it to be individualistic and therefore for you to figure out. It could be a new job opportunity, a partnership commitment, or simply an item on your “bucket list”.

Can I guarantee you that the grass will be greener, of course I cant. I can in fact however guarantee you one thing, and that is, that it will call for you to step out of your comfort zone and examine something that you have never experienced before.

Why did the chicken cross the road? Maybe it was for no other reason than he was hungry and saw no more corn feed in his sights so he needed to search for another opportunity to feed. For him, the potential gain exceeded the risk of starvation. He could no longer be complacent because it became a matter of survival.

Life is not about surviving; life is about living and making the very most out of each day. Yes, it’s challenging, but it is also adventurous and fun.

Take a risk today. Find something worth crossing the road for.

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Management is from Venus and Leadership is from Mars!

Jan 13 2012
By: Doron York
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In my years as an executive coach, I have found that many organizations are missing two of most critical distinctions in leadership development: Management vs. Leadership. Although they are at times correlated, for the most part, they are mutually exclusive. Most CLO’s and senior HR executives intellectually will agree with me, yet they really invest no resources or very few resources to powerfully address it. (I know. I know – it is not in your budget.  Poor excuse, considering the alternative – lack of performance.)

It seems that any time senior executives elect not to deal with the challenges or difficulties of senior management or leadership performance, “lack of resources” and “no room in the budget” almost always is to blame. A senior exec in a very large company responded once, “We know that we are facing very critical leadership issues, but we have no time to deal with it right now.  Our plates are full.” It seems like the corporate world invented the word “oxymoron.”

The bottom line is: this is the most valuable and critical investment any organization can make, and should be put on the top of its list. It is the most important line item in the budget. It is called Leadership Equity.

It is VERY critical for companies and organizations worldwide to read this briefing with a high level of attention. It will mean the difference between good performance and extraordinary performance, the difference between an average return on equity and an exceptional return on equity, the difference between high shareholder value and poor shareholder value. And for some companies, even the difference between staying in business or going out of business.

In order to have this be a useful conversation, I am using these distinctions exactly as stated in the following statements:

Management – The ability to consistently maintain order, to seamlessly integrate people, systems and process to work effectively and efficiently together, causing predictability and stability.

Leadership – The ability to invent possibilities, open new frontiers and cause features to become reality, now, through the engagement and participation of others.

To say it another way, leadership is about Being and management is about Doing. Leader’s main concern is creating the future and managers concern is, to get you there. Although for some professionals, it is a natural evolution to take the next step and to make the transition between the two worlds, for most it is not. This very distinct transition is not a linear progression.  If anything, it is fundamentally non-linear in nature. Excellent managers will not necessarily become excellent leaders, and exceptional leaders are not necessarily excellent managers (in fact, significant numbers of leaders are not) or have any real interest to become one.  It is possible, but not likely. Most often, both distinctions are spoken of in the same context; however, Management truly is from Venus and Leadership truly is from Mars.

To successfully allowing people to make the leap, if that is the intention, will call forth a completely distinct set of skills and, most importantly, a completely different set of commitments and choices. It can be the case that in a given organization, you will find an extraordinary manager that can become a great leader, but it is more rare than common.

Here are some power tips for those who have been trusted with developing your company’s leadership talent:

  1. Leaders are made on the court, not in the stands – in theory, there is no difference between practice and theory; in practice, there is. There is no way to have leaders emerge in theory.  They will emerge only in practice, one challenge at a time.
  2. Start early, not late – leaders are made, not born. (Yes I know, occasionally they are born with it, but again, that is rare.)  Give yourself the time you, and they need to be developed – to be able go from failure to failure and not lose their enthusiasm, passion, commitment and choices.
  3. The opportunity defines the leader, not the circumstances – the circumstances that leaders find themselves in or dealing with are irrelevant.  The opportunity they generate out of the circumstances is what builds and constructs their “Leadership DNA.” Breakdowns are the perfect training ground for leadership.
  4. You can put a price tag on skills, but the “heart” is priceless – it is not the skill set that you want to evaluate; it is the scope of the heart. Leaders need to have miles and miles of heart. It is the commitment that constitutes who they are that really counted, not the presence or absence of skills. You can teach skills, but you can’t teach heart.
  5. It is not about your organization’s needs and wants –it is about the organization’s long-term commitment. The journey of creating the opportunity for leadership is a journey without a destination.  Leadership is a place to come from, not a place to get to. It is a road that will never end.
  6. You can’t shape their “Leadership DNA” – it is their job, their choice; not yours and/or your organization’s.  The only way you can contribute is by creating the opportunity and then hands off, let them do the work. It is their journey, not yours – and they may never arrive.  That is a risk you will have to take.  There are no short cuts.

Have you ever heard the expression “punishment by reward”?  Rewarding an exceptional manager with a leadership opportunity without the organization’s unconditional commitment to their training and development and sufficient investment in their success can be detrimental and quite costly. It also requires a completely different roadmap for the discovery process: much more ontological than practical.

If this briefing comes across a bit harsh or strong, good!  I want to get your attention.  No offence is intended; quite, the opposite. In my profession, I have developed a deep appreciation for those who stand for leadership, causing people to take life head-on, and for those that are big enough to allow people to grow bigger than they themselves, ever imagined. It is quite extraordinary.

When the work is done, a great leader is measured, I say, by the number of leaders they inspired to be.

Remember: Leadership is much more of an art than a science!

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What do leaders and the Northern Salmon have in common?

Jan 09 2012
By: Doron York
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We discussed some of the fundamental elements of leadership in the last briefing.  Now let’s continue our “leadership fast-track boot camp”.

What do leaders and the Northern Salmon have in common? Well, here it is: at their core, the “DNA makeup” of both leaders and the Northern Salmon is to swim upstream. It is constant and never-ending.

The salmon don’t know any other way, because that is how their DNA is programmed. For leaders, however, this phenomenon is counterintuitive to the fundamental DNA makeup of human being. For people, this is not an automatic habit, or even a preference. Actually, the opposite is the case. As human beings, we are taught and educated to be comfortable, to go with the flow, to not make waves, and keep things smooth – even if the cost is high.

But there is one thing that your internal dialogue (your “evil twin”) forgot to tell you.  Your comfort zone is a waiting room for your life to be over. It could be said that even if you don’t get what you are really committed to, it is ok as long as you are going through life without breakdowns, interruptions, or disturbances.

Remember, the number one objective of human being is to survive life. The question is what is it that you are actually surviving?  Someone once said, “How you spend your time is how you spend your life”.  If that is true, then at the end of your life the most powerful, though discomfiting, and question could be, “What was the purpose of your being here?”  I suggest you ask yourself that question now, rather than waiting until your number has come up.

Leadership is about how you lived your life, not about how you survived it.  It is about making noise when there is silence; about creating breakdowns when there are none; about creating disturbances when there are no storms.  Leadership is about interrupting the drift of life for no reason other than to explore new possibilities and invent new frontiers.  In short, to swim upstream, and to do so with grace, passion and full self expression – full out and without holding anything back, so that when you die, you are all used up.

Here are some elements to help shape your leadership DNA:

  1. A future without breakdowns is a future that is not big enough – One of the most common ways that human beings learn is through what is no working. Leaders view breakdowns as an opportunity to cause a breakthrough. You can’t have one without the other. A leader knows that. A leader views a breakdown as simply an interruption in his/her commitment, nothing more and nothing less. Leadership is the art of working effectively and powerfully with breakdowns in ways that allow new possibilities for breakthroughs to arise.  Welcome them, embrace them, look for them and cause them!
  2. Interruptions are ways to get the world’s attention – A leader would rather ask for forgiveness than wait for permission. Leadership is not about accommodating business as usual. Leaders use interruptions as a way to get people’s attention.  Interruption is a powerful tool – don’t be afraid to use it!
  3. Disturbances will get people out of their comfort zone – One of the most dangerous threats to extraordinary and exceptional performance is complacency. When things are going well, people tend to slow down and to become comfortable. Wise leaders know how to create disturbances to make sure that people are on high alert.  Try it sometime – it can actually be quite fun!
  4. Making noise will cause people to wake up out of a deep coma – In the drift of business as usual, when there is some momentum, people’s experience is often one of being in the quiet after the storm, and they have the tendency to fall into the “deep coma syndrome”. The excitement and the energy that was part of working so concentratedly has disappeared and faded away. Leaders need to make the noise when there is silence. Get people awake and present, continuing to move forward. After all, if you’re not moving forward, you are moving backwards.  You may not be the most popular person, but you will be the very effective one.  Remember – “In the end, it’s all about the results, stupid!”
  5. You swimming upstream will have people question their own habits – It might be the most difficult task to swim upstream, for it requires constant effort. Although you may experience a lot of resistance and inertia at first, over time people will start questioning why they aren’t swimming in the other direction. Changing people’s habits is a very tedious job. You can impact their habits only by impacting your own.  You need to be the change you want to see in others!

In order for a leader to have an impact, they must construct and assemble their “leadership DNA” so that swimming upstream becomes their natural expression – to the point that they do not know any other way, just like the Northern Salmon. It just becomes the way that life is, period.

Leadership is the kind of phenomenon that is not about privilege. Rather, it is about duty and responsibility. You got entrusted with the kingdom, and what will happen to it is up to you – and you alone.  You have trusted and knowledgeable people around you. Use them, empower them, acknowledge them – but at the end of the day, they’re all looking at you, kid.

There is an old saying: “When you are right, no one remembers, but when you are wrong, no one forgets”.  That’s the life of a leader.  Do you still want it?

Remember – your life is waiting, don’t be late!  See you in the northern waters.

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Take 5! – Listen to your coach!

Nov 21 2011
By: Doron York
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It is time to take an Annual Business Audit. As we approach the end of the year, it is a critical time for business owners to assess where they are and where they want to be. One of the most important elements of success is to know exactly where you are in any given moment in time. I am going through this process with my own business as well with many of my clients. I would like to share it with you.

My experience has led me to the conclusion that it is highly important to do my Annual Business Audit before we are taken “hostage” by the holiday spirit. Although there is a lot of festivity, it also comes with a notion of despair and hopes. We say “hope is not a management strategy”. If you take care of your business you will enjoy the holiday with much more satisfaction and freedom. It does not have to be a complex process. The simpler it is the most powerful the outcome will be.

Let’s do it following these steps:

What is my score? – Look to see how you did against your plan – What worked and what did not. You can learn as much about what not to do as well as what to do. Be authentic and straight, tell the truth. As my late business partner used to say; “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off”.

Create an Accomplishments Inventory – It is often the one thing that we overlook, skip and or undermine in the course of everyday life, especially the high achievers among us: acknowledging our accomplishment that is.  We have a universal fundamental habit to look at that which was not accomplished, missed and or missing. Although there is nothing wrong with this approach, it can somewhat diminish our ability to operate with self-generated power and freedom. This exercise is not designed to boost your ego or to pat ourselves on the back (Although we all need it from time to time), it is designed merely to acknowledge what is so, the way that it is and the way that it is not.

  • What I have intended to accomplish in my business this past year and I DID?
  • What I have intended to accomplish in my business this past year and I DID NOT?
  • What are some of the accomplishments I have had in my business this past year that I did NOT intend or plan for?

Face-Up and Clean-Up in order to be complete –  make sure you take the responsibility to clean up any broken promises, incomplete actions, undelivered communications, unfulfilled intentions. To claim your power you need to create the state of being complete. Without being complete there is no new beginning and the world will not listen to you powerfully.

Create a new BHAF (Big Hairy Audacious Future) for your business – be bold, dream far and play big, it beats the alternative. It is your business and your future. Makes it as small or as big as you want to; you are the only limit, there are no other limits. The world rewards boldness.

Money makes the world (businesses) go around – A car without fuel is no good to anyone. Make sure your tank is full. Budget yourself for success and not for failure. A business is a living entity that has needs. Like a tree, if you want to pick up the fruit; you need to water the tree. If you take care of your business, your business will take care of you. A future without resources to support it is just a “Pipe Dream”. A vision without execution is just an illusion.

Share your Future – The more people you tell and share your new future with, the bigger the support you will get (even if you do not what it at time). Broadcast your future from the top of your lungs and make it as public as possible. It will far easier for you to fulfill it then cleaning up the mess when you did not.

Rearrange your Committed Environments – As we have stated over and over again, unless your environment is willing to become a Committed Environment in order to support the fulfillment of your new BHAF it will be a struggle. Ask yourself, are my environments realigned and conditioned to support my BHAF?

The last test is to answer the following: Am I inspired to give 100% of myself to my new BHAF? If you can’t authentically as a matter of your word, say yes; go through the steps until you do.

Have a happy and enjoyable holiday,

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Leadership – It’s not a part-time job!

Nov 13 2011
By: Doron York
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The next few briefings are designed to powerfully address some of the misconceptions about leadership.  We will go straight into the heart of leadership, nonbiased and unscripted. It is not necessarily the most popular version or what one would like to hear, but it is the naked truth.

It seems that some people mistake leadership for a position of power, which is authority.  Although leaders seem to have power, it does not come from control or domination or designation. It mainly comes from whom they are being and what they are representing.

Over the years, we have witnessed people in the workplace who, when promoted to a higher position, paid more attention to the privileges and the perks of the position than to the context of it. Authority can be handed to someone; leadership needs to be earned.  In other words, while authority can be appointed, leadership must always be claimed.

The following is some of the fundamentals and core elements of leadership. You may want to consider if you are up to it!

  1. A leader is what a leader does – You’ve heard the expression before, “People pay attention what you do, not to what you say.” You can’t use lip service as a form of leadership.  If you don’t walk the talk, they will not follow. Your credibility will go downhill, and you lose your turn in line. Consider that as you climb higher, you should allow yourself to possess or have fewer privileges and rights. After all, people are watching.
  2. Leadership does not come with an On/Off switch – once a leader, always a leader. You can’t turn it off; take a break or go to sleep. Once you claim your place as a leader, people will always expect your leadership, any time, anywhere,  any place, under any circumstances. No ifs, no buts, and no excuses. Beware – if you can’t stand the heat, don’t enter the kitchen. Remember, people do not extend sympathy to failed leaders.  After all, you enrolled them in who you are and what you are up to, and besides – you’re the one that gets paid the big bucks!
  3. Yes, it is lonely at the top – you are on your own and truly; no one cares. You asked for it; you got it. The only lifeline you have is your stand and your commitment. Moving forward step by step and sticking to your values and principles no matter what. You do or die by your own sword. At your funeral, there will be those who say you were the best, there are those who could care less, and then you become old news.
  4. You are as good as yesterday’s results – what you going to do for us today? This is the fundamental daily question. You can’t rest on yesterday’s accomplishments too long. There are leaders in the waiting room. Do not try to explain, justify or reason yourself.  It will not work (maybe…once or twice at most). Leadership is about translating your vision or possibility into specific and measurable quantified results, in reality – and nothing less.
  5. Leadership is not a popularity contest – it is not about whether people like you or not. Being liked has nothing to do with leadership. It is not about being popular or about the great personality you may possess or what kind of a person you are. Although those things can add to the total sum of your leadership, it is really about people respecting you. It is about doing. What is right vs. doing the right thing, being complete with yourself, and doing it all without agreement and without a loss of power.

Putting all humor aside, leadership is what it is, whether you like it or not. Leadership is not a place to get to or reward to have.  It is a place to come from. It is like being on a journey without a destination. It is about the present time – right here, right now – and who you are being in the matter.

Leadership is what transforms a vision into a reality. It is the bold speaking of your intentions…and the actions, which speak louder than the words. It is making the impossible possible, time after time after time, year after year after year. Leadership is the power to create the circumstances. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.

Are you still interested?

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From Inflaion to Recession to Depression?

Aug 13 2011
By: Doron York
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My late grandfather used to say” if you don’t listen to the news and don’t read the newspaper, life is actually pretty good.” I have noticed in recent years that all news organizations have moved from being reporting agencies to being “news makers.” There are as many so called expert opinions as people living in this country. Instead of bringing facts to the attention of people, they now tell people how to think and how to feel.

I have found myself having this particular conversation over and over lately; I thought it might be valuable to share it with all of you. I am a very optimistic person and a man of possibilities; I never surrender myself into negative conversations. However, if I for one have learned anything from the recent financial crisis it is that as a small-business owner, a coach, it is time to get our heads “out of the sand” and read the writing on the wall. The economic recovery is way, way slower than what the media or the government presents.

I will say that, in my humble opinion, we are approaching a moderate depression. At least it appears that way for the middle class. I want to be wrong. I do. I say be intentional for the best and plan for the worse, as the saying goes.

I know in dire times human beings find comfort in hope. However hope is not a management strategy. The government can’t help, really. My assertion is that no one in Washington knows what to do, not this time. It is like being inside quick sand; the more you try to get out of it the more you are stuck in it.

The following power tips are designed to give you, the small business owner practical guidelines to get out of hope and into action:

Stop worrying about the global economy and start focusing on your immediate environment– As a small-business owner, the global crisis has nothing to do with your business, not really. Focus on what is local as that is where most of your business is coming from.

Do not invest your cash flow into your business – companies do not go out of business because they are losing money. They go out of business because they are running out of cash. It is time to move from inspiration to preservation. Preserve you cash; it is what will keep the door open.

Increase the value proposition to your existing customers – it is much more cost-effective to keep a customer than acquire a new one. The difference is quite substantial. Put 80% of your focus on listening to your current customers instead looking for new ones. Give them more than they expect, they will come back.

Top-Grade your staff – yes you heard right, Top-Grading. There are highly qualified people in the market that will be willing to work for much less. It is unfortunate, yet it is the reality out there. It will upgrade the experience and satisfaction of your customers. They want to be loyal, give them a reason, and they will.

Most of all do not panic – as my partner Bruce always says; apply the “60-second second rule.” Take an extra 60 seconds to reevaluate your decision before you act. Separate your emotions and feelings from your decision process. It actually works.

One of my current clients, a soon to be a CEO of one of the top 10 Automotive suppliers said to me. “The media keeps presenting the automotive business in full recovery, yet we at our company are planning for at least another 5-7 years for full recovery”.

What do you say?

 

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It is not over until “You” sing!

Aug 13 2010
By: Doron York
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In many conversations I have had in recent months with various business leaders, I have noticed an undiagnosed “symptom” that I would like to highlight.  That “things will all turn out; we just need to be patient”. or for some of you, the old adage that ” ignorance is bliss”.

This crisis my friend is very different than anything we experienced before. It is distinctly different in the following ways (at least in my humble opinion):

It is global – Stop listening to your local news. Get your head out of the sand and listen to the national or international news.  It will give you a broader and wider perspective.  You may hear that which you do not want to, but in some instances you might just capture some good news.

It is fundamental – This time it is not just on the surface, it is at the core. It is questioning our way of life not just our actions and our financial system.

It is evolutionary – Resiliency, as important as it is, is not necessarily the answer this time around.  Innovation, creativity, inventiveness and evolution, might be.   I’m not sure your banker, your CEO and especially not the government knows what will come next. The truth is though, that if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. It is not your attitude (positive philosophy that is) that needs to change; it is your fundamental operating habits.  It is what you do. Now.

It is social more than it is business – It is a radical shift from organizing and designing to serve the needs of the stakeholders to organizing and designing business to serve society.

It is here to stay – This shall not pass. There is no way for us to go backwards to what was comfortable and familiar; it is the nature of evolution.

It is not a financial crisis; it is socially economical in nature. The financial aspect is the outcome. It is a fundamental shift in our way of life and more than in the ways in which we spend, invest our money and manage our businesses. Consumer confidence is at an all-time low, not because of the credit crunch, but because people lost confidence in themselves. (If you are so bold as to tell the truth). If you want to hide your head in the sand, go ahead.

Don’t complain that you are being hit from the behind!

My grandfather’s generation had a very practical solution; “make sure you sell your products and services for more then you paid for them and do not spend more than you are making” – to simple for complicated minds, I say.

It is not a financial issue it is a common sense issue. You ether listen to the so called “experts “and yes everyone is an expert today (You know the same expert that got you into this mess is now telling you how to get out of it) or to basic human common sense.

What is your choice?

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