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Smashing Magazine

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admin on February 27th 2008 in Web Stuff

Your values are the pillar of your business

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

                John Wooden

The character of a person, business or nation is defined by its value system.

When we do a Ninety-day Strategic Brief we start with mission, vision and values.

  • Mission — is what you do
  • Vision — is what you are striving for
  • Values — are the guiding principles or deeply held beliefs that you conduct all business by

What are values that define you, your business or the people you choose to elect or follow? Here is a list to ponder.  How would you order these, starting with the most important ones first?

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Commitment
  • Perseverance
  • Integrity
  • Discipline
  • Trustworthiness
  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Fairness
  • Cooperation
  • Courage
  • Cleanliness
  • Loyalty
  • Helpfulness
  • Friendliness
  • Cheerfulness
  • Reverence


admin on February 12th 2008 in Web Strategy

“It Couldn’t be Done” by Edgar Guest

Check out this video!

 When Wes Walker of the New England Patriots was a lad, I bet his mom read him the following poem…he certainly acts like it!

 Here are the famous first two stanzas:

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, as he did it….

For the whole poem go to:


A goal without a plan is just a wish

Every business (and individual) needs to set a goal or two every so often and then accompany it with a plan that includes a way to publicly measure progress. It is not hard if you break the goal down into little FIRST steps. It is time to stop fighting fires, step back and take action for the “long term” of the business or yourself. This includes all businesses…even you doctors, lawyers, consultants, salesmen and programmers! 

Here are just a few ideas for a 2008 goal:

  • Write down what keeps you up at night
  • Make a plan for last year’s goal that includes a progress graph
  • Think of a small and easy first step towards last year’s goal
  • Increase your company or organization sales/customer base
  • Become more efficient in what you make or do
  • Find another larger account
  • Explore a foreign market
  • Expand your local service area
  • Develop a new product
  • Communicate better with your staff
  • Learn a new skill
  • Acquire deeper knowledge in a business area
  • Upgrade your staff with training
  • Replace weak links in personnel
  • Find more personal time
  • Share your knowledge
  • Start an exit or succession plan

It is most healthy to start this process with a personal plan:

  • Write down what keeps you up at night
  • Make a plan for last year’s goal that includes a progress graph
  • Think of a small and easy first step towards last year’s goal
  • Become more financially secure
  • Spend more time with family
  • Help a friend
  • Become an expert in something
  • Read more
  • Exercise more
  • Lose weight
  • Find more personal time
  • Get a hobby or learn an instrament
  • Go for more walks with your family/partner

Doctors say half the battle for recovery is identifying (or admitting) you have a problem…taking action and measuring progress is the only way to reach that goal.


admin on February 11th 2008 in Coaching