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Being proactive

“Proactive people can carry their own weather with them. Whether it rains or shines makes no difference to them. They are value driven; and if their value is to produce good quality work, it isn’t a function of whether the weather is conducive to it or not..” Highly Effective people Steven R Covey.

Being proactive is about thinking and acting ahead. This means when something does happen you have already thought around or through the problem.

• Look at what you do.
• Examine how you can do better – the process, your skills and your resources.

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Obstacles in Your Business

“Obstacles are the things we see when we take our eyes off our goals.”

Do you ever think that you don’t have enough hours in the day. Let alone taking time to work on your business goals or the big picture.

This is the reason for most micro businesses never growing.

They are clearly focused on the every day issues and obstacles. Being reactive instead of proactive. Buying themselves a job instead of buying themselves an investment.

Take time out every week to work on the big picture(you goals)

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Top Ten Most Respected Companies

Top Ten Most Respected Companies

• 1 BHP
• 2 Woolworths
• 3 Westfarmers
• 4 Westpac
• 5 Google Australia
• 6 Virgin Blue
• 7 Qantas Airways
• 8 Toyota Australia
• 9 GE Australia
•10 Origin Energy
Respect is Critical to Business
Source: BRW Nov 19 – Dec 9 2009

Sustainability in Small Business:

Sustainability is becoming a major part of Small Business. We are all becoming aware of our environment but what are we doing about it in our businesses.

How do you report on your Triple Bottom :
• Profit
• Social
• Environmental

Not every action will be perfect

As you begin to take action toward the fulfillment of your goals and dreams, you must realize that not every action will be perfect. Not every action will produce the desired result. Not every action will work. Making mistakes, getting it almost right, and experimenting to see what happens are all part of the process of eventually getting it right. Jack Canfield.

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Steps to Problem Solving

“The way we see the problem is the problem.”

If we think it is a problems it will be a problem. So thinking of it as an exciting challenge instead of a problem is a good start.

Steps to problem solving:

1 Understand the problem; what is happening? Why is it happening? Who is involved ?
2. What is the objective you are trying to achieve?
3. Why is it not working?
4. What are the options?
5. Cost benefit of all the options.
6. What is the best option.
7. Will the best option reach your objective.
8. Devise a plan. Treat it as a goal. Do it in small bites.

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