Don’t complain about the pitch

One of the biggest factors in a cricket match is the state of the pitch.It can heavily favour one side’s bowlers, and determine the outcome of the game.Fine. That’s just how it is.There are plenty of “pitches” in business.If the pitch doesn’t suit you, there’s no need to complain about it.That’s life, get on with…

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Stop, reflect

As an entrepreneur, your business is your life.If you don’t regularly stop and reflect, you will forget that your business is on a path, and that path has a direction, whether you like it or not.Reflection helps you find the direction, and make it easier to go with the flow.Sometimes it’s an employee that just…

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Give youngsters a chance

If you’re a youngster, ignore this.If you’re an elder (ie: over 40), pay attention.Young people may lack experience, but they have energy.Energy can overcome most obstacles.Lack of experience can be an asset. Youngsters don’t know what didn’t work in the past, so they’ll try it again with no jaded memories.And it may work.Experience is always…

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You don’t have to be perfect. You just need fewer mistakes than the opposition

Everyone will make mistakes in business. It is not an exact science.The trick is to make less mistakes than anyone else.How do you do that?Discipline. Concentration. Learn.Stick to good habits: early to bed, exercise, meditate.Concentrate: don’t let anything distract you from your focus.Learn: read books. Find mentors. Watch others. Learn from your own mistakes.Do all of…

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What is the speed of your Ooda loop?

Ooda is used by US fighter pilots. Think Tom Cruise in Top Gun. It means: Observe. Orient. Decide. Adjust. All pilots are trained in Ooda, constantly striving to speed up the Ooda loop. Observe. Orient. Decide. Adjust. Faster faster faster. The faster the loop, the faster the decisions. The faster the decisions, the higher the…

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If you’re patient you get more done

In startup-world, it’s natural to be in a hurry. You don’t have time to fiddle faddle. You have limited cash, you need results! Just be careful not to race by what you’re looking for. Do each task properly. Invest enough time in customer relationships. Being patient might feel like you’re moving slower, but when you…

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Never defend yourself

Sometimes people will criticize you, publicly and privately.What do you do? Surely you must defend yourself? Surely you must get your side of the story on the table?Wrong. You can never defend yourself.The crowd doesn’t care what you say. It sees you as biased.Your only defense is other people.Other people must contradict the critics.If the…

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How to manage staff

Having four or five staff is not hard. You don’t need to be a good manager or leader. You can muddle along.It’s when your team starts growing past the twenty number that management becomes a skill rather than a word.There are hundreds are articles written on the art of management, but Jack Welch (former GE…

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So something bad happens to you, so what?

Winston Churchill lost the elections in 1945, just as he won WWII.Voters were simply tired of war, and wanted a leader for peace.A Croatian woman wrote to a condolence note, “Poor Mr Churchill. I suppose he will be shot now.”He replied, “Fortunately no shooting. Sentenced to hard labour.”Losing the election after winning a war is…

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