Dec

11

2014

The Real Business of Christmas

[This is my last post for 2014 as my family will take a combination vacation/staycation through 1/1/2015. Thank you for your faithfulness in 2014 and Merry Christmas!]

In many industries, especially in retail, the business of Christmas will make or break the entire fiscal year.  One of my great business experiences was serving five years in the headquarters of a Fortune 500 retailer with over 1,700 locations and 40,00 employees.  The six weeks from mid-November through New Years was critical for us, as it determined our annual success or failure.

Red Christmas BallUnlike retail, the business of Christmas may or may not break make your entire year, but I know that it often radically increases your activity levels from parties, shopping, gift wrapping, special events, family trips and more.

For most of us, the business of Christmas makes it the most hectic time of the year.

Yet all these wonderful activities can easily distract us from the real business of Christmas.

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Dec

4

2014

7 Questions You MUST Answer To Succeed – Part #4

[This post is the fourth and final post in the series. It is an excerpt from my free Cycle Business Impact Field Manual. Today’s post reviews Questions #7 and shares a FREE business success planning tool.]

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste lead to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5

“Make plans by seeking advise; if you wage war, obtain guidance.” Proverbs 20:18

In my three previous posts, I reviewed the first six questions business leaders must answer to succeed and prosper in 2015 and beyond. Click here for Questions #1 & #2, here for Questions #3 & #4, and here for Questions #5 & #6.

7 Questions #2

Here is question #7 and a FREE business planning tool for you.

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Dec

3

2014

7 Questions You MUST Answer To Succeed – Part #3

[This post is the third of a four-part series. It is an excerpt from my free Cycle Business Impact Field Manual. Today’s post reviews Questions #5 & #6.]

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste lead to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5

“Make plans by seeking advise; if you wage war, obtain guidance.” Proverbs 20:18

In my two previous posts, I reviewed the first four questions business leaders must answer to succeed and prosper in 2015 and beyond. Click here for Questions #1 & #2, and click here for Questions #3 & #4.

7 Questions #2

Here are questions #5 and #6.

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Dec

2

2014

7 Questions You MUST Answer to Succeed – Part #2

[This post is the second of a four-part series. It is an excerpt from my free Cycle Business Impact Field Manual. Today’s post reviews Questions #3 & #4.]

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste lead to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5

“Make plans by seeking advise; if you wage war, obtain guidance.” Proverbs 20:18

In my previous post, I reviewed the first two questions business leaders must answer to succeed.

7 Questions #2

Here are questions #3 and #4.

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Dec

1

2014

7 Questions You MUST Answer To Succeed

[This post is the first of a four-part series on the 7 questions every business owner must answer to succeed. It is an excerpt from my free Cycle Business Impact Field Manual. Today’s post reviews Questions #1 & #2.]

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste lead to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5

“Make plans by seeking advise; if you wage war, obtain guidance.” Proverbs 20:18

As we close 2014, it is time to finalize our business plan for 2015 and beyond.

7 Questions #2

There are seven essential questions every leader must answer if their business is to succeed and prosper into the new year. Here are the first two questions.

Question #1: What are your Convictions?

Convictions clarify what you stand for in your business. They visualize and bring to life those fundamental ideals, principles, philosophies, values, attitudes, or beliefs upon which you desire to build, lead, and grow your company.

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything!

Convictions are the very foundation of a higher-level business, for they:

  • Serve as the absolute moral, ethical, and behavioral base of your company.
  • Represent unchanging guideposts upon which to attach and build your goals, priorities, and actions.
  • Simplify decision making by forcing everyone to answer, “Does this decision/action align with our convictions?”

To help you uncover your convictions, answer the following questions.

  1. What the 4-6 essential ideals, principles, philosophies, values, attitudes, or beliefs of your business?
  2. What are you willing to take a stand for and never compromise…even in tough times?
  3. How do you want your company to be remembered?
  4. What past indiscretions/situations have you experienced that you would never want to occur in your business?

Question #2: What is your Purpose?

A purpose statement answers “why” your organization exist. Through reaching clarity on this question, you begin crystallizing your ultimate measure of impact – the long-term imprint you desire to make on your world.

Purpose answers “why” you do what you do.

A purpose statement need not be a world-changing, Nobel Peace Prize-winning reason to exist. Frankly, most great organizational purposes are simple yet eloquent, powerful yet doable, profound yet basic. And most are quite short.

Some great examples of purpose statements include:

  • Walmart: To save people money so they can live better.
  • Southwest Airlines: To give people the freedom to fly.
  • Chick-fil-A: To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.
  • Dave Ramsey (Lampo Group): Provides biblically-based, common sense education and empowerment that gives HOPE to everyone in every walk of life.
  • To a Higher Level – To impact eternity through business.

As you can see, using the verb “To…” is a powerful way to begin your purpose statement as a call to action.

To help you discover your purpose, answer the following questions.

  1. What’s the compelling reason you do what you do in your business?
  2. If your company disappeared tomorrow, why would your customers miss you?
  3. For what noble reason would you like your company to be known?
  4. What essential and necessary gap do you fill in your marketplace?

Convictions & Purpose

Please share below your company’s convictions or purpose so we can all learn and be inspired.

Tomorrow I will share Questions #3 & #4 of the 7 questions you MUST answer to succeed in your business.

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Nov

25

2014

A Powerful Best Business Practice for Thanksgiving

thanks (n) a good feeling you have towards someone who had helped you; an expression of gratitude; 

thanksgiving (n) a prayer that expresses thanks to God; a public acknowledgement or celebration of diving goodness

The Bible is loaded with verses about thanks and thanksgiving. Just look at these numbers. The first number represents “thanks,” the second “thanksgiving,” and the last the total number both are mentioned.

  • English Standard Version 95 / 40 = 135
  • American Standard Version  100 / 32 = 132
  • King James Version   71 / 27  = 98
  • Darby’s New Translation  78 / 33 = 113

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Obviously giving thanks is important to the Lord.

Giving thanks on Thanksgiving is typically a smile and a handshake for our employees and customers. Sometimes it includes gift cards or food.  It always includes a nice prayer over the turkey at meal time.

But this year I challenge you to take your thanks to a higher level!

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