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The Relationship Between Results and Continuous Improvement

“The right relationship between prayer and conduct is not that conduct is supremely important and prayer may help it, but that prayer is supremely important and conduct tests it.”

– Archbishop Temple

I frequently find that the best business wisdom isn’t.  That’s because wisdom, regardless of where it originates, tends to have broad application.

In that vein, I was struck a few years back by the insight in this quote by Archbishop Temple, which places the spirit and caliber of our earnest effort over the ends for which we strive.  Shouldn’t we be thinking about business this way?

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Make No Mistake, We Should Make More

“A man who never makes a mistake never makes anything.”

– Herr Hunt, my third grade German teacher

When I was in third grade, my teacher invited a guest instructor, Herr Hunt, to come in for a few weeks and teach us a bit about Germany and the German language.  While I’ve forgotten most everything from that experience, save how to count to twenty in German, there was one comment made by our instructor which has never left me.

Whenever Herr Hunt would see that we were afraid to answer a question, he would say, “A man who never makes a mistake never makes anything.”

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Business Satisfaction in a Nutshell

A friend recently forwarded me a post from Bud Caddell’s What Consumes Me blog entitled how to be happy in business – venn diagram.  If you are in business and you are committed to BOTH your personal satisfaction and your business success (and why wouldn’t you be?) you owe it to yourself to take a look at this brief post.

In it Bud shares a simple, but very insightful venn diagram that shows the overlaps between your business strengths (What We Do Well), satisfaction (What We Want To Do) and ability to earn (What We Can Be Paid To Do).  From the diagram, we can infer that if you hit the trifecta (meet all three criteria) – Hooray!  You’ve found the formula for business happiness – getting paid to do what you are both passionate about and excel at.  If, instead, you are only firing on two of these cylinders, Bud provides succinct advice on how to increase your happiness.

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Everybody Needs a Coach (Interview with Eric Schmidt, Google CEO)

In a recent (Jun 19, 2009) interview with Fortune, Google CEO Eric Schmidt had this to say about coaching and everybody’s need for a coach:
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The Need for Business Alignment (3 of 3)

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

– Henry David Thoreau

After reading Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we realize that most challenges and opportunities can be viewed in terms of alignment.   So, how can we take advantage of this realization?
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The Need for Business Alignment (2 of 3)

“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”

– Jack Kinder

In Part 1 of this series, we started to explore the idea that many of our challenges and opportunities could be viewed in terms of alignment, or a lack thereof.  In this article, we’ll delve in a little more and introduce the concept of an alignment framework.

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