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Instead of Looking for the Right Person, Become the Right Person!

Instead of Looking for the Right Person, Become the Right Person!

Un-Work Strategy
“There are many more people trying to meet the right person than to become the right person.” – GLORIA STEINEM Don’t you think that this is so true? We always want the right employee, the right spouse, co-workers, etc. One of the hardest but most rewarding things one can do is to look at oneself and see “What can I do to make things better?” Not ‘what can I do to change the other’, but simply, ‘what can I do?’ This is where we all need the most work! It’s actually the same with trying to find the right business or business model. And yes, it is amazing that an enormous amount of people believe that someone like the founder of Red Bull or Jeff Bezos have been at the…
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The worst thing to do is nothing!

The worst thing to do is nothing!

Un-Work Strategy
“The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas. It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong than to always be right by having no ideas at all.” – EDWARD DE BONO  Do you realize that all champions in no matter what field are always only a tiny bit more right (successful) than the runners-up?  But that tiny bit is making them VERY successful! In fact, people or teams who are not even winning 50% of the time win almost all championships!   A world champion in Formula One car racing I know (Niki Lauda) was winning only about 20% of the races as far as I am aware and that got him the world champ title three times and second two times.…
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Don’t point a finger – lend a hand.

Don’t point a finger – lend a hand.

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“Don’t point a finger – lend a hand.” – UNKNOWN In our business, that means train your employees – spare no effort. Do not just put the blame on them. Help them do their job better. It will come back in many folds. Change always will come from us – no matter how much we think it is the other person’s misdoing.  After all, if you think you have bad employees, who hired them in the first place? Who does not train them? I hope you get the point because life will become beautiful and exciting after you do! Let’s look at an even bigger picture as that of a practice owner or a business owner!  How many of you, doctors for example, have seen the time freedom as well as the financial freedom being squeezed?  Down…
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Think About Big Goals, Not About Big Obstacles

Think About Big Goals, Not About Big Obstacles

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“As long as you’re going to think anyway – you might as well think BIG!” – DONALD TRUMP The truth is that many people who think about their goals are already looking at the obstacles. And there they think big obstacles. We all know instantaneously what we want – the additional process of “thinking and figuring it out” is just looking at problems and feeling sorry for oneself because of all those obstacles. That unfortunately makes it seem ‘reasonable’ to shrink one’s goals. After all, there is so much opposition! Just look at goals and yes, look at big ones – real big ones! Well, when I initially wrote this, Donald was NOT the president as this was about 11 or 12 years ago! It doesn’t matter what you might…
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Knowledge Management Accomplishes your Goals.

Knowledge Management Accomplishes your Goals.

Do Not Trade Time for Money, Un-Work Strategy
“As a rule, he or she who has the most information will have the greatest success in life.”  – BENJAMIN DISRAELI  Only if you do something with the information and keep the most important thing of all in mind. Only look at goals! Never look at the obstacles.   Also, you must not forget to be imaginative otherwise your knowledge just sits there, achieving nothing at all!  Can you see that? Can you see that without a vivid imagination like a child, no knowledge will ever be of much use? Knowledge is extremely important but courage and enthusiasm are the switch which makes knowledge be worth anything.  Then there is something else. We DO live in the age of information overload. If information alone would be the most important criteria then everyone would or should achieve any goals…
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Good enough never is!

Good enough never is!

Do Not Trade Time for Money, Un-Work Strategy
“Good enough never is.” – DEBBI FIELDS I myself have realized that whenever I say I did all I could, I never did. I have realized this so thoroughly that every time I say it, or am about to say it, I know I need to do much more and proceed to do so! Guess what? Every single time I told myself I could do more, I came closer to achieving my goals! It feels good after you have put more effort, used all your imagination on how you could, even if ever so slightly, do more and then do so. It feels good! Helmut Flasch CEO, Flasch International Un-Work & Un-Advertising PS. I suggest that you have a look at how to do other things, totally different than what…
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What’s needed to solve your own problems?

What’s needed to solve your own problems?

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“There is a marvelous story of a man who once stood before God, his heart breaking from the pain and injustice in the world. ‘Dear God,’ he cried out, ‘look at all the suffering, the anguish and distress in the world. Why don’t you send help?’ God responded, ‘I did send help. I sent you.’”  – RABBI DAVID J. WOLPE   A standard answer in my company to all employees (even myself) about all complaints, any complaints about any matter from anyone (and there were a lot of them some years ago) is: “You are right about the problem. Glad you are here. How will you go about helping us to fix it?”  I don’t have employees anymore. I have problem-solvers who first work, then go onto leading and managing. Of course, I…
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There are no secrets to success.

There are no secrets to success.

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“There are no secrets to success: Don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.” – COLIN POWELL Persistence is a key element missing in business people. It’s not that they are not persistent in some areas of their profession or of life in general. They DEFINITELY are, especially when it comes to being persistent in doing things the hard way! Too often, business people tell me, "I have tried this or that marketing program for two, three, six or eight months. It did not work, so I dropped it." One or all of the following is usually happening: It was not done long enough and was given up just before results were…
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You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

Un-Work Strategy
“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” – CHARLES BUXTON  Many years ago, I have worked hard (90 hours a week, for about nine months in a row).  One man once told me that I was working too hard to ever make money. I replied that I love my job and that I made good money.  He smiled, patted me on the shoulder, and said, “I’m happy for you. But I mean real money, lots of money – you can’t make it while working so hard.” 25 years later, I understood what he meant.  Goal-Maker. Every organization needs a goal-maker like Kennedy, Gandhi, etc., setting goals such as “let’s fly to the moon!” The Goal-Maker usually does not perform the physical step of an organization. He just “dreams stuff up” so to say!  Manager. The executive…
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When one door closes, another opens.

When one door closes, another opens.

Do Not Trade Time for Money, Un-Work Strategy
"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."  – ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL (Inventor of the telephone)  What represents a closed door in our business?   A patient who did not return for reasons only known to himself, a long-time staff member who quits, a marketing program which did not work at all, the government which allows programs such as HMO, which makes it impossible to deliver adequate service and still eat – the list is long indeed!  Which doors are always open for us? Many doors are left open, and different ones for each of us. Below are a few you should look for.  Technology allows doctors to market and communicate with less cost and increased effectiveness,…
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