By Richard Derwent Cooke
Once you have accepted that you are best able to succeed in the recession by taking charge, a key question to ask is “What am I doing that no longer serves me?”
- What activities are wasting my time? Remember the 80:20 rule
- Which customers are taking a disproportionate amount of time for increasing little reward?
- What systems that I use are no longer necessary, or capture detail we don’t use?
- What resources are we neglecting? This applies to people, space, time as well as your other assets
- What attachments do I have that keep ensnaring me?
- What sectors am I focusing on that are contracting rather than growing?
- What things am I doing exactly the same way as I have for the last 5 years that have not been reviewed to see if they are the best way to do things?
There are certainly many more good questions to ask yourself, but if you get together with your team and identify & challenge your sacred cows, you may be surprised by how much time and energy you can liberate to focus on things which will make a real difference. Remember, if you aren’t changing, it doesn’t mean that your customers, your competitors and the market place isn’t!
“Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don’t have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it.” Greg Anderson
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Richard Derwent Cooke is a Facilitator, Coach & Change Mentor and the founder of I-Change. Trained as a chartered accountant and in various alternative disciplines, Richard has been working in the fields of personal and business change for over 25 years, working with international blue chip companies and individuals. See www.i-change.biz for more details, or email info@I-change.biz. You can also follow Richard on twitter.