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New Year’s resolutions for the business owner

January 2, 2010

For some time now I’ve been reading a weekly article in our local newspaper (The Signal) written by Kenneth W. Keller.  His column is named “Brain Food for Business People”.  The other day he wrote an article titled “New Year’s resolutions for the business owner”.  I find his writing to be very inspirational; providing excellent strategic thoughts for not just business owners, but more importantly, leaders.  Here is a summary of the main points from the article:

“First, let 2010 become the year in which you further strengthen the business base by losing the clients you do not wish to do business with any longer, and by adding more of the kind of clients you want to do business with.  Consider this as ‘losing weight’”.

“Second, let 2010 be the year in which you make and act on the difficult decisions that will improve the business for the long term”.

“Third, let 2010 become the year in which you make and honor a pledge to become a better business person, learning what you need to know”.

“Fourth, let 2010 be the year when you make the transition from owner to leader”.

“Fifth, let 2010 be the year when you invest in your people … if people are the most valued asset in your company, shouldn’t some money be spent making sure they are keeping current with what they need to learn to make sure your company stays ahead of the competition?”

“Sixth, let 2010 be the year your company operates from a written plan instead of the seat of your pants.  Let your people know you have a plan and share the information with them.”

“Seventh and last, let this be the year that everyone in the company hears directly from the owner: ‘thank you for your hard work and service to our clients.  It is appreciated by our clients, your co-workers and by me’.”

I felt these were all excellent points.  Points that, if you are really serious about making your business better, and just as importantly, yourself … these should be taken to heart.  Otherwise, back to the sidelines.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2010 8:01 pm

    Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.

    Allen Taylor

  2. January 8, 2010 11:26 pm

    Good points, I think I will definitely subscribe! I’ll go and read some more! What do you see the future of this being?

    • January 12, 2010 10:06 pm

      Thanks “Me” 🙂

      All good points to follow – a successful future of course always depends on how well we execute the plan!

      Thanks for subscribing!


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