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Apr 26
2017

Unpredictable Success or Failure

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I have written before about how much of business results from unpredictable and random events.  This is why following King Solomon’s advice is wise, “Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. (Ecclesiastes 11:2, NIV)

For example in the 1800’s if the railroad went through an area, prosperity typically followed. Unless someone had inside information, you would not know what path the railroad would take. While you could research likely routes, you couldn’t confirm the final route. A business located at the right time and the right place would prosper.  During the gold rush in California, businesses in places where prospectors gathered prospered greatly. Clearly they did not have advance knowledge about a gold strike that would create a boom.

Consider television programs. TV networks works spend millions of dollars in research to produce new shows.  Many of them still fail to get viewership and are canceled.  Sometimes these new shows make you wonder what the networks were thinking in the first place.  However, many of the hits followed unpredictable paths that led to their success. It is true that careful research and effort go into planning these shows. However, the same effort goes into the shows that fail. My point is that one cannot predict accurately which shows will be successful and which will fail.  If one had the skill to accurately predict a foolproof formula, they would earn millions of dollars each year in directing the efforts of each network.

Apr 21
2017

Establish Quality Standards

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Frequently I hear business people make statements about their high quality, how they do the best job, that their delivery is better than their competition or that nobody does it better than they do. While the statements are impressive, they don’t tell me much about quality.

Apr 17
2017

Negative arguments

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Most of us have been in meetings where one or more ignite fires with their criticism without offering any solutions. In politics there’s an old saying, “You can’t beat something with nothing.”  When I encounter negativity, I try to encourage the person to offer a better alternative. Likewise when anyone believes that a course of action is unwise, that person should focus on a better solution rather than just firing arrows.

Apr 10
2017

Advice to a Guitar Teacher

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I received a request from “Kent” who taught guitar lessons. He wanted advice about building up his business. Signing up new students had been going slowly even though he had offered a 30-day money back guarantee. He felt this was not very effective. I asked Kent how many students pay for their own lessons as compared to having their parents pay.  About 60% of the students are paid for by their parents. Since the others are over 18, they generally pay for their own lessons.

Apr 07
2017

Listen to Different Viewpoints

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Scripture is clear about the advantages of wise counsel. “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” (Proverbs 12:5, NASB) We need to keep this verse in context. Keep in mind that we’re instructed not just to listen to counsel, but to listen to different viewpoints. For example, we also read where the prophet Amos was told, "But no longer prophesy at Bethel, for it is a sanctuary of the king and a royal residence." (Amos 7:13, NASB) However the leadership did not want to hear the words of God. That’s the reason that the Lord told his prophets to be silent. We read these examples and can’t understand how could the people be so blind? In reality we will fall into the same trap if we’re not careful.