M5 – Using Systems Theory to Overcome Business and Personal Weaknesses

It’s January 13, 2014… Welcome to the M5!

Many authors claim that you shouldn’t work on strengthening your weaknesses because it takes time, and energy, which diverts your attention and makes you more prone to fail.

They claim that you can never make your weaknesses strengths, and therefore shouldn’t work on improving them. They suggest that you focus on what you do best, and let someone else handle the tasks you are weak at.

I’m not pointing this out because it’s incorrect advice, I’m pointing it out because it doesn’t paint a full picture.

I’m a fan of systems theory, and the tote model, as you may well know. When you study six Sigma, and the theory of constraints you learn that your throughput and output would be unlimited if there were no constraints on the system.

Since no business, regardless of its size, can produce unlimited amounts of product every hour, it means that every business has constraints in its systems. In other words, weaknesses. [Read more…]

M5 – How to Achieve Your Goals with Systems

It’s the first week of January, and that means it’s time to reassess, and refocus on our personal and professional goals.

That’s why, we are going to focus on systems and processes for this entire month.

While that may not make sense right now, the truth is, your life runs on systems. Those systems may be unknown, ineffective or broken; nonetheless, you are achieving what you are achieving based on the systems and processes you are using.

If you’ve been following us, which you should be, you may know that [Read more…]

Eliminate Procrastination with To-Do Lists

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I’ve spent the last month planning my year-end To-Do’s. I’ve been looking over, adding to, and deleting items on my 2014 plan. I like to plan, but for me, setting up my To-Do’s is more about seeing where I am going, knowing how close I am to achieving my goals and looking back to see what I’ve accomplished.  [Read more…]

5 Ways to Increase Productivity by Slowing Down

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If you are like me, you have more things to do in one day than you can actually get done. But still we plan, schedule and prioritize, each day, doing our best to get it all done. We do a pretty good job of it, but some days we try to push it, going past the time when our mind says “step away”, “take a break”, or “call it a day”.  [Read more…]

M5 – Competition

Welcome to the M5!

Do you worry about your competition?

It is understandable, we Entrepreneurs are a competitive lot.

But if you are overly concerned about your competition, then it means one thing, and one thing only: [Read more…]