I’ve been thinking a bit about topics for this blog. David Cummings writes a great blog about technology startups. It’s at times analytical and promotional, always thoughtful and insightful. But, while I tend to analyze business, my experience is in healthcare and in person centered businesses. Johnson Cook’s blog is full of energy. It reflects Johnson’s personality perfectly.
I think I can contribute some thoughts to the small business owners. I’m sure that I will focus more over time, but this where I will start. The immediate areas that come to mind include:
Sales and Marketing
Faith and Theology
My hope is to explore these issues as I’m dealing with them. We’ve developed some useful tools and, truth be told “stolen” some ideas which I plan on sharing.
I plan on looking at faith and work as well. Many moons ago, I attended Princeton Theological Seminary. It’s an interesting juggle to balance the diversity of beliefs and thought found in today’s workplace and Christian faith. I’ll attempt a balanced discussion.
So, this is my second blog post. Over the last few days, I’ve been looking around at a number of other bloggers. Some of my favorite bloggers are Johnson Cook (www.johnsoncook.com), David Cummings (www.davidcummings.org), and Matt Candler (4.0schools.org). I’m just starting this process.
Despite the last blog topic coming from an American Express article, I appreciated the conversation about discipline and habits. In business it’s easy to get off track. There is an urgent need that crops up. A long term employee wants to quit. An employee needs to be fired. The Internet connection goes down, and yes, I’m the only one around who won’t freak out if the settings need to be changed. There’s an vehicle accident. The email pops up. Someone wants to chat.
The business leaders that I know and respect often have the ability to be very disciplined with their work; they get things done; and yet, they seem to have a lot of flexibility in their day for what comes up and the people that come up in their lives.
I think that is the first thing to strive for in this blog: discipline. Make it a habit and explore the topics that will make this something interesting and useful. I don’t if daily is going to work or not, but it’s got to be a regular occurrence. I’ll figure out the what as I write. Hope there are some interesting comments that come up.
I found this blog Five Daily Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs recently. It was written in 2011, so i’m a bit late to reading it, but somehow it strikes me as pertinent. The Five Daily Habits are:
- Plan tomorrow’s agenda today
- Put your meetings on a diet
- Find a way to manage email that works for you
- Never stop selling
- Exercise regularly
Many writers have identified the habits of success. Steven Covey‘s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is perhaps the best known. I was first introduced to this idea of daily habits or disciplines as a teenager reading something like Mere Christianity by CS Lewis or Discipline by Deitrich Bonhoeffer.
I wasn’t very good at the daily disciplines and habits back then, and I’m still not geared that way. Yet, I find the rhythms/habits/disciplines useful in my business. We have billing. We have sales practices. We have a million other things that go by a rhythm. It’s helpful in that it keeps things going, but it’s also easy for the business to get in a rut.