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partnership-526416_640THIS WEEK I had the wonderful opportunity to spend some quality face-to-face time with one of my key partners.  It was the best investment I could have possibly made in defining the future course of our partnership.

On the surface, the work we were doing was about tasks and projects and how this would add value to both of our companies.

The greater joy, though, came from our understanding of each others’ values and goals.  Despite having worked together for five years, we each learned a great deal by meeting up in person and taking substantial time to talk about that non-task stuff.

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THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR new-years-eve-2015when many people consider their resolutions.  I’m not a big fan of that, personally, because of the whole mindset that’s built up around the concept.

If I make a decision to do something, I’d like to set myself up for success.  If I instead want to just play around at something, that’s fine, but it’s not the same as making a commitment.

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JANUARY is a great time to start out with a clean slate.

Clean slatePerhaps you’ve heard of the powerful concept called “zero based budgeting.”  The idea is that you start from scratch and justify EVERY penny you’re spending.  Sounds painful, huh?

But there are times when you just get so much stuff built up around your plans and obligations that you lose sight of what’s truly important.

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OUR WreathCHRISTMAS SEASON is now drawing to a close:  Today is the twelfth day, and tomorrow is Epiphany!

It’s a time for renewal, in many ways.

The craziness of the secular holiday season is behind us.  Even if you just celebrate it as a time to be with family, it can be nuts.  Then with gift-giving and religious celebrations, it’s the busiest time of the year.

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CONFESSION: I HAVE started business which failed.  OK, I’ve admitted it.

Dangerous watersBut you know what?  It’s not the end of the world.  It’s a natural part of the cycle of learning.

Yes, I realize that doesn’t alleviate the pain very much, especially as you’re going through the process.  But you also can’t let the prospects of failure keep you from ever taking a risk.

How do we think through this?

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THIS MORNING I read yet another article on “Why business plans don’t work.”  It seems that these things crop up periodically, perhaps when people are frustrated, or just trying to display their mental superiority.

I hope I’m a little more humble than that.

Here’s how I view it:  If you have unrealistic expectations of a business plan, then of course you’re going to be disappointed.  Some people expect that a plan will remove all risk, and force reality to align with your desires.

That’s unrealistic.

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FOR my professional and spiritual development, I listen to a number of podcasts.  One of those is Get-It-Done Guy, presented by Stever Robbins.  A recent episode entitled How to set unplannable goals addressed situations where the normal goal-setting doesn’t work.

This idea strikes me as similar to what we’re talking about with creating a business which is values-oriented.

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