What important principles have you discovered this past year that can make a dramatic impact on your life and business in the future?
I know it can seem cliché at the end of the year to reflect on the past year and set goals for the next year. However, it is critical to our businesses and to each of us individually to stop, take a moment and reflect on the year that has just past and determine the things that have made the biggest impact on us, our business and our family.
- What are those things?
- Have you learned from them?
- Are you making changes in your life or business to leverage these important things?
The question asked by all new entrepreneurs wanting to strike out and launch a business is “where do I start?”
Starting a business can be a daunting and even overwhelming task. Fortunately, there have been millions of businesses that have gone before us and they have left a trail of “breadcrumbs!”
I know quite a few people who have started businesses and I have worked with a few start up companies over the last 10 years or so and I have learned that:
As a new feature of Thinking Business Blog, I plan to publish a brief, one paragraph summary of the business books that I am reading. This will be a very high level synopsis of the book and what I gained from it. I will publish these summaries as I complete the books and not on a predetermined schedule. I trust you will benefit from them.
The first book I reviewed was Procrastinate on Purpose.
The second review was Bill Browder’s book, Red Notice
The third review is Atul Gawande’s book The Checklist Manifesto
I spent more time readying this book than most. It is really that good! Gawande’s entertaining writing style, engaging examples and the underlying message that we need to systematize as much of our business and activities as possible so that we minimize mistakes and maximize value is something that I really support.
My takeaway from this book is that an organization needs two types of checklists to be successful;