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2009 Part One: Lessons Learned

Categories: Culture of Accountability

It’s hard to believe that half of the year is over – not exactly a stellar year for most of us!

I have learned quite a few things as a business owner (hard lessons learned) these past 6+ months:

  • I should always look to cut expenses, even when times are good.
  • I should reward creativity and innovation.
  • I should look to do more with less.
  • I should expect and appreciate the willingness of my staff to be flexible.
  • I should recognize how my moods impact our employees, and those around me.
  • It’s not what we make, it’s what we keep that counts.

I’ve also learned a few things on a personal level:

  • Cooking can replace take-out.
  • “Shopping” in my closet isn’t that bad.
  • Time with friends doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • Staying in shape mentally and physically is my choice, and under my control.
  • I need to appreciate and be grateful for all of what I can give to others.

Let’s hope that the economy picks up during the last half of 2009!

Even when this happens (notice I said “when” and not “if”), however, I don’t want to lose site of these lessons learned.

As always, feel free to share your lessons learned/best practices.

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