It’s been over 10 years since I wrote this business column in The News-Herald.
Every other week, I’m trying to write about a particular topic that I hope the majority of readers will be interested in. In the process of writing an article, I often write down ideas that fit into a biweekly column. In some cases, these ideas and concepts may be reflected in the article, but they may not be finalized.
I thought it might be fun to share many of these random ideas about success in business. The list below is not organized in any particular order.
• Share financial statements with employees and discuss monthly.
• Prepare for the first sunrise shift of new employees.
• Everyone in the workplace can be a leader.
• Hire at least one intern per year.
• Respect is a great workplace foundation for top performers.
• The cleanliness of the toilets and kitchens tells us a lot about the culture of the company.
• The phrase “we have always done this” is a sad excuse for not trying new things.
• The phrase “I can’t do that” is a great motivation for entrepreneurs.
• Saying “thank you” is inexpensive and must be free.
• In many cases, retired employees have already left the company mentally, so always accept retirement.
• Answer everyone’s phone within 24 hours.
• Gratitude handwritten notes stand out especially in this era of social media.
• Many people are sick, scared, stressed, or in a difficult living situation and want to spend their “bad days” at work. Thank you for today’s opportunity.
• Always ask your consultant how to determine how the recommendations actually work. Ask if you have implemented the recommendations as a practitioner, not as a consultant. Remember that good ideas really work.
• There is no history book about people doing the usual things at work.
• Everyone in the workplace is equally respected, regardless of salary, years of service or job title.
• Find your “reason”. Find out what is preventing you from achieving your goals and decide whether to break those barriers.
• One day is the last day of work.Treat today like that day
• Live in the present. You may have heard this idea, but it works. It’s a waste of energy to regret what you did yesterday or worry about tomorrow. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised. The next time is not promised either. You can never get it back, so please cherish that moment.
• Don’t stay in the wrong job. Whether it’s your boss, your workplace, or your job, it may be time to move on to your next opportunity. Don’t quit mentally and stay physically in a job that doesn’t suit you.
• Work on one task at a time. Multitasking is a good buzzword, but stress and dissatisfaction with work can be immeasurable.
• When you get home, turn off your “work” phone. Work emails, texts and other posts can wait until tomorrow. It may be painful at first, but try it for a week. Unplugging is a great way to simplify your life.
• Strive daily to focus on having a positive impact on your family, colleagues, customers and communities.
• We will improve today over yesterday and repeat this approach tomorrow. It’s scary to spend two out of seven days, so don’t live until the weekend.
• Work wisely.
• Interact with people who will make you better.
• If you are truly pleased with the success of others in your workplace, you are probably in the right place.
• It is very important to find what you want to do and work in a great working environment with a good boss.
• Once you realize that you are not wasting your time, you can make better decisions about how to spend your time.
• Do not press the snooze button in the morning. Extra time lying in bed will be added. Take action as soon as you wake up and think about the time you have to enjoy life!
• Ask yourself every morning. “How can we change the world today?” Then go outside.
• Thank you. Be generous. Be humble.
• Find your passion and live. Every day is not promised to be a bowl of cherries. The exact opposite.
• When looking back on my life, I hope that every day is the best I can do, regardless of the outcome. By doing so, you will live a life that is meaningful, purposeful, and transformative.
• As you approach the end of your career, you may find that success and happiness are never a matter of title, money, or status.
• Remember that you can resume work at any time.
My list keeps growing and future random thoughts may move to another column. For now, my hope is that the list above will resonate with you and help you think about ways to be more successful, both personally and professionally.
Perry is a national success wave podcast host, business book author, keynote speaker, former ERC president, columnist, member of the NEO Business Hall of Fame, and was recently named to the Cleveland 500.